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Free NEMO Webinar: Museums, Health and Wellbeing

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.

You can register for the Webinar until 13 June 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.


British Museum News

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 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.”

Seb Chan: Masterclass & Crit Room

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.

The Museums Map – Mapping Access to England’s Museums

Museums hold our collective memory for current and future generations. They are institutions at the heart of our local communities, and central to culture, education and tourism.

Given museums’ importance, and in the context of the current review of museums in England that is underway, Nesta have systematically studied access to them in England using an interactive map that has just been launched. The map allows museum access to be examined from the perspective of:

  • national access to museums overall (the distance layer)
  • the size of populations surrounding museums (the museums layer)
  • the number of museums across local authorities and regions, relative to the number of people living in these areas (the area layer).

The museums analysed are those in England that are members of Arts Council England’s accredited museum scheme. This scheme covers museums that apply to the scheme and are certified as meeting certain standards. This will not capture museums that are not members of the scheme, it does though include all of the largest public collections in England and a significant proportion of all English museums, with just over 1300 accredited institutions in total. Using accredited museums also has the benefit that the institutions have been certified as being a museum according to consistent criteria.

Find out more and launch the interactive map here.

National Museums Day

When: 15th May
Where: UK Wide

A series of activities designed to promote the work of UK museums to stakeholders and politicians will take place on 15 May as part of Museums Day.

The day of nationwide political advocacy, organised by the Museums Association (MA) and National Museum Directors Council (NMDC), will be a focal point for all museums to engage with local and national politicians to promote the impact that museums have across social, cultural, economic, scientific and educational spheres.

Museum leaders across the UK will be encouraged to step up their advocacy activity through a range of different activities including writing to key stakeholders, inviting local politicians to visit museums and using social media to promote museums’ work. The Museums Association and NMDC will provide guidance, facts and figures for museums participating in Museums Day prior to the event.

For more information please click here.

Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund Network Day

Tuesday 21st March
Manchester Art Gallery
10:30 – 16:30

From the Museums Association:

We are pleased to announce the next date for the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund Network Day.  For the first time we are opening up the afternoon session to anyone interested in hearing more about how collections can be used for social impact. The keynote speaker will be Nick Merriman, Director of Manchester Museum and there will be opportunities to network, meet those who have already undertaken successful collections projects and learn more about the Museums Associations Museums Change Lives campaign. MA staff will be on hand to advise anyone thinking of applying to the fund or to help you get your ideas flowing.


Morning Session – Esmee Fairbairn Collections Network only

10.30    Coffee, registration and networking
11.00    Welcome
11.10    Catch up and progress from participants
11.50   Matt Exley – National Museums Liverpool – Pride and Prejudice
12.10    Holly Grange – The Whitworth – The Musgrave Kinley Outsider Art Collection Project.
12.30    Questions
12.45    Lunch

The morning session for grantees only is an informal opportunity to share your progress on projects and get support from peers. Please come along ready to talk about your projects & ideas throughout the day and to ask others about their projects.

Afternoon Session – Open to all

13.30    Welcome to Afternoon Session
13.40   Keynote Speaker – Nick Merriman – Manchester Museums – Collections and participation in museums
14.15    Alistair Brown – Museums Association – Museums Change Lives
14.25    Group learning exercise – Using collections for Social Impact
15.00    Tea/Coffee
15.30    Networking Activities & Collections Fund application surgeries
16:30    Finish

The afternoon session is an opportunity to learn about sector-leading approaches to collections work for social impact, think through what this means for your own practice, and network with colleagues considering similar issues. Hear about how to access Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund support, and discuss your ideas for funding with MA staff.

The network day is a free event. Please contact Jacqui Buscher to book a place: jacqui@museumsassociation.org.


Audience Diversity Academy 2.0

From AMA:

The AMA is recruiting for participants to take part in Audience Diversity Academy 2.0 – the innovative online programme which supports professionals working in arts, culture and heritage organisations across England, to help diversify audiences.

Fellows of the programme develop and conduct experiments with real audiences, identifying challenges and testing new ways of working. We use the word diversity in its broadest sense and are looking to recruit Fellows aiming to engage audiences of different ages, sexualities, genders, ethnicities and socio economic backgrounds.

The programme offers you the support of an international expert Mentor with one- to-one sessions, access to tailored online training to develop your skills, and the opportunity to take part in Action Learning Sets to learn from your peers.

If you want to build new relationships with diverse audiences and are committed to seeing audiences better reflect society you should apply for a place on the programme. You’re likely to have marketing, education, outreach, audience development or engagement in your job title.

The simple application form and further information can be found on the AMA website. The deadline for applications is 12pm on Friday 17 March.

“No one can afford to ignore diversity issues nowadays but many cultural organisations still struggle to think through and apply new practices. This programme will give many organisations the on-going, in-depth support they need to try new approaches, get great results and embed the learning into their organisation.”

News from AIM

AIM Launches Collection Care Audit Scheme For Smaller Museums

AIM has just launched a new scheme in partnership with Icon to enable small museums to undertake a basic, professional collections care audit. The audits will be carried out by an accredited conservator to help smaller AIM members (museums with up to 20,000 visitors a year) identify key issues and priorities for their museum.

Funded by the Pilgrim Trust, the scheme will support museums to care for their collections more effectively and efficiently in the long-term, to meet the standards required for Accreditation and will give museums the option to undertake an audit before making a full application to the AIM Collections Care Grant Scheme. Applications are now open with a closing date of 31 March. Further information: AIM Collections Care Audit Scheme

Coming To Conference? Early Bird Tickets On Sale Now

This year, tickets for AIM National Conference can be purchased quickly and easily online via the AIM National Conference Eventbrite page and all conference information can be found on the AIM National Conference 2017 website.

Conference will be held at The Historic Dockyard Chatham from 22- 24 June and the theme this year is ‘40 years of Leading Independents’ in recognition of AIM’s fortieth anniversary and the success of the independent sector and AIM members over the past four decades.

There are new additions to the conference schedule for 2017 including study tours of our host with walks through the Historic Dockyard looking at a range of subjects including filming, interpreting industrial heritage, catering, retail and capital projects and Conference will also include the annual trade exhibition showcasing products and services.

Please note that the special Early Bird rate will end on 28 April – so don’t miss out on saving your museum money by booking early. AIM National Conference 2017 website.

Could You Contribute To AIM Conference? 

We are looking for case studies to include in AIM Conference. Have your trustees used the AIM Hallmarks of Prospering Museums? Does your museum have an interesting story to tell about how it has survived and thrived over the past thirty or forty years? Are you a small organisation with an innovative approach to income generation? Have you used AIM’s Success Guide on setting admission policy and pricing? If you have something interesting to share on one of these topics, please email tamalie@aim-museums.co.uk . 

Grants For Attending AIM National Conference 2017

AIM is offering members the opportunity to apply for an AIM Training Grant to attend conference. The deadline for AIM training grant applications is 17 April and applications up and until that date will be dealt with on a first come first served basis. Please be aware that the fund is limited and early applications are recommended. AIM Training Grants.

For Welsh museums, The Federation of Museums & Art Galleries of Wales is offering grants under its Training and Conference Grant programme to enable museum staff (paid or volunteers) in Wales to attend. For more information, visit: Grants For AIM Conference From The Federation Of Museums & Art Galleries Of Wales

Trustee Event: Succession Planning

AIM is pleased to be working with SHARED Enterprise to repeat our trustee seminar on reviewing your board for succession planning for trustees in and around the East of England. Led by Joy Allen of Leading Governance, the event runs on 28th February at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. Museum managers are welcome to attend with Trustees.  Refreshments and lunch will be provided. Runs 28 February, Cambridge. Trustee event: Succession Planning