Tagged: Partnerships

British Museum National Programme Call for Partners

From the British Museum:

The British Museum National Programmes team is seeking new partner organisations to host a trainee as part of the Museum Futures programme 2020.

Museum Futures is the British Museum’s latest Skills for the Future programme supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The aim of Museum Futures is to invest in a new generation of diverse museum professionals to equip them with a dynamic understanding of digital data management, preservation and access practices relating to museum collections. High quality work experience will equip 27 trainees over three one-year cohorts with the necessary skills and knowledge to pursue a career in museums and galleries, or wider heritage, sector.

We seek applications from museums and galleries across the UK to form the 2020 partnership cohort. In the 2020 cohort year there will be 9 trainees: one will be based at the British Museum, one at another London museum/gallery and 7 based at partner museums across the UK.

The British Museum will support with recruitment, pay the trainee bursaries, and coordinate the level 3 Cultural Heritage diploma. We are looking for partner organisations that can identify a well situated and keen supervisor to support a trainee to work on an important digital project related to museum collections for one full year.

Further information and how to apply to host a trainee can be found in the Expression of Interest document. Deadline: Friday 17th May 2019.

If you have any questions, contact Naomi Salinas-Burton, Museum Futures Programme Manager at NSalinas-Burton@britishmuseum.org

Project Opportunity: How to Engage More Disabled People in Museums and Heritage

Accentuate is a national programme that creates ground-breaking opportunities for D/deaf and disabled people in the cultural sector.

After successfully delivering the three year social history project History of Place it became apparent there was a clear need to do more to enable D/deaf and disabled people to work in the Museum Sector.

They have just received go ahead through EOI stage for Arts Council England’s leadership programme for their proposal – Curatorial Placement programme for D/deaf and disabled curators entitled Curating for Change; Disabled People Leading Within Museums.

They are in the process of writing the full funding bid and as part of this they need to secure 4 partner Museums, of varying sizes across England, to host a fully-funded placement for 1 person each – probably over an 18 month period.

The partner Museum would need to:

  • support the person as part of their curatorial team and this role would operate in a similar way to a curatorial assistant role – as the person may need to learn some skills as part of the programme.
  • provide a space for a temporary exhibition/display, as part of the programme there would be an expectation to produce an exhibition.
  • support their development there would be an element of mentoring.

With only around 4% of people working within Museums defining as deaf or disabled, the evidence shows there is a significant underrepresentation of disabled people and this urgently needs to be addressed.

Deaf and disabled people also bring a range of skills and new perspectives with them and this offers exciting opportunities for Museums to really think about their engagement with diverse audiences, accessible interpretation and the possibility to tell stories that have previously not been told.

This project is an opportunity to do just this.

If you’d like to find out a bit more please email Esther Fox, Head of Programme, at Accentuate – esther.fox@accentuateuk.org

British Museum – National programmes news

From the British Museum:

Call for Partners – Knowledge Exchange 2019

The British Museum is seeking five new national partners for the Knowledge Exchange programme 2019. The programme, generously funded by the Vivmar Foundation since 2010, offers the opportunity of a fully funded and co-ordinated five-day professional exchange between paid staff, in any role, at the five selected partner museums and the British Museum. The aim is to enable staff to share knowledge, skills and best practice and support their individual professional development. Further information and how to apply can be found here.

Deadline: Thursday 28th March 2019.

Call for Partners – New Spotlight Touring Exhibition

We are looking for partners to host a new Spotlight touring exhibition, The Lampedusa Cross. The Lampedusa Cross is made from pieces of a boat that was wrecked off the coast of Lampedusa on 11 October  2013 and we hope this exhibition will provide partner venues with a starting point for discussions about how Europe has responded to refugees and migrants, as well as the ethical and practical challenges that mass movements of people present.

If you are interested, please complete the Expression of Interest Form and return to Sophie Szynaka at SSzynaka@britishmuseum.org by Friday 5th April 2019.

Save the Date – National Programmes Conference 2019

The next National Programmes Annual Conference will be held at the British Museum on Monday 4 November 2019 – please save the date! The conference will explore how museums are engaging with issues around race, gender, sexuality, power, class, hierarchy, ability and disability. The aim is to provide a platform for colleagues to honestly and openly share their work, their research, and ideas on how UK museums can address their own histories and those of their communities. The conference will focus on museum practice: addressing the realities of museum work and how colleagues are effecting change within their organisations. The call for papers will be released shortly, seeking contributions from across the UK arts and cultural heritage sector through presentations, case studies, workshops and practical examples.

If you have any ideas you would like to discuss, please contact Knowledge Share Programme Manager Georgia Mallin at gmallin@britishmuseum.org.

Unique Partnership Opportunity: Touring highlights from The Courtauld Gallery’s Collection of Islamic Metalwork 

The Courtauld Gallery’s important collection of Islamic inlaid brass-ware contains some of the finest examples of this intricate and refined craft. Supported by the Art Fund, we are offering a fantastic opportunity to partner with The Courtauld and the Subject Specialist Network (SSN) for Islamic Art and Material Culture (hosted by Birmingham Museums).

Partner Institutions will be able to develop their own unique display and learning programme around these beautiful objects, with support from a range of experts. Highlights from this celebrated collection are available to tour to up to three host venue institutions in the UK between autumn 2019 and early 2021.

Don’t miss this opportunity to create a unique display and learning programme around The Courtauld Gallery’s world class collection. For more information visit: courtauld.ac.uk/metalwork-tour.

Applications close at 5.00pm on on Saturday 1 December 2018.

British Museum New Partnership Touring Exhibition – First Cities and the Frontiers of Empire

The British Museum are looking for partners to host a new partnership touring exhibition, First cities and the frontiers of Empire. If you are interested, please complete the Expression of Interest form and return to Eleanor Chant by Friday 4 May 2018. 

Cultural Partnerships Toolkit from South East Museum Development Programme

This document collates useful tools that have been tried and tested through the work of the Cultural Partnerships Officer role within the South East Museum Development Programme between 2012 and 2018. Supported by Arts Council England through Museum Development funding in its 2012-15 and 2015-18 programmes, this role has championed cross-cultural collaborative working and supported the significant change this requires.

The toolkit is primarily designed for use by a museum employee, volunteer or trustee, in pursuit of collaborative work relevant to the museum’s strategic priorities. The toolkit can also be used by Museum Development teams, consultants or anyone else who is working in a facilitating role to enable partnership working in the museums sector or between museums and other organisations.

It is arranged in two sections:

  • Tools – these are frameworks or templates, with suggestions for use. You could think of these as culinary ingredients.
  • Event format ideas – these are suggestions of how a museum might bring some of the tools together into an event or workshop to achieve particular aims. You could think of these as being like recipes.

At the end of the document you will find links to other toolkits and resources that we hope you may find of value in your partnership work.

To download the toolkit please click here.

The Victoria and Albert Museum Photography Curators’ Training Programme


Art photography collections are held at regional museums, libraries and archives across the country but often without specialist curatorial expertise and, subsequently, many photography collections tend to be ‘dormant’ and inaccessible to experts and audiences, and curators responsible for photography collections do not have access to the necessary staffing and financial resources, or knowledge and specialist skills to actively develop their collections.

Building on the success of a two year programme, the Art Fund has agreed to support a third year of the Victoria and Albert Museum’s programme to help support the development of curatorial expertise in art photography, working with regional museum partners.

Programme Aims

  • To provide an unparalleled practical training opportunity in photographs curatorship in the UK to build expertise in the field and, specifically, to equip a curator with specialist knowledge of photography and the ability to care for and develop photograph collections;
  • To enable UK organisations to raise the public profile of their permanent collections of photographs and to improve public access, both physically and intellectually;

The Programme

The V&A will work with a regional partner, chosen by open competition. The successful partner will have a permanent collection of art photography and be able to identify a discrete project for the assistant curator to deliver which will benefit the collection, the organisation and its audiences. It is likely that the successful partner will not currently have staff expertise in art photography. This project will result in material outcomes for the regional partner which could include, but are not limited to, an exhibition, a refocus of the collecting policy, a publication or cataloguing of the collection.

The project may, if wished, be related to a specific theme, for example, processes and techniques, British industry, British colonialism, Protest, Childhood, or Landscape. Tangible outcomes will be agreed with the chosen partner at the outset of the project, including a requirement for at least one seminar to be held towards the end of the placement to share good practice learnt in the context of the particular project.

The V&A and the selected partner will work together to support the aims of the programme and will be required to enter into a contract regarding the delivery of the project, including confirmation of the organisation’s capacity to support the assistant curator, by providing a nominated support manager for the post-holder, normally a senior curator and agreeing a regular reporting process.

The partner will contribute or source project costs for the participant’s placement project, working with the partner’s photographs collection, using the small contribution from the project budget (£3,000) as seed money.

Once the partner is selected and project agreed, an assistant curator will be recruited. Participants will spend approximately six months in the Photographs section of the Word and Image Department at the V&A, with a V&A curator as mentor and six months at the partner museum working on the agreed project.

The V&A will support the post-holder in developing their curatorial skills through work with the V&A photography collection and via participation in relevant V&A training modules. The V&A mentor will assist the participant in defining and developing their placement museum project and provide mentoring support over the six months they deliver the project at the partner museum.

The Art Fund will provide the V&A with funding to employ the assistant curator for the duration of the project on a 12 month fixed term contract each and travel expenses to enable the post-holder to work between the V&A and the regional partner. There will also be attendance at relevant conferences and visits to other important photographic collections.


Partner selection
Deadline for museums applications: 20 April 2018
Panel meet to select regional partners: w/c 23 April 2018

Assistant curator selection
Advertisements: w/c 7 May 2018
Deadline for applications: 31 May 2018

Interview panel for assistant curator (regional partner to attend): early June 2018

Based at the V&A: July – December 2018
Based at the regional partner: January-June 2019

Call for Partner Application Form

Should you have any questions, please contact Julia Brettell, National Programmes Manager – j.brettell@vam.ac.uk



Export Opportunity: History Museum Partnership Sought by Museum Based in Chengdu, China

Deadline: Thursday 1st March

A museum wants to partner with a history museum in the UK.

You must:

– have a focus on prehistoric cultures. 

– be interested in co-hosting temporary exhibitions across China and the UK

The exhibition to be hosted in China is expected to:

– be themed around the classical civilisations of an ancient region, excluding Maya, Egypt and Rome 

– available for exhibiting from 2020 onwards.

The museum hosts a series of imported exhibitions that explore ancient history.

Each exhibition explores the span of an ancient civilisation.

It has worked with museums in Italy, Canada, and France.

More details on this opportunity can be found here.

WomensWork100 at the First World War Centenary Partnership

In Spring 2018 the First World War Centenary Partnership, led by IWM, will present WomensWork100. This international programme of exhibitions, events, activities, creative responses, personal stories and digital resources will recognise and celebrate the working lives of women during the First World War and beyond showing how women, often unknowingly, pressed for progress in their working lives, against the backdrop of the struggle for female suffrage.

We want organisations to take part in #WomensWork100. As well as offering a unique set of digital resources, we will run a vibrant digital campaign and present Partnership events across the country, from 6 February 2018 to International Women’s Day on 8 March 2018.

If you have stories to share of the working lives of women in the First World War, we want to hear from you. Organisations can register online to get involved, and tell us about your WomensWork100 connection. The Centenary Partnership team will be in touch with you shortly.

WomensWork100 is open to members of the First World War Centenary Partnership – find out more at:  www.1914.org/news/womenswork100-at-the-first-world-war-centenary-partnership.

If you have any questions, please email the Partnership team on extranet1914@iwm.org.uk.

Museum University Partnerships Initiative (MUPI)

Call for Participation

A project associated with the Museum University Partnerships Initiative (MUPI) is being conducted to support a preliminary investigation into the possibility of a website to link museums with researchers. To do this, the views of academics and museum staff are needed to form the basis of the work.

Such a site would allow museums to promote their lesser known collections or objects to researchers whilst also enabling researchers to seek specific items or information from museums, particularly smaller regional establishments.

The survey is available here and should only take a couple of minutes to fill in.

Focus groups are being held to discuss the subject further in York and Leeds in the week beginning 4 December, if you would be interested in attending please contact Kate Stephenson at kepstephenson@gmail.com.