Tagged: Networks

New Visitor Teams Management & Development Network Launched

Thursday 28th February
Manchester Museum
10:30 – 12:30

Working alongside the Visitor Team at Manchester Museum and The Whitworth, we’re pleased to announce launch of a new network. Chaired by Chad McGitchie, Head of Visitor Teams for both sites, the network will bring together those working in Visitor Teams in museums to discuss best practice, share ideas and develop partnerships.

In the first meeting we will focus on the following areas:

  • Common challenges managing public facing teams
  • Learning together (sharing expertise)
  • Training and development – potential shadowing opportunities in other venues

We want the network members to take the lead on what is covered in future sessions, so please do come along with ideas of what you’d like to focus on.

If you have any questions, please contact Chad McGitchie or Alex Bird – Chad.McGitchie@manchester.ac.uk / alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk

So that we have an idea of numbers for catering, please can you sign up here.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

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Museum Detox Manchester Meet-up for BAME Professionals

Thursday 31st January
Ante Room, Floor 3, Manchester Central Library, St Peters Square, M2 5PD
17:30 – 19:30

The Museum Detox network are holding a meeting for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) heritage professionals in Manchester on 31st January 2019.

The event will be hosted at Manchester Central Library, from 17:30 to 19:30, and will be an opportunity to connect with fellow BAME professionals working in the North West’s heritage sector.

If you are interested in coming along, please email Detox Member Antonia Canal on antonia.canal@hlf.org.uk.

Historic England Archive Talk and Tour (from the Photographic Collections Network)

Tuesday 13th November, event runs 13:00 to 15:30 approx. Registration from 12:45.
The Historic England Archive, Archive Services, Historic England, The Engine House, Fire Fly Avenue, Swindon. SN2 2EH 

Event: Archive Talk and Tour

Join the Network for a rare behind the scenes look at Historic England’s fascinating and extensive archive collections and to hear about their approach to conservation, care and access. In a tour and talk led by experts, you’ll take a look at the collections of photographs, plans and drawings of England’s buildings and historic sites, then explore issues around conservation, digitisation, caring for and access to this unique collection. 

This visit offers a unique opportunity to explore and discuss collections issues in a tailored tour with a small group of colleagues from across the sector. The event is aimed at people working in a professional capacity with photographic collections or archives, especially those with an interest or role in conserving and/or caring for collections.

Programme Outline

12.45 – 13.00    Registration at reception

13.00 – 15.00     Introductions; Overview of Historic England’s extensive collections; Tour of the purpose-built archive – from the vaults to the Conservation Dept; Discussion about Collections Care, Conservation and Digitisation

15.00 – 15.30     Refreshments, Q&A and informal networking

Tickets cost just £10 and are for members only. Book your place here.

Join here to become a member of the Photographic Collections Network.

North West Volunteer Managers Network

The next Network meeting will be on Friday 5th October  at 11.30am – 2.30pm at the Greater Manchester Police Museum.

At the meeting the Network will be discussing the following topics:

– The roles of volunteers and what your volunteers do within your venues
– Role Descriptions
– Volunteer Expenses
– Partnerships who you currently partner with and why
– Volunteer Policies and agreements.

Please could you bring with you any of the above documents so they can be shared and discuss 

The Network are delighted that they will be joined by Nicola Buckley Volunteer Manager from Chester Zoo who will be giving an overview of their volunteer programme

Please find link to the museum where we will be hosting the meeting: http://www.gmpmuseum.co.uk/

Please email to confirm your attendance to Darren.collingwood@nationalfootballmuseum.com

North West Volunteer Managers Network

The next Network meeting will be on Monday 24th September  at 11.30am – 2.30pm at the Greater Manchester Police Museum.

At the meeting the Network will be discussing the following topics:

– The roles of volunteers and what your volunteers do within your venues
– Role Descriptions
– Volunteer Expenses
– Partnerships who you currently partner with and why
– Volunteer Policies and agreements.

Please could you bring with you any of the above documents so they can be shared and discuss 

The Network are delighted that they will be joined by Nicola Buckley Volunteer Manager from Chester Zoo who will be giving an overview of their volunteer programme

Please find link to the museum where we will be hosting the meeting: http://www.gmpmuseum.co.uk/

Please email to confirm your attendance to Darren.collingwood@nationalfootballmuseum.com

Capital Development Network: Working with listed buildings

Friday 28th September 2018
Bramall Hall, Stockport
10:00 – 12:30

Run in collaboration with HLF, the Capital Development Network brings together people undertaking, or thinking of undertaking capital development projects. The next meeting will focus on working with listed buildings and will take place at the stunning Bramall Hall in Stockport.

On the day we will hear from Alison Farthing from Stockport Museums who will discuss undertaking capital development in a Grade I listed buildings. We will also hear from Cal Warren from Nottingham Castle who will talk about the challenges of working on a site with 2 scheduled monument listings, listed building and 23 designations.

So that we know numbers please book a place on our eventbrite page.

The Crime and Punishment Collections Network

From the Crime and Punishment Collections Network (CaP):

Come and Join Us!

CaP is an Arts Council England Subject Specialist Network. Our aim is to provide support to historic collections relating to crime and punishment–whether prisons, police or courts–through the creation of a network of like-minded members. Our members include universities, archives, libraries, heritage centres, museums and historic sites, in addition to staff from the prison, court and police services. We represent, promote and assist museums, libraries, archives and heritage sites which either hold collections or manage sites related to the topic of criminal justice.

With the launch of our new website resource, this is an exciting time to become a committee member. Following on from the Re-thinking CaP project, we have been working really hard to reinvigorate the group; re-writing our constitution, streamlining our membership application process, creating the website and developing new resources to share. As such, we are currently seeking new committee members to share a variety of responsibilities related to the running of the CaP.

We are looking for a minimum commitment of one year. The majority of our business is conducted by email but there are roughly two committee meetings per year and one AGM (one committee meeting may be held the same day as the AGM). Our meetings are usually held in Birmingham.

Becoming part of CaP would be an ideal opportunity for someone at the beginning of their PhD / career looking to make new connections or seek professional development, so if you are enthusiastic, organised, professional, a good team player and could commit to a minimum of a year then we would love to hear from you.

We are all volunteers and cannot offer a wage to any of our team members.

CaP has the following committee roles available:

  • Chair
  • Vice Chair
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Events Officer
  • Membership Secretary
  • Digital Engagement Officer (Job Share)

For further information and full role profiles click here.

North West Volunteer Managers Network Meeting

Thursday 3rd May
Elizabeth Gaskell House, Manchester
10:30 – 13:00

The North West Volunteer Managers Network is an opportunity for any museum volunteer managers to come together, network and learn new skills. The next meeting will be led by Jack Puller from the Volunteer Centre Manchester and focus on trends in volunteering.

For more information and to confirm your attendance contact the Chair, Darren Collingwood – Darren.Collingwood@nationalfootballmuseum.com

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)