The Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has today published the Mendoza Review, an independent review outlining key recommendations for how government can support the museums sector in England.
This Review was undertaken in response to the Culture White Paper in 2016, which called for “a wide-ranging review of national, local and regional museums, working closely with Arts Council England (ACE) and the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)”. It looks at what the national infrastructure for museums is and what it could and should be; the museums sponsored directly by government; and the challenges and opportunities for all of England’s museums.
It makes recommendations across the following areas:
Find out more and view the full report here.
Updated information from NaCTSO:
The National Counter Terrorism Security Office have updated sector specific protective security advice and guidance for owners and operators of crowded places sites, such as museums, galleries and visitor attractions, to allow organisations to identify key risks and consider what steps to take.
For the full guidance click here.
Register your interest with this exciting partnership between museums and galleries and the BBC
It is now nearly half a century since Kenneth Clark’s series Civilisation thrilled audiences with its authoritative interpretation of the glories of Western art. Inspired by that groundbreaking programme, the new series of Civilisations on BBC Two will introduce a new generation to the great masterworks of beauty, ingenuity and illumination created across the continents.
The Civilisations Festival will run alongside the series in Spring 2018. We are inviting museums, galleries and libraries to schedule events to spark debate, broaden understanding and share ideas about what is meant by the term civilisation.
The content of the events is up to your organisation. It could be a debate or a keynote speech, a performance or a hands-on workshop using an item from your collection as the starting point.
Branding will be supplied so that you can let your visitors know that the event is part of the Civilisations Festival. Curators and speakers could be invited as guests on the BBC’s programmes. In some cases, stations may decide to cover your event in an outside broadcast.
The festival runs from Friday 2 March to Friday 11 March. Register your organisation’s interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find out more at: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes.
Thursday 8th June
12:30 – 13:30
From the HLF:
In the past 10 years alone, HLF has awarded more than £830million to more than 1,300 accredited museums and galleries around the UK. We’ve funded institutions large and small – from national, to local authority, and independent museums – and contributed to the refurbishment of buildings, the acquisition of collections, projects to increase audiences and participation, and supported organisational sustainability.
But we know that it’s a difficult time for many museums right now, so we’re bringing together HLF staff and expert guests for a discussion about how best to use our funding, sustainability, and the future of your museum.
Join us on Thursday 8 June from 12.30-1.30pm to follow the conversation and ask us any questions you may have here.
Friday 16th June
With Museums, Health and Well being, NEMO continues the successful series of free webinars.
This session will deal with the potential of museums to contribute to public health.
Many museum staff intuitively believe museums make a positive contribution to people’s health and well being, and are increasingly developing activities and projects which seek to enhance their impact. This webinar aims to look beyond individual projects and to make a strategic assessment of the potential contribution of museums to human well being. It will review the evidence for the health benefits of museum visiting, in the context of a broad history of how museums have related to public health in the past 150 years. Some public health academics argue that their field needs to enter a new phase in order to address the diseases of modernity (obesity, mental ill-health, lonliness). This new phase will require a more holistic approach based on fostering social trust and inclusive narratives which enhance people’s sense of leading meaningful lives. The webinar will conclude with an assessment of the potential of museums to contribute to this emerging approach to public health.
The webinar will be facilitated by Mark O’Neill, former director of Policy & Research for Glasgow Life, the charity which delivers arts, museums, libraries and sports services for the City of Glasgow. Mark worked in various positions in museums in Glasgow after he moved there in 1985, serving as Head of Glasgow Museums from 1998-2009. During this period he led the teams who set up the St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art, one of only five multi-faith museums in the world and refurbished Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum. He also wrote the masterplan for the Zaha Hadid-designed Riverside Museum (European Museum of the Year 2012). He is particularly interested in the social purposes of cultural institutions, in people’s motivations to take part in cultural activities and in the health benefits of cultural participation.
The webinar will take place on 16 June 2017 at 15.00h (CEST) and is organised in cooperation with MICC – Media Integration and Communication Centre and NEMECH – New Media for Cultural Heritage.
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.
Conference booking now live: Get what you give? The value and benefits of proactively lending collections
Registration is now open to attend the National Programmes conference, which will explore the subject of lending and will be held at the British Museum on 31 August 2017. Tickets are free and open to anyone working in or with the UK museums and heritage sector, thanks to the support of the Vivmar Foundation. Places for the conference can be booked via Eventbrite here.
New Collections Skills Sharing session: dealing with firearms
A new session on working with firearms in museum collections has been added to the British Museum’s collections skills training programme for museum professionals, made possible by the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund. The session will be held at the British Museum on 13 July. Places are free but limited, and can be booked via Eventbrite here.
Treasure 20: vote for your favourite Treasure find
This summer we are celebrating 20 years of Treasure, following the implementation of the Treasure Act 1996 on 24 September 1997. A panel of judges have now shortlisted 20 of the most important archaeological finds reported Treasure over the last 20 years, and public voting is now open to select the nation’s favourite Treasure find. Voting closes on 15 May; details on the top 20 and how to vote can be found here. Please do get involved! We invite anyone to tweet any Treasure20 related chat using the hashtag #Treasure20. We are also listing all museums displaying Treasure finds with the Treasure 20 logo here, and will be updating this list throughout the year.
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.”
Monday June 5th 2017, 2 pm to 6 pm
Digital Catapult, London.
£39 plus VAT (price includes wine/beer/drinks and nibbles)
Internationally recognised museums sector digital revolutionary, Seb Chan, will be appearing at this very special Culture24 ‘Let’s Get Real’ event in London.
In this masterclass, Seb will share his thinking on the challenge of transforming the totality of the museum experience for the 21st century. He will talk about the lessons learned over the last 18 years working in the sector and how these help shape strategies for structural change, digital transformation and implementing human-centred design in large and small organisations. Passionate about the value of museum collections, he will explain about how his work has always placed collections at the centre of strategies for public engagement and how, more than ever, museums need to make more use of their assets to assert their public value.
Seb will be joined by Culture24 CEO, Jane Finnis, for an informal conversation followed by a Q&A with the audience.
The Crit Room will review the digital outputs from three of the organisations in the audience, offering honest, personalised, problem-solving guidance in a friendly and supportive environment. The idea of this session is to share tips both from the experts’ practical suggestions and from each other’s experiences: we’ll also invite comments and ideas from the floor. Everyone at the event will have the opportunity to submit their digital output for the Crit Room and this could be your main website, online collections, an exhibition site or a social media channel.
The event concludes with an hour to reflect and discuss what we’ve learned over free-flowing drinks, nibbles and networking with Seb, the Culture24 team and colleagues from across the sector in the spectacular surroundings of Digital Catapult.
About the speaker
Seb Chan is a trailblazer in the international cultural landscape, lauded for his leading role in transforming the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York with a human-centred digital renewal and now in the newly created role of Chief Experience Officer at the Australia Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) in Australia. Previously Seb came to international fame for his ground-breaking work with Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum. Seb has been a long term collaborator with Culture24, working on their ‘Let’s Get Real’ programme.