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HWB Travel Grant Scheme For Travel to EU and Greater Europe

Opens 1 June 2017

ICOM UK, with support from Heritage Without Borders (HWB), is offering a number of travel grants to support staff from regional and local UK museums (non-national museums) to travel to Europe and greater Europe to develop mutually beneficial projects and partnerships.

The ICOM UK – HWB Travel Grant Scheme will enable recipients to undertake an international visit to museums to meet with international colleagues and mutually share skills, expertise and experience.  The Travel Grant Scheme aims to support museums who are starting to develop mutually beneficial international projects and partnerships in Europe and greater Europe.  Priority will be given to museums whose staff have not previously undertaken international work.

The total budget available for the Travel Grant Scheme in 2017-18 is £7,200.  Applications will be considered for grants of up to £700 per organisation or consortium.

The full list of EU and greater Europe countries applicants are eligible to visit can be found on the Travel Grant Scheme Application Form on the ICOM UK website.

Deadlines for Applications

Applications open: 9:00 on Thursday 1 June 2017

Deadline for applications: 17:00 on Friday 30 June 2017

Successful applicants notified: w/c 10 July 2017

The application form and guidelines can be downloaded from the ICOM UK website.

In autumn 2018 ICOM UK with support from the British Council will launch a Global Travel Grant Scheme.  Further details will be available in summer 2017.


International Museum Day

18th May 2017

In just a couple of weeks, museums and museum visitors worldwide will celebrate International Museum Day (IMD)!

Founded in 1977 by ICOM as an inclusive and participatory event to highlight the importance of museums as institutions serving society and its development, IMD is traditionally celebrated on or around 18 May.

In 2016, 35,000+ museums in some 145 countries participated in IMD! Are you ready to participate? You still have time to plan a special event or programme for International Museum Day! Don’t hesitate to download ICOM’s communication kit for museums, add your activity to the interactive map and watch the special IMD youtube playlist.


Migration Museums Network – UK survey

From ICOM:

Do you think the topic of migration is adequately explored within the museums/heritage sector?

Would you like to see more being done to address this pressing contemporary issue, including within your own organisation?

We invite you to participate in a survey on the coverage of migration and related themes within your organisation and the sector more widely. The results of this survey will help us to establish a Migration Museums Network http://migrationmuseum.org/the-migration-museums-network/, gathering information and improving and sharing best practice nationwide. This network is funded by Arts Council England and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

We ask that this survey is completed by the person best placed to answer the questions within your organisation. Ideally we want to avoid receiving duplicate replies from the same organisation.

We are using this survey to collect information, the results of which will form the basis of a report on the current status of migration as a theme across the heritage sector. We will present, share and discuss these findings at collaborative public events in London and Newcastle towards the end of 2017. If you would like to receive a copy of this report and alerts about these events, please indicate in question 5 on the next page.

This survey should not take you more than 20 minutes. Bullet point answers are fine. We are really grateful for your participation.

To complete the survey please click here https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/B9VLJ8F. The deadline for completion is Friday April 28.

Circulating on behalf of the Migration Museum Project: http://migrationmuseum.org/

Call for papers: ICOM International Conference: Difficult Issues, 21 – 23 September 2017, Sweden

Call for Papers is Now Open!
Submission closes April 1, 2017
Please click here for further details on submitting an abstract for the 2017 Conference

Read the full call for papers HERE.

ICOM Germany and ICOM Nord jointly organize a conference in Helsingborg, Sweden, on September 21–23, 2017 with the theme “Difficult issues”.

Museums play a key role in creating and representing the shared cultural heritage of various communities. What is to be said about the stories museums facilitate? Why is something remembered and something else forgotten? What is highlighted, what hidden? What does restrict museums’ freedom to act and / or do we restrict ourselves? What are the roles of public and local societies? Are museums prisoners of their own familiar practices and processes?

Six national committees of the International Council of Museums – ICOM Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Germany – jointly invite to a conference addressing demanding issues for today’s museums and museum professionals. The conference will gather a large group of experts from these countries, where commonly shared culture and history reflect the ways we approach, collect and present cultural heritage.

European Museum Partnership Development

Thursday 15th September, York
14:00 – 17:00

From Museum Development Yorkshire:

  • Does your organisation have an idea for an international project and are looking for partners?
  • Does your organisation want to take part in an international project being run by another organisation?
  • Does your organiation want to better understand the landscape of museums accross Europe?

If the answer is ‘yes’ then please come to our event on 15th September to meet museum advisers from accross Europe.  This event will help you better understand the museum landscape across Europe, meet potential partners and provide space to develop new ideas and ways of working.

ICOM UK is kindly sponsoring travel bursaries of up to £50 to UK museums. For more information please contact dana@cuello-andrew.co.uk.

For more information and to book, please click here


Conference Blog: ICOM Conference, Milan

Odd travelling to Milan, to a conference peopled by delegates from around the world, just after your own country has made a choice to pursue a more independent agenda. It is perhaps unsurprising that many of the conversations I had in Italy’s industrial capital did not focus on museums at all. But, instead, on Brexit.

The ICOM conference, running from the 3rd – 9th July, was a huge affair. I had gone, funded by the Museum Development North West, to talk about communities. Or more accurately, to talk about how museum’s talk about communities. I went to suggest that communities are not homogenised entities, wandering around beyond the museum walls, but in fact incredibly complex entities. And to truly represent a/the community in museums, we must recognise that the museum has to be a place for debate, for discussion and even for resistance.

Call it what you will the political museum, the musueum of politics, the campaigning museum, is a developing theme. #Museumhour has recently featured politics as a subject. The MA seems more inclinded, indeed more demanding – perhaps under the Presidency of David Fleming – to see museums as political spaces. As places not just of delitcately told pasts, but of troubling, complicated futures.

Many of course, including myself, would argue they have always been this. Working in a museum dedicated to democracy such statements can seem glib. But read any artist statement and the well worn phrase ‘all art is political’ is revealed as ever more real. And if art is political so too by extension is the art gallery. But where does the museum fit within the political landscape of consumed pasts. Especially as discussions around museum and politics in the UK quickly, inevitably, turn to that most boring of words – neutrality. How can any space be politically neutral? As soon as a space is occupied by something or someone, politics must surely follow.

What was suprising about the ICOM conference, was that many of those who I heard speak, freely acknowledged museusms were inherently political. The debate was not about ‘should’ but about ‘how’. We heard from Giusi Nicolini mayor of Lampedusa, of the amazing work of the island’s museum’s. Helping as they do to, provide shelter for the thousands of people who arrive on the island’s shore every year – all attempting to escape a horrififc former life. I went to a paper and learnt that the ‘Museum of international Democracy’ in Argentina, was renamed the ‘Museum for International Democracy’. How powerful a prepositional change can be. One paper suggested that we couldn’t accept democracy as completed thing, but that museums were part of its ongoing development.

Of course the difficulty of politics is difference. If we are to understand and explore genuine points of disagreement, we need to get to the point of what that disagreement actually is. We need to understand that there are some binary seperations in the world, but not everything can be catagorised as wrong or true.

It is in the nuance of public debate where museums are at their best. Public space is becoming a rare thing and under attack. Museums have long been places for calm contemplation, they have a unique ability to ask questions but not demand immediate ill-considered response. What Milan helped me think about was that never has this been needed more. Museums should be spaces of safe discussion. During the referendum campaign, most people sat on the 36 bus between work and home were discussing the EU. I’ll finish with one question; why weren’t more museums doing the same?

Chris Burgess is Head of Collections at the People’s History Museum

The Cultural Protection Fund is now open for applications

From British Council:

The Cultural Protection Fund is now open for its initial round of grant funding. We are inviting applications for both Small Grants (grants less than 100K) and Large Grants (grants over 100k).

The Fund is designed with applications from UK organisations in mind, but any organisation is eligible to apply. Organisations must be working with local partner organisations in one or more of the Fund’s current target countries within the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, specifically: Afghanistan, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Iraq, Palestinian Territories, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey and Yemen.

Due to timescales, applicants for this initial round of funding will be required to have existing partners in the target countries. Information on the experience and credentials of these partnerships, as well as a strong knowledge and understanding of local context, must be provided.

The next funding round will be launched on 1 September 2016, and all applicants, including those who are still developing partnerships in target countries, will be able to apply.

There will be a two-stage application process, with applicants being asked to complete an Expression of Interest Form in order to confirm eligibility, before being invited to complete an Application Form. It will be possible to apply for multi-year grants, and the maximum for any such application will be £3m. The maximum for a single-year application will be £500K.

All applicants will need to provide a clear project plan and timeline, evidence of demand, delivery capability, detailed project costs and information on how risks will be managed and monitored. Project evaluation will be a key requirement of all grant awards.


June 2016 – Initial round of funding (large and small grants)

For applicants with existing partners in target countries only

  • Call for Expressions of Interest: opens 27 June , closes 1 August *
  • Deadline for Application Forms: 31 August
  • Applicants notified of awards at the end of November  (low-risk applications may be fast-tracked for earlier decision in exceptional cases)

*You are encouraged to submit your Expression of Interest form as early as possible in order to maximise your time for completing the Application Form.

1 September 2016

The full application process for the Fund will launch in September. This will be open to all applicants seeking funding, including those who are still developing partnerships in target countries. There will be separate application processes for small and large grants. For large grants there will be two rounds of funding per financial year, and small grants will run on a rolling basis with quarterly decision meetings.

Large Grants: April 2017 award

  • Call for Expressions of Interest: opens 1 September 2016 , closes 28 October 2016
  • Deadline for application forms: 19 December 2016
  • Applicants notified in April 2017

Small Grants programme

  • Small grants applications will be available from 1 September 2016
  • Decisions will be made on a quarterly basis
  • Applications received before mid-October will be considered at the first decision meeting at the beginning of December

If you have any questions, or would like to be added to our newsletter, please email us on culturalprotection@britishcouncil.org.

International Tourism Toolkit for UK Museums

The British Council has just published an International Tourism Toolkit for UK Museums.

This toolkit is the result of a project aimed at increasing the sustainability of non-national museums outside central London by raising awareness of the potential for attracting tourists from Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC countries).

The project was funded by the Arts Council England Museum Resilience Fund and managed by the British Council. The information in the toolkit was gathered by the partners in the project: Birmingham Museums Trust, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Culture Coventry, Freud Museum, Horniman Museum, Manchester Museum, People’s History Museum, and SS Great Britain.

You can download the toolkit from the ICOM UK website: http://uk.icom.museum/resources/guidance-articles/international-tourism-toolkit/

Working Internationally Regional Project – Development Survey

From International Council of Museums:

We have now launched the Working Internationally Regional Project survey, which gives colleagues in the museum and heritage sector an opportunity to tell us about international work being carried out, or ambitions to do so.

Through the survey we would also like colleagues to tell us what support they require to work internationally so that we can develop and deliver the content of the regional workshops in line with the needs of the sector.

To complete the survey, click on the URL below or copy and paste it into your web browser.


Please complete the survey before Friday 8 August to be entered into a prize draw to win a free place and travel bursary (up to £75) to attend one of the regional workshops.  One free place and travel bursary is available for each of the five workshops (one in each ACE geographic area).