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: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/getting-loan-ready-registration-38841343504
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:
- Integrated Pest Management: Pests, Risks and Habitat – Wednesday 15th November
- Eastern Pictorial Art Handling – Friday 17th November
- Exhibition Installation Scheduling – Thursday 7th December
- Storage of Ethnographic Collections Material: Challenges and Solutions – Thursday 25th January 2018
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.
There are still places available on the following MDNW courses:
Business Skills Programme
Team building and group development
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.
Making more of collections
Geology, Botany and Entomology
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.
Introduction to Ethnographic Collections
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.
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.
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 – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/museums-and-the-law-trustees-tickets-37720821994
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.
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 (email@example.com or 015394 35544) for more information.
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 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/museum-development-north-west-2195377819
For further information about the workshop programme please contact Lynsey Jones, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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?
Enquiries and for details on how to pay contact Alison Mitchelson, Freelance Training Officer, email@example.com
Thursday 28th September
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or see the SSN’s website: http://krc.orient.ox.ac.uk/iamcssn/index.php/en/. Please email email@example.com and Stephen.firstname.lastname@example.org 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
The next round of British Museum collections skills sharing sessions are now bookable online. The following training sessions will be running in September and October:
- Care and Storage of European Glass – 5 September 2017
- Integrated Pest Management: Pests, Risks and Habitat – 13 September 2017
- Heavy Object Collections Care: Introduction – 20 September 2017
- Pinning – 2 October 2017
- Mounting and Storage of Prints and Drawings – 16 October 2017
These sessions are free and open to all colleagues working or volunteering within the museum and heritage sector thanks to the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund. Travel bursaries are also available upon request.
For more information contact Georgia Mallin, UK Partnerships Co-ordinator – email@example.com
Thursday 12th October 2017
10:00 – 16:15
Of benefit to individuals and organisations looking to update their understanding of child protection legislation and best practice, this course provides a full update on current child protection legislation, including the Disclosure and Barring service, the Duty to Refer and Working Together.
The day will provide practical advice to help you develop sensible structures and build confidence around child protection issues, within the context of developing and delivering creative and cultural projects for children and young people. The course also includes a “safe touch” section, exploring how child protection guidelines can be maintained within more physical art forms.
- Anyone working in the arts and cultural sectors with children and young people
You will gain:
- An update on current child protection legislation and best practice
- Information on the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), and how to handle disclosure
- Ideas for developing child protection policies
- Safe Touch – information on how child protection guidelines can be maintained within more physical art forms
The course costs £130. The day includes lunch, refreshments and a certificate of attendance for each delegate. English National Youth Arts Network members receive 10% discount on spaces. Membership is FREE – sign up here.
Wednesday 12th July 2017
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead
10:30 – 16:45
We know evaluating youth arts projects can seem daunting at first, so this course is designed to support you as you make those first steps. 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.
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
Cost: £130 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
Thursday 21st September
Pyramid & Parr Hall, Warrington
MDNW are set to host our 5th Regional Museums Funding Fair giving museums and arts professionals the opportunity to meet various funding organisations face-to-face. This year we will welcome Arts Council England, Association of Independent Museums, Curious Minds, and the representatives from the Purchase Grants Fund amongst others. We are also inviting representatives from national museums to partake in the Fair to discuss partnership opportunities and support available.
The Fair will include a variety of workshops from the organisations previously mentioned, including a workshop looking at how to write a funding bid.
We will share further details about this year’s fair closer to the time of the event.