Tagged: Training

Museum Essentials Workshop: Bid writing

Thursday 3rd May
Lancashire Conservation Studios, Preston
10:00 – 16:00

Kicking off our new Museum Essentials Programme, this popular workshop has been developed to help individuals and small / medium-sized organisations feel more confident in writing bids and making applications for funding.

The material covers:

  • Sources of funding (public and statutory, private, Lottery, trust and foundations, etc)
  • Key things to remember
  • Stages from application to award to evaluation
  • Tips and tricks
  • Signposting for further information.

It also comes with two resource sheets for delegates to take away.

To book a place please visit our eventbrite page and for more information contact Alex Bird – alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk


National Army Museum Museums Training Programme

The National Army Museum provides relevant training in a variety of museum best-practice topics.

This training is provided free to the staff, trustees and volunteers of Regimental and Corps Museums (R&CM) in the UK. Delegates from other museums (non-R&CM) will be required to pay course fees. Courses coming up include:

  • Regimental Curators Course, 9-13 April
  • Conservation and Hazard Training, 15 May (London) and 11 June (Edinburgh)
  • Collections Move Training, 24 July
  • Emergency Response Training, 15 August

Find out more here.

Interpretive Writing for Exhibitions and Print Workshop

Wednesday 28th March
Calderdale Industrial Museum, Halifax

Do you want to refresh your skills and reignite your passion for communicating with your audiences? Perhaps you are new to interpretive writing and looking to find out where to start?

Museum Development Yorkshire has commissioned Sarah Oswald, The Authentic Spark. Sarah will lead a one day interpretive scriptwriting workshop designed to help you develop practical skills in interpretive writing for graphics. She will share top tips and provide you with the opportunity for real-life applications of best practice principles in writing and editing for your audiences.

Sarah has 20 years’ experience of working on interpretive projects large and small, as an interpretive planner and scriptwriter. Previously a Director at PLB she now runs The Authentic Spark, offering coaching, training, mentoring and consultancy support to people and teams in the heritage sector.

Please book through Eventbrite.

Any questions email Alan Bentley at alan.bentley@ymt.org.uk.

Artswork Training Courses

Embedding Safeguarding Practice
An Organisational Approach to Safe Practice with Children and Young People in the Creative and cultural sectors
Tuesday 24th April
HOME, Manchester
10:00 – 16:15

The Course:

Designed for those responsible for overseeing safeguarding practice in their organisation at a strategic level, this course focuses on a whole team approach to embedding safe practice across creative, cultural and heritage sectors.

Participants will carry out an audit of their organisation and create an action plan to support best practice around safeguarding through the delivery of policy, practice and information sharing. You will also explore ways of including young people’s voice to influence your procedures.

Places on this course are strictly limited to ensure a tailored approach.

Ideal for:

• Those who wish to develop a strategic approach to safeguarding within their own organisation eg senior managers, board members, creative directors

• Those who are currently acting as safeguarding lead/ deputy lead or are responsible for overseeing safeguarding in the organisation

• Those who have previously undertaken a child protection course 

You will gain

• Ideas of how to embed a culture of safe practice

• Ways of including and involving young people

• Tools for disseminating policy and best practice

• A safeguarding action plan

• An overview of Designated Safeguarding Officer responsibilities

• Further advice and guidance

Trainer: Lesley Wood

Course cost: £175 per person, including lunch, refreshments and a certificate of attendance for each delegate.

Book your place online here or for advice and information, please contact Rosie Cooke via rosiecooke@artswork.org.uk / 02380 332 491

Evaluating Youth Arts Projects
Wednesday 25th April
Home, Manchester
10:00 – 16:15

The Course:

Developed to help you cultivate meaningful and beneficial modes of evaluating youth arts projects – and prepare you for your own evaluative process through creative examples and useful case studies. By the time you leave you will have developed your own working evaluation plan that considers Arts Council Strategic goals, quality principles and project objectives.

Ideal if:

You want a practical day and the chance to tailor your approach to creative evaluation. This course will give you the confidence you need to engage fully with evaluating youth arts.

You will gain

• Demystification of evaluation myths

• Meaningful modes of evaluation

• Case studies – different approaches to youth arts evaluation

• A range of creative tools and techniques

• Shaping your individual approach – how to engage with youth arts projects

• An evaluation plan- kickstart your own project evaluation

Trainer: Lesley Wood

Course Cost: £150 per person, including lunch, refreshments and a certificate of attendance for each delegate. Limited bursary places are available. English National Youth Arts Network members receive 10% discount on spaces. Membership is FREE – sign up here

Book your place online hereFor further info, contact the professional development team via training@artswork.org.uk / 02380 332491 for further information.

Being Inclusive: Inclusive training workshops for museums, libraries and archives

TramShed is an inclusive theatre company based in the northwest but working across the UK. Following the success of our recent HLF Young Roots programmes and our Arts-Council funded Muli Mutya, Lancashire project we’ve developed a dedicated inclusive training programme for staff and volunteers within the cultural sector and beyond.

Innovation and inclusion is at the heart of what we do. Our work in the community is fundamental as it allows us to access many people who have previously been excluded from the performing arts through no reason of their own. We are now sharing our approach with museums, libraries, galleries and archives.

What’s covered?

Our training offers an opportunity to learn more about the extensive elements of inclusion, how to incorporate inclusion into your environment/workplace, how to become an effective volunteer or support network, health & safety and how to apply original theatre to your work and storytelling. The training can be tailored to the needs and working environment of the client.

Find out more here.

Email tramshedtheatre@hotmail.co.uk or call 07852 498427.

Setting the Standard: Recruitment and Selection

Thursday 7th December
Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery
10:00 – 16:00 

Are you involved in interviewing and selecting staff?

Do you know which questions you can ask?

Are you confident in recruitment best practice?

Do you understand your legal responsibilities?

This workshop is a fantastic opportunity to gain free, professional Human Resources advice on best practice in recruitment and selection processes to ensure that your organisation appoints the best applicants.

By the end of this workshop delegates will:

  • Understand what is meant by merit-based recruitment and selection
  • Understand the benefits of merit-based selection including for equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Understand the law relating to recruitment and selection, and what this means in practice
  • Receive practical tips and guidance on attraction and selection including: attracting a more diverse range of candidates; how to prepare for interviews (including questioning techniques); an awareness of types of selection tests; how to deliver interviews; how to assess candidates in selection situations

In addition you will receive access to free online resources published after the training including:

  • Guidance notes
  • Template outline policy that can be tailored for your museum
  • Template application form that can be tailored for your museum
  • Template job description and person specification
  • Do’s and don’ts of recruitment and selection document

To book a place click here.

Refreshments and lunch will be provided at this FREE event.

Please book by 9am, Monday 4 December.

New opportunities – British Museum National Programmes

NEW training opportunity: Getting Loan Ready

Colleagues are invited to register their interest for this free four-day residential course of in-depth training on borrowing at the British Museum from 23-26 January 2018. The training is designed for people working or volunteering within the museum and heritage sector who would like to develop their knowledge and understanding of the loans process so that their organisations will be better able to borrow from national collections in future. Generously supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, there are travel and accommodation bursaries available for all delegates.

Places are limited to 10 delegates, and will be allocated by the British Museum. As the training has so far only been delivered in England, museum colleagues applying from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be prioritised. All expressions of interest must be received by 15 November 2017 via the Eventbrite booking form here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/getting-loan-ready-registration-38841343504

NEW Collections Skills Sharing sessions

Booking is now open for the final round of free collections skills sharing sessions at the British Museum. Designed for people working or volunteering within the museum and heritage sector, there are travel bursaries available thanks to the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund. Tickets are free, but booking is essential via Eventbrite using the links below:


NEW resource: Palaeo Network UK (PALNETUK)

Colleagues are invited to join a new a forum for the archaeological and scientific understanding of the Pleistocene and Palaeolithic record in the United Kingdom: PALNETUK. 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 we invite you 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 attached.

Traineeship Opportunity: Wordsworth Trust

Applications for the 2018 Wordsworth Trust Traineeships are now open.

The Wordsworth Trust has been providing training opportunities for people starting careers in museums, libraries and literature for over 30 years, and has a high reputation across the sector for the standard of training it provides. The Traineeship programme is designed to provide a unique, all-round experience in a full time role (five out of seven days a week) of both an historic house and a working museum that receives 40,000 visitors a year.

The Wordsworth Trust is currently one of three partners in the Cumbria Museum Consortium (CMC), an Arts Council-funded initiative. For the Wordsworth Trust, this has led to a particular emphasis on education, outreach and work with young people.

Trainees will be joining the Wordsworth Trust at a very exciting time. In January 2016, the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded the Wordsworth Trust a development grant towards a new project: ‘Reimagining Wordsworth’. The grant puts the Wordsworth Trust on course to make profound and exciting changes to its site and activities in time to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Wordsworth’s birth in 2020.

All Trainees will gain experience in public facing roles, through delivering guided tours of Dove Cottage, giving introductory talks to visiting groups, selling tickets and merchandise in the shop, and welcoming visitors to the museum. Alongside this, Trainees will also specialise in one of the following departments:


A Collections Trainee will gain experience of managing a Designated collection of approximately 65,000 items, including manuscripts, books and artworks. They will work with the Curatorial Team, and will gain knowledge and experience of museum practice and procedures, the recording and caring of collections, exhibitions, working with researchers, providing opportunities for visitors to access the collection, and much more.


An Education Trainee will work with the Education Development Manager and Education Officer to deliver the Wordsworth Trust’s core schools offer to children from Foundation Stage – KS5. They will develop new school and outreach sessions, both onsite and offsite, including those delivering Arts Award. They will also develop onsite trails and gallery interactives, and will deliver family activities both onsite and in Cumbrian libraries.


An Outreach Trainee will work with the Community Outreach Officer to organise and deliver a county-wide programme of outreach activities and events, engaging with people of all ages (especially older people) and backgrounds. They will have the chance to get involved with local community groups and initiatives, using the Wordsworth Trust’s collection to inspire creative projects.

Visitor Experience: 

A Visitor Experience Trainee will learn how to manage a busy heritage site and how to engage with visitors of all ages and backgrounds. They will be a key point of contact for visitors, including facilitating special and group visits, to ensuring everyone is able to have an enjoyable and informative experience, and will contribute ideas to enhance the visitor experience across the site. They will also support the Trust’s volunteer programme.

Applicants should demonstrate an enthusiasm for heritage and learning, and are expected to develop a knowledge of British Romanticism during the Traineeship. Previous museum experience is not essential and anyone with an enthusiasm for heritage and learning is encouraged to apply.

The Traineeship will run from January 2018 until December 2018. It is expected that Trainees will commit to the full programme. Trainee roles are funded by Arts Council England, and Trainees will be paid in line with National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage regulations.

The Wordsworth Trust is unable to provide visa sponsorship for this Traineeship. Candidates will be asked to show that they are eligible to work in the UK.

The deadline for applications is Monday 6 November 2017 at 9am. Interviews will take place in Grasmere in late November to early December, and will include an overnight stay in Grasmere.

Please visit our website at to download an application pack.

Please contact Melissa Mitchell, Assistant Curator & Traineeship Coordinator (melissa.mitchell@wordsworth.org.uk or 015394 35544) for more information.


Emergency Planning & Preparedness – partnership event with Rapid Response Network

Tuesday 3rd October 2017
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
10.00 – 4.00

Free – RRN Members
Cost £25 for Yorkshire Fed members
£35 for Non-Fed members

First three applications from volunteers will not be charged.

Who is this course for?

This training workshop should be of interest to anyone who is new to or responsible for emergency planning and preparedness in libraries, archives, museums or galleries.

What will it cover?

The aim of the day is to prepare you for emergencies and hopefully minimise damage to collections. There will be two main parts: an initial familiarization with the emergency kit and a hands-on exercise/ scenario dealing with a disaster.

Who will be running it?

It will be coordinated and delivered by Alison Mitchelson, YHFED Freelance Training Provider.  Working in partnership with the Rapid Response Network (RRN), who are a regional membership organisation working together to improve emergency planning and preparedness, for the benefit of public access collections and heritage in Yorkshire & Humber.

The trainer will be Jenny Mathiason, Conservator at Rotherham Borough Council.

What will it cost?

The course is free to RRN members and £25 for Fed members and £35 for non-fed members.  Coffee and tea will be provided. Please note that lunch is not included. Lunch is available for purchase in the café or you can bring a packed lunch. There will also be 3 free places for volunteers, from organisations who are YHFed members available on a first come first served basis.

Where is it?

It will be located at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

How do I book?

To book a place you should either send this form to mitchelsonmoore@gmail.com or use the eventbrite page.

Enquiries and for details on how to pay contact Alison Mitchelson, Freelance Training Officer, mitchelsonmoore@gmail.com

Islamic Numismatics Study Day

Thursday 28th September
Manchester Museum
13:30 – 17:00

All are welcome to Manchester Museum’s upcoming half-day workshop on Islamic and South Asian coins in the Collections Study Centre (3rd floor). This event is held in collaboration with the SSN for Islamic art and material culture and the Money and Medals Network.

The workshop will provide an introduction to the history and development of Islamic and South Asian coinage, as well as an overview of best practice for storage and display of coins and some insights into Manchester Museum’s recent research and cataloguing project with Islamic and South Asian coins (funded by the John Ellerman Foundation). The workshop is suitable for those who are completely new to this subject, as well as for numismatics curators who specialise in other disciplines, or Islamic art professionals who would like to learn more about coins.

Afternoon refreshments are provided. The workshop is free to attend, and bursaries towards travel to attend are available by application to the SSN. For more information regarding bursaries, please contact islamicartnetwork@gmail.com or see the SSN’s website: http://krc.orient.ox.ac.uk/iamcssn/index.php/en/. Please email jenny.norton-wright@manchester.ac.uk and Stephen.welsh@manchester.ac.uk to book your place.


13:30-14:15 – Jenny Norton-Wright, Manchester Museums Partnership: Welcome and introduction to the Ellerman project and Manchester Museum’s Islamic and South Asian coin collection.

14:15-15:00 – Henry Flynn, British Museum: Discussion of storage and display for coin collections.

15:00-15:15 – Break

15:15-16:00 – Vesta Curtis, British Museum: Introduction to Islamic coins

16:00-16:45 – Shailendra Bhandare, Ashmolean Museum: Introduction to South Asian coins

17:00 – Close