Kids in Museums Takeover Day Planning and Sharing Event

Monday 18th June
Harris Museum & Art Gallery
10:30 – 15:00

From Kids in Museums:

Our informal Planning and Sharing Events will help you plan your Takeover Day as well as give you ideas and advice from those who have run a Takeover Day before.

These events are free and open to museums, galleries, archives or heritage sites. The event is for organisations running their first Takeover Day or even their fifth.

For more information and to book a place visit the eventbrite page.


Launch of A History of the North in 100 Objects

A History of the North in 100 Objects is a website-based project intended to showcase the pioneering spirit and impact of the North of England’s inventors, artists, scientists and designers and is due to be launched on Wednesday 13 June 2018, as part of Great Exhibition of the North, 22 June – 9 September. It is funded by the National Lottery and developed by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums (TWAM).

Nominated by staff from museums and galleries across Northern England, A History of the North in 100 Objects brings together objects that illustrate the richness that comes from this region and its people, such as the creation of railways, a flourishing artistic life, the drive for social reform, and the sheer breadth and depth of world renowned inventions. These 100 objects tell just some of the inspiring stories that reveal the North’s ability to reinvent itself, to survive, thrive and create new futures for itself and others.

Iain Watson, Director, TWAM, said:

“The North of England is a hub of creativity and innovation. It’s where railways were born, it’s been home to some of our most creative inventors and now it’s a hub of scientific and industrial innovation. These 100 objects, selected by, and displayed in, Museums across Northern England reflect some of these stories. We won’t have everyone’s favourite object, but hope people will think about what objects tell stories they recognise as representing the North to them. Thank you to National Lottery players who have made this project possible.”

An interactive and engaging website has been specially created where these fascinating objects can be viewed: Users can search for objects by location, time period, size (represented by animals) or theme. The ten big themes explored in the project are: Travel & Transport, Art & Design, Work & Industry, Religion & Faith, Inventions & Innovations, Sport & Leisure, Music & Entertainment, Landscape & Natural History, Politics & Protest, and Words & Literature.

Visitors to the website are invited to curate their own collection by saving up to 10 objects into a personal ‘exhibition’ which can then be shared via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn or email. Users can vote for their favourite exhibitions and the most popular will be displayed prominently on the website. A key feature of Great Exhibition of the North, A History of the North in 100 Objects is also intended to act as a legacy for the Exhibition, as the website will be kept live for the foreseeable future.

The development of the website has been made possible thanks to money raised by National Lottery players and awarded through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) who provided a grant of over £800,000 towards TWAM’s participation in Great Exhibition of the North.

Ivor Crowther, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund North East, said: “Choosing 100 objects to tell the story of the North of England must have been incredibly hard, there are so many fascinating collections to choose from! The curators have done a fantastic job and we’re delighted that National Lottery funding will give people across the UK and beyond the chance to see objects they never would have been able to otherwise and build their own collections of the stories that inspire them.”

Taking place from 22 June – 9 September 2018 across NewcastleGateshead, Great Exhibition of the North is a free, once-in-a-lifetime event which celebrates great art and culture, design and innovation from across the North. Full of amazing exhibits, live performances, displays of innovation, new artworks and magical experiences, it will tell the inspiring story of the North of England and how its innovators, businesses, artists and designers have shaped our present and are inspiring our future.

Open Up Museums For Everyone Launches

A new website and series of useful free resources created by the ‘Open Up: Museums for everyone’ project have now launched.

The project and resulting resources were designed to help all size museums to increase the diversity of their visitors to make real and lasting change in the museum sector.

Co-created with twelve pioneering museums, the new resources can be downloaded in PDF and are available in English and Welsh. There is:

  • A practical guide to support museums to increase the diversity of their visitors
  • An introduction to the guide
  • Case studies from participating museums
  • A sign up for museums across the UK to get involved, offer their own advice and expertise and receive further project news

Open Up began in 2017 at the initiation of the Association of Independent Museums and as a partnership between AIM, Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund, Museums Association, Museums Galleries Scotland, National Museums Northern Ireland and the Welsh Government.

Meeting Point3 Programme Now Open for Applications

From Arts&Heritage:

Arts&Heritage is pleased to introduce the third phase of our Meeting Point contemporary art commissioning and CPD programme for museums in the North.

We have places for six museums from across the North of England to join the programme.

This is an exciting opportunity to test out contemporary art programming within your museum/site to deliver significant organisational change. You will join a growing group of museums who have worked with imaginative, creative visual artists, choreographers, musicians and filmmakers to produce new works that respond directly to location/collection/story. Each museum taking part in MP3 will receive a commissioning budget, PR and marketing support, filmmaker and photographer and a separate budget for public engagement. In addition you will be mentored and supported throughout by Arts&Heritage. We will be rolling out the programme to different geographical areas from 2019, but for 2018 we are inviting applications from museums based in the North East, North West and Yorkshire.

The 19 museums that have previously taken part in Meeting Point have been part of an action-learning programme resulting in a contemporary work being commissioned by the museum. The results have ranged from new choreography and 3D virtual experience to land art, performance and installation. Please visit our website for more information and specific case studies.

Our Meeting Point programme is an intensive CPD programme that includes visits to artists’ studios and meetings with gallery curators; workshops on how to write an artist brief and how to select artists, through to contracts, project planning and budgets. We also work with museums on an individual basis, supporting them throughout as they work with their artist. Meeting Point enables museum staff to gain essential skills in the commissioning of contemporary art and demonstrates the value of bringing artists into the museum and heritage sector. MP3 is part of the Sector Support programme led by Arts&Heritage through funding by Arts Council England.

Information for museums wishing to take part in Meeting Point 3


Meeting Point3 will commence July 2018, with workshops and visits taking place from September 2018 through to June 2020. The artists’ commissions are expected to be realised at any time from summer 2019 through to summer 2020, depending on the needs of the individual museum.

The benefits of joining the programme are:

  • Being part of a network of museums for shared learning and support – this includes workshops and visits to meet artists and curators 
  • A £11k commission fee to commission an artist – to include all expenses, materials, installation and de-installation
  • 4 x £500 proposal fees for 4 shortlisted artists for your commission – to help you select the right artist for you
  • A full day when you will meet artists, writers, architects, performers, musicians and designers who will hear from you about your museum and its collection
  • Support from one member of the Arts&Heritage team throughout the artist selection and commission process
  • Support with documentation of your project by an experienced photographer and an experienced filmmaker
  • Support with marketing from experienced Press and PR professionals – this includes drafting a press release, advising on social media content etc
  • £500 to spend on marketing/promotion as you wish in consultation with your selected artist and Arts&Heritage
  • £500 to spend on outreach/public programming work relating to your commission – workshops, artist’s talks etc
  • An online case study of your project that will be promoted on the Arts&Heritage website – and can be used on your own
  • A short video clip (approximately 2 minutes) of your project including a conversation with the artist and yourselves that you can use in promotion/on your websit
  • Being part of a longer film of the project together with the other participants
  • Free attendance at a one-day seminar on commissioning contemporary art in heritage/museum contexts
  • Travel costs to all workshops and events.


Meeting Point is a highly regarded CPD and commissioning programme, funded by Arts Council England, and we require all museums that take part to be actively engaged throughout the programme schedule and have support from their senior management to do so. Specifically this means a commitment to attend all workshops


Deadline for application is 9th July 2018.
Shortlisting will take place 18th July 2018.
Shortlisted museums will be visited by members of the A&H team during the weeks commencing 23rd and 30th July for interview.
Announcements of successful museums mid-August 2018.

For the full details please see the Programme Outline.

SWFed Conference 2018 ‘Confronting the Challenges: Visits & Collections’

Date: 4-5 July 2018

Venue: University of Exeter

For tickets and the full programme, please visit

About the conference

All of us working in the Museums and Heritage Sector face daily challenges in appealing to a wide range of people:

“How do we reach that elusive audience? What do we choose to let go from our amazing but overflowing collections? How can we be more creative in engaging existing visitors?”

The 2018 SWFed Conference will confront these daily challenges in tough financial times.

There is an exciting line-up of specialists and heritage professionals from across two of the key fields in which we work, visits and collections (both of which go hand in hand). Speakers will share expertise, showcase findings from live projects and partnerships, and provide hands-on workshops – helping you to ‘confront the challenges’.

The keynote speakers will be Helen Bonser-Wilton (CEO of the Mary Rose Trust), and Kevin Gosling (CEO of the Collections Trust) – each setting the tone for a great day of learning, sharing and challenge-busting.

Many organisations have limited resources for staff development – to accommodate this, the conference’s split-topic format will allow staff and volunteers who can only attend one day to focus on either visits (4 July) or collections (5 July) with a specific keynote for each. Those able to attend both days will enjoy a varied programme that will enable them to think about how the two areas can support each other.

There will be plenty of opportunities for networking, including an optional social event on the evening of the first day.

The conference is open to anyone and members can take advantage of discounted ticket prices. Booking and further information can be found here:

The 2018 SWFed conference is in partnership with University of Exeter and Honest Studio, and supported by Volunteer Makers and Tea Social.

FREE workshop by The Space: Curating digital content for galleries and museums

About the event

How digital technologies and platforms can be used by museums, galleries and collections to give greater access to their works

The Space supported by Culture 24, bringing arts organisations closer to audiences, with funding from Arts Council England, present a free workshop exploring how digital technologies and platforms can be used by Museums, Galleries and Collections to give greater access to their collections and engage audiences in new interactive experiences.

Sarah Toplis, commissioning executive for The Space, will be joined by practitioners who’ll discuss their work, whether extending access to collections, or using technology to offer audiences different perspectives on the world.
The workshop will weave small group discussions between the presentations and case studies, providing opportunities for delegates to talk about their own work and ideas.

Sessions include:

How do we tell our story digitally?
Richard Moss, Culture 24 Content Manager & Editor, will join Sarah to discuss some of the critical success factors for the digital curation of collections. They’ll illustrate their conversation with examples of projects drawn from museums and galleries from across the UK.

Case study: Objects of Obsession
Producer Louise Wardle and Manchester Art Gallery contemporary art curator Clare Gannaway will describe how an artist led approach underpinned the development of Sonia Boyce’s digital talk as part of the Objects of Obsession series.

Case Study: A Mile in My Shoes
The Empathy Museum’s A Mile in My Shoes is a participatory touring arts exhibition exploring themes of empathy. The Empathy Museum was keen to create a digital element to their physical portable exhibition, whilst also finding a way re-purpose the best of the existing audio stories to create a series of podcasts.

Case Study: Sculpture.Cam
Producer Douglas McFarlane and members of participatory digital design Studio Moniker will introduce Sculpture.Cam. They’ll discuss how they worked with Yorkshire Sculpture Park to explore photogrammetry and 3D digital capture producing a collaborative social game.

Further informationThe workshop is intended for those with an active interest in using digital platforms and technologies to create greater access, and to enrich audience experiences of, their collections . We have 25 available places to galleries, museums, collections and archive professionals.

This event is kindly hosted by Manchester Art Gallery.

To book click here.

MaxLiteracy – An opportunity for schools, galleries, museums & visual arts venues

Galleries, museums and visual arts venues in England are invited to submit proposals to host MaxLiteracy 2018-19, supported by the Max Reinhardt Charitable Trust, which will grant three venues an Award of £7,000 to support a dedicated programme of creative writing and literacy work with schools.

The aims of the Awards are:

 – For a creative writer to work with a school and a gallery/art museum/visual arts venue on a creative writing or literacy project, exploring the Venue’s collections, displays or building

 – For a creative writing resource to be developed by the venue, Creative Writer, National Association of Writers in Education and with the school on using creative writing to explore the venue’s collections, displays or building

 – For these resources to be shared with the arts and education sectors in order to encourage the greater use of galleries/art museums/visual arts venues by schools for creative writing and literacy work

Applications are invited from galleries, art museums and visual arts venues in England. Experience working with creative writers and schools is welcomed but not essential, and those venues with less experience are encouraged to use this opportunity to develop work in this area.

The deadline to apply is 10am on Monday 2 July 2018. Further information including application documents is available on their website.

Job Opportunity: Revealing Oldknow’s Legacy Project

Job title: Re-advertisement – The End of Project Celebration Events; Invitation to Tender June 2018.
Salary: Tender £16,000 + VAT
Location: Marple, Cheshire.
Hours: Agreed with contractor on receipt of tender
Contract: Fixed term – June to August 2018

Closing date: Monday June 25th 2018

The events will be an opportunity to:

  • thank everyone involved
  • celebrate Samuel Oldknow’s birthday (5th of October, 2018)
  • make a memorable local impact
  • attract first time and regular visitors to mark the project’s achievements
  • identify how they could be involved in sustaining momentum and taking the legacy forward.

We seek experienced event managers to host outdoor events over three unique locations during August, to celebrate our project to Reveal Oldknow’s legacy.

The sites are: the intricate and beautiful ‘Grand’ Marple Aqueduct; Samuel Oldknow’s Mellor Mill now in dramatic ruins; and the surprising and lesser known Lime Kilns, all situated in Marple, nestled between Stockport and the Peak District.

Brief: Please go to to download a copy of the brief or contact the Project Learning & Interpretation Co-ordinator

Deadline Instructions:

The contract will be awarded on behalf of this joint project by Canal & River Trust and will be managed by the Learning and Interpretation Officer, Natasha Lolljee.

Please e-mail your submissions to (using or similar for files larger than 1MB) by 12 noon on Monday 25th June 2018.

Survey of Museum Charges for Archaeological Archive Deposition

Historic England have launched a project delivered by Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, looking at the sustainability of archaeological archives in museum storage.  If you are responsible for archaeological collections and charge for the transfer of archaeological archives then please participate.

The aim of this project overall is to provide a comprehensive survey of the charges required by museums for the transfer of archaeological archives.  They also want to explore how museums decide what to charge and how the fees are used by organisations.

If you are happy to participate further in this project then you may be asked additional questions in a format suitable to you.
As this issue effects a wide range of collecting organisations we welcome as much participation as possible to get a full range of perspectives.

To complete the survey click here.

Job Opportunity: Kiplin Hall

General Manager
Salary: £40,000 – £45,000
Location: Richmond, North Yorkshire
Hours: e.g. Full time (40 hpw)
Contract: Permanent
Closing date: 22nd June 2018

Kiplin Hall is looking for an inspirational and creative General Manager with experience of leading change to help us realise the hall’s potential for the future.

Located in beautiful North Yorkshire, Kiplin Hall is a special place.  An intriguing Jacobean historic house and grounds, it is a member of the Historic Houses Association (HHA) and is passionate about welcoming visitors to the intimate hall and grounds.  Over the past 18 months, Kiplin Hall has been undergoing an exciting period of transition. Supported by Heritage Lottery Funding, the organisation has focused on enhancing the service and experience offered to visitors, as well as reviewing working practices internally to ensure Kiplin Hall is sustainable and resilient for the future.  Now, as the longstanding curator is due to retire, Kiplin Hall is are looking for a General Manager to lead the team of staff and volunteers in the next stages of the hall’s journey.

As General Manager, you’ll have the opportunity to play a key role in shaping the strategic development of Kiplin Hall and its grounds.  Focused on growing and promoting the charity’s activities, you will drive income development for the Hall and grounds by maximising income generating opportunities; ensuring excellent visitor experiences; developing our audiences; and overseeing the management of our trading activities (tea room and shop).  You will provide inspirational and creative leadership for the staff and volunteer team, providing oversight of all operational activities. You will also be a key external advocate for the Hall, promoting its work and forging relationships and partnerships to develop the profile and impact of the charity and its activities.

So, if you relish the idea of a role where you can combine a strategic focus with rolling your sleeves up and getting involved in the operations, Kiplin Hall would love to hear from you.

How to apply

Click here for more information about the role and how to apply.