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Kids in Museums’ How to be a Family Friendly Museum Training Day

Museum Development North West

People’s History Museum, Manchester
Tuesday 9th July 2019, 10am-4pm

Would you like your museum to be more welcoming of children, young people and families, but need some support?

This training day will provide a great opportunity to review where you are as an organisation and offer top tips and inspiration to develop your offer for this audience.

This day will help delegates to:

  • explore how your work fits into the local and national context
  • use our Kids in Museums Manifesto as a framework to reflect on what your organisation offers and where you can develop your work
  • pick up low and no cost tips for improving your provision
  • hear from the People’s History Museum, our 2017 Family Friendly Museum Award winner, about how they have embedded the Kids in Museums Manifesto and run Takeover Day
  • discover how Takeover Day and Teen Digital Takeover can be used to pilot new…

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Weston Loan programme with Art Fund now open for applications

The Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund has now reopened for the third round of applications. The programme provides funding and training for regional museums and galleries to secure important strategic loans from national collections.

The grants cover up to 100% of the costs associated with securing and displaying a loan, for example security reviews, insurance, transportation, conservation, installation and invigilation.

They also support activity related to maximising the impact of the loan, such as production of marketing materials, on-site interpretation and/or audience engagement activity.

Made possible with the support of the Garfield Weston Foundation, the programme aims to encourage new and stronger relationships between regional and national museums and galleries.

Details are here of the loans supported across the first and second rounds of funding. Plus repeated  here is Warrington Museum & Art Gallery’s guest blog on their experiences on applying to and receiving funding from the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund.

There is funding available of £5,000-£25,000, deadline to apply is 10th September 2019. It is recommended that anyone planning to apply to the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund attends one of the Touring Exhibitions Group (TEG) workshops, ‘Preparing to Borrow’. For more information on upcoming workshops visit TEG’s Eventbrite page

Further details of the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund are here. You are encouraged to review the Guidance for applicants and contact the Programmes team at Art Fund to discuss your initial ideas before submitting an application. Please contact:
Penny Bull, Senior Programmes Manager
020 7225 4840





In Your Customers’ Shoes – Northern Museums Visitor Experience Consortium 2019

Museum Development North West

Museums across the North of England are invited to take part in an exciting programme this summer. ‘In Your Customers Shoes’ aims to put those that come face-to-face with visitors on a daily basis in the shoes of those visiting.

Each participating museum agrees to send its staff or volunteers to three other museum sites between July and September 2019. You are asked to assess the museum you visit in all aspects of the offer from online presence to visitor engagement. In return, your museum will receive three reports from people from other museums who have visited your site.

The programme has been running for several years in the Yorkshire region and was trialled last year in the North West. It has proved a great way for the staff and volunteers who take part to have an interesting and enjoyable day out and bring enthusiasm and ideas back to their…

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Audience Diversity Academy

The Audience Diversity Academy is a proven programme that helps cultural organisations diversify their audiences. Now in its fourth year this programme has seen great success and organisational change for those that have previously taken part.

This online programme includes mentoring sessions with leading experts, online training and peer-to-peer support to help you deliver work-based experiments to develop and diversify your audiences.

Fellows gain the support of international Mentors whose experience in the cultural sector is embedded in inclusive practise and helping organisations get results.

Single and Joint Fellowships are available, but we encourage two people to apply from each organisation to take part in a Joint Fellowship. The programme will run from September 2019 –March 2020.

Applications should be submitted by Monday 17 June 2019. More information plus the application form can be found online

Meet the Team – Abdullah Ahmad

Abdullah Ahmad – Programme Assistant

So what is it I do I hear you ask?

My main task will be to provide admin support to help successfully deliver the Museum Development Programme. I’ll also be helping with organising events, maintaining databases and updating the MDNW blog.


Abdullah Ahmad – MDNW Programme Assistant.

How did I get here?

I’ve held jobs in a number of areas but always been interested in a role in the cultural sector and feel I could be a useful addition to the MDNW team. I’ve worked in journalism and data analysis in the past and hope to transfer some of the skills I gained over to this role.

About me

I am 32 and born in Yorkshire, but (un)fortunately lost my local accent many years ago. My interests change pretty regularly but things I am into at the moment include Persian poetry, playing old Nintendo games and visiting as many cafés in Manchester as I can.

Contact Details


Telephone: 07767 675188

MDNW Family Friendly Programme 2019

Museum Development North West

Many museums are seeing an increase in family visits, and are often responsible for delivering family activities in the school holidays, but many are aware of the need to improve their offer to cater for this audience. That’s why we are delivering the second year of our Family Friendly Programme.

This programme has been developed by MDNW and aims to support six museums that wish to develop their aspirations of becoming more family friendly in line with the Kids in Museums Manifesto and the Family Arts Standards. The programme consists of self-assessments, family assessments and a workshop to be delivered by Kids in Museums, Family Arts Campaign and a family friendly award-winning museum.

Museums will be asked to:

  • Carry out a self-assessment of their museum using criteria provided
  • Recruit a family to undertake an assessment if necessary
  • Attend a workshop on the 18th October 2019 focussing on best…

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The Artist Researcher: Artists and museums working together

Museum Development North West

Friday 7 June 2019 9.30am – 4pm
The Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, London WC1N 1AZ
£20 Advance booking essential

A one-day series of panel discussions on building and managing relationships between contemporary visual artists and museums in the UK. Aimed particularly at smaller museums looking to broaden access and think differently about their collections

Museums have always been a source of inspiration and knowledge for artists, and a refocus for many from ‘making’ for an object based practice to a more open-ended research driven approach has led to increased appetite for access to museum archives and the specialist staff oversee them. ‘Artist as researcher, artists and Museum working together’ convenes arts practitioners and museum representatives in a series of panel discussions to consider the mutual benefits and challenges to artist, institution and audience in such collaborations.

Aimed particularly at smaller museums and reflecting on the Artquest research residency programmes…

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Job Opportunity: National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port

Collections Officer
Salary: £24,000
Contract Type: Full Time Permanent
Closing Date: Monday 10th June 2019

Job Purpose

From the National Waterways Museum:

We’re the charity who look after and bring to life 2,000 miles of waterways across England and Wales, because we believe that life is better by water. Every role across the Trust plays it’s part in transforming our canals and rivers into spaces where local people want to spend time and feel better, bringing wellbeing benefits to millions.

The National Waterways Museums at Ellesmere Port & Gloucester hold the most comprehensive collection of artefacts that tell the story of Britain’s canals and navigable rivers over the last three hundred years.  The collection consists of over 12,000 objects – including sixty-eight historic boats and a significant archive of historic records and images which alone occupies 0.9km of space.  The collections are Designated by Arts Council England (a scheme which identifies and celebrates outstanding collections) as being of national significance with the majority of the boats on the national historic ships register and twelve vessels part of the elite National Historic Fleet.

The role of the Collections Officer is to work with the Collections Manager to develop, manage and care for the museums’ collections at National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port in accordance with Accreditation and Designated status. To display and make accessible the collections in ways that realise their potential to enrich people’s lives and contribute to the wider success and resilience of the museum

Key Responsibilities

  • Responsibility for delivering good collections care and documentation for the museum collection to meet museum sector standards
  • To coordinate and manage the work of volunteer groups involved in delivering collections care and housekeeping, documentation and interpretation.
  • Answer research enquiries, facilitate researcher visits and coordinate loans into and out of the museum.
  • Managing and developing the museum’s temporary exhibition programme to increase and widen audiences
  • To contribute to the development and installation of museum interpretation including permanent exhibitions and externally funded projects.

For the full job description and details on how to apply, click here.


Clore Emerging Leaders and Leadership Intensive Residential Courses

Applications now open!

Emerging Leaders is an intensive course providing the essential skills and tools required by cultural leaders in the early stages of their careers. Grounded in experiential learning and rich with real-life examples shared by experts from across the cultural and corporate sectors, Emerging Leaders provides professional and personal development for individuals who want to lead and make an impact within the cultural sector.

Emerging Leaders has been designed for individuals at an early stage in their career who aspire to lead. Typically Emerging Leaders course participants will have between 2-5 years’ experience in the cultural sector and will have had some experience of managing projects or people; are perhaps looking to take on an enhanced role and need to acquire new skills to be successful; and have undertaken some sector relevant skills development training.

Find out more here.

Closing date for all applications: 12.00pm on Tuesday 11th June.

MDNW Emerging Leaders Programme 2019: Management and Leadership Essentials

Museum Development North West


We’re still taking applications for our latest Emerging Leaders Programme for 2019. After a short-break, this popular leadership development programme for early career professionals has returned, and applications for 2019 are now being accepted.

Emerging Leaders: Management and Leadership Essentials is a professional development programme designed to help you build the skills you need to be a successful manager and leader. Aimed at early-career professionals with line management or supervisor responsibilities, this six-month programme is recognised by ILM and includes:

  • Six full-day subject and skills-based workshops in key areas such as leadership styles, coaching, influencing and personal resilience, as well as follow-up activities between the workshops to help you apply your learning back at work;
  • An opportunity to seek 360° feedback at work to help you understand your skills strengths and areas for development;
  • Time for you to work on your own personal…

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