Tagged: Events

Free NEMO Webinar: Museums, Health and Wellbeing

Friday 16th June

With Museums, Health and Well being, NEMO continues the successful series of free webinars.

This session will deal with the potential of museums to contribute to public health.
Many museum staff intuitively believe museums make a positive contribution to people’s health and well being, and are increasingly developing activities and projects which seek to enhance their impact. This webinar aims to look beyond individual projects and to make a strategic assessment of the potential contribution of museums to human well being. It will review the evidence for the health benefits of museum visiting, in the context of a broad history of how museums have related to public health in the past 150 years. Some public health academics argue that their field needs to enter a new phase in order to address the diseases of modernity (obesity, mental ill-health, lonliness). This new phase will require a more holistic approach based on fostering social trust and inclusive narratives which enhance people’s sense of leading meaningful lives. The webinar will conclude with an assessment of the potential of museums to contribute to this emerging approach to public health.

The webinar will be facilitated by Mark O’Neill, former director of Policy & Research for Glasgow Life, the charity which delivers arts, museums, libraries and sports services for the City of Glasgow. Mark worked in various positions in museums in Glasgow after he moved there in 1985, serving as Head of Glasgow Museums from 1998-2009. During this period he led the teams who set up the St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art, one of only five multi-faith museums in the world and refurbished Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum. He also wrote the masterplan for the Zaha Hadid-designed Riverside Museum (European Museum of the Year 2012). He is particularly interested in the social purposes of cultural institutions, in people’s motivations to take part in cultural activities and in the health benefits of cultural participation.

The webinar will take place on 16 June 2017 at 15.00h (CEST) and is organised in cooperation with MICC – Media Integration and Communication Centre and NEMECH – New Media for Cultural Heritage.

You can register for the Webinar until 13 June 2017.

Spark your Creativity… in interpretive script-writing

Friday 2nd June
Miller’s Yard, York
09:45 – 16:00

Let The Authentic Spark help you SPARK your Creativity on this one day interpretive scriptwriting workshop.

Whether you are new to interpretive writing for exhibitions, or you are looking to refresh and reinvigorate existing skills, this practically-based workshop will help you. Flex your writing muscles with me as we work through top tips and real-life applications of best practice principles in interpretive writing and editing.

For the full event details including price and info on how to book visit the eventbrite page.


Kids in Museums Takeover Day 2017 – Planning and Sharing Events

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‘Inspiring’, ‘epic’, ‘awesome’… three words young people used to describe their Takeover Day in 2016.

Do you want to raise the aspirations of young people in your museum? Then come along to a Planning and Sharing event for Takeover Day 2017 – the day when young people and children nationwide are given powerful, meaningful, decision-making roles within museums, galleries, libraries, archives, arts organisations and heritage sites.

What you’ll gain from the Planning and Sharing event:
– Ideas that put young people at the heart of your work
– Inspiration from venues who took part last year
– Planning time and guidance for your Takeover Day
– Networking with partners you can work with on Takeover Day

Planning and Sharing 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.

Where: Tullie House Museum
When: 20 June 2017
Time: 13.00 – 17.00
Book here

Where: Manchester Art Gallery
When: 4 July 2017
Time: 13.00 – 17.00
Book here
Kids in Museums has been supported in this event with investment from Museum Development North West.

Kids in Museums works with museums, galleries, libraries, archives, arts organisations and heritage sites to make them more welcoming for young people, children and families – particularly those who haven’t visited before. Click here to find out more about Takeover Day on Friday 17th November 2017. If you have any questions get in touch with the Takeover Day team on: takeoverday@kidsinmuseums.org.uk

Museums Day Postponed

Museums Day, a day of nationwide political advocacy to promote the work of UK museums and due to take place on 15 May, has been postponed until after the election.

The announcement of a UK general election on 8 June means that government is entering a purdah period when restrictions are placed on the political activities of civil servants and arms-length bodies, which includes a number of museums.

The event, organised by the Museums Association (MA) and the National Museum Directors Council, will be held in the autumn.

Alistair Brown, the MA’s policy officer, said: “With parliament going into recess and the government in purdah, it will be impossible to run our flagship parliamentary event, and many museums will be unable to campaign during this period.

“As a result, we are postponing the event planned for 15 May. We’re planning a new date for Museums Day in autumn and will make an announcement about this as soon as possible. We are also working with partners in the devolved nations to ensure that we are supporting advocacy events across the UK.

“At the MA, we will be making the case for the museum sector and will shortly publish a museums manifesto.

“We would also encourage museums to offer their spaces as venues for election hustings, and to highlight the work of your museum to all of the main candidates in your local constituencies.”

Museums and Heritage Show

Go along to this year’s Museums + Heritage Show (17 + 18 May, Olympia London) and hear all the latest updates! If you haven’t already, register for your FREE pass and start planning your visit now!

The Show is themed across the two days making it easier to plan your visit. Take a look at this year’s Show Preview and explore two jam-packed days of free talks, expert advice and more than 150 exhibitors.

We’re all about the more this year! Visit the Show and discover how you can generate more income (including the opportunity to win £1000), design more memorable exhibitions and experiences, be more efficient and above all attract more of those all important visitors!

As John Orna-Ornstein, Director of Museums at ACE put it …
“It’s a completely free opportunity, why would you not go to the Museums + Heritage Show?”

So … why wouldn’t you?

Click here for a short video giving an overview of the show.

British Museum News

CALL FOR PAPERS – British Museum Conference 2017 “Get what you give? The value and benefits of proactively lending collections”

We are seeking proposals for this year’s National Programmes conference at the British Museum on 31 August 2017, which will explore the subject of lending museum collections. The day will include a lively programme of workshops, discussion and debate, which we hope will be shaped by contributions from colleagues across the UK. Please see the British Museum website and the attached Call for Papers document for further information; the deadline for submissions is Friday 28 April 2017. Ticket booking to attend the conference will open in early May.

FREE WORKSHOP – Exploring Ancient Cyprus in UK Museums, 15 June 2017

We are hosting a free workshop for UK curators and museum staff working with collections of antiquities from Cyprus, with talks and practical sessions by British Museum staff and specialists from leading UK museums with Cypriot material. For more information on the day and how to apply for a place, please see the event document – the deadline for applications is Friday 28 April 2017

Seb Chan: Masterclass & Crit Room

Monday June 5th 2017, 2 pm to 6 pm
Digital Catapult, London.
£39 plus VAT (price includes wine/beer/drinks and nibbles)

Internationally recognised museums sector digital revolutionary, Seb Chan, will be appearing at this very special Culture24 ‘Let’s Get Real’ event in London.

In this masterclass, Seb will share his thinking on the challenge of transforming the totality of the museum experience for the 21st century. He will talk about the lessons learned over the last 18 years working in the sector and how these help shape strategies for structural change, digital transformation and implementing human-centred design in large and small organisations. Passionate about the value of museum collections, he will explain about how his work has always placed collections at the centre of strategies for public engagement and how, more than ever, museums need to make more use of their assets to assert their public value.

Seb will be joined by Culture24 CEO, Jane Finnis, for an informal conversation followed by a Q&A with the audience.

The Crit Room will review the digital outputs from three of the organisations in the audience, offering honest, personalised, problem-solving guidance in a friendly and supportive environment. The idea of this session is to share tips both from the experts’ practical suggestions and from each other’s experiences: we’ll also invite comments and ideas from the floor. Everyone at the event will have the opportunity to submit their digital output for the Crit Room and this could be your main website, online collections, an exhibition site or a social media channel.

The event concludes with an hour to reflect and discuss what we’ve learned over free-flowing drinks, nibbles and networking with Seb, the Culture24 team and colleagues from across the sector in the spectacular surroundings of Digital Catapult.

About the speaker

Seb Chan is a trailblazer in the international cultural landscape, lauded for his leading role in transforming the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York with a human-centred digital renewal and now in the newly created role of Chief Experience Officer at the Australia Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) in Australia. Previously Seb came to international fame for his ground-breaking work with Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum. Seb has been a long term collaborator with Culture24, working on their ‘Let’s Get Real’ programme.

Yorkshire & Humberside Federation of Museums & Galleries Events

Collections Rationalisation and Disposals
Thursday 4th May 2017
10.00 – 4.00
Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery

Cost £35 for Fed members
£45 for Non-Fed members

First three applications from volunteers will not be charged

Who is this course for?

This training workshop should be of interest to anyone who works with, looks after and or manages collections of any kind in libraries, archives, museums or galleries.

What will it cover?

Collections rationalisation enables a museum to improve its understanding of a collection so that the collection can be used and developed more effectively. This session will explore the benefits of collection reviews and rationalisation, to both the museum and visitors. The session will introduce different methodologies and frameworks, and approaches to planning a collections review. It will also look at the Standards & frameworks that relate to Museum Accreditation, including the new disposal toolkit.

Delegates will be encouraged to participate through discussions and activities, and there will be plenty of opportunity for questions throughout.

Who will be running it?

It will be coordinated and delivered by Alison Mitchelson, YHFed Freelance Assistant Training Officer who is also a freelance curator and collections management consultant. Alison has been working in the museum and heritage sector since 1999; she has a wealth of knowledge and experience, from working as Lead Project Monitor for the HLF to carrying out visitor and audience research at National Museums Scotland and the Army Medical Services Museum. She has a particular interest and expertise in Collections Management, specifically all areas surrounding museum accreditation and inventory projects, gained through positions with the National Trust and English Heritage, as well as small independent museums. Recent and current clients include the Public Catalogue Foundation (now Art UK) the National Trust, Titanic Belfast, The Servite Priory, Benburb and the Northern Ireland War Memorial. She is an experienced trainer in Collections management procedures and has delivered programmes to the National Trust, Northern Ireland Museums Council (NIMC) and YHFED.

To book please use this form.

Fed Conference 2017: Resilience and Community Partnerships

This year we will be looking at practical ways that museums can change and adapt to put themselves at the forefront of their local community and build resilience in a climate of austerity. Our aim is that by the end of the conference you will leave brimming with ideas and advice relevant to your museum or institution.

The themes we will cover include:

  • Working with Volunteers. Advice will be available on where to start, how to better utilise existing groups, and how to provide effective management.
  • Diversifying Collections. Making collections more reflective and inclusive of, and building investment from, the local community.
  • Building Partnerships. How to develop and reinforce effective partnerships with a range of stakeholders as well as other institutions such as libraries and archives.
  • Rationalising collections to make them more accessible, relevant and cost effective, and providing access to collections outside of a ‘normal’ museum environment.
  • Finding funding. What grants are available and how they can work for you.

For those of you that prefer a less structured conference there will be opportunity to discuss current projects at our Information & Advice Tables. Here you will be able to find out how projects have worked in practice, ask questions and pick up tips and ideas.

If you are looking for relevant training then we are running a workshop/taster session on Working with Volunteers. Further information on our full training list will be available and you will have a chance to sign up for updates or provide feedback on training that you would like to see us provide.

Also don’t miss the opportunity to sign up for a tour of Ferens Art Gallery to see how building partnerships with external institutions has allowed them to temporarily expand their collection and exhibitions through the use of loaned works.

To give a wider view of what is happening across the sector we have several speakers. They will include:

Martin Green, Chief Executive of Hull UK City of Culture 2017
Dr David Fleming, President of the Museums Association
Gillian Greaves, Museums Relationship Manager, Arts Council England

Conference tickets are now available to purchase here. Priced at £25 person,

For more information visit the Yorkshire Fed website.



TEG Preparing to Borrow Workshops

Book your place on one of TEG’s new Preparing to Borrow workshops, for an in-depth introduction to borrowing objects:

10 May 2017      Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

26 May 2017      Palace Green Library, Durham University                                                            

26 June 2017     People’s History Museum, Manchester

7 July 2017         The Foundling Museum, London

£25 TEG members / £35 non-members.

Book here

Delivered as part of TEG’s year-long Preparing to Borrow programme, supported by Arts Council England, the Art Fund and TESS Demountable, the workshops support participants to acquire the knowledge and confidence to make an application to borrow an object or exhibition.

It is an interactive session, based on problem solving and discussion, covering:

  • The benefits of borrowing
  • Researching suitable objects and exhibitions for loan and hire
  • Making a case to borrow
  • Communicating with lenders
  • Loan applications
  • Fees and contracts
  • Sources of funding
  • Scheduling
  • Transportation
  • Facilities reports
  • Government Indemnity and commercial insurance
  • Security
  • Emergency planning

Each workshop is delivered by a TEG trainer, William Brown, National Security Advisor, and a member of the Art Fund team, who will introduce their forthcoming funding initiative, the Weston Loan Programme. The training encourages networking, and provides the opportunity to meet colleagues from other organisations who are looking to borrow and find partners.

Ten travel bursaries are available for each workshop, up to the value of £30. If you would like to apply for a bursary, or if you have any questions about the workshop or the Preparing to Borrow programme, email charlotte@teg.org.uk

TEG is able to provide sign-language interpretation and/or induction loop facilities, if requested four weeks in advance of an event. Please indicate your communication and access requirements when booking.

Training dates in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be announced shortly, email seminars@teg.org.uk to register your interest in attending one of these sessions.

Meet the Funders: North

M & S Company Archive, Leeds
Wednesday 10th May 2017

The aim of this workshop is to give colleagues working in the archives sector a flavour of funding sources available to them, including the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Wellcome Trust and the V&A Purchase Grant Fund, covering both targeted and general programmes of relevance to archive services. During the day there will be informal discussion, advice to individual organisations thinking of applying, presentations, and roundtable surgeries with each of the funders, as well as a chance to find out more about TNA’s Fundraising for Archives programme.


10.00-10.30                         Registration & refreshments

10.30-10.40                         Welcome

10.40-11.00                         HLF presentation (Louise Clare)

11.00-11.20                         Wellcome Trust presentation (Chris Hassan)

11.20-11.40                         BREAK

11.40-12.00                         Case Study: Victoria Hoyle of Explore York

12.00-12.20                         V&A Purchase Grant Fund presentation (Julia Brettell)

12.20-13.20                         Lunch – Provided

13.20-13.40                         TNA Fundraising for Archives team (Sharon Elliott)

13.40-16.20                         Roundtable discussions (40 min each)

16.20-16.30                         Wrap-up

To book a place visit – http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/archives-sector/training-and-events/