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.
This new digital toolkit offers guidance and advice for museums with archaeological collections covering everything from the presentation and interpretation of treasure to engaging new audiences and working with the media – all grounded in the experience of the 36 museums around the country who received Art Fund funding to experiment with new displays and community projects, as well as knowledge shared at networking roadshows and the Treasure Plus conference.
Find out more and download the toolkit here.
The link below contains notes which are aimed at providing support for people working in museums with natural history collections. These ones are on strategic planning for museums: identifying strengths and weaknesses, and looking at how to achieve success in your current situation. Please feel free to share them around. They can be found at:
Here’s an interesting site called datatoolkit.org.uk, which is an online resource for arts organisations who want to work with young people on creative data projects. The Data Toolkit is a collection of useful information and tools to help you to kick-start your own data project. This toolkit was produced by 7 Junior Digital Producers, freelance artists, coders and facilitators supported by the University of the West of England and IBM.
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: