People’s History Museum, Manchester
Wednesday 10th May
11:00 – 15:00
In an ongoing period of reduced public sector support which has only increased the need for institutions to take on a more inventive entrepreneurial spirit, this programme has been designed to provide new ideas, inspiration and possible models which will help organisations across the region to become more resilient and future proof.
This series of workshops will cover various topics which we feel will help North West organisations to develop new opportunities using the resources they currently have available to them and help them to make the most of their current audiences and networks whilst developing them further. Each workshop will cover a different aspect to help organisations develop sustainable income streams and find alternative sources of funding and by thinking differently and creatively about how they approach funding.
This workshop will delve into the development of membership schemes and will help give organisations to see how they can develop and benefit from such schemes as well as help them form good relationships with donors, encourage patronage and secure corporate sponsorship for their organisations. Speakers include:
- Helen Antrobus, People’s History Museum – The People’s History Museum celebrates the stories of the radical thinkers whose big ideas have shaped our society. For this workshop we have asked Janneke to talk about the background of the museum’s Join the New Radicals Campaign and how they develop it into a membership scheme and what this has done to improve their sustainability as an organisation
- Janice Hayes, Culture Warrington – After receiving a Catalyst grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Culture Warrington undertook extensive research before developing their a membership scheme that would help to make the organisation more sustainable, business-like and resilient following transfer from local authority management in 2012 while increasing their support base through sponsorship, philanthropy and developing a membership scheme
- Hilary Machell, Harris Museum & Art Gallery – Hilary has worked closely with the museum’s Friends’ group for 19 years. Hilary will talk about how to turn around a Friends’ organisation which isn’t working for the host museum and turn it into an effective body which supports fundraising and the wider ambitions of the museum
- Victoria Symes, impact fundraising – A major review of UK museum regular giving schemes revealed a number of invaluable and often surprising insights. In this whistle-stop tour of these findings, Victoria will reveal the 7 Common Mistakes made in the management of Friends and Memberships schemes, and share some tips and solutions for turning these challenges around.
To book a place visit our eventbrite page
28th June 2017
10:00 – 16:15
This new course provides an overview of equality and diversity, including Arts Council England’s Creative Case for Diversity, and how it might affect you and the areas that you work in. Through practical activities and discussion, you will identify ways to improve the experience of young people by ensuring that everyone is treated equally and is offered the same opportunities.
Anyone who delivers arts and cultural projects for children and young people
You will gain:
- An understanding of equality and diversity issues, and how they may affect your work
- An understanding of Arts Council England’s Quality Principles, [which aim to raise the standard of work being produced with, for and by children and young people]
- Knowledge of inclusive environments that value the difference in people, and promote respect
- Tools to develop an action plan for addressing equality and diversity in your work, and the activities you deliver.
Trainer: Lesley Wood
**Special introductory rate** £104 per person (usually £130), 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
Deliver a practical workshop at the MA conference & exhibition in Manchester
Museums and suppliers are invited to put forward proposals to deliver a Museum Practice (MP) workshop for exhibition visitors and conference delegates at the Museums Association (MA) Conference and Exhibition 2017 in Manchester (16-18 November at the Manchester Conference Centre).
The MP workshops take place in the exhibition and are free for visitors, exhibitors and conference delegates to attend.
The workshop programme is designed to offer practical, insightful and case study-led content under four distinct themes: careers; technology and digital; audiences, learning and engagement; and collections, interpretation and exhibition design.
They are an opportunity for companies, consultants and museum professionals to showcase recent projects, products or services, and lead discussion in a specific area of expertise.
More details and a link to the online proposal form and guidance notes can be found on the MA website.
The deadline for submitting a proposal is 31 March.
Any enquiries can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Whitworth, Manchester
11:00 – 15:00
Over the past four years, The North West Federation of Museums (NWFed) and Museum Development North West (MDNW) have developed a strong partnership, through joint working and shared resources, which has further strengthened the museum and heritage sector in the North West through the delivery of various training and development opportunities.
In an ongoing period of reduced public sector support which has only increased the need for institutions to take on a more inventive entrepreneurial spirit, this workshop has been designed to provide new ideas, inspiration and possible models which will help organisations across the region to become more resilient and future proof.
This workshop will cover various topics which we feel will help North West organisations to develop new opportunities using the resources they currently have available to them and help them to make the most of their current audiences and networks whilst developing them further.
This workshop will look to help organisations develop new and innovative means to use their collections to make income through loans, research partnerships, retail, working with creatives or developing exhibitions to tour internationally. Speakers and workshop leaders include:
- Tony Trehy, Director, Bury Art Museum – Bury Art Museum has considerable experience in international practice and is currently leading a consortium of North West museums (Greater Manchester Museums Group) generating touring exhibitions from the region’s great art collections to foreign galleries. For this workshop we have asked Tony to talk about the museum’s international experience and what they have learned from what many were worried would be a risky venture when the recently toured an exhibition of works from North West museums in China.
- Charlotte Dew, TEG Researcher, Touring Exhibitions Group (TEG) – Charlotte is a London-based curator and consultant, specialising in craft, art, design and touring exhibitions. In April 2015 she was appointed by TEG to lead the Economics of Touring Exhibitions research and training programme. This followed her association with TEG as a committee member and trainer from 2008 and the organisation’s administrator since April 2015. For this workshop Charlotte will discuss best practices for developing touring exhibitions to make income for your organisation.
- Diane Williams, Quince Retail – Diane will talk about the work she has done to support the development of producs for retails purposes with museums that foscus on the objects within their collection. We will hear about best practice and get some quick tips that you can use once back in your museum.
To book a place please visit our eventbrite page.
Tuesday 14th March
The Quaker Meeting House in Liverpool, 22 School Lane, Liverpool L1 3BT
09:30 – 13:00
Heritage Lottery Fund, Crowdfunder and Nesta, the UK’s innovation Foundation, are delighted to invite you to this ½ day workshop on crowdfunding for heritage projects.
This free workshop will be split into two parts. In part one you will get an introduction to what crowdfunding is and how it can be used to fund heritage projects. In part two you will learn how to set up a crowdfunding campaign for your heritage project and how you can access between £1,000 and £10,000 for your project from Heritage Lottery Fund who are currently matchfunding crowdfunding projects.
At the workshop you will have the opportunity to learn from Crowdfunder, the UK’s largest crowdfunding platform on how to setup and run a crowdfunding campaign and how to combine crowdfunding with a match from traditional funders such as the HLF.
We will also be talking about the experience of projects that have previously run a successful campaign in the heritage sector. This includes the Dundee based RRS Discovery who raised £41,795 (including a £10,000 match from HLF) for their restoration project and the Cornwall based Montol 10th Anniversary Appeal who raised £4,000 including a £1,000 match from HLF, to continue their festival focusing on celebrating the traditions of the Cornish Christmas.
To attend the workshop, please RSVP here.
If you have any questions about the workshop or our work on matched crowdfunding in general, please contact Sam Mitchell email@example.com.
You can read more about crowdfunding and matched crowdfunding in the following reports and blogs:
● Report: Crowdfunding Good Causes, opportunities and challenges for charities, community groups and social enterprises.
Health and Wellbeing in Museums Programme Workshop 1 – Mindfulness
Tuesday 31st January 2017
Manchester Art Gallery
10:00 – 16:00
One ticket remaining
This first session as part of the programme will focus on the mindfulness work Manchester Art Gallery does as part of their public programmes. During the morning we will hear about the background to the work along with planning and research done and in the afternoon we will experience one of their mindfulness workshops with an artist.
To book a place visit the eventbrite page
Health and Wellbeing in Museums Programme Workshop 2 – Working in Hospitals
Monday 20th February 2017
Whitworth Art Gallery
11:15 – 16:00
Two tickets remaining
This second session as part of the programme will focus on the the work the Whitworth Art Gallery does with the local hospital service. We will also hear from the national Paintings in Hospitals Programme about the work they to and how you can get involved. Lastly we will have the opportunity to experience one of the sessions that the Whitworth Art Gallery runs with hospital patients.
To book a place visit the eventbrite page
Health and Wellbeing in Museums Programme Workshop 3 – Dementia
Thursday 16th March 2017
11:00 – 16:00
Six tickets remaining
This final session as part of the programme will focus on the the work the Nantwich Museum does with dementia patients. During the morning we will hear about the background to the work along with planning and research done and in the afternoon we will participate in the excellent Dementia Friend training.
To book a place visit the eventbrite page
If you have any questions please contact Alex Bird – firstname.lastname@example.org
From Sotheby’s Institute of Art:
We are delighted to be running the ‘Navigating the Art Market course’ in conjunction with Sotheby’s Institute of Art. The course is aimed at museum professionals to provide a practical understanding of the art market. Topics will range from how to bid at auction and the legal aspects of acquiring art to tips for cultivating relationships with art dealers and collectors.
The course will use a combination of online training and a day seminar at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London on 17 March 2017.
The seminar in London will offer an opportunity to review online material, network with curators and art world experts as well as offering insight into the workings of the auction house Sotheby’s.
Topics will include:
– An overview and introduction to the art market
– A brief introduction to art law and due diligence checks
– Tax incentives to facilitate acquisitions for public benefit
– Guidance on how to buy at auction
– How galleries, dealers, art fairs and collectors operate
– How to network in the art world
The course is targeted at early career curators interested in gaining a practical understanding of the art market and more experienced curators wishing to refresh their knowledge. Applications are open to all museum and gallery professionals, but given the limited spaces available, priority will be given to curators and others who work with public collections.
Courses offered by the Sotheby’s Institute normally charge a fee, however this course, specifically aimed at museum professionals will be free to attend (with lunch included) for those who are offered a place.
For more details and to apply, please see our website. Please note that the deadline for applications is 12 noon on Thursday 9 February.
Leeds Discover Centre
Tuesday 4th April
Free car parking is available on site.
Led by Victoria Purewal ACE this session is for staff dealing with plant material in their collections; a chance to brush up on skills, learn something new and gain help with problem areas of your collection.
Arrive from 9.30am for 10.00am start
Lunch 12.30pm-1.30pm – LUNCH INCLUDED
Finish Time 4.30pm
Collection Care – storage, handling, environment
Health and Safety Issues – including identification of commonly used biocides
To book a place, please contact email@example.com or telephone 0113 3782100 (stating any special dietary requirements)
The day will include practical hands on sessions with hand-outs.
Thursday 16th February 2017
10:00 – 16:15
This course will provide an introduction to digital cultural learning projects through a range of case studies, along with highlighting key points from Artswork’s research into the agendas, challenges and opportunities involved in mixing digital creativity and cultural learning (e.g. Minecraft, Processing/Scratch, Makey Makey/Raspberry Pi, art apps on tablets).
You will explore the possibilities of useful, popular tools for creating exciting, contemporary digital learning projects. As part of the course day, you will also have the opportunity to explore and devise potential integrated, strategic and innovative projects.
There will be many opportunities for networking within the day and beyond this you will be invited to become part of a virtual network where you can continue to share practice, and discuss and develop potential partnerships
- Learning and digital staff in cultural organisations interested in extending digital practice with schools and children and young people
- Cultural learning brokers or consultants interested in supporting partnerships
- Creative and digital practitioners interested in working more effectively in education
- Teachers and informal workers with children and young people interested in making digital learning more creative & cultural, or in making creative & cultural activities more engaging through the use of digital
Get 25% discount off the course fee of £130 if you book before the 31st January 2017. The fee includes lunch, refreshments and a certificate of attendance.
The Old Ikon Gallery, Fazeley Studios, Birmingham, B5 5SE
Thursday February 2nd 2017
Organised by the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, University of Birmingham in association with the West Midlands Museum Development
Over recent years the heritage sector has been hit by cumulative cut-backs in public sector funding, reductions in visitor spend and increasing competition for visitors. At the same time, a multitude of new opportunities continue to emerge relating to technological innovation, new audiences and communication networks and new management approaches. In the context of this developing landscape for the heritage sector, this workshop explores the increasing need for museums and heritage organisations to become ever more entrepreneurial in their approach in order to increase their resilience to the changing environment and also to identify ways and means to build profile, audiences, income and opportunities to communicate the heritage at their heart.
Through presentations by speakers who, in different ways, are involved with innovative approaches to the heritage and museums sector and through discussion, this workshop aims to identify some of the more entrepreneurial management practices of the heritage sector and to explore challenges and opportunities for future entrepreneurial actions.
· Working towards resilience
· Partner working outside of the heritage sector
· The role of the creative industries
· Going global
· Building audiences and income
Confirmed speakers include:
* Dr Chris Ferguson (Auckland Castle)
* Traci Dix-Williams (Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust)
* Colin Chester-Head of Buying, The National Gallery
* Tony Trehy (Director, Bury Art Museum)
* Harvey Edgington (National Trust)
* Elliot Goodger- Birmingham Museums Trust Enterprise Committee
Pre-booking is essential.
To book your place click here
Early-bird rate of £45 ( by 13 Jan 2017)
Full delegate rate of £55 (by January 27th 2017)
Contact: Jamie Davies, Teaching Fellow in Cultural Heritage – firstname.lastname@example.org
0121 414 5616
Staff and volunteers from Accredited Museums or those officially Working towards Accreditation should reserve their place via the events page of the West Midlands Museum Development website: mdwm.org.uk or contact email@example.com