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NWFed Event: Spotlight on Ancient Egypt

Friday 30th June
World Museum, Liverpool
10.30- 13.30

Planning a major new gallery? Want to tell the amazing stories of your collections and maximise public impact? 

This half-day informal training is an opportunity to find out from different museum professionals about the different ideas, expertise and skills required in planning and delivery the new Ancient Egypt gallery at World Museum Liverpool.

Dr. Ashley Cooke will discuss his research of the collections, as well as his vision and ideas for the new gallery. Claire Sedgwick, World Museum Registrar will address issues of logistics and planning.

Tracey Seddon, Organics Conservator will share her expertise in preparing collections for display and discuss some of the challenges faced when dealing with organic material. There will be an opportunity to view ongoing conservation work in her studio.

Attendance is free for all individual and institutional members, staff and volunteers of museums and heritage sites.

For details of membership www.nwfed.org.uk

To book email ben.whittaker@liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

0151 478 4401

The NWFED Needs You!

From NWFed:

  • Are you working in the museum sector in the North West as a paid staff member or volunteer?
  • Are you passionate about museums, galleries and heritage?
  • Do you want to share the excellent work and skills of the sector in the North West?
  • Are you looking for the opportunity to broaden your knowledge of the sector or to gain experience in governance and strategic planning?

We are looking for people who are enthusiastic, well organised and who are keen to take responsibility for particular areas of work such as: communication and marketing, especially through social media and blogs, co-ordination of networking events and assistance with financial and business planning. In return we offer you the opportunity to work closely with experienced and supportive colleagues, to further develop your skills and career and to participate in key events and networks.

The NWFED is an independent membership organisation for the museum and heritage sector. We work closely with Museum Development North West and other regional partners and we are currently running a volunteers’ development programme and have a number of networking and professional development planned.

To find out more visit: www. nwfed.org.uk

If you think this might be for you and you would like to find out more – please contact the Acting Chair of NWFED, Alex Walker a.m.walker@hotmail.co.uk 07507888271.

 

Fundraising Strategies Workshop Programme 2016/17

Museum Development North West (MDNW) and The North West Federation of Museums (NWFed)

Over the past four years, the NWFed and MDNW have developed a strong partnership, through joint working and shared resources, which has further strengthened the museum and heritage sector in the North West through the delivery of various training and development opportunities.

In an ongoing period of reduced public sector support which has only increased the need for institutions to take on a more inventive entrepreneurial spirit, this programme has been designed to provide new ideas, inspiration and possible models which will help organisations across the region to become more resilient and future proof.

This series of workshops will cover various topics which we feel will help North West organisations to develop new opportunities using the resources they currently have available to them and help them to make the most of their current audiences and networks whilst developing them further. Each workshop will cover a different aspect to help organisations develop sustainable income streams and find alternative sources of funding and by thinking differently and creatively about how they approach funding.

Workshop One: Using Your Space to Generate Income
Date: 27 October 2016
Venue: Bury Fusiliers
11:00 – 15:00

This workshop will help attending organisations to re-think the way they currently use physical spaces within their organisations and help them develop more sustainable business plans without the changes conflicting with their organisations original mission.

To book a place visit our eventbrite page

Workshop Two: Donations
Date: 12 December 2016
Venue: Manchester Museum
11:00 – 15:00

This workshop will encourage organisations to source alternative means of funding and help them move away from trusts and foundations. Attending organisations will be invited to analyse their use of donations messaging, look to establish or refresh their online retail offers, be helped to demystify crowdfunding and look at the opportunities in working with external creatives.

To book a place visit our eventbrite page

Workshop Three: Using Your Collections to Generate Income
Date: Friday 27th January
Venue: The Whitworth
11:00 – 15:00

This workshop will look to help organisations develop new and innovative means to use their collections to make income through loans, research partnerships, working with creatives or developing exhibitions to tour internationally.

To book a place visit our eventbrite page

Workshop Four: Bid Writing
Date: 7 February 2017
Venue: National Football Museum
10:00 – 17:00

Run by Laura Drane – Laura is a producer and consultant specialising in public engagement across the arts, cultural and science/technology sectors. She’s a veteran bid-winner on all scales from  £500 to £500,000, and for organisations large and small. This course is based on training provided in-house to the RSA, Clore Leadership Programme and the British Science Association.

To book a place visit our eventbrite page

Workshop Five: Developing Sponsorship and Membership Schemes
Date: Wednesday 8th March
Venue: People’s History Museum
11:00 – 15:00

This workshop will delve into the development of membership schemes and will help give organisations to see how they can develop and benefit from such schemes as well as help them form good relationships with donors, encourage patronage and secure corporate sponsorship for their organisations.

To book a place visit our eventbrite page

If you have any questions please contact Alex Bird or Emma Sumner – alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk / hello@emmasumner.com

Last Chance to Book for NWFed Event: Developing University Partnerships

NWFed are hosting a workshop looking at Developing University Partnerships. This event, which will take place on Thursday 29 September at Norton Priory Museum in Runcorn, will bring together museum professionals from across the North West who have experience in developing partnerships and undertaking research projects with Universities.  Having used such partnerships as a way to deepen knowledge of their collections and visitors needs, the event will host presentations from Norton Priory and the Museum of Science and Industry followed by a question and answer session to allow those who are interested in developing such partnerships to gain tailored advice from those with experience.

Presentations at the event will include Frank Hargrave and Tom Fildes from Norton Priory who will speak about Norton Priory’s current research projects, notably the development of portable radiocarbon dating and the DNA analyses of skeletons contributing to the modern treatment of Paget’s Disease of Bone

Also speaking will be Meg McHugh, Senior Curator and Jan Hicks, Archives and Information Manager at MoSI. They will talk about ‘REALab’, a pilot scheme run by the University of Manchester in 2015 which helped MoSI, along with other cultural institutions, to present a challenge to postgraduate researchers from the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures and Manchester Business School. Teams of researchers could then pitch to take on the project and deliver a piece of research work in response.

To book a place on this event, please email Chrissy Partheni with your details.

 

Curriculum Change for the Terrified

Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life
Monday 21st March 2016 
10:30 – 16:30
£25.00

This curriculum briefing event is brought to you by Curious Mind, GEM and with support from North West Museums Federation It is open to museum and heritage educators in the Northwest.

The event will focus on History and Geography but there will be opportunities to discuss other curriculum areas with colleagues and facilitators.

The day will include:

  • Presentation – Sue Temple Senior Lecturer in Primary History- University of Cumbria 
  • Case studies from museum and heritage venues, on how they are responding to the new curriculum.
  • The opportunity to share your experiences of curriculum changes over the last year and discuss your ideas and approaches with museum and heritage colleagues and specialist facilitators.

To book a place visit the eventbrite page

New Volunteer Development Programme: Support Our Skills

During 2016/17 the North West Federation of Museums will be delivering, on behalf of Museum Development North West, a Volunteer programme titled “Support Our Skills” (SOS). NWFed are currently undertaking consultation to ensure the final programme caters for the needs of Volunteers across the North West region.

As part of this consultation, They have shared this questionnaire, from which the information gathered will inform how they develop the final programme. The NWFed invite all Volunteers actively working in Museums, Galleries or Heritage Sites across the North West to take part in the survey which will shape how the final programme is developed.

Planning & Creating Effective Exhibitions To Attract New Audiences, Refresh Your Offer & Develop Flexible Exhibition Spaces

NWFED are hosting an event looking at planning and creating effective exhibitions to attract new audiences, refresh your offer and develop flexible exhibition spaces.

The event, which will take place on 4 February 2016 at Museum of Liverpool, will include a talk from Ruth McKew, Headland Design, who will share her experiences of working on a number of different projects and with diverse clients and collections on how best to create successful exhibitions, even when resources are limited.

Also speaking will be Elizabeth Royles, Grosveror Museum, who will discus creating thematic exhibitions from science and history collections and working in partnership projects. Museum collections in non museum and heritage venues. As well as Kay Jones, Museum of Liverpool Curator of Urban Community History, who will speak on flexible exhibition systems within permanent galleries: The People’s Republic gallery at the Museum of Liverpool.

Catherine Johnson, NML’s exhibitions team and Karen O’Rourke, Curator of Urban and Military History will also give a tour of the Poppies: Women and War exhibition and discuss the process of working with the photographer Lee Karen Stow to generate exhibition content of a local relevance.

For more information, please see here

NWFED associate members can attend all the NWFED events throughout the year for free. If you are an institutional member your staff and volunteers can attend all our events for free. If you would like to become a member, please see here

To book a place to our events please email the NWFED Coordinator

Support Our Skills Consultation: Invitation to attend Volunteer Focus Groups

Throughout 2016/17, on behalf of Museum Development North West, the North West Federation of Museums will be delivering the volunteer programme “Support Our Skills”  NWFed are currently undertaking consultation for this programme. As part of this consultation, they will be hosting a series of three focus groups open to all Volunteers actively working in Museums, Galleries or Heritage Sites across the North West whose input will help to shape the final programme.

These will be taking place at:

Please follow the above links to register your place. as places are very limited NWFed ask that you only book once you are certain you can commit to attending and that if you are suddenly unable to attend, you cancel your booking to allow another Volunteer to take advantage of the space.

If you are unable to attend and would still like to contribute your opinions, please do take part in this ongoing online survey.

 

Planning & Creating Effective Exhibitions To Attract New Audiences, Refresh Your Offer & Develop Flexible Exhibition Spaces

NWFED are hosting an event looking at planning and creating effective exhibitions to attract new audiences, refresh your offer and develop flexible exhibition spaces.

The event, which will take place on 4 February 2016 at Museum of Liverpool, will include a talk from Ruth McKew, Headland Design, who will share her experiences of working on a number of different projects and with diverse clients and collections on how best to create successful exhibitions, even when resources are limited.

Also speaking will be Elizabeth Royles, Grosveror Museum, who will discus creating thematic exhibitions from science and history collections and working in partnership projects. Museum collections in non museum and heritage venues. As well as Kay Jones, Museum of Liverpool Curator of Urban Community History, who will speak on flexible exhibition systems within permanent galleries: The People’s Republic gallery at the Museum of Liverpool.

Catherine Johnson, NML’s exhibitions team and Karen O’Rourke, Curator of Urban and Military History will also give a tour of the Poppies: Women and War exhibition and discuss the process of working with the photographer Lee Karen Stow to generate exhibition content of a local relevance.

For more information, please see here

NWFED associate members can attend all the NWFED events throughout the year for free. If you are an institutional member your staff and volunteers can attend all our events for free. If you would like to become a member, please see here

To book a place to our events please email the NWFED Coordinator

Volunteer Opportunity NWFED Board of Trustees

The North West Fed are looking for people who are enthusiastic, passionate and willing to help support the museum sector in the North West through the work of the NWFED.

The NWFED is an independent membership organisation for the museum sector. who over the next few years have lots of exciting work coming up, & will be working closely in partnership with Museum Development North West and other regional partners.

They are looking for new members on their board of trustees to help to make sure their work can make as big a difference as possible to as many museums and as many museum staff and volunteers as possible. The NwFED are looking for someone who is already volunteering or working in the museum sector in the North West, who is passionate about museums, galleries and heritage, with relevant skills, experience, knowledge or ideas that will help them to develop further.This role is great for anyone looking to build on their own experience as a museum professional

To apply, or to find out more please contact the Chair of NWFED  Katy Ashton or 0161 838 9190.