Tagged: Events

Museums Funding Fair 2017

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

We’re pleased to be hosting 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 variety 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:

  • Arts Council England
  • Association of Independent Museums
  • British Museum
  • Curious Minds
  • Heritage Lottery Fund
  • Museums Association
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • NWFed
  • Purchase Grant Fund
  • Tate

To book a place please visit our eventbrite page.

For more information and to book a 1:1 session with Arts Council England please contact Alex Bird, Sector Development Officer at alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk

Invitation for Popular History Presentations LGBT History Month 2018

Schools OUT UK is delighted to announce the Invitation for History & Archival Presentations for the 4th National Festival of LGBT History to be celebrated at Regional Hubs throughout the country during LGBT History Month (February) 2018.

This year Schools Out invite individuals and groups to showcase either:

  1. A historical reading of the past, or
  2. An archival source and personal oral testimonies, sets of photos, or significant documents and the stories behind them
  3. A researched presentation on a piece of unknown LGBT history

Your historical presentation/reading/interpretation might be a presentation/explanation of a past – local, regional or national:

  • event or related events of direct relevance to the Human/LGBT Rights agenda & experience
  • history of a group or a specific campaign
  • an account of a personal journey that includes a number of view-points

The theme for LGBT History Month 2018 is Geography: Mapping the world. This is to enable us to reach out to a more international perspective and link with the concept of Mapping ideas, experiences and concepts with a LGBT focus. While we would love presentations on the theme we are not exclusive of other ideas and themes such as 2018 is the 30thanniversary of section 28!

Each festival presentation will be no more than twenty minutes long, followed by a ten-minute Q&A session. We are particularly keen to showcase past experiences and history presentations from those sections of our community whom we too rarely hear from, such as; black and ethnic minority, disabled and bisexual people, and their history.

OUTing the Past 2017 (aka National Festival of LGBT History) presentations included: Mark Hignett, “Soldiers in Love, Park Hall Camp, Oswestry in WW2”; Kate Hutchinson, “Blurring the Lines: Trans representation & gender expression in rock music”; Hilary McCollum, “Sapphic Suffragettes: The key role of lesbians in the fight for Votes for Women”; Jane Hoy & Helen Sandler, “The oldest New Woman and her incorrigible Welsh friend”; Peter Purton, “Trade unions championing LGBT equality“; Gwen Farrar and Norah Blaney: Our love is a thing apart”; Caroline Paige, “True Colours, Trailblazing Transgender Service in the British Military”.

Your presentations source might be:

  • A testimony about a personal or collective experience
  • A set of campaigning leaflets/publicity and the story behind them
  • Personal or other photo-images and the stories behind them
  • A letter or document that again provides a reading of that past commonly ignored or denied.

What all categories of presentations have in common is that they help educate the general public about the neglected understanding of past attitudes towards sex and gender.

For more information please click here.

Evaluating Youth Arts Projects Workshop

Wednesday 12th July 2017
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead
10:30 – 16:45

We know evaluating youth arts projects can seem daunting at first, so this course is designed to support you as you make those first steps. Developed to help you cultivate meaningful and beneficial modes of evaluating youth arts projects – and prepare you for your own evaluative process through creative examples and useful case studies.

Ideal if you want a practical day and the chance to tailor your approach to creative evaluation. This course will give you the confidence you need to engage fully with evaluating youth arts.

You will gain:

  • Demystification of evaluation myths
  • Meaningful modes of evaluation
  • Case studies – different approaches to youth arts evaluation
  • A range of creative tools and techniques
  • Shaping your individual approach – how to engage with youth arts projects

Cost: £130 per person, including lunch, refreshments and a certificate of attendance for each delegate. Limited bursary places are available. English National Youth Arts Network members receive 10% discount on spaces. Membership is FREE – sign up here

Book your place online at www.artswork.org.uk/event/164 or contact miranda@artswork.org.uk / 02380 332491 for further information.

Museums Funding Fair 2017

Thursday 21st September
Pyramid & Parr Hall, Warrington

MDNW are set to host our 5th Regional Museums Funding Fair giving museums and arts professionals the opportunity to meet various funding organisations face-to-face. This year we will welcome Arts Council England, Association of Independent Museums, Curious Minds, and the representatives from the Purchase Grants Fund amongst others. We are also inviting representatives from national museums to partake in the Fair to discuss partnership opportunities and support available.

The Fair will include a variety of workshops from the organisations previously mentioned, including a workshop looking at how to write a funding bid.

We will share further details about this year’s fair closer to the time of the event.

Bite the bullet: Managing firearms and other tricky collections event

Wednesday 26th July
Royal Armouries, Leeds
£11.21 – £16.52

Led by ICON Care of Collections and Metals Groups this day will include papers, discussions and practical collections care applications for the management of firearms, weapons and hazardous collections. It is aimed at anyone with any involvement with, or responsibility for, care and management of such collections.

The provisional timetable for the day is:

10:00 – Tea and Coffee on arrival

10:15 – Welcome and Introduction

10:30 – Collection hazards: An Introduction

11:00 – Firearms and weapons: Key considerations

12:00 – Lunch, delegates to provide their own lunch

13:00 – Handling of firearms/weapons/other hazards

14:00 – Packing and Transport of firearms/weapons/other hazards

14:30 – Tea and Coffee

15:00 – Scenario/group work/panel discussion

16:00 – End

To book a place visit the eventbrite page.

Up and Coming Training Opportunities

Access in Museums: Strategies for welcoming visitors and students with ASD

Thursday 27th July, National Civil War Centre, Newark

Access in Mind will be delivering a one day workshop looking at strategies to improving access to setting facilities and activities for people with ASD, ADHD and sensory processing difficulties. This training day will include recognising characteristics, understanding the effect of the environment on sensory processing and managing challenging behaviour.

Claire Jackson and Juanita Lendon from Access in Mind are qualified teachers, with more than 20 years experience each, of supporting young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). They will be providing their expertise to help you make your museums more accessible to visitors with ASD, ADHD and sensory processing difficulties.

Due to the support of Museum Development East Midlands this event is free for both GEM members and non-members. Priority booking will be given to those from Accredited museums or working towards Accreditation.

For more details and to book your place please follow this link.

Depicting Dress: a professional workshop on male and female dress in 18th-century portraits

Wednesday 20th September, 
School of Historical Dress, London

Learning colleagues working with portraits or costume are welcome to apply for this upcoming workshop, a collaborative event offered by the Understanding British Portraits professional network and The School of Historical Dress

This practical workshop will be delivered by the School of Historical Dress at its new premises in Lambeth. Delegates will have a special opportunity to learn from three of the School’s experienced teachers, and observe practical clothing demonstrations and dressings using its remarkable private archive. Participants will also have the chance to handle historical fabrics and garments, and discuss costume in particular portraits in their collections.

Please visit the website for details of how to apply.

Deadline for expressions of interest: Friday 28 July 2017.

British Museum Opportunities

NEW: Collections Skills Sharing Session 7 August 2017 – ‘Collections Moves: A Case Study’

Booking is now open for a free collections skills sharing session on Monday 7 August at the British Museum, using a recent emergency decant as a case study for collections moves. The session is for people working or volunteering within the museum and heritage sector, with travel bursaries available for those who might otherwise not be able to attend thanks to the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund. Tickets are free, but booking is essential via Eventbrite.

REMINDER: Marsh Awards – 3 weeks to go!

Applications are still open for this year’s Volunteers for Museum Learning Award, presented by the British Museum and the Marsh Christian Trust. The award celebrates the contribution of volunteers in museums, galleries and heritage sites all over the United Kingdom. Winners of the twelve regional awards will each receive a £500 prize. An overall national winner will also be chosen and they will receive an additional £2,000. Prizes will be awarded at a ceremony at the British Museum in September 2017. For more information and to apply, please visit the British Museum website. The closing date for applications is Friday, 14 July 2017.


What Next? Greater Manchester with Sir Nicholas Serota

Friday 7th July
HOME, Manchester
10:30 – 11:30

From What Next?:

Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair of Arts Council England, is coming to What Next? GMR to talk about the funding landscape and case making for arts and culture in the current economic and politica landscape.

What Next? is a growing collective of arts and cultural organisations who have come together to promote engagement with, and support for, the cultural work that takes place day-in and day-out around the country.

Our purpose is to find new ways of engaging with ‘the public’ – our audience and visitors, as well as our potential audience and visitors: the ever-expanding millions who value and take part in the work made with, for and by them.

Our task is to encourage people to see connections between the many different ways art and culture affects and enhances their lives. We want to urge them to register their endorsement of their art and culture, especially where these are under threat.

What Next? groups now meet regularly in a number of major UK centres, including Greater Manchester. Sessions often include a guest speaker invited to provoke, inform, stimulate and challenge our thinking. At the end of their presentation we open the floor to questions to stimulate discussion. Recent speakers have included Michael Oglesby, Ed Vaizey, Alison Clark, Alan Higgins, Sir Richard Leese, Nick Merriman.

To book a ticket please visit the eventbrite page and please note that this event is for those working in Greater Manchester only.

Digital Preservation Research Workshop

Monday 26th June 2017
The British Museum
11:00 – 15:00

You are invited to a workshop at the British Museum designed to better understand the priorities for the sector around digital preservation practices. 

The workshop will contribute to research being conducted in the development a HLF Skills for the Future programme: The Digital Heritage Discovery that if successful will invest in a new generation of diverse museum professionals to equip them with a dynamic understanding of digital data management, preservation and access practices relating to museum collections.

27 trainees, based in museums across the UK, will form a proactive network through which essential digital skills, tools and workflows are developed and shared between trainees, host museums and the wider sector. Trainees will tackle key challenges of digital management, from securing at-risk legacy data to maximising the value of digital assets such as photographs. Positive action recruitment will seek to appoint trainees who demonstrate a natural digital talent and benefit the diversity profiles of their host museum. After a year of on-the-job training, trainees will be able to harness essential skills and act as champions in the sector, placing digital best practice at the heart of all areas of museum work.

If you are able to attend, please contact Maria Bojanowska, Head of National Programmes on mbojanowska@britishmuseum.org by Monday 19th June. If you would like to attend but do not have the funds to travel, please mention this in your reply.


Never Going Underground: Welcoming LGBT+ visitors

Monday 14th August
People’s History Museum, Manchester
10:00 – 16:30

People’s History Museum is currently mid-way through a year long programme of exhibitions, events and learning programmes exploring the past, present and future of LGBT+ activism.  We have teamed up with The Proud Trust to offer LGBT+ Awareness Training to staff and volunteers in other cultural organisations, and to share learning and best practice from our Never Going Underground season.

The LGBT Awareness training aims to encourage staff to feel more confident and able to discuss and talk about gender and sexuality as well as equipping staff with tools to be able to assess how inclusive their work currently is of LGBT people and identities and to develop a plan for how to improve current practice. The training agenda will include: 

  • LGBT terminology and definitions
  • Understanding gender and sexuality
  • Context: taking a look at LGBT experiences past and present
  • Reflection on current practice and exploring ways to make work spaces and institutions more LGBT inclusive 

This training day will particularly suit staff and volunteers working directly with the public. 


10.00am          Registration & refreshments

10.30am          Welcome & introductions

10.45am          Introduction to Never Going Underground project & tour of exhibition

11.45am          LGBT Awareness Training Part 1

1.15pm            Lunch (opportunity to visit Continuum & Queer Noise exhibitions)

2.00pm            LGBT Awareness Training Part 2

3.30pm            Reflection from PHM Front of House team on their experiences of engaging with visitors during Never Going Underground

4.00pm            Q&A – key learning points from the day

4.30pm            Workshop ends

Cost: £30 (price includes lunch and refreshments)
Booking: https://welcominglgbtvisitors.eventbrite.co.uk

If you have any questions, please contact catherine.odonnell@phm.org.uk

Further information about exhibitions on display:

Sat 25 February – Sun 3 September

Never Going Underground: The Fight for LGBT+ Rights

January 1967: it’s illegal for men to have sex together, lesbianism is condemned as sinful or seen as a medical misfortune, and trans rights are non-existent. 50 years later, LGBT+ legal protection and equality is almost UK-wide. There was, however, nothing inevitable about that progress, and there were steps back as well as forward. Curated by members of the local LGBT+ community, this unique exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act, exploring and celebrating those who campaigned and continue to campaign for equality for LGBT+ people. The exhibition details the development of an LGBT+ movement, showing the internal and external struggles, the different party political approaches to equality, and the social and historical context of the last sixty years of activism. This is the complex and compelling story of a long and often bumpy journey. Part of our Never Going Underground season, a year long programme of exhibitions, events and learning programmes exploring the past, present and future of LGBT+ activism.

Family Friendly exhibition, suitable for all ages

In order to keep our exhibitions programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation

Suggested donation £5 

Sat 24 June – Sun 3 September

Continuum: Framing Trans Lives in 21st Century Britain

Recent years have seen an explosion in media interest in trans* issues – however misconceptions about the realities of trans* people’s lives remain. Curated by Artmob, Continuum showcases the diversity of trans* voices in 21st century Britain and features 14 artists from a variety of backgrounds, working across a range of artistic media. The exhibition welcomes visitors into the artists’ lives to share their stories in all their playful, heartfelt and gritted glory. Their work reveals how much there is that unites rather than divides us and, in the process, gets to the heart of what it is to be human. Part of our Never Going Underground season, a year long programme of exhibitions, events and learning programmes exploring the past, present and future of LGBT+ activism.

Suitable for all ages

In order to keep our exhibitions programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation

Suggested donation £3

Sat 1 July – Sun 10 September

Queer Noise: The History of LGBT+ Music & Club Culture in Manchester

Queer Noise is a community exhibition exploring how queer club culture and LGBT+ music-makers in Greater Manchester helped to redefine attitudes towards sexuality across the city and beyond. It features rarely seen material provided by Manchester District Music Archive’s online community. Part of our Never Going Underground season, a year long programme of exhibitions, events and learning programmes exploring the past, present and future of LGBT+ activism.

Suitable for all ages

In order to keep our exhibitions programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation

Suggested donation £3