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Agents of Change: Driving and dealing with change as a freelancer in the cultural sector

Thursday 14th March
Manchester Art Gallery
10:30 – 16:30

Join other museum freelancers for this insightful, valuable and practical day of training and networking, aimed at freelancers working across all disciplines in the museums and heritage sector and those considering embarking on a freelance career.

Speakers will share their journeys, practical lessons and tips and will explore many aspects of ‘change’ relevant to freelancers, including:

  • How can freelancers who aren’t attached to any particular organisation inspire and deliver change as ‘outsiders’?
  • How can individuals be the change they’d like to see? What power do they have?
  • How can freelancers be more resilient and prepare for or learn to embrace change?
  • How can freelancers cope and deal with change when it’s not change they were expecting, or perhaps wanting?

Find out more here.

Early bird tickets are £70, after which tickets are £90.


Finding Funds for Fossils, Ferns and Flamingos: How to secure money for museum collections

Wednesday 30th January
World Museum Liverpool

09:30 to 16:30
Booking is now open for NatSCA’s “Finding Funds for Fossils, Ferns and Flamingos: how to secure money for museum collections” on 30th January 2019 at World Museum Liverpool. The programme includes speakers from a wide range of fundraising backgrounds from major grant-giving organisations like Arts Council England to museums with years of successful fundraising experience. Topics will cover the hows, whos and wherefores of grant applications and fundraising as well as looking at attracting donors and sponsorship. Advice and case studies will also give delegates tools to use to become more successful museum fundraisers.


Nathan Lee, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund North West – Heritage Lottery Fund: the new funding framework for 2019-2024
Graeme Wotherspoon, Head of Individual Giving, RHS Wisley – Using the herbarium to fundraise for the new RHS Science Centre
Abigail Janis-Dillon, Development Executive, Trusts Foundations and Government, Science Museum Group – Stewardship: Building Relationships by Building Trust
Victoria Symes, Institute of Fundraising – Fossils or Fantastic Supporters? Making the most of Friends Groups to Support Your Collections
Andrew Evans, Director of Development, National Museums Liverpool – Writing amazing funding applications
Penny Thompson, Relationship Manager, Museums, Arts Council England – Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants
Emily Grint, Visufund – From dinosaurs to digital: how to generate funds online
Emma Coleman, Programmes Manager, ArtFund – Funding opportunities for curators

Download the programme here.

£52 Members (email membership@natsca.org for a discount code)
£72 Non-members

Numbers are limited so please book here early to avoid disappointment.

Curious About Working with Schools?

Wednesday 13th February
The Whitworth, Manchester
10:00 – 16:00

Led by Curious Minds, this event is designed to deepen the understanding of arts and cultural professionals about the education landscape. A workshop session to explore a number of questions … How are recent changes to national policy influencing the ability of schools to say yes to the arts? How have schools networks changed across the NW? What pressure, priorities and funding issues affect the way schools engage with arts organisations and how can you support schools with these challenges? What programmes (such as Artsmark Partnership,Programme Arts Award Supporter) exist to help cultural organisations build relationships with schools?

A great day of CPD for staff from your schools, education or learning teams who are new to schools work or any staff who feel they need a refresher.

Refreshments and lunch will be served on the day.

For more information and to book a ticket click here.

Power, People, Practice Symposium

Senior leaders of cultural organisations are invited to join a symposium on approaches to inclusive engagement hosted by the Creative People and Places network.

This one day strategic conversation will include insights into embedding inclusive engagement approaches, creating relevant and meaningful cultural experiences, people focused and values-led inclusive leadership and the challenges and rewards of working in this way.

Taking place on Thursday 17th January 2019, the event will discuss the insights and challenges, and explore the next steps towards genuine long-term engagement with communities. The symposium is being held in Peterborough, and you can book your place here.

Museums Association’s Digital Basics Boot Camp

Is your museum in shape for the networked digital world?

Find out more at Digital Basics Boot Camp

Do your technological skills need a workout or are you looking to flex some digital muscle?

The Museums Association’s digital basics boot camp is a fast-paced one-day conference covering all the essential digital skills that museums need today, including:

  • Website design and maximising the impact of social media
  • Digital marketing including analytics
  • Digitisation basics
  • Creating a digital strategy

Sector digital heavyweights lead masterclasses, share best practice advice and offer tailored support throughout the day.

Speakers include:

Jane Audas, Digital Producer
Mike Ellis, Thirty8 Digital
Chris Unitt, Founder, One Further
This event is for any museum professional who wants to polish their digital skills, find out what to spend their time and money on, and gain the confidence to pursue their own digital projects back at their museum.

The day runs from 1045 to 1700, with registration from 0945.

For details and ways to book click here

Clore Leadership’s Achieving and Retaining a Diverse Board Event

Applications are now open for the Clore Leadership’s upcoming event, Achieving and Retaining a Diverse Board, which is taking place in London on Thursday February 28th.

The speakers for the day will be Tony Heaton OBE (Sculptor and Chair of Shape Arts), Matthew Xia (Theatre Director and Trustee), Sarah Weir OBE (CEO, Design Council), Sue Woodford-Hollick OBE (Businesswoman and Trustee) and Joanna Moriarty (Green Park). The day will be led by Clore Governance Associate, Prue Skene and Founder of Unheard Voice Consultancy Marsha Ramroop, and will include keynote talks, panel discussions and surgery sessions with speakers.

Click here for more info and details on how to apply.

Animating Histories – Museum Animation Workshop

Tuesday 13th November & Thursday 22nd November (10am – 12pm)
National Football Museum, Manchester
Cost: Free

Delivered in collaboration with Anim18, learn how to incorporate stop-motion animation into your museum learning sessions with our Animating Histories staff training workshop.

The purpose of this free CPD session is to explore how museum facilitators and interpreters can introduce animation to their schools and public programming offer. Using innovative techniques and simple technology, stop-motion animation can further encourage your participants to interact with museum artefacts, create imaginative narratives and build a better understanding of the stories behind museum collections.

The session will take place on Level 4 of the museum. Each session has a capacity of 15 places so booking your place in advance is essential.

Email learning@nationalfootballmuseum.com to book or find out more information.

Sound & Vision: Historic Record Keeping Event

Thursday 25th October
Manchester Central Library – performance space
10:30 – 15:30

Though funding has increased for BAME heritage projects, their visibility in the UK’s museums and archives has not. This free event hosted by The Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre will explore the value of preserving memories for future generations and help you to develop some of the basic skills required. We hope you will leave this event feeling empowered to play your part.

‘Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them’ Madam C J Walker, African American philanthropist, entrepreneur and social activist


The morning session is open to both BAME communities and heritage professionals and features two compelling speakers:

  • Hakim Adi, professor of the History of Africa and the African Diaspora, University of Chichester
  • Abira Hussein, researcher and graduate of the National Archives trainee programme: Healing Through Archives, a Somali digital archive looking at inequality, representation and wellbeing of migrant communities using technology


The afternoon session is reserved for those involved with BAME-focused community projects. Practical workshops include:

An introduction to managing paper records
An introduction to managing digital images
An introduction to managing sound

Lunch will be provided if you attend the full day event. We may also be able to reimburse travel costs for those who would otherwise be unable to attend.

To book a place visit the eventbrite page.

Family Arts Networks Sharing Seminar

Friday 9th November
Z-arts, Manchester

From Family Arts Campaign:

Join us for a networking lunch and to share learning on your recent work with families, older family members, partnership working and collaborative activity.

Details for the day are:

11.30am arrival with tea and coffee

12midday – 4pm Sharing Seminar:

• Network sharing discussions: a chance to share and hear from other Family Arts Networks and local organisations on recent activity. We ask that attendees come ready to discuss learning from their recent work with families, and where possible contribute a short presentation (of up to 10 minutes). Sharing can also include recent work with older family members.

• World Café workshop with Family Arts Campaign evaluators Maria Brewster and Susan Potts. A structured evaluation session with opportunity to discuss and reflect with each other on your experiences, observations and future plans.

• Expert Audience Development session led by The Audience Agency’s Maya Sharma, Learning and Participation Consultant. This session will share insight from TAA’s research and data on family audiences, encourage participants to think about how to use data and evidence to underpin their work with families, as well as how to apply the principles of audience development planning to deliver more strategic work with families. The session will also include discussion on ways of collecting qualitative data from family groups, pooling TAA and workshop-participants’ experiences in this area.

Lunch will be provided.

The event will gather members from the Manchester Family Arts Network as well as other UK Family Arts Networks and organisations engaged in the Campaign.

Places at the event are limited so please RSVP to clair.donnelly@thealbany.org.uk as soon as possible and we will respond to confirm your place. If you have any dietary or access requirements, please include these in your RSVP. Please also indicate if you will be able to contribute a presentation during the Network sharing session.

GEM Advanced Workshop: The Learning Curve

How leading a learning museum can transform your business
Tuesday 11th December 2018, 09.30-16.00, Bramall Hall, Stockport

Nowadays museum purpose is bound up with the search for resilience; whether strategic, cultural, financial or simply in expertise. To achieve true resilience, the museum must become a learning organisation. Learning organisations are organisations that understand and optimise learning. This is not just from the point of view of audience activities, but also in how leadership teams and directors learn, behave, act, speak and champion causes worth having. If this is embraced, the rewards for the organisation, its governance and its community are transformational.

GEM’s advanced workshop: The Learning Curve has been developed to support the leading professionals of museums and cultural organisations in building resilience through learning and innovating. By exploring what it means to be a learning organisation, discussing the issues surrounding it and planning for the future, you will discover the rewards of embedding learning throughout your workplace.

“It reminded me that change in an organisation is a learning experience – and that much management work can be seen in this way. And that is a good way to view learning.” – Past participant

The workshop is for anyone in the heritage and cultural sector who is interested in transformational leadership and learning as an organisation. It is best suited to those in leadership positions, like directors, CEOs, trustees and managers.  We encourage attending with a learning officer (or equivalent) from your organisation, in order to share insights and pool resources to move forward holistically, following the workshop.

The workshop has been devised and led by Nick Winterbotham, a former director and chief executive of many prestigious museums, including Eureka! The National Children’s Museum, National Railway Museum, York, and the Museum of East Anglian Life. Nick is now the managing director of Nick Winterbotham & Associates, delivering high quality consultation and training on leadership, heritage learning and team development, amongst other subjects.

The fee for GEM members is £145, or £220 for a pair from the same organisation. The fee for non-members is £180, or £270 for a pair from the same organisation. A pair can attend at the member’s discount if one person in the pair is a personal GEM member, or if their organisation has an institutional membership. 

For more information and to book your place click here.