Tagged: Museums

Museum Shelving Required

Do you have spare shelving available, which you no longer need? Do you have any Wall Mounted Shelving (see image) that you are not using? If so, Manchester Museum would like to hear from you.

They are looking for the following type shelving:

  • 2400mm Wall Mounted Heavy Duty Double-Slot Shelving Uprights
  • Shelf Brackets
  • 18mm ZFMDF


If you’re able to help please contact Rachel Petts, Curatorial Assistant Natural Environments – rachel.petts@manchester.ac.uk


International Museum Day

Friday 18th May

The worldwide community of museums will celebrate International Museum Day (IMD) on and around 18 May 2018, with the theme chosen for 2018 of ‘Hyperconnected museums: New approaches, new publics’.

The objective of IMD is to raise awareness of the fact that, ‘Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples’. Organised on and around 18 May, the events and activities planned to celebrate IMD can last a day, a weekend or a whole week.

Participation in International Museum Day is growing among museums all over the world. In 2017, more than 36,000 museums participated in the event in some 157 countries and museums can promote their IMD activities on a world map.

Find out more at: network.icom.museum/international-museum-day.

The Mendoza Review: an independent review of museums in England

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:

  • Adapting to today’s funding environment
  • Growing and diversifying audiences
  • Dynamic collection curation and management
  • Contributing to placemaking and local priorities
  • Delivering cultural education
  • Working in museums: Developing leaders with appropriate skills & Diversifying the workforce
  • Digital capacity and innovation
  • Working international

Find out more and view the full report here.

Updated guidance for Operators of Crowded Sites

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.

Civilisations Festival

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 civilisations@bbc.co.uk.

Find out more at: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes.

HLF Live Chat: Museums

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.


Change Creation Programme

From Change Creation:

Change Creation is a new Organisation Development Programme designed for the cultural sector to increase resilience, grow confidence and realise significant and tangible changes that will have a lasting impact on people, organisations, audiences and participants, and the cultural sector. 

Funded by Arts Council England, this is a new opportunity for you and all accredited and provisionally accredited museums to be actively engaged in Change Creation.

We are now looking for 25 organisations, with compelling plans for change, to take part in this two year programme. Successful organisations will benefit from a hothouse of support, with 1:2:1 mentoring, change management consultancy, change leadership training, workshops, resources, bespoke research, masterclasses … it’s the equivalent value of £13,100. Much more than this, you will be working with some of the most renowned and respected leaders from the sector, be supported by industry experts and become part of a vibrant change creation community, making a difference in your organisation and across the cultural sector.

Information about Change Creation, how to apply (it’s easy), the detail of the programme, the resources, skills and support you will benefit from, and what we are looking for, can all be found here.  

Closing date for applications is 17 July so please make sure you take this opportunity to find out if Change Creation is for you or for one of the organisations that you work with. 

Find out more

Change Creation has been designed and produced by people make it work – one of the UK’s most experienced organisational development consultancies. With a track record of more than 17 years supporting diverse organisations across the cultural sector, we think we’ve got everything you need… apart from you and the money to implement your change. 

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.