Tender Opportunity: Port Sunlight

A village in lockdown: Understanding the impact of Covid-19 on Port Sunlight
Budget: £28,800 + VAT
Deadline: 10am Thursday 24 September 2020

Port Sunlight Village Trust (PSVT) has received a Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund grant from Historic England to understand and document the impact of Covid-19 on Port Sunlight and to identify ways to mitigate the threats and maximise the opportunities for the village’s heritage and its community.

The main focus of the project is a programme of stakeholder research and engagement that includes the village’s residential community – of tenants, owner-occupiers and landlords – as well as businesses, clubs and societies. PSVT now wishes to commission this important piece of work, which must conclude no later than 1st March 2021.

For further information and to view the full brief, click here.

MDN seeking new logo

Museum Development Network is seeking a designer or design agency to develop 2 distinct logos: a new logo for the Network and a separate logo for Museum Development in England.

Each logo should have a distinct design that reflects the nuanced difference and connection between the national Network and the Museum Development Programme in England. The logos should also capture the work and values of the Network and Programme in England.

Both logos together with accompanying brand guidelines should be delivered by 1 February 2021.

For more information and to view the full brief, click here.

MDNW coronavirus update

Here’s our round up of news about COVID-19 relevant to the sector from this week. These are up to date at the time of posting but please check the original source for any updates.

To look back at any of our previous blog posts and their links, find them on our website using the search term ‘coronavirus’.

Museum reopening guidance
NMDC Good Practice Guidelines (10th September)
Updates are made regularly (and listed at the bottom of the website) as government guidance changes so keep checking the website to make sure you are working to the most recent version. The latest update includes amendments to reflect the new 6-person limit on social gatherings, the mandatory recording of data for NHS Test & Trace and a link to the Health & Safety Executive’s guidance on ventilation and air-conditioning during the coronavirus outbreak.

Read our blog post here for the full list of guidance and resources around reopening and view recordings (subtitles are available) on our YouTube channel of our reopening webinars. Please note that the advice given within these videos was based on the most up to date Government guidance at the time of recording and may have changed since.

Latest government information
Latest information and advice (11th September)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): What has changed (9th September)
The government has announced new measures to suppress the virus and keep the number of infections down, including not meeting with people from other households socially in groups of more than 6. This will apply indoors and outdoors, including in private homes. COVID-19 secure venues (including museums) can still host larger numbers in total but groups of up to 6 must not mix or form larger groups. Businesses will have a clear duty to support NHS Test and Trace. From 18th September, it will be mandatory for certain businesses to have a system to collect NHS Test and Trace data, and keep this for 21 days.

Kickstart scheme (2nd September)
Government scheme to provide apprenticeships is now open to applications. The placements will be 6 months long, 25 hours per week and for 16-24 year-olds claiming Universal Credit. Applications must be for a minimum of 30 job placements, ruling out most museums’ ability to apply to the scheme, but if an organisation is unable to offer this many placements it can partner with other organisations as a consortium to reach the minimum number.

Curious Minds, the Bridge organisation for the North West, is interested in gauging the interest and needs of the North West’s cultural sector in relation to Kickstart. They are carrying out a survey to collect an idea of organisations who would be interested in joining a Kickstart consortium, to get a picture of its viability in the North West. 

Arts Council England
National Lottery Project Grants
National Lottery Project Grants are open for applications. Until April 2021, the fund will focus on the needs of smaller independent organisations and individual practitioners. Supplementary guidance has been published that outlines the changes. The fund will also focus more on activity that gives organisations the time to think, plan and test new ideas. For the first time with this fund, ACE will be able to invest in activity where the route to public engagement may take longer, and may take place beyond the boundaries of the activity you apply for. The usual requirement to provide 10% match funding has been removed.

Museum Development North West
Funding sources (7th September)
We have updated our list of current funding sources available for the sector. It includes both general museum funding and Covid-19 specific funds.

ACE National Lottery Project Grants bid-writing support (10th September)
We have extended our bid-writing support offer to museums to work with Laura Drane on applications to ACE’s National Lottery Project Grants on a first come first served basis.

Association of Independent Museums
AIM have a page on their website dedicated to coronavirus resources, including news and advocacy and sources of UK government support. Elsewhere on the website are reopening guidance resources, details of the AIM Hallmarks at Home training, ALVA attractions recovery tracker and online advice surgeries.

Art Fund Respond and Reimagine Grants
The final round of applications is now open for grants to help museums, galleries and cultural organisations respond to immediate challenges connected to the Covid-19 crisis, and offer support to adapt and reimagine ways of working for the future. Grants from £10,000-£50,000, Art Fund will consider offering 100% funding. Deadline 12th October.

DCMS – Museums & galleries sector coronavirus bulletin (7th September)

Surveys and results
Vocal Eyes – Survey report: museum re-opening and live-streamed events (8th September)
Results of a survey run in August on what’s important to blind and visually impaired museum visitors.

Audience Agency – Understand the impact of lockdown on the behaviours of different Audience Spectrum groups
Research into how different Audience Spectrum segments have reacted to coronavirus and predicts what they might do next.

Kids in Museums – What SEND families need to get back to museums (3rd September)
Survey results and practical advice on what would give SEND families the confidence to visit museums again.

National Lottery Project Grants Bid-writing Support

We are please to be able to extend our bid-writing support offer to museums to work with Laura Drane, who usually delivers our popular bid writing workshops, to receive individualised support to apply to Arts Council England’s National Lottery Project Grants Programme.

The tailored support of 30-45 minute slots can be offered one of two ways (please choose which one you would prefer):

  • an advice slot, involving a discussion about the scheme/s and application processes in relation to your circumstances, including any questions that remain after you have read the guidance

OR

  • proofing what you’ve already drafted to offer feedback

To book one of the advice slots, we need you to confirm the following:

  • When you are aiming to submit your application
  • How you want to be contacted (phone / Zoom / GoogleMeet / Skype)
  • Contact name, email, phone number (and Skype username if wanting to use that; email alone is fine for Zoom or Google Meet)

To book Laura to have your draft proofed and feedback given, please send it to Alex Bird via email with the following info:

  • When you are aiming to submit your application
  • Contact name, email, phone number

All remaining slots will be allocated on a first come, first served basis so do book or send your draft as soon as possible.

For more information, or to book a slot, please contact Alex Bird with the above information at alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk

In terms of approaches to and tips about bidwriting, see Laura’s previous guest blog.

Please note that this support is only available to museums in the North West which are non-NPO Accredited museums or those officially Working Towards Accreditation

Job Opportunity: Signal Film and Media and Grizedale Forest

Job OpportunitySignal Film and Media and Grizedale Forest
Job title: Digital Artist
Salary: £3000 fee + £1000 expenses
Location: Online (northwest)
Hours: n/a
Contract: n/a
Closing date: Monday 5 October

Grizedale Forest & Signal Film and Media, with support from Art Fund, are seeking a digital artist/collaborative to create a new, online participatory artwork responding to Grizedale Forest in Cumbria in the North West of England. 

The commissioned artist will work alongside a local BAME/BIPOC community group to increase engagement with the forest and digital art for this underrepresented audience/visitor group.

For further information and to apply, click here.

Kickstart Scheme – Express Your Interest

Curious Minds logo

From Curious Minds:

As the country slowly began to re-open, the government announced its Plan for Jobs in July 2020. Amongst other things this includes; aiming to triple the number of traineeships available, more funding to encourage employers to take on apprenticeships and the introduction of the Kickstart scheme to fund the direct creation of high quality jobs for young people at the highest risk of long-term unemployment. 

More details were unveiled about Kickstart on 2nd September and the scheme is now open to applications. The placements will be 6 months long, 25 hours per week and for 16-24 year-olds claiming universal credit.  More details about the scheme are here. Applications must be for a minimum of 30 job placements, ruling out most museums’ ability to apply to the scheme, but if an organisation is unable to offer this many job placements it can partner with other organisations as a consortium to reach the minimum number.

Curious Minds is interested in gauging the interest and needs of the North West’s cultural sector in relation to Kickstart. The purpose of this survey is to collect an idea of organisations who would be interested in joining a Kickstart consortium, to get a picture of its viability in the North West. This information will be used by Curious Minds and partners to identify what the needs are for the region, and who is best placed to lead this work.  To complete the short survey please click.

SWFed Conference 2020

South West Fed Online Conference 2020 ‘Interpreting, Curating and Combatting the Climate Emergency‘ – Full programme announced

Date: 1-2 October 2020

Online (Zoom)

The South West Fed has today announced the full programme for the 2020 South West Fed Conference ‘Interpreting, Curating and Combatting the Climate Emergency’. The event takes place on 1 & 2 October via Zoom. Within the theme, all speakers will also be addressing the impact of Covid-19 on their activities and on how they see it impacting on museums’ ability to respond to the climate emergency.

Keynote speakers include: Stuart Frost (British Museum), and Dave Coleman (Carbon Literacy Project) & Lynsey Jones (Museum Development NW). 

For tickets and information, please visit click here.

War and Conflict SSN Online Conference

The ‘next normal’: engaging with schools with stories of war and conflict, in light of COVID-19

Date: Short presentations across 2 days, Thursday 19and Friday 20November 2020

The War and Conflict Subject Specialist Network (SSN) will be hosting an online conference how museums can continue to engage schools with stories of conflict from the First World War to the present day, by looking at the digital offer across different organisations and preparing for physical visits to resume. The conference will have sessions looking specifically at STEM provision (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

The War and Conflict SSN are also accepting submissions for proposals that consider the following themes, as well as other ideas you may have:

  • Examples of learning projects that you have adapted in light of COVID-19
  • How to deliver digital learning activities
  • How to stay relevant to the ‘recovery curriculum’, which includes a focus on wellbeing
  • The measures you are undertaking to welcome back schools on physical visits
  • Case Studies for STEM learning –what works well?

The call for proposals will close at 5.00pm (GMT) on Friday 9 October. For full details please click here.

Kickstart Scheme – Express Your Interest

From Curious Minds:

Curious Minds logo

As the country slowly began to re-open, the government announced its Plan for Jobs in July 2020. Amongst other things this includes; aiming to triple the number of traineeships available, more funding to encourage employers to take on apprenticeships and the introduction of the Kickstart scheme to fund the direct creation of high quality jobs for young people at the highest risk of long-term unemployment. 

More details were unveiled about Kickstart on 2nd September and the scheme is now open to applications. The placements will be 6 months long, 25 hours per week and for 16-24 year-olds claiming universal credit.  More details about the scheme are here. Applications must be for a minimum of 30 job placements, ruling out most museums’ ability to apply to the scheme, but if an organisation is unable to offer this many job placements it can partner with other organisations as a consortium to reach the minimum number.

Curious Minds is interested in gauging the interest and needs of the North West’s cultural sector in relation to Kickstart. The purpose of this survey is to collect an idea of organisations who would be interested in joining a Kickstart consortium, to get a picture of its viability in the North West. This information will be used by Curious Minds and partners to identify what the needs are for the region, and who is best placed to lead this work.  To complete the short survey please click here.