Members of your ‘Friends of’ committee are warmly invited to Todmorden Town Hall for the British Association of Friends of Museums Get Together on Friday 9th March, 10am- 4pm.
The building is currently only open to visitors once a month and this is your opportunity to see inside a building described as rising “like a Roman temple among the bleak mills and rugged landscape of the central Pennines” Country Life (6 Feb 1986).
Please confirm whether you are able to attend by Friday 2nd March by calling Daniel Jessop, 01706 548105 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org, please note this a FREE get together.
10:00 Coffee on arrival
10:30 Tour of Todmorden Town Hall, led by Todmorden Town Hall Volunteers
12noon Lunch (kindly provided by the Todmorden Town Hall Volunteers
12:50 Round table discussion with Alex Walker, acting Chair of BAFM
13:40 Group discussions (4 x themes: resilience vs. reliance/ independence vs. Interdependence/ friends vs. members/ reinvent vs. remodel)
14:20 Refreshment break
14:40 Feedback and sharing news
15:15 Closing comments
15:30 Optional visit to Todmorden Information Centre and Todmorden Indoor Market
In March 2018, ACE will be hosting a series of briefing events across England to support museums and galleries to understand and benefit from the Museum and Gallery Exhibitions Tax Relief.
ACE anticipate a high demand for these events and so will be restricting attendance to one person per organisation.
To maximise the benefit of these events, it is strongly recommend that the person responsible for financial management at your organisation should attend.
Briefings taking place in the North are:
- Leeds, 1.30pm Tuesday 20 March – Thackary Museum
- Manchester, 1pm Thursday 22 March – Friends Meeting House
- Newcastle, 1pm Wednesday 21 March – Discovery Museum
For more information and details on how to book click here.
Tuesday 13th March 2018, Southbank Centre
Are you interested in developing new and engaging exhibition ideas and realising them collaboratively?
This symposium, programmed by Hayward Gallery Touring, the Touring Exhibitions Group and Art Fund, is designed to inspire, create a platform for sharing experiences and provide practical tips and networking opportunities for emerging curators in regional museums and galleries: https://generating_exhibition_ideas.eventbrite.co.uk
The event will discuss creative approaches to exhibition-making, particularly ways of working collaboratively with colleagues in other organisations to realise complex and challenging projects. Through presentations and panel discussions it will consider idea germination and ways to animate collections with original temporary exhibitions.
Participating speakers include:
Steven Bode, Director, Film and Video Umbrella
Brian Cass, Head of Exhibitions, Towner Art Gallery
Grace Davies, Contemporary Arts Programme Manager, National Trust
Tessa Giblin, Director, Talbot Rice Gallery
Natasha Howes, Senior Curator, Manchester Art Gallery
Harriet Loeffler, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery
Helen Nisbet, Curatorial Fellow, Cubitt Gallery
Chelsea Pettitt, Head of Partnerships, Wysing Arts Centre
Michael Petry, Director, MOCA London
Sam Thorne, Director, Nottingham Contemporary
The panel discussions will be chaired by Rachael Browning, Head of Programmes, Art Fund and Roger Malbert, Head of Hayward Gallery Touring.
Delegates will have the opportunity to ask questions, network and learn from the experiences of others, to encourage confidence in taking their ideas forward, and finding partners to collaborate with.
Tickets are just £25. Book at: https://generating_exhibition_ideas.eventbrite.co.uk
Travel bursaries are available to support the cost of attendance. If you would like to apply for a bursary, or if you have any questions about the symposium, email email@example.com
Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton (Old Court Room)
Royal Pavilion & Museums (RPM) is hosting a conference to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality during 2017. How have the challenges and successes of projects over the past year changed ongoing practice in the sector? Have they helped influence and change the ways in which museums, galleries and heritage organisations look at and share their collections and collaborate with diverse communities?
The programme includes speakers from the National Trust, Liverpool Museums, Oxford Museums, Amsterdam Museum and others, and the day will be chaired by Matt Smith. Further details, including how to book, are on the RPM website here, and on the flyer available here.
National Football Museum, Manchester
Wednesday 7th February
09:15 to 17:00
AMOT are excited to announce that talented Yorkshire poet, journalist and broadcaster Ian McMillan has agreed to act as compere for the morning programme. Ian, who has written and performed his own works for over 30 years, will interact with delegates, host the expert panel debate and even perform an exclusive poem specially created by him at the event.
Tickets are going fast so book yours now to avoid disappointment – see link below.
The free showcase will also provide delegates with an opportunity to:
- get updates from our Army Museums into the Future programme
- get involved with a specialist panel debate on ‘How our organisations and sectors can become more resilient’ with key professionals from leading funding, investment, and support agencies, and
- access one to one information via our Resilience not Reliance Hot Desks clinics as well our practical Resilience workshops.
This exciting venue, The National Football Museum in Manchester City Centre, will offer us access to multiple rooms across four open-plan floors, where delegates will be able to see first-hand how the public engages with and enjoys the museum, its collections and exhibits.
Find out more and book your FREE place here before the booking deadline of: Friday 2nd February.
Looking ahead to Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) 2018 on 27 January, Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT) has produced free guides and resources to inspire museums and galleries to organise events and activities to mark HMD. More than 7,700 local activities took place around the UK for HMD 2017. HMDT hopes to build on this by supporting more museums and galleries to get involved and mark HMD 2018. Click here for full information.
Volunteering for All: Measuring the health and wellbeing benefits
Thursday 15th March
The Whitworth, Manchester
We all know the great impact volunteering makes, but how do we measure the benefits?
Can we quantify the health and wellbeing advantages of a particular volunteer programme?
Join us to hear the results of key studies in this area, and how volunteer managers make the most effective use of this knowledge!
This event will address various aspects of the volunteer journey from the volunteer managers perspective, with a particular focus on measuring the health and wellbeing benefits for everyone involved: the volunteers; the programme managers and volunteer leaders; the organisation; the end users and clients.
We will hear the results of some key work into volunteer motivation and behaviour, including: assessing the volunteering habits of certain groups; attracting and working with younger volunteers and families; two different assesments of wellbeing.
There will be a facilitated roundtable discussion, comparing the viewpoints of volunteer managers with guest volunteers from some of the programmes discussed during the day, as well as networking and discussion sessions for attendees to share and compare their own challenges and experiences.
Agenda (subject to change)
11:00 Welcome address from AVM director.
11:15 Emma Horridge, Manchester University and Lee Ashworth, Imperial War Museum: The”IF: Volunteering for wellbeing” project.
Emma and Lee will tell us about the ground-breaking project, where volunteers were trained across ten different sites, for ten weeks. The project aims included: social ROI; measuring the wellbeing impact of volunteering; utilising heritage sites as community hubs. The presentation will outline the aims, results and long term impact of the project.
11:55 Wendy Hunwick-Brown, Ripon Museum: Working with younger volunteers.
Ripon is in rural North Yorkshire where the challenge of access to leisure and cultural services is exacerbated by poor public transport and isolation from peers. Wendy will talk about the reasoning behind their project focused on younger volunteers, how they combined training for heritage specific skills with broader, more transferable skills, and how this project feeds into the larger, families program.
12:30 Group table discussions and networking.
1pm LUNCH, which is provided.
1:45 Will Watt, Jump Projects: BAME and low socio-economic volunteering.
Will is going to present the findings of Jump Projects’ recent research into BAME and low socio-economic volunteering.This in-depth, original work has uncovered some surprising data and the conclusions will be relevant across the third sector.
2:20 Beccy Bracey and Jenny Salton, Kirklees Museum and Galleries, Catherine Bradley, The Audience Agency: Is volunteering good for your health?
The presenters will discuss their two year project to assess the health and wellbeing benefits of their volunteer program. This will cover: why they commisioned the evaluation; how it was conducted – the methodology and reporting of results; what difference this has made to their volunteer offer and their relationship with partners.
3 pm Coffee and tea break
3:20 The Volunteers’ Perspective: A facilitated roundtable discussion.
Following a brief introduction, this table discussion will be co-facilitated and led by volunteers from some of the programs discussed throughout the event. This is an opportuity for volunteers to feedback some constructive criticism on volunteering and the leadership and management of some of the programs. We anticipate a frank and open debate on the effectiveness, strengths and possible weaknesses!
3:50 Roundup and conclusions, with guest Matt Hick, SMG and HVG.
4 pm Closing address from AVM
Any enquiries, please contact Greville Southgate, L&D Officer on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7426 9192
To book a place please visit the eventbrite page.
There is a FREE interactive workshop on the 26 January (10am-2pm) being held at the Lapworth Museum (University of Birmingham) discussing how to build resilience and environmental sustainability into your organisation. The workshop, which is being led by London-based creative environmental charity Julie’s Bicycle, will introduce the Museums’ Environmental Framework, which is a new tool helping you to map your organisation’s current environmental practice and scope your ambition for taking further action. We will share examples of best practice and practical actions you can take.
This free workshop will be especially beneficial for smaller cultural and heritage organisations and Museums – exploring how to prioritise and take action if you have a small staff team and use volunteers.
José Forrest-Tennant, Development & Sustainability Manager at Lapworth Museum, will be on-hand to discuss current development of the Museum’s creative green certification.
To book a place please visit the event page.
Workshop includes lunch. Funded by Arts Council England.
TramShed is an inclusive theatre company based in the northwest but working across the UK. Following the success of our recent HLF Young Roots programmes and our Arts-Council funded Muli Mutya, Lancashire project we’ve developed a dedicated inclusive training programme for staff and volunteers within the cultural sector and beyond.
Innovation and inclusion is at the heart of what we do. Our work in the community is fundamental as it allows us to access many people who have previously been excluded from the performing arts through no reason of their own. We are now sharing our approach with museums, libraries, galleries and archives.
Our training offers an opportunity to learn more about the extensive elements of inclusion, how to incorporate inclusion into your environment/workplace, how to become an effective volunteer or support network, health & safety and how to apply original theatre to your work and storytelling. The training can be tailored to the needs and working environment of the client.
Find out more here.
Email email@example.com or call 07852 498427.
Thursday 8th February
Natural History Museum, London
13:00 – 17:00
The next SEFM event will be held at the Natural History Museum in London. The theme of this event is ‘Great Design doesn’t have to be Grand’ and will focus on sustainable exhibition design. Speakers will include representatives from the Natural History Museum, Steensen Varming and Julie’s Bicycle.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Due to the popularity of SEFM events, please be aware that places are limited and will be given on a first come served basis.
Lengard are one of London and the South’s pre-eminent and historic building conservationists, sensitively restoring, repairing and conserving historic buildings. Clients include the Natural History Museum and Headstone Manor Museum.