Tagged: Networking

Neurodiverse Museum Professionals Group launching in U.K./Europe and U.S.

The Disability Co-operative Network (D.C.N.) are developing an informal virtual group of Neurodiverse Museum Professionals (dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, dyspraxia, AD(H)D, ASD, Tourette’s) who work (both paid and unpaid) or are emerging professionals in the Heritage and Cultural Sectors.

There will be two groups, one based in U.K. and Europe and its sister group in the United States led by Sam Theriault.

It will be peer supported and led with opportunities to share strategies, develop friendships and influence working practice.

We can also provide opportunities to feedback Access to Work experiences to D.A.N. (Dyslexia Adult Network) and AchieveAbility to improve service in light of the Westminster AchieveAbility Commission Report: Neurodiverse Voices: Opening Doors to Employment and Making A Shift Report by Arts Council England.

We would like the group to work in creating opportunities to improve existing working practices within the Heritage Sector and good for career development in inclusive practice.

Forum and information can be found here.


Culture Now – New network launched to support mid-career heritage professionals

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Culture Now is a new national network founded with the purpose of supporting mid-career heritage professionals who wish to challenge established thinking and make a change.

Launching in November 2017, Culture Now’s ambition is to create a national network which supports those new to the sector through to mid-level professionals. It is a platform to exchange ideas and develop strong professional connections across the country, whether remotely or in person.

Founded by heritage professionals that recognise the limited opportunities to influence change and comment on the issues that affect us all, Culture Now with funding from Museum Development in the North West and East Midlands want to work collaboratively across the cultural sector to provide a platform to represent, articulate and promote the views and ideas of early to mid-level professionals while supporting and sharing professional development and networking.

Culture Now is looking to grow its professional network and to hear the ideas of people that would like to be involved with the group. If you are interested, participate with us at the Festival of Change, follow us on Twitter @_CultureNow, visit www.culturenow.org.uk and subscribe to our blog or email thisisculturenow@gmail.com

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Image – Culture Now team (Pictured L-R: Carol King, Sarah Hartshorne, Simon Brown, Charlotte Pratley, Tom Newman, Dhikshana Pering, Alex Bird. Not pictured, Katie Ann Smith)

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

Volunteer Managers Network Meeting

Friday 9th June
Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester
10:30 – 12:30

Run alongside the National Football Museum and Staircase House the North West Volunteer Managers Network is an opportunity for volunteer managers from around the region to network and share best practice and get advice.

At the next North West Volunteer Managers Network Meeting we will be joined by:

Ruth Hutchinson, Volunteer community engagement manager, University of Manchester
Jack Puller, Team Leader, Volunteer Centre Manchester

They will both discuss how they can help to recruit volunteers for us and also what they can also do for volunteers and volunteer managers.

We will also have an opportunity to discuss the up and coming development programme for regional Volunteer Managers.

So we know how numbers for catering please can you book your place here and if you have any questions get in touch with Alex Bird, Sector Development Office – alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk

Capital Development Network: Working with architects

Manchester Museum
Wednesday 29th March
10:30 – 12:30

Developed in collaboration with Heritage Lottery Fund during this workshop we will hear from Meneka Munroe, Museum Client Representative, Courtyard Project from Manchester Museum and Sam Johnson from the University of Manchester who will talk about their experience of working with architects and share best practice when going through a capital development project. The session is also an opportunity to hear from ARUP and us about our new U-Values publication.

To book a place please visit the eventbrite page.

If you have any questions please contact Alex Bird – alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk

North West Volunteer Managers Network: How to develop as a volunteer manager

Working alongside the national Football Museum and Staircase House we’re pleased to be running our first session for a new North West Volunteer Managers Network. The morning will be an opportunity for volunteer managers from around the region to network and hear case studies and from volunteers at the National Football Museum.

The afternoon will then be a workshop lead by rob Jackson and will focus on how to develop as a volunteer manager: What do you want from a career in working with volunteers? Do you even see volunteer management as a career or just a step towards something else? How can you take control of your professional development? Drawing on his own personal career journey, Rob will help you focus on how you can develop as volunteer manager and what options are available to you to make your goals happen.

To book a place for the session please visit our eventbrite page.

For more information please contact Alex Bird – alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk

Manchester LGBT Histories and Cultures Network

From the Manchester LGBT Histories and Cultures Network:

We’d like to invite you to join the Manchester LGBT Histories and Cultures Network, aimed at people who are doing things in this area and who would be interested in meeting other people who are doing things to network, communicate and collaborate.

The first meeting will be on 2nd July 2015 12:00 – 15:00, at the LGBT Foundation, 5 Richmond Street, Manchester. M1 3HF. Lunch will be provided.

The first part of the meeting will be given over to anybody who would like to give a brief update on what they are working on, we’ll then break for lunch and spend the last 30 minutes having a quick discussion on ways in which we might collaborate.  We will aim to do this 3-4 times per year, and will alternate these between lunchtime and teatime sessions to try and allow for differing diary commitments.

To that end you are really encouraged to come along and if you could let us know of anybody else within your contacts who may be interested in this network, i.e. people in the city region working in the arts, heritage, film, history, culture etc (people who are doing things and would be interested in meeting other people who are doing things that improve the cultural offer across Greater Manchester.)

Please contact annie.godolphin@lgbt.foundation if you are interested in joining the network or would like to attend the meeting.

Don’t Stop Me Now: Resilient Museums in the North West

Rheged Discovery Centre

Thursday 19th March

09:15 – 16:00


Featured speakers – Katherine Lynch, Heritage Manager, Port Sunlight Museum & Sue Hughes, Director, Silk Heritage Trust

Kath and Sue will be talking about the work Museums of Cheshire have done together in the last few years to strengthen their organisations individually and collectively.

Port Sunlight Museum

To book a place please visit our eventbrite page

NW AMA Support Group Meeting

Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life, Carlisle Castle.
Tuesday 10th February
12.30pm – 3.30pm


12.30 Meet for lunch, please bring your own packed lunch.

1.00 Start of meeting, short presentation on “Artists of the First World War” by Susan Gleave.

1.30 Skype session with Charlotte Holmes of the Museums Association. If you have questions regarding your AMA Charlotte will be able to give you advice.

2.00 Guided tour of the museum by Jules Wooding, Learning and Engagement Officer at CMOML.

2.30 – 2.45 Tea break.

2.45 Mary Ferguson, Co-ordinator of “Treasures of Cumbria” and Project Manager of “One Day in Cumbria 1914/2014” and Mary-Ann Lancaster, Project Co-ordinator (North) of “One Day in Cumbria 1914/2014”, will give a presentation about the creation of their recent WW1 exhibition: “One Day in Cumbria 1914/2014”.

3.15 Further questions, forward planning, evaluation.

3.30 Close of meeting.

Please could you confirm your attendance by Thursday 5th February:


Mary Ann Lancaster   malancaster@btinternet.com     07714 149351
Susan Gleave               suegleave2011@hotmail.co.uk   07854 712192

Northern Networking Event

Museum of Liverpool
Monday 11th November
16:00 – 17:00

Museum Development North West and Museum Development Yorkshire are hosting a Northern Network Event for any Northern museum professional at this years Museums Association Conference. It will be a great opportunity to meet fellow museum professionals as well as speak to museums about some of their sucessful projects they have completed through museum development funding.

So we have an idea how many people are attending please visit our eventbrite page to sign up.

This will be am informal event so please join us for a glass of wine and we look forward to seeing you there.

Please note that this event is open to everyone and not just delegates from the conference.