Cooperation Project Call for Proposals

From Creative Europe:

The call for Cooperation Projects has been announced with the following deadlines:

The new timetable, new guidelines and eForms can be accessed here.

Changes to Cooperation Project guidelines

Important changes to the guidelines since 2017 include the following: 

  • The new one-off category supports projects that reflect the purpose of the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage.
  • The lead organisation needs to have been legally established for 2 years prior to the deadline. Partners still must be a legal entity, established in one of the eligible countries, but this can now be for less than 2 years.
  • Tunisia is now added to the list of eligible countries.

 Contact us for advice and support and check our website for free events and workshops, which we will continue to announce as the deadlines approach.


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,

Heritage Heroes Awards 2017 Nominations Now Open

Closing date for applications: 30 September

England’s heritage sector simply couldn’t function without the hard work and dedication of its volunteers. Research found that in 2015 8% of people volunteered their time in the heritage, museum or library sectors equating to roughly 4.2 million people. 

Ecclesiastical’s Heritage Heroes Award is the Heritage Alliance’s celebration of the amazing achievements of volunteers.  Now in its eighth year, the award is a wonderful way to raise awareness of the generosity of the sector’s volunteers and to say thank you where they have far exceeded expectations. 

Nominate a volunteer today! The winner receives up to £150 toward travel costs and one day’s pro bono support through practical or professional volunteering from Ecclesiastical. For example, digging, decorating, sharing business management, marketing, communications or HR skills. The exact nature of the support to be agreed with the winner. 

Find out more here.

Funding Opportunities

The Cultural Protection Fund: Department for Culture, Media and Sport

The overarching objective of the Fund is to protect cultural heritage, creating opportunities for social and economic development through building capacity to foster, safeguard and promote cultural heritage overseas. Non-governmental organisations, charities, voluntary organisations, public sector organisations, and academic institutions based in the UK can apply. The deadline for expressions of interest for large grants is 3 November 2017. The Cultural Protection Fund

The Gannett Foundation’s Community Action Grants

The Gannett Foundation is the charitable arm of Gannett Inc., owner of Newsquest Media Group, which publishes regional and local newspapers, websites and magazines across the UK. Each year it awards grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 to registered charities that ‘make a lasting difference to communities’ within the circulation and/or production area of the 300 Newsquest titles. Applications close 9 October The Gannett Foundation

Regional Museums and Galleries Fund – John Ellerman Foundation

This fund from the John Ellerman Foundation aims to help strengthen regional museums and galleries in the UK. The foundation wants to help organisations enhance and sustain curatorial development to attract a broader public. The foundation has earmarked £500,000 to be awarded through the Fund in 2018. They expect to make about five or six grants for periods of two to three years. While the average grant size is ca. £85k they will consider higher amounts for exceptional projects. Applications close 1 December and all information can be found here: Regional Museums and Galleries Fund – John Ellerman Foundation

ICOM UK – BC Global Travel Grant Scheme

ICOM UK, with support from the British Council, is offering a number of travel grants to support staff from regional and local UK museums (non-national museums) to travel internationally (beyond the EU and greater Europe) to develop mutually beneficial projects and partnerships. The ICOM UK – BC Global Travel Grant Scheme will enable recipients to undertake an international visit to meet with international colleagues and mutually share skills, expertise and experience. The Global Travel Grant Scheme aims to support museums who are starting to develop mutually beneficial international projects and partnerships. The total budget available for the Global Travel Grant Scheme in 2017-18 is £7,200.  Applications will be considered for grants of up to £1,500 per organisation or consortium. Deadline for applications: 17:00 on Friday 13 October 2017 hICOM UK – BC Global Travel Grant Scheme

New BBC Two Series Seeks Museums For Filming

Alleycats TV is a factual television production company based in London and Northern Ireland, producing programmes for the BBC, Channel 4 and many other channels.

Executive Producers Emma Parkins and Ed Stobart have developed and made multiple TV brands from Digging for Britain to Grand Designs to Timewatch.

They are now developing a returning series for BBC Two featuring the creative, dynamic and exciting ways in which Museums and other heritage experiences are reinventing their collections and approaches in order to engage more deeply with visitors and build greater visitor numbers.

Alleycats intend the series to become a major returning BBC brand on both TV and online, which will encourage the public to increase the number and depth of their museum visits across the U.K.

In order to shape the series, Alleycats would love to hear about projects you have already done, are in the middle of doing or would like to do in future – they’d to hear about as many different projects as possible.

Some examples of projects/work that the TV company would like to hear from museums across the UK about includes:

  • How you diversify your income streams
  • How you engage and work with volunteers
  • How you develop new projects, activities, events or exhibitions to attract visitors
  • How you manage change and/or risk in your museum
  • How you create and implement business plans
  • How you use marketing to attract new visitors
  • Or any past examples of how you have done any of the above

So, if you would like to take part in a new BBC2 TV series, please contact Alleycats using the email or telephone number below as soon as possible – good luck!

Please contact – Emma Parkins


Mobile: (0)7932 982 106


Twitter: @alleycatstv

Job Opportunities

Cravendale District Council
Great Places Programme Manager
£36,379 – £39,177 per annum
Relocation Package Available
Fixed Term until end March 2020

Cravendale District Council  are looking for a Programme Manager to develop a range of initiatives and activities across business, education, digital and the creative sectors to retain and attract younger people to live and work in our Great Place, the rural corridor linking Skipton / the Yorkshire Dales in the south and Grasmere / the Lake District in the north.

Craven District Council, in partnership with South Lakeland District Council, Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and the Lake District National Park Authority have been successful in gaining funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund / Arts Council England for the project Great Place: Crossing the Watersheds.

You will be outward looking, experimental and exploratory, to see how the distinctiveness of our beautiful rural place with its exceptional quality of life can both retain and attract a new generation of dynamic individuals that will drive forward the future economy of our rural communities and contribute to the resilience of our culture, economy and communities.

You will be based in Skipton, voted one of the best places to live in the UK, and your role will focus along the rural corridor linking Skipton (Craven) in the south and Grasmere (South Lakeland) in the north, including the market towns and rural hinterlands, extending into both the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District National Parks.

You will be supported in this post by a core Board of creative professionals, working alongside economic development, local authority and national park colleagues.  This is a transformative, exciting and wide ranging role with many challenges and opportunities.

The successful applicant maybe entitled to relocation support up to £5,000 subject to the terms of the word icon Relocation Policy [63kb].

For an informal chat about the role please call David Smurthwaite on 01756 706409 or Catherine Johnson on 01756 706408.

For the full info about the role please click here.

Closing Date:  25th September 2017
Interview Date: TBA

Cravendale District Council
Great Places Programme Support Officer
£22,398 – £24,964 per annum
Fixed Term until end March 2020

You will be responsible for supporting and assisting the Great Place Programme Manager with the overall management and successful delivery of the Great Place: Crossing the Watersheds Programme. Your role will be wide ranging and will include social media, financial administration, setting up meetings, taking minutes and managing evaluation.  You will be used to working with senior executives and also on your own initiative.  You will need to be efficient and personable.

You will be office based in Skipton, North Yorkshire – a beautiful rural area with an exceptional quality of life.

You will be working alongside economic development, local authority and national park colleagues.  This is a transformative, exciting, wide ranging role with many challenges and opportunities.

For an informal chat about the role please call David Smurthwaite on 01756 706409 or Catherine Johnson on 01756 706408.

For the full info about the role please click here.

Closing Date:  25th September 2017
Interview Date:  TBA

Lakeland Arts
Head of Curatorial
£28,000 – £32,000
Location: All Lakeland Arts sites 

The successful post holder will have the opportunity to shape the future of the programme working closely with the Director of Programming and Head of Learning.

At Abbot Hall Art Gallery and Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House you will be responsible for influencing, developing and planning the nationally recognised programme.

Working with the existing highly qualified team you will provide leadership and guidance whilst managing team skills and knowledge at the Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories and the Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry.

Purpose and key objectives

A key member of the Senior Management Team (SMT), Head of Curatorial will be responsible for the management, development and delivery of ambitious exhibitions and the care, research, development and display of Lakeland Arts’ (LA) nationally recognised collection from initiating proposals to completion of projects in partnership with the Director of Programming. You will manage the curatorial team achieving and maintaining the highest professional standards through staff development and support.

For the full details and info on how to apply please see the job pack.

Up and Coming Curious Minds Events

Curious about … The NEW Artsmark Partnership Programme
13:00 – 16:30

Arts Council England have now finalised plans for a new programme to support Museums and other Cultural Organisations to understand and meet the needs of schools who are working towards achieving Artsmark.

The Artsmark Partnership Programme (formerly Artsmark Champions) will be opened to all Arts and Cultural Organisations from Autumn 2017 and then will be marketed to Artsmark schools and educational settings in the Spring Term 2018.

Curious Minds is pleased to offer a free briefing event where Museums, Arts and Cultural Organisations can find out more about the new Artsmark Partnership Programme and how they can get involved.

Please note: before lunch there will be a morning session on the Quality Principles and Quality Metrics that you can also book to attend.

The dates are:

Friday 13th October – Curious Minds, Preston, Lancashire
– Wednesday 8th November  – Curious Minds, Preston, Lancashire
– Wednesday 13th December – Senhouse Roman Museum, Cumbria

To book a place on the October session visit this eventbrite page.

To book a place on the November session visit this eventbrite page.

To book a place on the December session visit this eventbrite page.

Curious about … the Quality Principles and the Quality Metrics: Free event
10:00 – 13:00

Curious Minds is offering cultural organisations a facilitated session to explore the Arts Council England’s Quality Principles. 

The aim of the Quality Principles is to raise the standard of work being produced by, with and for children and young people. Seven Quality Principles have been developed as a result of close collaboration between the Arts Council England and Arts and Cultural Organisations that work with children and young people.

The session will explore how your peers are embedding Quality Principles in their practice, and how and where have the Quality Principles have been most useful. The session will also look at the Participatory Quality Metrics and explore the synergy between the Quality Metrics and the Quality Principles.

The dates are:

– Friday 13th October – Curious Minds, Preston, Lancashire
– Wednesday 8th November  – Curious Minds, Preston, Lancashire
– Wednesday 13th December – Senhouse Roman Museum, Cumbria

To book a place on the October session visit this eventbrite page.

To book a place on the November session visit this eventbrite page.

To book a place on the December session visit this eventbrite page.

Please note: after lunch there will be an afternoon briefing session on The new Artsmark Partnership Programme that you can also book to attend.

Museums Funding Fair

Thursday 21st September
Pyramid & Parr Hall, Warrington
11:00 – 15:00

There’s one week to go until our 5th Annual Museums Funding Fair giving museums and arts professionals the opportunity to meet various funding organisations face-to-face.

Due to the success of last year we are pleased to also have a number of national museums in attendance to discuss potential partnership projects and loans.

The fair will also include a programme of workshops from the some of the organisations above and there will also be a workshop looking at how to write successful funding bids.

Organisations that will be present are:

  • Art Fund
  • Arts Council England
  • Association of Independent Museums
  • British Museum
  • Curious Minds
  • Heritage Lottery Fund
  • Imperial War Museums
  • Museums Association
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • National Museums Liverpool
  • NWFed
  • Purchase Grant Fund
  • Tate
  • Touring Exhibition Group

To book a place please visit our eventbrite page.

We have also updated our Funding Sources page which gives an up to date overview of the organisations that fund museums and the projects they fund.

For more information and to book a 1:1 session with Arts Council England please contact Alex Bird, Sector Development Officer at


Make a difference – become a Trustee with Kiplin Hall

Make a difference – become a Trustee with Kiplin Hall

Kiplin Hall in North Yorkshire is recruiting trustees to join the friendly and dedicated Board which oversees the management of this intriguing Jacobean house. The house was built in the 1620s for George Calvert, Secretary of State to James I and founder of the US state of Maryland, and retains links with the state to this day. A member of the Historic Houses Association, the house and gardens are open to visitors and recently featured in Tony Robinson’s highly acclaimed Coast to Coast television series.

We are particularly seeking trustees with skills and experience in finance, business, managing visitor attractions and curation/collections management, to help oversee the continued development of the Hall and gardens. With the support of Heritage Lottery Funding, we are further enhancing the service and experience offered to visitors, as well as reviewing our working practices internally to ensure Kiplin Hall is sustainable and resilient for the future. We are looking to grow our Board of trustees to help guide us through this exciting period of change and transition.

If you are interested in becoming a trustee at Kiplin Hall, you can find out more about the role and how to apply at The deadline for applications is Wednesday 4th October.

North West Museums University Placement Programme

Museum Development North West and Curious Minds are working together to deliver a number of paid university placements and are looking for museums to participate.

Using Curious Minds’ Trailblaze model the programme will create six six-month placements for university students in museums across the North West.  This is an opportunity to engage students from non-arts courses in the museums sector, to develop their understanding of the range of job opportunities available and to diversify the workforce.  It will allow you to develop relationships with local universities that can extend beyond this programme.  This is a great opportunity to showcase the wider arts and cultural sector that there are opportunities beyond national initiatives such as the Creative Employment Programme, and encourage others to be creative in their approach to workforce development, and not rely on the next reinvention of the work-based learning wheel. 

All financial aspects such as the wage will be covered by Museum Development North West and all that we ask from museums is to dedicate the time required to deliver a meaningful and worthwhile placement.

The placements will take place from January 2018 onwards and will be one day a week for 26 weeks.

Due to the nature of the programme the deadline is quite soon so if you are interested in participating in the programme please complete the application form and send to us by 5pm on Tuesday 3rd October –

For more info please contact Alex Bird – or Holly Ball –