Category: Training

“Symbiosis: a new model of resilience for small museums” free one-day workshop

10.30-3.30, 14 March 2018
British Plastics Federation, London

 The aim of this project is to create and pilot a new model of economic resilience for smaller museums by building a resource to support them in developing deeper, mutually beneficial collaborations with their relevant industries.

At this free, one-day event you will hear what has been learnt and what the partner museums have accomplished. You will also have the opportunity to talk individually to the Industry Consultant about the challenges your museum faces and to network with other museums on how to improve industry engagement. It is also an opportunity to preview the Symbiosis resource and to provide feedback.

This is a fantastic networking opportunity to discuss an issue of vital importance to us all in these times of reduced funding. Participants will leave with more confidence in how to effect change in their organisations.

See the programme here Symbiosis Masterclass Programme.

Lunch will be provided and there is funding available to cover travel costs. Please contact for further details.


Being Inclusive: Inclusive training workshops for museums, libraries and archives

TramShed is an inclusive theatre company based in the northwest but working across the UK. Following the success of our recent HLF Young Roots programmes and our Arts-Council funded Muli Mutya, Lancashire project we’ve developed a dedicated inclusive training programme for staff and volunteers within the cultural sector and beyond.

Innovation and inclusion is at the heart of what we do. Our work in the community is fundamental as it allows us to access many people who have previously been excluded from the performing arts through no reason of their own. We are now sharing our approach with museums, libraries, galleries and archives.

What’s covered?

Our training offers an opportunity to learn more about the extensive elements of inclusion, how to incorporate inclusion into your environment/workplace, how to become an effective volunteer or support network, health & safety and how to apply original theatre to your work and storytelling. The training can be tailored to the needs and working environment of the client.

Find out more here.

Email or call 07852 498427.

Setting the Standard: Recruitment and Selection

Thursday 7th December
Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery
10:00 – 16:00 

Are you involved in interviewing and selecting staff?

Do you know which questions you can ask?

Are you confident in recruitment best practice?

Do you understand your legal responsibilities?

This workshop is a fantastic opportunity to gain free, professional Human Resources advice on best practice in recruitment and selection processes to ensure that your organisation appoints the best applicants.

By the end of this workshop delegates will:

  • Understand what is meant by merit-based recruitment and selection
  • Understand the benefits of merit-based selection including for equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Understand the law relating to recruitment and selection, and what this means in practice
  • Receive practical tips and guidance on attraction and selection including: attracting a more diverse range of candidates; how to prepare for interviews (including questioning techniques); an awareness of types of selection tests; how to deliver interviews; how to assess candidates in selection situations

In addition you will receive access to free online resources published after the training including:

  • Guidance notes
  • Template outline policy that can be tailored for your museum
  • Template application form that can be tailored for your museum
  • Template job description and person specification
  • Do’s and don’ts of recruitment and selection document

To book a place click here.

Refreshments and lunch will be provided at this FREE event.

Please book by 9am, Monday 4 December.

Resilience and sustainability: How entrepreneurial is your museum or heritage attraction? Free one-day workshops

4 & 11 December 2017
26 January 2018
Lapworth Museum, Birmingham

Join peers from across the country at Birmingham’s Lapworth Museum at a series of one-day workshops to share successful entrepreneurial models of working which can help develop resilience and sustainability within your museum and heritage attraction.

Focusing on economic (revenue generation), social (volunteer management, marketing, audience development) and environmental sustainability, these participatory workshops will take inspiration from leading museum case studies and provide a supportive environment to exchange knowledge and learning, discuss challenges and obstacles, and generate entrepreneurial ideas to take forward.

The workshops are aimed at staff working in museums and other heritage attractions who have a good understanding of both the strategic objectives of their organisations and day to day operations. Your organisation may book onto more than one workshop.

 There is an expectation that all participants will contribute to the workshop content through sharing their models of working and experiences within their own museums and heritage attractions.

For details of all speakers and to book please use this link:

 These workshops are sponsored by Arts Council England. There is no cost to attend, and lunch and a tour of the museum is included.

Contact for more information: José Forest-Tennant, Development & Sustainability Manager, Lapworth Museum.Tel: 0121 414 6148, email:

New opportunities – British Museum National Programmes

NEW training opportunity: Getting Loan Ready

Colleagues are invited to register their interest for this free four-day residential course of in-depth training on borrowing at the British Museum from 23-26 January 2018. The training is designed for people working or volunteering within the museum and heritage sector who would like to develop their knowledge and understanding of the loans process so that their organisations will be better able to borrow from national collections in future. Generously supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, there are travel and accommodation bursaries available for all delegates.

Places are limited to 10 delegates, and will be allocated by the British Museum. As the training has so far only been delivered in England, museum colleagues applying from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be prioritised. All expressions of interest must be received by 15 November 2017 via the Eventbrite booking form here:

NEW Collections Skills Sharing sessions

Booking is now open for the final round of free collections skills sharing sessions at the British Museum. Designed for people working or volunteering within the museum and heritage sector, there are travel bursaries available thanks to the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund. Tickets are free, but booking is essential via Eventbrite using the links below:


NEW resource: Palaeo Network UK (PALNETUK)

Colleagues are invited to join a new a forum for the archaeological and scientific understanding of the Pleistocene and Palaeolithic record in the United Kingdom: PALNETUK. It aims to support communication and networking across the sector to improve our approach to the human and environmental records of the Ice Age. As a first step in developing this network we invite you to join the mailing list, hosted by JISCMAIL. To subscribe, please email the words “SUBSCRIBE PALNETUK” to PALNETUK-REQUEST@JISCMAIL.AC.UK. Further information on PALNETUK is attached.

Training opportunities

There are still places available on the following MDNW courses:

Business Skills Programme
Team building and group development
Manchester Museum
26th October 2017

 Open to all staff and volunteers of Accredited museums, or those officially working towards it, in the North West. This workshop will be delivered by ACM Training, an experienced training company which has been delivering communication and organisational development sessions to a wide range of clients from the government, corporate and voluntary sectors for more than 20 years.

 Book a place here –


Making more of collections
Geology, Botany and Entomology
Manchester Museum
23rd October 2017

This session will look at three areas of natural science collections to support non-specialist museum staff to explore ways to identify, care for and use natural science collections in creative ways to engage audiences. The expert staff from Manchester Museum and Tullie House will share their insights into working with some of the most interesting objects in your collections and how to unlock their potential.

Book a place here –

Introduction to Ethnographic Collections
Manchester Museum
14th December 2017

This session will give delegates fantastic insight into how to make more of ethnographic collections by hearing from Stephen Welsh, Curator of Living Cultures at Manchester Museum, who is responsible for 18,000 ethnographic objects from Africa, America, Asia and the Pacific which form part of the collections at the museum. He will talk about his inspiring work of working with the collections, including his involvement in the development of a new South Asia gallery that is being developed at Manchester Museum in partnership with the British Museum and South Asian Communities.

Book a place here –

Museums and the Law
Acquisitions and Disposals
People’s History Museum
9th November 2017

Featuring a panel comprising Janet Ulph (Professor of Law at Leicester University), Sarah Brown (Outreach Officer at Collections Trust) and the Museums Association, the workshop is an opportunity to discuss the legal and ethical considerations of acquisition and disposal issues. Delegates will have the opportunity beforehand to submit questions and scenarios to be debated by the panel.

Book a place here –

Lancashire Conservation Studios, Preston
8th December 2017

Led by Shirley Collier, this workshop will take delegates through the legal obligations of being on a Board of Trustees.

Book a place here –

Traineeship Opportunity: Wordsworth Trust

Applications for the 2018 Wordsworth Trust Traineeships are now open.

The Wordsworth Trust has been providing training opportunities for people starting careers in museums, libraries and literature for over 30 years, and has a high reputation across the sector for the standard of training it provides. The Traineeship programme is designed to provide a unique, all-round experience in a full time role (five out of seven days a week) of both an historic house and a working museum that receives 40,000 visitors a year.

The Wordsworth Trust is currently one of three partners in the Cumbria Museum Consortium (CMC), an Arts Council-funded initiative. For the Wordsworth Trust, this has led to a particular emphasis on education, outreach and work with young people.

Trainees will be joining the Wordsworth Trust at a very exciting time. In January 2016, the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded the Wordsworth Trust a development grant towards a new project: ‘Reimagining Wordsworth’. The grant puts the Wordsworth Trust on course to make profound and exciting changes to its site and activities in time to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Wordsworth’s birth in 2020.

All Trainees will gain experience in public facing roles, through delivering guided tours of Dove Cottage, giving introductory talks to visiting groups, selling tickets and merchandise in the shop, and welcoming visitors to the museum. Alongside this, Trainees will also specialise in one of the following departments:


A Collections Trainee will gain experience of managing a Designated collection of approximately 65,000 items, including manuscripts, books and artworks. They will work with the Curatorial Team, and will gain knowledge and experience of museum practice and procedures, the recording and caring of collections, exhibitions, working with researchers, providing opportunities for visitors to access the collection, and much more.


An Education Trainee will work with the Education Development Manager and Education Officer to deliver the Wordsworth Trust’s core schools offer to children from Foundation Stage – KS5. They will develop new school and outreach sessions, both onsite and offsite, including those delivering Arts Award. They will also develop onsite trails and gallery interactives, and will deliver family activities both onsite and in Cumbrian libraries.


An Outreach Trainee will work with the Community Outreach Officer to organise and deliver a county-wide programme of outreach activities and events, engaging with people of all ages (especially older people) and backgrounds. They will have the chance to get involved with local community groups and initiatives, using the Wordsworth Trust’s collection to inspire creative projects.

Visitor Experience: 

A Visitor Experience Trainee will learn how to manage a busy heritage site and how to engage with visitors of all ages and backgrounds. They will be a key point of contact for visitors, including facilitating special and group visits, to ensuring everyone is able to have an enjoyable and informative experience, and will contribute ideas to enhance the visitor experience across the site. They will also support the Trust’s volunteer programme.

Applicants should demonstrate an enthusiasm for heritage and learning, and are expected to develop a knowledge of British Romanticism during the Traineeship. Previous museum experience is not essential and anyone with an enthusiasm for heritage and learning is encouraged to apply.

The Traineeship will run from January 2018 until December 2018. It is expected that Trainees will commit to the full programme. Trainee roles are funded by Arts Council England, and Trainees will be paid in line with National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage regulations.

The Wordsworth Trust is unable to provide visa sponsorship for this Traineeship. Candidates will be asked to show that they are eligible to work in the UK.

The deadline for applications is Monday 6 November 2017 at 9am. Interviews will take place in Grasmere in late November to early December, and will include an overnight stay in Grasmere.

Please visit our website at to download an application pack.

Please contact Melissa Mitchell, Assistant Curator & Traineeship Coordinator ( or 015394 35544) for more information.


Business skills workshop programme

There are still a limited number of places left on our business skills workshop programme to help museums as resilient, effectively-run, organisations. The programme is open to all staff and volunteers of Accredited museums, or those officially working towards it, in the North West.

This programme of workshops will be delivered by ACM Training, an experienced training company which has been delivering communication and organisational development sessions to a wide range of clients from the government, corporate and voluntary sectors for more than 20 years.

The programme comprises:

  • Managing and coping with change, 28th September, The Whitworth
  • Team building and group development, 26th October, Manchester Museum
  • Time management skills, 25th January 2018, Manchester Art Gallery
  • Presentation and public speaking skills, 20th March 2018, The Whitworth

Delegates can book on some or all of the workshops, but due to limited numbers we will be restricting bookings to no more than two places per museum per workshop. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

To book a place on any of the courses please go to

For further information about the workshop programme please contact Lynsey Jones,

Emergency Planning & Preparedness – partnership event with Rapid Response Network

Tuesday 3rd October 2017
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
10.00 – 4.00

Free – RRN Members
Cost £25 for Yorkshire Fed members
£35 for Non-Fed members

First three applications from volunteers will not be charged.

Who is this course for?

This training workshop should be of interest to anyone who is new to or responsible for emergency planning and preparedness in libraries, archives, museums or galleries.

What will it cover?

The aim of the day is to prepare you for emergencies and hopefully minimise damage to collections. There will be two main parts: an initial familiarization with the emergency kit and a hands-on exercise/ scenario dealing with a disaster.

Who will be running it?

It will be coordinated and delivered by Alison Mitchelson, YHFED Freelance Training Provider.  Working in partnership with the Rapid Response Network (RRN), who are a regional membership organisation working together to improve emergency planning and preparedness, for the benefit of public access collections and heritage in Yorkshire & Humber.

The trainer will be Jenny Mathiason, Conservator at Rotherham Borough Council.

What will it cost?

The course is free to RRN members and £25 for Fed members and £35 for non-fed members.  Coffee and tea will be provided. Please note that lunch is not included. Lunch is available for purchase in the café or you can bring a packed lunch. There will also be 3 free places for volunteers, from organisations who are YHFed members available on a first come first served basis.

Where is it?

It will be located at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

How do I book?

To book a place you should either send this form to or use the eventbrite page.

Enquiries and for details on how to pay contact Alison Mitchelson, Freelance Training Officer,

Islamic Numismatics Study Day

Thursday 28th September
Manchester Museum
13:30 – 17:00

All are welcome to Manchester Museum’s upcoming half-day workshop on Islamic and South Asian coins in the Collections Study Centre (3rd floor). This event is held in collaboration with the SSN for Islamic art and material culture and the Money and Medals Network.

The workshop will provide an introduction to the history and development of Islamic and South Asian coinage, as well as an overview of best practice for storage and display of coins and some insights into Manchester Museum’s recent research and cataloguing project with Islamic and South Asian coins (funded by the John Ellerman Foundation). The workshop is suitable for those who are completely new to this subject, as well as for numismatics curators who specialise in other disciplines, or Islamic art professionals who would like to learn more about coins.

Afternoon refreshments are provided. The workshop is free to attend, and bursaries towards travel to attend are available by application to the SSN. For more information regarding bursaries, please contact or see the SSN’s website: Please email and to book your place.


13:30-14:15 – Jenny Norton-Wright, Manchester Museums Partnership: Welcome and introduction to the Ellerman project and Manchester Museum’s Islamic and South Asian coin collection.

14:15-15:00 – Henry Flynn, British Museum: Discussion of storage and display for coin collections.

15:00-15:15 – Break

15:15-16:00 – Vesta Curtis, British Museum: Introduction to Islamic coins

16:00-16:45 – Shailendra Bhandare, Ashmolean Museum: Introduction to South Asian coins

17:00 – Close