Tagged: Training

The National Gallery Curatorial Traineeship Programme 2019–21 Call for Museum Partners

From the National Gallery:

The National Gallery is looking for regional partners to help train the next generation of curators, with a particular commitment to increasing diversity of the museum workforce.Since 2013, the National Gallery has offered a training programme for future curators in partnership with regional museums and galleries. Previous Trainees are well established in the sector in roles ranging from Assistant Curator to Assistant Keeper.

With support from Art Fund and the assistance of the Vivmar Foundation, the National Gallery is able to offer two further fully funded Curatorial Traineeships. These will run for 22 months from autumn 2019 to summer 2021. Supported by the National Gallery, two partner museums will each provide one Curatorial Trainee with the opportunity to be based at their site for 16 months. During this time, each Trainee will work on a project that sheds new light on the paintings within the partner museum’s collection.


The Curatorial Traineeship Programme aims to develop a range of skills expected from the curatorial workforce today and forms part of the National Gallery’s commitment to nationwide engagement as formulated in the Strategic Plan 2018-2023 (IV: ‘A National Gallery for All’). These aims are:

To collaborate nationally;
To share expertise as widely as possible;
To enhance the curatorial capacity for the future and
To contribute to the diversity of the UK museum workforce.

The partner museums

Applications are now invited from regional museums and galleries in the UK to partner with the National Gallery in delivering the Curatorial Traineeship Programme. The Programme intends to create new pathways into a curatorial career for those currently underrepresented in the museum workforce. We are therefore seeking partners who will actively support our efforts to promote the Programme to the widest possible range of applicants.

Museum applicants will propose a project based around European paintings (before 1900) in their collections. Projects must have one or more clearly defined public outcomes. This may include new interpretation, a (re-)display or exhibition, a publication, digital content, a public programme, a new event, a workshop with a particular community group, or a combination of some or all of these activities. Proposals linking historic and contemporary art are also welcome. The National Gallery is open to working more closely with partners to develop outcomes together, should this be desired.

How to apply

See further information, including the envisaged delivery time scale

Download The Museum Partner Application Form


The Museum Partner Application Form should be submitted by 5pm on Tuesday 7th May 2019.

Train the Trainer Workshop

Thursday 24th January
Museum of Wigan Life
10:00 – 15:00

After a number of requests for a Train the Trainer Workshop we’re pleased to be able to announce the next workshop in our Responsive Programme.

This course is ideal for those who are required to effectively train employees, colleagues or clients in an interesting, engaging, brain-friendly and confident manner, in a way that is practical, and which will help those attending to gain new skills, knowledge and understanding. In an environment where organisations are having to do more with less, and where the training budget is stretched to the limit, developing existing staff so that they can take on the role of ‘in-house’ trainer, makes good sense.

By the end of this workshop, through small group activities, whole group exercises and practical sessions, delegates should be able to demonstrate a solid understanding and appreciation of the following topics:

  • The qualities & traits of an excellent trainer
  • How to create an effective learning environment – physical & psychological aspects
  • The characteristics of adult learners and how they differ from children
  • Different learning styles and how best to match these to the learner
  • Knowing your learners – personality traits
  • Motivational considerations – what to do when someone doesn’t want to be at the training course, conscripts v volunteers?
  • Communication skills [language, body language and active listening]
  • Barriers to effective learning
  • Managing expectations, challenging behaviour and difficult learners
  • Training methods – active v passive, trainer-centred v trainee-centred
  • Training strategies – strengths & weaknesses of each
  • Effective questioning skills – open, rhetorical, echo, confirming
  • Using training aids – pros & cons
  • Key components of a training plan
  • Aims, objectives and how to write them in an observable and measurable manner [Bloom’s Taxonomy]
  • Effectively ending the training session – your last chance to make a positive impression
  • Training evaluation techniques and how best to gain feedback about your training session

Whilst all our training is underpinned by the latest research and theory, we very much believe in adult learning principles, and as such our training courses are very practical, yet enjoyable. We typically use a range of strategies to encourage delegate involvement in their own learning, including small group discussion, theatre, debate, nominal group technique, role play and case study. We guarantee that our training is highly interactive and never a stand and deliver presentation.

All delegates receive a certificate of completion, together with extensive course notes, a copy of the PP slides, a reading list and the course booklet.

To book a place, please visit our eventbrite page.

About the Trainer

Sandy Keating BAdVT; BEd; MEdTD; DipEd

Sandy’s been with ACM from the start and leads our organisational development workshops. A passionate trainer, her background is in education, training trainers and vocational education and she taught adult learners for more than 25 years and is a passionate advocate of adult learning principles.


Leadership & Management Workshop

Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, Carlisle
Thursday 18th October
10:30 – 16:00

As part of our responsive training programme this workshop delivered by ACM Training will focus on supporting participants to develop their leadership and management skills. By the end of the day, through practical activities, group discussion, case study, debate and individual participation, delegates should achieve the following objectives:

  • Appreciate the difference between leadership and management, understand your own style and recognise the key qualities and traits of good leaders and managers
  • Gain greater understanding of the leader’s/manager’s responsibilities;
  • Recognise the attributes of effective leaders and how to lead and influence others;
  • Create and maintain an efficient, effective, and motivated team;
  • Understand the principles of motivation and how to apply them to your team;
  • Maximise a team’s performance, by understanding human behaviour;
  • Know how to give and receive feedback, give instructions and state expectations clearly;
  • Develop assertiveness skills;
  • Learn how to delegate more effectively;
  • Improve your ability to communicate with the team, your clients and partners;
  • Understand the strategic problem-solving process;
  • Strengthen your techniques for managing the performance of the team;
  • Know how to evaluate, reprimand and counsel staff, undertake performance reviews and implement performance expectations objectively.

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

The North West Region of the Archives and Records Association Training Needs Survey

The North West Region of the Archives and Records Association is planning its training activities for 2018-2021. In order to tailor training to people’s needs as closely as possible they have designed a survey to find out just what these needs are. 

They invite anyone working with archives or records in any capacity to complete this survey. If you feel you would benefit from adding to your existing skills they would like to hear from you.

It doesn’t matter whether you have qualifications or not, or whether you are paid or unpaid as long as you work in archives, records management or conservation in the North West. 

The survey, which will remain open until Tuesday 31st July 2018 should take you no longer than 10 minutes to complete. 

Your response will be completely anonymous and the data generated only used for the purposes of planning future training.

To complete the survey click here.

If you have any questions or problems in completing the survey please contact Caroline Williams caroline@cmwilliams.org.uk

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.