Category: Training

Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults in the Arts and Cultural Sector

13th June 2019, 10 am- 4.15 pm
HOME, Manchester

This new course from Artswork has been designed for individuals and organisations looking to update their understanding of safeguarding legislation and best practice, specifically when working with vulnerable adults in the creative, cultural and heritage sectors. You will explore what is meant by the term ‘vulnerable adult’ in the context of your work and will develop approaches for recognising and responding to the different types of abuse associated with adults at risk.

This engaging course will look at sector specific case studies and examples and will offer practical advice and tools to help you develop sensible structures and build confidence around issues relating to working with vulnerable adults. You will spend some focussed time exploring the particular challenges facing young adults (age 18-30).

Ideal for:

  • Everyone working or looking to work, in the creative, cultural and heritage sectors with vulnerable adults and/or adults at risk.

You will gain:

  • Understanding of what is meant by the term ‘vulnerable adult’ in the context of your work
  • Knowledge of the forms that abuse may take
  • Understanding of how to identify signs and symptoms in your workplace
  • Confidence in reporting procedures
  • An overview of the legislation and guidance concerning safeguarding adults at risk

Further information:

The fee for this course is £150pp, this includes lunch, refreshments and a certificate of attendance.

For further information and to book your place please visit:, or contact a member of the Professional Development Team via: 02380 332491 /


Care of Metals Workshop

18th March, 10am-3.30pm
Buxton Museum, Derbyshire

Buxton Museum and Art Gallery will be displaying the British Museum’s ‘Hoards: a hidden history of ancient Britain’ exhibition from Saturday 13th April to Sunday 16th June. Alongside finds from the British Museum and Salisbury Museum, they will also be displaying hoards from Derbyshire and the Peak District including additional material from Beeston Tor.

This training session forms part of a programme of activities linked to this exciting exhibition and will explore how to care for, handle and display metal objects including coins. Topics covered will include providing optimum environmental conditions, safe handling and packing, display techniques, cleaning and housekeeping.

The training is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and will be led by Anita Hollinshead, Regional Collections Adviser for MDEM. It will consist of a mixture of presentations, practical activities and informal discussions. All participants will receive a pack of additional information and handouts.

Who is this day for?
The course is suitable for staff and volunteers who are new to this area of collections care or those who would just like to refresh their knowledge. It is open to delegates outside of the East Midlands. To book your place, please click here.

Train the Trainer Workshop

Thursday 24th January
Museum of Wigan Life
10:00 – 15:00

After a number of requests for a Train the Trainer Workshop we’re pleased to be able to announce the next workshop in our Responsive Programme.

This course is ideal for those who are required to effectively train employees, colleagues or clients in an interesting, engaging, brain-friendly and confident manner, in a way that is practical, and which will help those attending to gain new skills, knowledge and understanding. In an environment where organisations are having to do more with less, and where the training budget is stretched to the limit, developing existing staff so that they can take on the role of ‘in-house’ trainer, makes good sense.

By the end of this workshop, through small group activities, whole group exercises and practical sessions, delegates should be able to demonstrate a solid understanding and appreciation of the following topics:

  • The qualities & traits of an excellent trainer
  • How to create an effective learning environment – physical & psychological aspects
  • The characteristics of adult learners and how they differ from children
  • Different learning styles and how best to match these to the learner
  • Knowing your learners – personality traits
  • Motivational considerations – what to do when someone doesn’t want to be at the training course, conscripts v volunteers?
  • Communication skills [language, body language and active listening]
  • Barriers to effective learning
  • Managing expectations, challenging behaviour and difficult learners
  • Training methods – active v passive, trainer-centred v trainee-centred
  • Training strategies – strengths & weaknesses of each
  • Effective questioning skills – open, rhetorical, echo, confirming
  • Using training aids – pros & cons
  • Key components of a training plan
  • Aims, objectives and how to write them in an observable and measurable manner [Bloom’s Taxonomy]
  • Effectively ending the training session – your last chance to make a positive impression
  • Training evaluation techniques and how best to gain feedback about your training session

Whilst all our training is underpinned by the latest research and theory, we very much believe in adult learning principles, and as such our training courses are very practical, yet enjoyable. We typically use a range of strategies to encourage delegate involvement in their own learning, including small group discussion, theatre, debate, nominal group technique, role play and case study. We guarantee that our training is highly interactive and never a stand and deliver presentation.

All delegates receive a certificate of completion, together with extensive course notes, a copy of the PP slides, a reading list and the course booklet.

To book a place, please visit our eventbrite page.

About the Trainer

Sandy Keating BAdVT; BEd; MEdTD; DipEd

Sandy’s been with ACM from the start and leads our organisational development workshops. A passionate trainer, her background is in education, training trainers and vocational education and she taught adult learners for more than 25 years and is a passionate advocate of adult learning principles.


Leadership & Management Workshop

Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, Carlisle
Thursday 18th October
10:30 – 16:00

As part of our responsive training programme this workshop delivered by ACM Training will focus on supporting participants to develop their leadership and management skills. By the end of the day, through practical activities, group discussion, case study, debate and individual participation, delegates should achieve the following objectives:

  • Appreciate the difference between leadership and management, understand your own style and recognise the key qualities and traits of good leaders and managers
  • Gain greater understanding of the leader’s/manager’s responsibilities;
  • Recognise the attributes of effective leaders and how to lead and influence others;
  • Create and maintain an efficient, effective, and motivated team;
  • Understand the principles of motivation and how to apply them to your team;
  • Maximise a team’s performance, by understanding human behaviour;
  • Know how to give and receive feedback, give instructions and state expectations clearly;
  • Develop assertiveness skills;
  • Learn how to delegate more effectively;
  • Improve your ability to communicate with the team, your clients and partners;
  • Understand the strategic problem-solving process;
  • Strengthen your techniques for managing the performance of the team;
  • Know how to evaluate, reprimand and counsel staff, undertake performance reviews and implement performance expectations objectively.

To book a place visit our Eventbrite page and for more information contact Alex Bird –

The North West Region of the Archives and Records Association Training Needs Survey

The North West Region of the Archives and Records Association is planning its training activities for 2018-2021. In order to tailor training to people’s needs as closely as possible they have designed a survey to find out just what these needs are. 

They invite anyone working with archives or records in any capacity to complete this survey. If you feel you would benefit from adding to your existing skills they would like to hear from you.

It doesn’t matter whether you have qualifications or not, or whether you are paid or unpaid as long as you work in archives, records management or conservation in the North West. 

The survey, which will remain open until Tuesday 31st July 2018 should take you no longer than 10 minutes to complete. 

Your response will be completely anonymous and the data generated only used for the purposes of planning future training.

To complete the survey click here.

If you have any questions or problems in completing the survey please contact Caroline Williams

Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund 2018 and Preparing to Borrow training

Art Fund is excited to announce that the next round of funding from the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund will open for applications in June 2018. The Programme is designed to directly fund and empower UK museums/galleries which are regional and/or run by local authorities, universities, or have independent Trust status to borrow major works or collections from the UK’s national museums and galleries.

Generously supported by the Garfield Weston Foundation, the programme will distribute a further £200,000 to museums and galleries across the UK for projects that enable loans of works of art and artefacts to go on display.  Grants will range from £5,000 to £25,000 and can be used to cover a range of costs, including transport, insurance, conservation, installation, and activities relating to advocacy, marketing and audience development.

The application process will open in June, and the Art Fund would encourage interested UK museums to participate in one of the Preparing to Borrow workshops. These will be taking place around the country from May to July, and will be run by Touring Exhibitions Group (TEG).  This training supports participants to acquire the knowledge and confidence to make an application to borrow an object or exhibition, and will be an opportunity to find out more about the Weston Loan Programme. Trainers will include Government Indemnity Manager Carol Warner and National Security Advisor William Brown. The dates and locations are as follows:

  • Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Belfast, 15 May 2018
  • Wrexham Museum, 23 May 2018
  • Cardiff Story Museum, 5 June 2018
  • Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, 26 June 2018
  • Wellcome Collection, London, 3 July 2018

Please visit for more details and to book all workshops, with the exception of the Belfast event which can be booked at: If you have any questions about the workshops please contact Charlotte Dew,

For further details of the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund please visit, and to discuss a potential project please contact Penny Bull,

Museum Essentials Workshop: Bid writing

Thursday 3rd May
Lancashire Conservation Studios, Preston
10:00 – 16:00

Kicking off our new Museum Essentials Programme, this popular workshop has been developed to help individuals and small / medium-sized organisations feel more confident in writing bids and making applications for funding.

The material covers:

  • Sources of funding (public and statutory, private, Lottery, trust and foundations, etc)
  • Key things to remember
  • Stages from application to award to evaluation
  • Tips and tricks
  • Signposting for further information.

It also comes with two resource sheets for delegates to take away.

To book a place please visit our eventbrite page and for more information contact Alex Bird –

National Army Museum Museums Training Programme

The National Army Museum provides relevant training in a variety of museum best-practice topics.

This training is provided free to the staff, trustees and volunteers of Regimental and Corps Museums (R&CM) in the UK. Delegates from other museums (non-R&CM) will be required to pay course fees. Courses coming up include:

  • Regimental Curators Course, 9-13 April
  • Conservation and Hazard Training, 15 May (London) and 11 June (Edinburgh)
  • Collections Move Training, 24 July
  • Emergency Response Training, 15 August

Find out more here.

Interpretive Writing for Exhibitions and Print Workshop

Wednesday 28th March
Calderdale Industrial Museum, Halifax

Do you want to refresh your skills and reignite your passion for communicating with your audiences? Perhaps you are new to interpretive writing and looking to find out where to start?

Museum Development Yorkshire has commissioned Sarah Oswald, The Authentic Spark. Sarah will lead a one day interpretive scriptwriting workshop designed to help you develop practical skills in interpretive writing for graphics. She will share top tips and provide you with the opportunity for real-life applications of best practice principles in writing and editing for your audiences.

Sarah has 20 years’ experience of working on interpretive projects large and small, as an interpretive planner and scriptwriter. Previously a Director at PLB she now runs The Authentic Spark, offering coaching, training, mentoring and consultancy support to people and teams in the heritage sector.

Please book through Eventbrite.

Any questions email Alan Bentley at

Artswork Training Courses

Embedding Safeguarding Practice
An Organisational Approach to Safe Practice with Children and Young People in the Creative and cultural sectors
Tuesday 24th April
HOME, Manchester
10:00 – 16:15

The Course:

Designed for those responsible for overseeing safeguarding practice in their organisation at a strategic level, this course focuses on a whole team approach to embedding safe practice across creative, cultural and heritage sectors.

Participants will carry out an audit of their organisation and create an action plan to support best practice around safeguarding through the delivery of policy, practice and information sharing. You will also explore ways of including young people’s voice to influence your procedures.

Places on this course are strictly limited to ensure a tailored approach.

Ideal for:

• Those who wish to develop a strategic approach to safeguarding within their own organisation eg senior managers, board members, creative directors

• Those who are currently acting as safeguarding lead/ deputy lead or are responsible for overseeing safeguarding in the organisation

• Those who have previously undertaken a child protection course 

You will gain

• Ideas of how to embed a culture of safe practice

• Ways of including and involving young people

• Tools for disseminating policy and best practice

• A safeguarding action plan

• An overview of Designated Safeguarding Officer responsibilities

• Further advice and guidance

Trainer: Lesley Wood

Course cost: £175 per person, including lunch, refreshments and a certificate of attendance for each delegate.

Book your place online here or for advice and information, please contact Rosie Cooke via / 02380 332 491

Evaluating Youth Arts Projects
Wednesday 25th April
Home, Manchester
10:00 – 16:15

The Course:

Developed to help you cultivate meaningful and beneficial modes of evaluating youth arts projects – and prepare you for your own evaluative process through creative examples and useful case studies. By the time you leave you will have developed your own working evaluation plan that considers Arts Council Strategic goals, quality principles and project objectives.

Ideal if:

You want a practical day and the chance to tailor your approach to creative evaluation. This course will give you the confidence you need to engage fully with evaluating youth arts.

You will gain

• Demystification of evaluation myths

• Meaningful modes of evaluation

• Case studies – different approaches to youth arts evaluation

• A range of creative tools and techniques

• Shaping your individual approach – how to engage with youth arts projects

• An evaluation plan- kickstart your own project evaluation

Trainer: Lesley Wood

Course Cost: £150 per person, including lunch, refreshments and a certificate of attendance for each delegate. Limited bursary places are available. English National Youth Arts Network members receive 10% discount on spaces. Membership is FREE – sign up here

Book your place online hereFor further info, contact the professional development team via / 02380 332491 for further information.