Tagged: Resilience

Building Resilience: Fundraising and Revenue Diversification Programme Information

Arts Manager International (AMI) was pleased to host an Information Session led by Brett Egan, President of AMI, on 28 June for the Building Resilience: Fundraising and Revenue Diversification Programme. This special Information Session is now available for view and download here.


The new Building Resilience: Fundraising and Revenue Diversification Programme, in partnership with Cultivate and BOP Consulting, provides participating organisations with 18 months of group training and individual support, designed to accelerate their revenue-generating capacity, with an emphasis on fundraising. This competitive opportunity is open to up to 25 arts and cultural organisations throughout England. The programme is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Applications for the Fundraising and Revenue Diversification Programme are due Monday, 31 July, 2017.


Symbiosis: a new model of resilience for small museums launch workshop

14 February 2017
London Transport Museum
Covent Garden
London WC2E 7BB

The Symbiosis event is for small specialist museums interested in collaborating with their respective industries.

The aim of the project is to create and pilot a new model of economic resilience for smaller museums by developing deeper, mutually beneficial collaborations with industries relevant to their collections and building a resource to support them in collaborating with their relevant industries.

This launch event will work with participants to understand their current experience of industry engagement and identify barriers and opportunities, creating a road map for the ongoing project.

Lunch will be provided. There is funding available to cover travel costs.
Please contact dcox@aub.ac.uk to discuss.

For more information and to book a place click here.

HLF Resilient Heritage Fund

Deadline:  Apply anytime

Resilient Heritage grants of £3,000-£250,000 can help you to strengthen your organisation, and build the capacity of your staff and volunteers to better manage heritage in the long term.

This programme is available to organisations in the UK who want to build their capacity or achieve strategic change to improve the management of heritage. Grants can fund activities to help you acquire new skills or knowledge, or new models of governance, leadership and business to put your organisation in a better position for the future. Organisations in the early stages of planning their activities may also apply.

Whether you’re facing challenges around income and fundraising, or preparing to take on new forms of investment, such as social investment, Resilient Heritage can support these processes.

Click here for more information.

Museums and Resilient Leadership Programme Applications Now Open

Applications are now open for the Museums and Resilient Leadership Programme (MRL) – a unique year-long development course fully funded by Arts Council England.

Described as “life changing”, it is designed to help you become a cultural leader for the 21st Century, resilient and entrepreneurial.

Participants receive £7,500 worth of development training, comprising:

  • A 5 day overseas study visit to museums in a country of your choice
  • 2 x 3 day residential workshops
  • 8 workshops and masterclasses on leadership, governance, finance, skills and models
  • An online leadership resource bank
  • A personal mentor
  • A personal programme learning log for your MRL year

The Programme draws on a wealth of knowledge and insight about leadership in the cultural and commercial sectors. It puts this learning at your disposal in inspirational settings.

Go to the MRL website to find out more and follow the link to apply for the Programme. Applications are open until 5pm on Tuesday 31 January, 2017.

MRL is a project of Black Country Living Museum as part of its MPM programme with Culture Coventry.  

To find out more, call MRL’s Directors now:

Stephen Feber 07515 338535 Nick Winterbotham 07775 774539

Resilience Training Wanted By National Museums Liverpool

National Museums Liverpool are looking to engage an organisation to develop and deliver a comprehensive resilience training programme to all staff in the organisation. They would like to hear from anyone who has training to offer.

They are currently asking companies who would be interested in working with them to respond to their Resilience Training NML Request for Information (RFI). The RFI document outlines our requirements in more detail and is based on the minimum requirements that allow NML to compare training suppliers. Although it is a comprehensive document, they are aware that some smaller companies may not be able to answer all of the sections completely, however they would still like to hear from you, so please be assured that this does not automatically affect your suitability to register.

After considering all responses NML will then be issuing an invitation to tender to those organisations who we feel best fit what we are looking for, the timescale of the process is highlighted in the RFI.

Completed RFI’s should be emailed and received by 5pm on the 10/03/2016.

If you have any questions please contact Claire Holden.

Consultancy Opportunities: Museums of Cheshire

Museums of Cheshire (MoC), until 2013 known as Cheshire Museums Forum, is a group formed over 25 years ago. Members of MoC are Accredited museums (as administered by Arts Council England) or museums that are recognised as “working towards Accreditation”. In 2015 Museums of Cheshire successfully bid for an ACE Resilience grant to support the group to further unlock the potential of MoC to create a more resilient and sustainable sub-regional organisation.

The Unlocking the Potential project will focus on three key areas:

  1. Strengthening the organisation through delivery of an organisational skills audit, and production of a training and development plan
  2. Sharing our stories through this commissioned research and subsequent joint initiatives and projects
  3. Measuring our impact through delivery of baseline research into the combined social and economic impact of the Museums of Cheshire member organisations, and identifying ways we can enhance these impacts through partnership working

Consultancy Opportunity 1 – Narrative Study

MoC are now looking for a consultant to carry out research and produce an advocacy tool which will inform our future direction and joint activity. We require a consultant to review venues and collections across our member organisations, and to produce a document which sets out the shared stories of our members and new ideas about how we can use these stories and our collections to engage with target audiences and develop partnership work.

The available budget is £3000 to include VAT and travel and subsistence expenses.

Download the full brief Narrative study brief Museums of Cheshire[2].

Consultancy Opportunity 2 – Impact Study and Policy Review

MoC are now looking for a consultant to carry out research which will inform our future direction and joint activity. We require a freelance consultant or consultancy team to:

  • Carry out stakeholder analysis via desk research and interviews which helps us to understand the strategic priorities of our current and potential partners, particularly local authorities, health and housing sectors, Local Enterprise Partnership, HEIs and other learning partners.
  • Pull together available data to help us understand the current landscape in terms of tourism and the local visitor economy; local audience demographics; current trends in the visitor economy.
  • Develop a baseline set of quantitative data which demonstrates the scale and impact of museums within our network – in terms of income generation, employment, volunteering, skills development, contribution to the visitor economy – this could make use of Association of Independent Museums (AIM) Economic Impact Toolkit for estimating their impact on the local economy.
  • Produce content based on this baseline research (key statistics and facts) which can be used to advocate for the Cheshire museum sector and is adaptable to a variety of formats (on our website, press releases, brochures etc) for a target audience of local councillors and council officers; MPs; health commissioners; higher education organisations; housing and regeneration managers and the specialist press.
  • Make a set of recommendations for Museums of Cheshire which focus on what the network can do as a partnership to help members face the challenge of reduced public sector funding availability – build their resilience, become more innovative, develop new partnerships and attract more visitors.

The available budget is £8000 to include VAT and travel and subsistence expenses.

Download the full brief Impact study brief Museums of Cheshire[2].

Final reports from both consultants must be delivered by the end of January 2016, as they will inform the content of our conference which is scheduled for late February 2016.

We would also like both consultants to attend and contribute to the Museums of Cheshire Conference, which is scheduled for one day in February 2016.

Deadline for submissions is 21st September at 5pm. If necessary, interviews will be held on 29th September, in Port Sunlight.
Please email submissions to katerodenhurst@mac.com. For any further details please contact Kate Rodenhurst, Project Manager for Museums of Cheshire on 0151 724 1608 / 07956 352 779 or email katerodenhurst@mac.com

AMA announces museums selected for resilience programme

20 museums have been selected from a large pool of applications to take part in Future Proof Museums, a national programme developed by the AMA (Arts Marketing Association) funded by Arts Council England’s Museums Resilience grant. Future Proof Museums is designed to significantly improve the resilience of museums.

The selected museums are a range of organisations including small independent museums like Thackray Medical Museum in Leeds, to Major Partner Museums like the Horniman; council-operated Southend-on-Sea Museums Service to university-run Museum of English Rural Life. They are located across various regions in England and house an exciting variety of collections. Having such diversity in the group means participants in the programme will benefit from a range of experience and knowledge as the Future Proof Museums network grows and develops.

Director of Museums at Arts Council England, John Orna-Ornstein, comments “Future Proof Museums is an exciting new programme to help museums prosper at a time of challenge. I’m delighted to see such a strong and varied cohort of museums participating, and look forward to seeing the impact of the programme in the months to come.”

The intensive strategic change programme will enable museums to create a compelling manifesto to share across their museum; develop their business model and explore how it delivers value in line with their purpose; innovate around this model; provide a clear toolkit to review how to benefit from change; and give insight into the leadership culture within their organisation.

Stage One of the programme will involve trainer Andrew McIntyre (Morris Hargreaves McIntyre) working with the museum teams within their organisation in a diagnostic session; Andrew is then joined by fellow trainers Mark Wright (People Create), Susan Royce (Change Management Consultant) and Julie Aldridge (AMA) when the programme brings the leaders of the 20 organisations together for a three day intensive residential in Stage Two; and Stage Three provides on-going mentoring support, facilitation and leadership development with the museums’ teams.

Executive Director at the AMA, Julie Aldridge, comments “Future Proof Museums provides a unique opportunity for both our member and non-member museum community to benefit from a programme tailored specifically to their needs now, and for the future. We’re delighted at the amount of interest expressed in the programme that will result in more resilient museums being able to change, adapt, influence and remain relevant to an ever-changing external environment.”

The organisations selected to take part in Future Proof Museums are:

Clifton Park Museum
Compton Verney
Cornwall’s Regimental Museum
Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery
Galleries of Justice Museum
Hampshire Cultural Trust
Horniman Museum and Gardens
Horsham Museum and Art Gallery
Keswick Museum and Art Gallery
Manchester Jewish Museum
Mental Health Museum
Museum of English Rural Life
National Football Museum
People’s History Museum
Royal Pavilion & MuseumsBrighton & Hove
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
Southend-on-Sea Museums Service
Thackray Medical Museum
The Guildhall Museum
Warrington Museum and Art Gallery

For more information please contact Verity Sanderson, Programme Producer, AMA on verity@a-m-a.co.uk or 01223 578078.

Future Proof Museums Programme

Details about the Future Proof Museums programme are now available and interested participants are able to register their interest.

The programme has three stages and focuses on the following:

Stage One

Focuses on a diagnostic session to help you and your team identify future opportunities.

Each museum taking part in the Future Proof Museums programme will start by exploring their future direction as a team together with one of our specialist trainers.

This will take place within your museum to enable a range of people to take part; to explore different perspectives across the organisation and to highlight areas of agreement as well as those that might be contradictory.

Stage Two

Is a three day intensive residential programme at the Moller Centre, Cambridge on 14-16 September 2015.

The Museum Director from each participating organisation will join us for a residential programme to explore a strategic change toolkit for their museum.

Areas of work at the residential will include:

  • Defining your museum’s cause – the difference it makes to the world
  • Exploring the story of your museum and mapping its direction of travel
  • Visualising your current business model, it’s strengths and weaknesses
  • Exploring how to innovate around the model and prototype new directions
  • Analysing your leadership style and organisational culture
  • Exploring how to manage change successfully and overcome resistance within your organisation

Stage Three

Offers participating museums on-going mentoring and facilitation support.

Different leaders will have different areas of the programme that they want to focus on and take forwards; the AMA will work closely with you to craft a suitable level of on-going, high-level support which could include one, or a mix of, the following:

  • Facilitated sessions in your museum
  • Senior management team leadership development (including Firo-B surveys)
  • Face-to-face mentoring
  • Online mentoring

To register your interest and for more details visit the Future Proof Museums website

Future Proof Museums is supported by funding from Arts Council England; the entire programme will cost each organisation only £350+VAT. We are looking for a diverse group of participants to include a range of organisations in terms of size, geographic location and type of museum.

Creative Museums Introductory Session, 23rd June, HOME, Manchester

Creative Museums is a time limited programme of experimentation for six museums and a wider cohort of peers. The participating museums will use a process called Scratch to build lively programmes and venues which enrich the experience for visitors, directly and creatively involve their audiences, tackle challenges and generate new business opportunities. Priority will be given to small museums.

Creative Museums offers a unique practical programme of collaborative learning and testing. You will take part in workshops and masterclasses with a range of heritage, performance and arts specialists. You will
be partnered with a producer to plan collaborative creative projects in your venue. You will share practice with other museums, producers and artists, exchanging skills, ideas and processes. A producer/ artist will be commissioned to work with you to realise your ideas.

Creative Museums is run by Battersea Arts Centre in partnership with independent consultant Gaby Porter.

How might you benefit from Creative Museums?

  • Are you looking to connect more closely with local people and communities?
  • Are you keen to develop a programme which is richer, more playful and varied, while also affordable?
  • Are you in the early stages of a capital development, and beginning to think about the programmes, spaces and services you might want to create which are fit for the future?
  • Are you looking for a chance to think afresh about your ‘offer’ through a creative dialogue to develop new ideas and enrich audience experience?
  • Do you want to encourage and enable people within your organisation to shape and develop ideas quickly and at a low cost?
  • Would you like others to use your museum as a venue for performances and imaginative programmes?

If any of these strikes a chord with you, apply to take part in Creative Museums!

Creative Museums – what’s involved?

Creative Museums offers a unique practical programme of collaborative learning and testing, hosted by Battersea Arts Centre. The 18 month programme will run October 2015 – March 2017.

  • You will take part in workshops and masterclasses with a range of heritage, performance and arts specialists.
  • You will be partnered with a producer to plan collaborative creative projects in your venue.
  • You will share practice with other museums, producers and artists, exchanging skills, ideas and processes.
  • A producer/ artist will be commissioned to work with you to realise your ideas.
We would like to invite you to an introductory session:

23rd June, HOME, Manchester, 12pm-3.30pm

How do I book a place? 

To book, please email creativemuseums@bac.org.uk and include:

  • Your name
  • Name of the museum
  • Link to the museum website
  • The number of people working there 
NB: numbers at these sessions are limited, so please book a place as soon as you can. We offer up to two places per museum. Priority will be given to people working in museums with nine members of staff or less.

For more information please download our information pack – https://www.bac.org.uk/resources/0000/1863/CM_pdf.pdf.

Resilient Museums Short Films

We are pleased to present to you four short films, highlighting different projects that museums in the North West have been undertaking. These videos will be familiar to those who attended “Don’t Stop Me Now: Resilient Museums in the North West”, as they were premiered on the TVs there.

The films were created by our Events and Communications Co-ordinator Ryan Hughes, and freelance filmmaker Paul Gibson.