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Financial Strategy and Governance Workshop

Thursday 7th February
Lancashire Conservation Studios, Preston
10:45 – 15:00
FREE

Delivered in collaboration with AIM and the Charity Finance Group this workshop will bring together Trustees from a variety of heritage charities and offers facilitated peer discussion, enabling the sharing of best practice and individual experiences of financial governance within their organisations.

10:45 – 11:00 – Registration and refreshments

11:00 – 11:30 – Introduction and welcome

The facilitator will welcome attendees and offer an insight into the financial challenges which are facing the sector, with a focus on heritage organisations. This session will allow the group to frame their own governance concerns, and to discuss these with peers.

11:30 – 12.45 – Financial strategy and governance

This session will look at the trustees’ role in financial planning and setting financial strategy, including opportunities for and challenges of delegation to sub-committees and to charity staff/volunteers, and provide guidance on how trustees can best balance delegation with the need to retain effective oversight at the right level. In addition this session will look at the questions you should be asking and how you, as trustees, will know that you are competent and doing a ‘good job’.

12.45 – 13.30 – Lunch

13.30 – 14:45 – Risk management and financial policies

An outline of the financial policies that trustees need to put in place, and how to ensure that they are fit for purpose. We will look at what other reports and information trustees need to fulfil their roles and responsibilities. There will be an outline of how to mitigate against key risks, fraud and mis-management.

14:45 – 15:00 – Final group discussion

15:00 – Close

To book a place please visit the eventbrite page.

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AIM Prospering Boards

Could your board benefit from expert support? AIM Prospering Boards works with boards to help them strengthen their leadership, work more strategically or deal more effectively with emerging challenges.

It offers one-to-one consultancy advice to boards and trustees from a group of highly skilled specialists. Boards can access up to 8 days support from a specialist governance consultant, to work on the aspects of board development that matter most to them.

Each package of support is designed around the needs of an individual museum, so Prospering Boards can help the most experienced boards, as well as those at a more challenging stage of development.

For more details and information on how to apply visit the AIM website.

AIM Hallmarks Funding

From the Association of Independent Museums:

About the AIM Hallmarks Awards

AIM members in England can now apply for a grant of up to £12,000 through the new AIM Hallmarks Awards.

Funded by Arts Council England through AIM’s National Portfolio Organisation funding, the AIM Hallmarks Awards will provide grants totalling around £55,000 each year over the next four years and are available in two strands:

Main grants of £4000 to £12000:  will enable museums to implement the key ideas of the AIM Hallmarks. We will support projects that have an impact on museums’ ways of working, culture, strategy or business model. These will be open to all Accredited AIM member museums in England.

Small grants of £3000 – £6000: will support museums to improve their financial sustainability through either cost saving or income generation. These will only be open to Accredited AIM member museums in England in AIM’s small museum category (that is, museums with up to 20,000 visitors a year).

The closing date for the first round of both strands will be 20 November 2018.

There will be one further round in each of the years 2019 – 2021.

How to apply

If you are thinking of applying, we recommend that you read the case studies from previous AIM grant recipients to understand the type of project that we typically fund.

AIM Conference 2018 Blog

My first experience of an AIM conference was well-timed, as I was just in the door at my new workplace of Port Sunlight Museum. I was able to attend thanks to a Museum Development North West bursary, and I very much welcomed the opportunity to meet peers from other independent museums, and to get an insight into the current landscape in the sector.

The conference kicked off with a series of talks on why diversifying audiences is good for everyone. Hannah Fox’s case study of Derby Silk Mill’s model of co-production, and the importance of being asked ‘What do you need?’ at a pivotal time in her own life, was really inspiring. The power of words was a recurring theme in this session, with Tony Butler of Derby Museums questioning the term ‘hard to reach’ as rather patronising to audiences with agency and discernment, who choose not to visit museums. Butler called for ‘empathy not sympathy’, and challenged museums to let people change us, rather than vice versa. Shaz Hussain of the Science Museum challenged the term ‘diversity’ itself as something she would never use to describe herself, preferring the term ‘representation’. She articulated the power of language with the example of referring to ‘enslaved people’ in interpretation rather than ‘slaves’; an accurate and more nuanced term, which could have real impact for its readers. A bizarre question from the floor about ‘changing history’ was handled well by Hussain; it made me question assumptions about the liberal mindset of the museums workforce, and highlighted the need to keep issues of representation high on the agenda.

This year’s conference was literally close to home for me, hosted at the British Motor Museum in Gaydon. As a Coventrian, the car industry has been an important part of my life – my dad worked at the now-closed Peugeot factory, and my sister and brother-in-law are at Jaguar Land Rover. Somehow though I’d never visited what I’d always heard referred to as the ‘heritage centre’, and so was quite amazed at the scale of the museum and its facilities. I enjoyed going on one of the guided tours of the Collections Centre; a fantastic purpose-built facility, complete with an active workshop area, and fully open to the public as part of the museum experience. On the second day of the conference I attended a talk by Julie Tew of the British Motor Museum, where she explained the museum’s history, its changing relationship with its landlord, Jaguar Land Rover, and its work to position itself as a major tourist venue and capitalise on its conference facilities. It was very interesting to hear from another museum with such a close connection to industry. Port Sunlight was founded as a worker’s village for the Lever Brothers soap factory; my organisation’s relationship with what is now Unilever has changed over the years, and we similarly are working hard to ensure financial sustainability.

These sessions were my personal highlights of a really full two days of conference – it also included breakout workshops, important legal updates for charities, an eclectic set of three-minute showcases, and talks on everything from good financial management to the fascinating history of local gallery and historic house Compton Verney. I appreciated the opportunity to attend and as well as some practical ideas, and new and reignited connections, it’s given me much food for thought.

Denise Courcoux, Museum Officer, Port Sunlight Museum

AIM Conference 2018 Bursary

Museum Development North West are pleased to announce that there is a bursary available for this year’s AIM Conference at the British Motor Museum, Gaydon on 21st– 23rd June. The theme for this year is Changing Gear. Museum Development North West recognises that it is important for museum professionals to connect with colleagues through conferences and networking events, but also how stretched budgets can be when it comes to professional development. If you would like a free place then you need to tell us that you will:

  • Commit to attending the whole conference
  • Feedback to colleagues and the region via our blog
  • Send us any relevant information and feedback to put on the MDNW website

How to apply

This opportunity is open to people working in accredited museums, or those working towards accreditation in the North West, except members of staff at NPOs and National Museums.

To apply please send an expression of interest stating how you and your organisation will benefit from you attending to Alex Bird by 5PM Wednesday 6th June.

Please note that the bursaries only cover the conference on Thursday and Friday only and not the paid-for social events.

New Resources for Heritage Trustees from AIM

This week, AIM is launching the first in a series of new resources for heritage trustees, offering accessible, practical advice to help you provide effective leadership for your organisations. The first of the AIM Guides for Boards cover: Away Days, Recruitment, Effective Meetings and an Introduction to Museums for New Trustees. Titles coming soon include a guide to auditing your governance and a revised version of AIM’s Guide to Successful Governance in Independent Museums.

The new resources are available to download here.

AIM Conference 2018 Bursaries

Museum Development North West are pleased to announce that there are a two bursaries for this year’s AIM Conference at the British Motor Museum, Gaydon on 21st– 23rd June. The theme for this year is Changing Gear.Museum Development North West recognises that it is important for museum professionals to connect with colleagues through conferences and networking events, but also how stretched budgets can be when it comes to professional development.If you would like a free place then you need to tell us that you will:

  • Commit to attending the whole conference
  • Feedback to colleagues and the region via our blog
  • Send us any relevant information and feedback to put on the MDNW website

How to apply

These two opportunities are open to people working in accredited museums, or those working towards accreditation in the North West, except members of staff of NPOs and National Museums.

To apply please send an expression of interest stating how you and your organisation will benefit from you attending to Alex Bird by 5PM Friday 11th May.

Please note that the bursaries only cover the conference on Thursday and Friday only and not the paid-for social events.

AIM Success Guide On The General Data Protection Regulation

With the implementation of the newGeneral Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) we thought it would be good to remind people of the Success Guide published by AIM last year:

Museums and other cultural organisations that want to understand how they should be responding to current and forthcoming GDPR can now benefit from a free Success Guide from AIM called Successfully Managing Privacy And Data Regulations In Small Museums.

The new AIM publication has not been created as a guide to everything in the Data Protection Act (DPA) – or the impending General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – but focuses instead on the most important areas for action now. The GDPR applies to the whole UK, so this guide is suitable for all AIM members and other heritage sector organisations across the UK. You can directly download it from here: Success Guide On The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Museum Development North West will be running another workshop on GDPR soon so please look out for details on our blog.

AIM Sustainability Grant Scheme

Closing date: Monday 15th January

The AIM Sustainability Grant Scheme, supported through the generosity of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, is intended to help medium and smaller sized AIM members to improve their medium and long term sustainability. To be eligible, museums must have an annual turnover of less than £300,000 or fewer than 50,000 visitors a year.

The scheme will come to an end in early 2018 – so this is the last chance that AIM members can apply. Funding is aimed at projects that explore increased and/or diversified income streams and/or develop organisational resilience. Examples of the type of project that AIM would be keen to fund can be found on the main grants page here.

Find out more and take a look at a case study from AIM members, The Grantown Museum, to see how an AIM Sustainability Grant supported them at: www.aim-museums.co.uk/aim-sustainability-grant-scheme-closing-soon.

AIM Launches New Success Guide On The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Museums and other cultural organisations that want to understand how they should be responding to current and forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) can now benefit from a free Success Guide from AIM called Successfully Managing Privacy And Data Regulations In Small Museums.

The new AIM publication has not been created as a guide to everything in the Data Protection Act (DPA) – or the impending General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – but focuses instead on the most important areas for action now. The GDPR applies to the whole UK, so this guide is suitable for all AIM members and other heritage sector organisations across the UK. You can directly download it from here: Success Guide On The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)