Tagged: Exhibitions

Celebrating the Paralympics

FREE Exhibition Offer from the National Paralympic Heritage Trust

The United Kingdom is the birth country of the Paralympic Games. It is a remarkable story that begins with a German refugee, Dr Ludwig Guttmann, and culminates in the success of today’s Games. The stories of those involved in the movement from medical staff to athletes is extremely inspiring and, as shown in London 2012, very successful in breaking down barriers and changing attitudes towards disability.

This exhibition offers you the opportunity to celebrate this history, including local content to recognize the work of paralympians, disabled sports clubs and diversity groups in your area. It will contain an introduction on the Paralympics, the story of Dr Guttmann and his revolutionary rehabilitation ideas, national and regional stories, and scope for your content.

The National Paralympic Heritage Trust is inviting offers of interest from museums to host the exhibition from June 2018. Venues should have an exhibition space of at least 20 square metres and be willing to support it with local content for at least a six week period. 

Interested museums are requested to email Vicky Hope-Walker at vicky.hopewalker@paralympicheritage.org.uk with an expression of interest including: venue name and size; proposed start date and duration of the exhibition; a supporting letter. This will enable the designers to finalise designs based on the need of the venues.

Deadline for expressions of interest: Monday 10 July 2017.


Touring exhibitions from Guildhall Library

We at Guildhall Library are very pleased to announce that two of our exhibitions are now available to hire for free. If you are a museum, library, history centre, school, or any other organisation, and are interested in hiring these exhibitions, we’d love to hear from you!

Guildhall Library is a public reference library in the City of London specialising in the history of the capital, with titles dating from the 15th century to the present day, including original plague and Great Fire material.

Each exhibition consists of eight pull-up banners and is flexible enough to fit in most spaces.

The first exhibition is London’s Dreadful Visitation: The Great Plague, 1665. The Great Plague was a devastating event in the City of London, wiping out almost 100,000 people. Whether young or old, man or woman, saint or sinner, it killed mercilessly and changed London forever. Divided into clear themes, visitors are able to learn more about the pestilence, including the remedies people used; theories on the causes; and what the authorities did in response to the outbreak.

Also available is our brand new exhibition That Dreadful Fire: the Hand of God, a Great Wind and a Very Dry Season. It takes you through the story of the Great Fire and explains what you can learn through Guildhall Library’s collections, including who was to blame, its impact, and how Londoners rebuilt the City.

For more details please contact us at GHLevents@cityoflondon.gov.uk or 020 7332 1868.

Competition Opens to Host Great Exhibition of the North

The opening of the competition to host the Great Exhibition of the North in 2018 has been announced by Culture Minister Ed Vaizey.

Towns and cities across the North East, North West and Yorkshire are invited to bid to host the two-month exhibition, which will celebrate the best of art, culture and design across the northern regions. The exhibition will showcase the great creative and cultural sectors across the North, to help boost the economy in the region

The Government is contributing £5 million towards the exhibition itself and a further £15 million into a legacy fund to attract further cultural investment in the Northern Powerhouse.

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey said: “The Great Exhibition of North is a fantastic opportunity to promote the very best of Northern art, culture and design. Investment in our arts and culture not only benefits these sectors but, as we have seen from Hull being named UK City of Culture 2017, can drive regeneration of whole towns and cities.”

The competition will close in June this year and the chosen venue will be announced in the Autumn.

For further information, please see here.

Want to tour exhibitions and collections internationally? Last chance to register for British Council publication

As part of an ACE funded project to develop museums capacity to tour exhibitions and collections internationally, the British Council is producing a brochure to showcase the wealth of collections held by UK museums and to encourage approaches from overseas museums for touring exhibitions or loans.

The brochure, which will be available both in hard copies and online, will be used by British embassies, UK Trade & Investment, and British Council offices overseas to promote UK museums worldwide. It will be launched at the American Alliance of Museums conference in Washington DC in May 2016.

All UK museums – both national and non-national, are invited to register their interest. There is no charge for inclusion in the brochure. The brochure content is being collated and edited by the National Museum Directors’ Council.

For more information and an application form, please contact international@nationalmuseums.org.uk.

The deadline for submitting material is Friday 27 November 2015

WIRP International Travel Grant Scheme

Details of the WIRP International Travel Grant Scheme are now available on the ICOM UK website. The scheme is offering a small number of travel grants to support non-national museums in England to work internationally.

The travel grants will enable recipients to undertake an international research visit in 2016 to museums and/or organisations abroad who they would otherwise not be able to meet with face-to-face. The intention is to support non-national museums who are starting to develop international contacts and/or projects, and who are exploring their potential to work internationally in a particular part of the world. Priority will be given to museums whose staff have not previously undertaken international travel as part of their work.

The total budget available for the travel grants is £12,000. Applications will be considered for grants of up to £2,000 per organisation or consortium.

The application form with eligibility and guidance notes can be downloaded from the ICOM UK website.

Applications open: Thursday 15th October 2015

Deadline for applications: 12:00 on Friday 30th October 2015

Successful applicants notified: w/c 16th November 2015

For any questions about the scheme, contact Dana Andrew, Project Co-ordinator, dana@cuello-andrew.co.uk

WIRP Workshops

A series of one-day workshops will take place across England between September 2015 and January 2017 for regional and local museums and galleries who are embarking on international work, or interested in finding out more about it.

Focussing on a particular theme or topic, the WIRP Workshops will enhance the skills, knowledge, and confidence of participants to develop international work, and provide information and advice on how to do so.

Relevant case studies will be presented alongside facilitated group work, and participants will have an opportunity to network with colleagues and speakers.

The following WIRP Workshops are now open for booking:

International Touring Exhibitions & Loans – Tuesday 22 September 2015, MShed, Bristol


Working with China – Wednesday 14 October 2015, York Castle Museum


Working with India – Monday 9 November 2015, Imperial War Museum, London


The fee for each workshop is £35 with a discounted fee of £25 for small organisations with less than 20,000 visitors per year.  The fee includes refreshments, lunch, and a delegate pack.

Places are limited so early booking through Eventbrite is advised.

Economics of Touring Exhibitions Survey 2015

Complete the Economics of Touring Exhibitions Survey 2015 and win a Touring Exhibitions Group (TEG) workshop place and travel bursary


The Economics of Touring Exhibitions survey will take approximately 10 minutes or less to complete and will help TEG gain a snapshot of touring exhibitions practice in the UK today; the economic and partnership models being used, motivations for touring, and the barriers and challenges that prevent some venues engaging in touring activity. The information provided will help TEG develop the Economics of Touring Exhibitions: Models for Practice professional development training and toolkit.

Museums, galleries, heritage sites and arts venues of all types are encouraged to participate. Whether you originate or hire touring exhibitions, or are interested to engage in touring in the future, we are keen to receive your feedback. Please pass the link on to your colleagues and contacts.

Complete the survey by Friday 31st July 2015 to be entered into a prize draw to win a free place and travel bursary to attend one of TEG’s forthcoming Economics of Touring Exhibitions seminars. There is one free place and up to £50 travel bursary available per ACE region. The survey will remain open until the 28th August 2015.

The survey has been developed as part of TEG’s ACE funded resilience programme Economics of Touring Exhibitions: Models for Practice, which is also supported by TESS demountable.

If you have any questions about the Economics of Touring Exhibitions programme or this survey, please email Charlotte Dew, TEG Researcher: charlotte@teg.org.uk 

Working Internationally Regional Project (WIRP) survey

Complete the 2015 WIRP survey to win a workshop place and travel bursary

The Working Internationally Regional Project (WIRP) survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete and will help to understand the motivations that regional and local museums have for working internationally, and the barriers and challenges faced when doing so. The information and feedback you provide will enable us to develop and deliver the WIRP programme of workshops, travel grants, and online resources to meet the needs of the sector.

Click on this link to complete the survey http://bit.ly/WIRPsurvey
Complete the survey before Friday 26 June to be entered into a prize draw to win a free place and travel bursary to attend one of the forthcoming WIRP workshops. There is one free place and up to £75 travel bursary available per ACE region.

Full details of the WIRP programme will be announced on the ICOM UK website and through the WIRP e-newsletter. Sign up for updates on the ICOM UK website http://uk.icom.museum/working-internationally-regional-project/

Touring Exhibitions Group awarded Arts Council England funding for Economics of Touring Exhibitions: Models for Practice research and training programme

The Touring Exhibitions Group* (TEG) will receive a £40,000 investment from Arts Council England’s Museum Resilience Fund**, to support the delivery of a two-year research and training programme that will explore the economics of touring. Support for the project has also been secured from TESS Demountable***.

Touring exhibitions can ensure the sustainability of access to high quality temporary exhibitions to all. They are a key tool when responding to reduced funding for exhibitions.

TEG has identified a pressing need for detailed information and learning resources to assist organisations in the identification and application of appropriate funding models for the delivery of touring exhibitions.

The Economics of Touring Exhibitions: Models for Practice programme will research and analyse the range of economic models being employed to fund, develop and deliver touring exhibitions across the UK. The research will be used to generate resources that organisations can consult and employ when looking to fund touring exhibitions, including a range of practical models.

The grant from Arts Council England also provides funding to deliver subsidised training across the country between November 2015 and March 2017, and an online toolkit, based on the information and resources generated by the Economics of Touring research.

“This is a great opportunity for TEG and its membership to build on our track record of professional development and research, supporting the sector in developing innovative approaches to funding touring exhibitions in the UK today.”

Louise Hesketh, TEG Chair

The Museum Resilience Fund is supporting a wide range of cultural organisations to become more sustainable and resilient at a challenging time. This investment in TEG’s research and training programme will help ensure people can continue to access collections, expertise and knowledge through touring exhibitions.”

John Orna-Ornstein, Director, Museums, Arts Council England.

For further information or to speak to a member of the TEG committee about the Economics of Touring programme contact Charlotte Dew, 0776 1650082 or charlotte@teg.org.uk.

Personal Museums – installation at National Football Museum – call for help!

From National Football Museum:

“Personal Museums is a digital art project which involved working with artist group Soup Collective to make 3D models of objects from our collections and also memorabilia belonging to members of the public, and part of this has involved the artists working in residence: http://www.nationalfootballmuseum.com/about-us/latest-news/2013/10/soup-collective-residency/

The artists are now in the process of creating an installation to share the various stories they have collected with our visitors.  They would like to build the work using a series of old/antique museum cabinets which would be modified/adapted to accommodate the work.  

Does your museum have any older “antique style” cabinets (either large single units or a set of smaller cabinets/stands/plinths) which are going unused / an need of TLC?

Ideally these would be in a dark wood, which can be adapted and modified to accommodate the artwork? We are open to considering all kinds of sizes and styles and the unit(s) can be damaged, as the artists will be refurbishing and transforming them for the exhibition. (We can collect.)”

If you are able to help please contac John O’Shea – john.oshea@nationalfootballmuseum.com