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New Museums Association Rep for North West


I am honoured to become the new North West representative for the Museums Association.

I am really looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible either within your venues or at the MA conference in November.

I started working in the museum sector in 2012 as Duty Manager at the National Football Museum (just prior to the museum opening in Manchester). Coming from a hotel and theatre background my focus has always been on delivering excellent customer experience through staff training and development.

In 2015 I moved to the role of Volunteer and Participation Manager. This involved setting up a volunteer’s department. Within a year, we had over 150 volunteers. I’ve found this role to be thoroughly rewarding for visitors, volunteers, myself, and the museum.

I am passionate about the values museums can make to society. Potential visitors, volunteers, and staff may have preconceptions that some museums will be inaccessible to them. I strive to change that and ensure we create museums who have access for all.

Please email or tweet me if you have any questions or require any information regarding the MA.

I look forward to meeting you all soon.


Email: Darren.Collingwood@nationalfootballmuseum.com

Twitter: @DCollingwood40


Call for Proposals: Museums Association Diversity Conference

The Museums Association (MA) is holding an open call for session proposals for its forthcoming one-day conference on diversity, equality and inclusion.

All Inclusive: Championing Diversity in Museums takes place on 24 January 2018 at Thinktank in Birmingham, and aims to empower people to continue challenging the status quo and championing a diverse approach, while providing ideas as to how diversity can move from the margins to mainstream museum practice.

As part of the MA’s vision for “inclusive, participatory and socially engaged museums at the heart of their communities” and its Museums Change Lives policy document, the event will be programmed through an open call for papers. They particularly welcome ideas for workshops and interactive sessions, standalone presentations, panel discussions and other interventions.

Proposals will be considered by an advisory committee made up of diversity champions from across the UK museum sector and members of MA staff. If successful, the MA will work with you to shape up a session that fits within with overall programme for the day.

The MA’s definition of diversity includes the protected characteristics as defined by the Equalities Act 2010 but also includes socio-economic background and status, and diversity of perspectives and life experience.

The deadline for proposals is 27 September. A form for submissions, and guidelines to putting forward a proposal, are available on the MA’s website.

Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund Now Open

First round application deadline is 6th December

Initial applications to the 14th round of the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund, which helps museums develop collections to achieve social impact, will be accepted by the Museums Association (MA) until the deadline of 6 September.

This round will see £600,000 of grants available for applications for funding from £20,000 to £120,000, for projects that will last up to three years.

In the first instance, applicants should call or email to discuss their idea with Sally Colvin, the MA’s programmes manager, or Sarah Briggs, the MA’s collections development officer.

Initial applications will be shortlisted by the end of September and informed whether or not they can proceed to a full application, which must be completed by 18 October. The successful applicants will be announced in early December.

Museums Association Conference 2017 Funded Places

The Museums Association is back in the North West and we are pleased to announce that we will be offering eight FREE places at this year’s Museums Association Conference in Manchester on the 16th – 18th November.

Museum Development North West recognises that it is important for museum professionals to connect with colleagues through conferences and networking events, but also how stretched budgets can be when it comes to professional development.

To apply for a free place, please send an expression of interest to Alex Bird (alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk) by September 22nd, to be eligible, you will need to:

  • Confirm that you are a first time attendee
  • Commit to attending the whole conference
  • Cover your own travel costs and all expenses
  • Feedback to colleagues and the region via our blog
  • Send us any relevant information and feedback to put on the MDNW website

For the full programme please see here.

Please note that these places are only available to people in the North West that work in non-MPM and non-national accredited museums or those in museums officially working towards accreditation.

AMA NW & NE Network Meeting

Monday 12th June
Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, Carlisle
12:30 – 15:30

This is a chance to meet informally to share and support each other with our AMA no matter what stage you are at in the process.

Those who can join us will have a chance to find out more about the exhibition, to quiz  Gill Goodfellow, Exhibitions Officer and Tour the latest major exhibition – Hadrians Cavalry Exhibition for free with Gill Goodfellow and Simon Jackson.

To help with refreshments and staffing please confirm you are able to attend by noon on Saturday 10th June via email to : malancaster@btinternet.com

Help Shape the Future of the Sector as an MA Rep

Closing date for applications Monday 19th June.

The Museums Association (MA) is seeking to recruit 16 member representatives, who will act as a vital link between the association and its members.

Member representatives attend members’ meetings, speak on the MA’s behalf at meetings with regional and national bodies and keep the association in touch with what is happening on the ground.

They also help to keep members in the local area up to date with MA activities and promote membership, communicating regularly through emails, newsletters and the website.

Representatives will receive a free place at the Museums Association Annual Conference and Exhibition each year.

The association is seeking to recruit posts across the UK in all of the English regions, Scotland, and Wales. These posts will join the existing representatives in Northern Ireland and Wales.

Sharon Heal, the MA’s director, said: “This is a great opportunity to get more involved with the MA, help shape the association’s policy, and engage closely with the sector.

“Our member representatives are the MA’s eyes and ears on the ground and play a vital role in helping us remain relevant to all the nations and regions of the UK.

“We would love to find engaged members who can help us communicate what the MA is about and let us know what issues are top of the agenda in their areas.

“As we roll out the second phase of Museums Change Lives, this is an exciting time to be a part of that campaign and the MA’s wider work on the impact of museums.

“We would urge anyone interested in representing the work of the MA to consider applying for these posts.”

The posts are for a period of three years and are unpaid, but reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed. Applicants must be individual members of the MA.

The closing date for application is 19 June.

Links and downloads

Member representatives: role description and application form

Museums Day Postponed

Museums Day, a day of nationwide political advocacy to promote the work of UK museums and due to take place on 15 May, has been postponed until after the election.

The announcement of a UK general election on 8 June means that government is entering a purdah period when restrictions are placed on the political activities of civil servants and arms-length bodies, which includes a number of museums.

The event, organised by the Museums Association (MA) and the National Museum Directors Council, will be held in the autumn.

Alistair Brown, the MA’s policy officer, said: “With parliament going into recess and the government in purdah, it will be impossible to run our flagship parliamentary event, and many museums will be unable to campaign during this period.

“As a result, we are postponing the event planned for 15 May. We’re planning a new date for Museums Day in autumn and will make an announcement about this as soon as possible. We are also working with partners in the devolved nations to ensure that we are supporting advocacy events across the UK.

“At the MA, we will be making the case for the museum sector and will shortly publish a museums manifesto.

“We would also encourage museums to offer their spaces as venues for election hustings, and to highlight the work of your museum to all of the main candidates in your local constituencies.”

Museums in the UK: 2017 Report

From the Museums Association:

Almost a quarter (24%) of museums in the UK experienced a decrease in public funding in 2015-16 with the devolved nations being the hardest hit, according to research conducted by the Museums Association (MA).

The report Museums in the UK: 2017 showed that 64% of museums in Wales reported a cut to public income (all revenue funding from sources such as government, local authority or higher education institution), compared to 50% in Scotland, 43% in Northern Ireland and 21% in England.

Within England, London and the North East experienced the greatest drops in public income, with 30% of museums in each of those regions experiencing a cut.

In addition, data from the Department for Communities and Local Government shows that from 2010 to 2016 local authorities in England have cut spending on museums and galleries by 31% in real-terms.

Although a similarly detailed breakdown was not available for local government spending in the devolved nations, figures show that, over the same period, local authority revenue spending on culture, heritage, libraries and leisure services in Wales fell by 26% in real terms, while funding for cultural and related services among Scottish local authorities decreased by 4.6% in real terms (equivalent data for Northern Ireland was not available).

The MA’s report comes ahead of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s Museums Review, which is expected to set out recommendations for the future sustainability of the museums in England. But the MA is concerned that the review, due to be published this spring, will stop short of addressing the critical issue of funding.


Museums in the UK: 2017

Museums Association Mentoring for All Programme

From the Museums Association:

Mentoring for All, a pilot mentoring scheme that will run across England and Scotland from June to November 2017, is now open for applications from prospective mentees and mentors.

Funded by Arts Council England and Museums Galleries Scotland and administered by the Museums Association (MA), the aim of the scheme is to make mentoring as accessible as possible, to as many people as possible.

Mentoring for All is open to paid employees, freelancers and volunteers, and will see 18 mentees and 18 mentors from across England, and one mentee and one mentor from Scotland. Participants do not have to be a member of the MA.

The pilot was developed as a result of recommendations made by last year’s Character Matters report, which looked at attitudes, behaviours and skills in the museum workforce, and through detailed research will incorporate the best aspects of different schemes from different sectors, reflecting the wants and needs of our own sector.

Tamsin Russell, the MA’s professional development officer, says: “We are really excited to launch Mentoring for All.

“We want to provide opportunities for people to grow through mentoring – both mentors and mentees.

“Applications are now open and we are making it as easy as possible to participate. If you have any questions just drop me a line.”

Links and downloads

Mentoring for All: more information and application forms

Mentoring for All is funded by Arts Council England and led by the Museums Association (MA); through this project we hope to transform the way we look at mentoring within the sector.


Museums Association Conference Call for Practical Workshops

Deliver a practical workshop at the MA conference & exhibition in Manchester

Museums and suppliers are invited to put forward proposals to deliver a Museum Practice (MP) workshop for exhibition visitors and conference delegates at the Museums Association (MA) Conference and Exhibition 2017 in Manchester (16-18 November at the Manchester Conference Centre).

The MP workshops take place in the exhibition and are free for visitors, exhibitors and conference delegates to attend.

The workshop programme is designed to offer practical, insightful and case study-led content under four distinct themes: careers; technology and digital; audiences, learning and engagement; and collections, interpretation and exhibition design.

They are an opportunity for companies, consultants and museum professionals to showcase recent projects, products or services, and lead discussion in a specific area of expertise.

More details and a link to the online proposal form and guidance notes can be found on the MA website.

The deadline for submitting a proposal is 31 March.

Any enquiries can be directed to rebecca.atkinson@museumsassociation.org