Tagged: sustainability

Developing Resilience and Environmental Sustainability in the Cultural Sector – workshop with Julie’s Bicycle

There is a FREE interactive workshop on the 26 January (10am-2pm) being held at the Lapworth Museum (University of Birmingham) discussing how to build resilience and environmental sustainability into your organisation. The workshop, which is being led by London-based creative environmental charity Julie’s Bicycle, will introduce the Museums’ Environmental Framework, which is a new tool helping you to map your organisation’s current environmental practice and scope your ambition for taking further action. We will share examples of best practice and practical actions you can take. 

This free workshop will be especially beneficial for smaller cultural and heritage organisations and Museums – exploring how to prioritise and take action if you have a small staff team and use volunteers.

José Forrest-Tennant, Development & Sustainability Manager at Lapworth Museum, will be on-hand to discuss current development of the Museum’s creative green certification.

To book a place please visit the event page.

Workshop includes lunch. Funded by Arts Council England.


Don’t Stop Me Now: Resilient Museums in the North West

Rheged Discovery Centre

Thursday 19th March

09:15 – 16:00


Featured speaker – Pierrette Squires, Conservator, Bolton Library & Museum Services

Listen to Pierrette on the discussion panel and in a breakout session as she talks about her involvement in Renaissance North West’s and Museum Development North West’s Green Museums programmes, and Bolton Museum’s approach to responsible collections care and sustainability.

To book a place please visit our eventbrite page

Don’t Stop Me Now: Resilient Museums in the North West

Rheged Discovery Centre
Thursday 19th March
09:15 – 16:00

Featured speaker – Nick Merriman, Director, Manchester Museum

Nick will be talking about recent developments in collections work in the North West and, with a panel of leading experts, will be discussing the challenges of caring for, developing and using collections in a way that is financially and environmentally sustainable.


To book a place please visit our eventbrite page

Sustainable low carbon building services in historic industrial buildings

From Places Matter:

Sustainable low carbon building services: how can historic industrial buildings overcome the challenges?

Brierfield Mill, a case study for textile mill regeneration involving the application of the latest low carbon technologies and techniques at former industrial sites.

This free day event provides an opportunity to understand how new technologies in sustainable mechanical and electrical systems can be applied to industrial rehabilitation and how design teams and other professionals can better utilise new techniques to manage the design and development process when breathing new life into former industrial heritage.

The day will include an opportunity to visit the historic Brierfield Mill and to see varied solutions to the different buildings on site.  There will be discussion around the most effective ways to retrofit 21st century systems into historic industrial buildings.  There will be case studies of other sites and an opportunity to question the design team on their approach to solutions for heritage sites generally and former industrial buildings in particular.

Please note: Briefield Mill will be open for a site visit but transport will not be provided.

Booking terms and conditions

  • Places are strictly limited, advanced bookng is essential
  • Places at this event are free of charge, however we reserve the right to charge an administration fee of £30 +VAT for no-shows or cancellations made less than 2 working days before the event.

To book please visit Places Matter’s eventbrite page

NW Fed event – 4th Rethinking the Museum Networking event: Raising Income for your Museum

Bury Museum and Art Gallery
Monday 13th May

Tony Trehy from Bury Museum will be talking about their experiences of creating international touring exhibitions for Japan and China to raise income for the museum.
Stacey Hammond from National Museums Liverpool Trading will be talking about creating pop up shops for exhibitions and special events and the experience of working with commercial galleries such as Whitehall for the Rolf Harris exhibition.

To book for this event email info@nwfed.org.uk

Museum Governance – Development Opportunity (Free)

I am Rachel Hunter and I am working with Collections Management Network to deliver Museum Development support in the North West over the coming months.  

At the heart of every successful museum is good governance.

  • How do we know what good governance looks like?
  • How can we be sure that we are achieving it?

Museum governance training will help you to recognise good practice and find ways of bringing it into your organisation that can contribute to long-term sustainability.

If you are an independent Museum (Trust or Charitable company) in the North West you are eligible to apply for this opportunity. Please read on, to find out more about what I can offer, and get in touch with me via mdnw@cmnetwork.org.uk  to register your interest.



From 2008 to 2011 I ran a programme of governance training for independent museums in Greater London, on behalf of MLA London, liaising closely with MLA Museum Development Officers. For this programme, titled Springboards, I developed a package of training materials and resources which, along with the experience and learning that I gained through working with trustees and museum managers, I am now keen to share with museums in the North West.

Most of the organisations that I have worked with choose to include members of staff in the training programme. This is optional (although I would recommend it in most cases). The training can consist of a one-off introductory session or a series of in-depth workshops covering all of the above, depending on your requirements and how much time you can devote to the programme. I can tailor the type and number of workshops to suit the needs of your organisation, in discussion with your Chair or museum manager.

Training will provide trustees/directors with:

  • An introduction (or refresher) to the principles of governance
  • A governance review
  • Increased understanding of roles and responsibilities of board members and staff
  • An opportunities to review your strategic planning process
  • A working knowledge of the Museums Association’s Code of Ethics

Evaluation of the Springboards programme has provided evidence that this training achieves the following:

  • A shared sense of direction
  • Increased confidence in roles and responsibilities
  • Strategic overview
  • Mutual understanding between board and staff
  • Action plans for board development: e.g. recruitment, training and succession plans
  • Credibility with external stakeholders and funders

I include some quotes from trustees who took part in the Springboards programme which highlight some of the benefits of the training:

I am enjoying being a trustee now that I am more confident in my role as a trustee.


I have a better understanding now of what is required for effective forward planning. 

If you think your organisation could benefit from this free programme of training and consultancy, please email me, Rachel Hunter c/o  mdnw@cmnetwork.org.uk , for more information.