MINIM is now the largest national resource about musical instruments in public collections and includes photographs, video and sound recordings and information about over 20,000 instruments in 200 collections in the UK.
Discover musical instruments from our national museums such as the British Museum, V&A and Science Museum as well as over 4,000 instruments making their online debut thanks to a team of tireless cataloguers who have travelled the UK digitising as they go. For real enthusiasts, find up-to-date lists and navigable maps of UK Museums with musical instruments in their collections.
The project was generously supported by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) in 2015 and has been led by the Royal College of Music in partnership with Edinburgh University, the Horniman Museum and Gardens and the Royal Academy of Music, supported by Google Arts and Culture.
Find out more here.
The platform is built using open-source technology and we would be glad to share resources or experience with anyone who is interested in finding out more. Get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The British Museum invite you to join a new a forum for the archaeological and scientific understanding of the Pleistocene and Palaeolithic record in the United Kingdom: PALNETUK.
It builds on the legacy of previous initiatives to facilitate the study, management, and wider public engagement with the deep record of human occupation and environmental change in the British Isles
It aims to support communication and networking across the sector to improve our approach to the human and environmental records of the Ice Age.
As a first step in developing this network you are invited to join the mailing list, hosted by JISCMAIL. To subscribe, please email the words “SUBSCRIBE PALNETUK” to PALNETUK-REQUEST@JISCMAIL.AC.UK.
Further information on PALNETUK is in the attached download.
Touring Exhibitions Group (TEG) has announced the launch of a Partnership Agreement Template. This resource is designed to assist organisations to develop a partnership agreement, to support any exhibition, education or other project they are embarking on.
It has been developed with the Cornwall Museums Partnership, as part of TEG’s Economics of Touring Exhibitions programme. It responds to feedback in their training evaluation, which demonstrated the demand for a template that organisations could customise for use when working in partnership.
The resource provides step-by-step guidance and will support a partnership, or consortia of organisations, to start discussing and implementing an agreement. A checklist of information to prepare and generic text that can be modified is provided. This resource is available as a PDF, with an accompanying, adaptable, Word document.
An increasing number of heritage settings are using Arts Award as an exciting way of connecting with children and young people and adding extra value to those experiences.
A new set of free resources, developed through a partnership between Historic England, CapeUK and Curious Minds will give you ideas for delivering Arts Award at Discover level in your heritage context.
The resources include teacher guidance and advice, creative ideas to get you started, research resources exploring artists in the North of England and case study inspirations from others who have successfully delivered heritage focused Arts Awards.
Also available from CapeUK is a pupil log book which can be used to help children capture their work and experiences to help them achieve their Arts Award.
For more information and if you would like to use these resources in your setting please visit CapeUK’s Resources webpage.
Sarah Winchester of culturehive recently spoke to Beth Upton from Money Tree Fundraising Consultancy, to discuss the relationship between fundraising & negotiation.
Sarah last worked with Beth Upton ten years ago at Macmillan Cancer Support in their Corporate Fundraising team. Beth now runs the ever-expanding Money Tree Fundraising Consultancy, a group of talented fundraisers whose expertise lies in high value (major) giving – large donations from companies, trusts and individuals – and supporting charities to set-up, grow and then crucially maintain their income.
Their discussion is available here
Digital R&D Fund for the Arts we have published the first of a set of exciting films, guides and tools. Here is a summary of what has just become available for you to download and explore:
#1. Video: Making Data Work for You
The first of a series of five videos that will be published over the summer. In this one we hear from a range of projects on how the arts and culture sector could make more of the data they have.
#2. Digital Toolkit for Arts & Culture
Inspired by the supported projects, this is a guide to successful product development. From concept development to launch and beyond, this guide is packed with the tried and tested tools and methods you need to make new digital products and projects.
#3. Themed Guides
The four major learning themes from across the R&D Fund are data, mobile, business models and accessibility. Therefore alongside the films being published alongside these themes, we have also created a 16pp PDF guide exploring these themes in more detail.
#4. Our 2015 Magazine
As last year, we have also published a print magazine, this year called Making Digital Work, full of stories of insights and experience from the arts and beyond. You will be able to get your hands on a copy should you make it to our October 7th event (for which more details soon) but in the meantime you can download a PDF version as well.
Back in the summer work was done with the West Midlands Development Programme supporting 4 museums in the area in making more creative use of their stored collections.
This mini toolkit was developed alongside the ‘Behind closed doors’ project – for anyone interested the toolkit can be found on the following link: