Welcome to the NWFED blog – a place where visitors can keep up with the latest news and views from museums and galleries throughout the North West and beyond. This is an open blog where you can take part in discussions and post your comments on the issues which matter to you.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Curator of Art, Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery

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What: Curator of Art, Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery and Turton Tower

Where: Based at Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery

Salary: £27,905 – £31,371 per annum, pro rata

Contract: Part time, 22.2hrs per week

Deadline: 7 November 2019 (interviews 15 November)

Blackburn with Darwen Council are looking for an experienced museum professional to join their small team at Blackburn Museum and Art gallery and Turton Tower. You will be responsible for caring for, make accessible and engaging audiences with the art collections including the Hart collection of early printed books and manuscripts and Lewis collection of over 1000 Japanese woodblock prints. You will need to have experience of Interpretation, curatorial care of collections and working with communities, academics and as a flexible member of a small team.

Candidates will hold a relevant degree and a post-graduate qualification in Museum Studies.

For further details on the role and information on how to apply, Click Here.

CONFERENCE: Championing Accessible Museums

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When: 12 December 2019, 10.30am – 4.30pm

Where: Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

How Much: £55.00 – £195.00

There are nearly 14 million disabled people living in the UK, but many museums continue to struggle to welcome them as visitors, volunteers and members of the workforce. What can be done to address disabled access, participation and representation? How can individuals and organisations embed inclusive practice?

Through a series of practical talks as well as interactive discussion, debate and exchange, this one-day Museums Association conference explores how museums can become truly inclusive spaces and representational platforms, and champion equality at every level.

This event is for anyone who is working towards diversity and inclusion at a museum or relevant organisation.

For further details on speakers and how to book your ticket, Click Here

CONFERENCE: Engage 2019

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When: 5 – 6 November 2019,

Where: Northumbria University, Newcastle and Gateshead

How Much: £175.00 – £420.00

The Engage Conference 2019, Unlocking Culture: an entitlement for children and young people, will examine the benefits and challenges of young people’s access to the arts, exploring best practice, partnerships and policies from the sector.

Key contributors at the conference will be young people, whose voices will build a UK-wide picture of their current cultural access and how culture can be delivered more on their terms. Examples of best practice will focus on innovative work that help children and young people overcome the barriers they encounter (both real and perceived) and embrace them as leaders and co-creators. Delegates will hear from organisations and individuals who are giving a voice to the marginalised. Experts will showcase programmes through which access to the arts has been created or improved for young people with special educational needs, disabilities and mental health issues, as well as those facing challenging circumstances such as rural isolation and socio-economic deprivation.

The event will be useful for anyone working in cultural education, particularly those involved in the visual arts and heritage across the UK and beyond. Delegates can expect to take away tangible ideas and actions to build into their own work. The conference is intended to be a conversation starter, to encourage educators to think differently and listen closely to youth voices.

For further details on the programme and information on how to book your place, Click Here


WORKSHOP: A Welcome Difference – Creating the Best Experience for Adults and Children with Autism

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When: 28th November, 10.00am to 4.00pm

Where: Dove Cottage Learning Space, Grasmere

How Much: Free for Cumbrian museum’s staff

This full-day workshop has been organised by the Cumbrian Museum Consortium for Cumbrian museum colleagues interested in ensuring adults and children with autism have the best experience in their museums. The event will ask what you understand by the term ‘autism’ while explaining how best to welcome visitors with autism most effectively.

There are a range of people presenting, all of whom are speaking about autism from a personal or professional viewpoint, including: Dr Kate Fox (Poet and Stand-up Comedian with autism, Alan Gillon (The Beacon in Whitehaven), Sarah Johnson (Head of Learning Support & Strategic Resourced Provision for Autism, Cockermouth School), parents of autistic children in conversation with Kate Parry, the Triple A team (a group of young adults from Triple A, Penrith) and Ali McCaw (Artistic Director, Prism Arts).

For further information or to book tickets, Click Here.

NWFED NEWS: Introducing New Board Member – Sajda Khan

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Sajda khan is currently part of the Front of House team at the Blackburn Museum and Art gallery, a role she has held in various capacities for the last 9 years.

When asked about her motivations for joining the board, Sadja explained: “I am very interested in helping to organise the Fed’s programme of events and strengthening the offer for members while assisting with board’s function and working to develop new opportunities for the board to partner up with organisations across the North West.”

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: SMILE’s Creative Science Engagement Day

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When: Wednesday 20 November, 10.00am – 4.00pm

Where: Bolton Museum, Le Mans Crescent, Bolton, BL1 1SE

How Much: Free

Supported by the North West Federation of Museums as part of our ongoing events programme, we welcome all of our members to join us for the day at Bolton Museum for an opportunity to network and share expertise and science learning ideas with SMILE (Science in Museums Inspiring Learning & Engagement).

Organised by Alex McLeman from Bolton Library and Museum Services, you’ll find out about Bolton Museum’s science learning programmes and how the Arts have been used to inspire science engagement with people of all ages. You’ll learn about initiatives including Strong Women of Science, explore a new interactive Elements exhibition marking the 250th anniversary of the periodic table, journey into the Aquarium and Nature Gallery, discover the science within Bolton Museum’s amazing Ancient Egypt Galleries, delve into exquisitely created bags of beasts and discover how you can use them at your venue.

To book your free ticket, Click Here.

FUNDING: AHF Grants Programme, Transforming Places Through Heritage

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Deadline for Applications over £15,000: 21 October 2019 for a mid-Dec 2019 decision

The Architectural Heritage Fund has been established to help social enterprises and charities transform high streets and town centres through new funding.

Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright announced a new £62 million fund that will breathe new life into historic high streets and town centres across England. The initiative is part of the government’s plan for High streets announced at last year’s Budget, including a £675 million Future High Streets Fund and a £1 million business rates discount for small high street retailers. High streets lie at the heart of communities but are under increasing pressure as more people choose to shop online. Building on a number of  successful programmes, the funding will be used to regenerate places by turning disused or underused buildings into creative spaces, offices, retail outlets and housing. It is part of the Government’s ongoing work to help high streets adapt to changing consumer habits.

Having opened for applications in late June, £15 million of funding will be delivered through The Architectural Heritage Fund’s (AHF) Transforming Places through Heritage Programme. Any charity, community business or social enterprise such as charitable incorporated organisations (CIOs), community interest companies (CICs) and community benefit societies with proposals which meet the programme objectives can apply to the Fund.

For further information on the Fund and the criteria for applications, Click Here.

MDNW WORKSHOPS: Green GB Week, Carbon Literacy workshops

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When: 4 – 8 November 2019

Where: Various locations across the North West

How Much: Free

In June 2019 the UK  government set a  legally binding target to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Museums, big and small, must play their part in addressing climate change if they are to stay relevant to their visitors.

During the UK’s second Green GB Week (4-8 November), MDNW is making the pledge that there will be a Carbon Literacy workshop running within 40 miles of every Accredited museum in the North West. Each full day workshop will be delivered either by MDNW staff or a member of the Carbon Literacy trainers network. The workshops are open to any staff, volunteers or trustees in any Accredited museum (or museum working towards Accreditation) in the North West, or any staff member from a recognised organisation that supports the museums in the North West region.

To find out more about the workshop programme and/or to book onto a workshop, click on the link on your chosen date below:

CONFERENCE: Reap the Rewards, Benefiting from Rural Networks

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When: 13th November 2019

Where: Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry

How Much: Free

If you are a non-specialist working with, or looking after, rural and agricultural collections in any role, the Rural Museums Network (Specialist Subject Network) has created a practical knowledge-development seminar specifically for you.

Be inspired and acquire practical experience from our host museums across the regions on a variety of projects related to using rural collections to create better experiences for visitors, and sustainable organisations.

To find out more about the programme and to book your free ticket, Click Here.



PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Small-Scale Development Programme

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When: 30 October – 1 November 2019

Where: Weetwood Hall, Leeds

How Much: £95.00 + VAT (includes all your training, accommodation and meals whilst at the residential, and your post-residential online coaching)

As the leader of a small-scale cultural organisation you’re likely to be wearing many hats and have competing demands on your time. The Small-Scale Development Programme is designed specifically with you in mind. It will help you, as the leader of your organisation, reach and engage more people more often. You’ll be supported to realise your ambitions and drive a successful future. The programme is hosted by the Arts Marketing Association and will be formed of a two and a quarter day residential, with follow-up online coaching sessions.

To find out more about this residential development programme and how to book a place (and apply for bursaries), Click Here

CONFERENCE: Sporting Heritage Summit 2019

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When: Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 October 2019

Where: CC4 Museum of Welsh Cricket, Cardiff

How Much: £20.00 – £105.00

Sporting Heritage’s annual conference brings together key members form the heritage and sport sectors, along with sharing best practice case studies, providing hands on advice and guidance, and increasing the confidence and knowledge of those wishing to develop sporting heritage activity. This year’s summit will aim to explore the key issues effecting the sector and work together to draw conclusions about how to ensure sporting heritage in the UK is able to grow and thrive.

To view the full programme and book a place, Click Here

FUNDING: £100 million National Lottery Climate Action Fund Launched

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On the 18 July, the National Lottery Community Fund launched a new £100 million Climate Action Fund that will enable people and communities to take the lead in tackling the climate emergency. This new fund, will build a network of people and communities, well-placed to drive change within, between and beyond their community.

The types of activities supported through this new fund will differ from place to place, but will have one thing in common: the ability to deliver high impact community-led climate action. This includes in areas such as sustainable energy, sustainable transport, consumption, food and protecting and regenerating spaces and habitats.

Dawn Austwick, Chief Executive of The National Lottery Community Fund, said: “Everyone can play their part in addressing climate change. The impact will be all the greater if we come together within and across communities. This is why, thanks to National Lottery players, we are launching the Climate Action Fund to create grassroots momentum built on learning and sharing within, between and beyond communities – in order to achieve meaningful and sustained climate action.”

To find out more about this new fund and how to apply, Click Here

WORKSHOP: Deaccessioning and Disposal of Collection Items

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When: 26 November 2019, 10.00am – 3.30pm

Where: Oldham Library

How Much: FREE

Join Museum Development North West, Janet Ulph (Professor of Law at Leicester University) and Sarah Brown (Outreach Officer at Collections Trust) to discuss the legal and ethical issues surrounding disposal. Although deaccessioning and disposal are part of any responsible collections management policy, there are issues and practicalities surrounding them that mean they are not always straightforward.

Delegates will be invited to submit (anonymously if required) any current deaccessioning and disposal issues they are  dealing with ahead of the event for the panel to discuss and debate.

To book a place, Click Here.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Child Protection & Safeguarding in the Arts and Cultural Sectors

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When: Friday 15 November 2019, 10.00am – 4.15pm

Where: Tullie House, Carlise

How Much: £90.00

This course, faciliated by Artswork, is aimed at individuals and organisations looking to update their understanding of child protection legislation and best practice, providing a full update on current child protection legislation, including the Disclosure and Barring service, the Duty to Refer and Working Together.

The day will provide in-depth practical advice to help you develop sensible structures and build confidence around child protection issues, within the context of developing and delivering creative and cultural projects for children and young people. The course also includes a “safe touch” section, exploring how child protection guidelines can be maintained within more physical art forms such as dance and theatre.

For further details about the course content and to book tickets, Click Here.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Measuring Impact – Evaluating projects with, for and by young people

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When: Wednesday 6 November 2019, 10.00am – 4.30pm

Where: Tate Liverpool

How Much: £150.00

Artswork, in conjunction with Tate Liverpool, which help both individuals and organisations developing and delivering projects with young people to discover new, creative approaches to evaluation. The course is designed to help you cultivate meaningful and beneficial modes of evaluating creative projects with young people, guiding you through creative examples and useful case studies as you prepare to develop and review your own evaluation processes and models. Evaluation can sometimes seem like a daunting task, this course will give you the confidence to successfully evaluate your existing and future creative projects with children and young people, while you develop a knowledge of creative tools and techniques for better evaluation.

To find out more about the course and to book a place, Click Here

NWFED NEWS: Introducing New NWFED Board Member – Andy Pearce

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Andy Pearce has over 30 years experience in the museum sector in the North West in roles ranging from Education Officer to Director. He has worked in a wide range of heritage organisations from small independents to large nationals, from charitable trusts to local authorities and has had responsibility for the care and display of many different types of collections from social history to fine arts. The institutions he has worked in, or led, have varied greatly in staff numbers from some of the smallest to some of the largest in region. For the last three years he has been lucky enough to work on museums internationally which (he hopes!) has given him a new perspective on our region.

Andy admits to having had two guiding passions throughout his career. Firstly, exploring how museums can uncover and present the stories of those whose history has often been forgotten or supressed. He is fascinated by how heritage can provide unique and revealing insights in to these rich and diverse ‘hidden’ histories. Secondly, encouraging and developing the staff and volunteers whose job it is to lead and encourage this exploration.

He hopes that with these experiences and enthusiasms he can make a worthwhile contribution to the NWFed’s aims to represent and champion the interests of museums and galleries in the North West, and the people who work in them, on both a regional and a national level.

On his appointment to the Board, Andy explained:  “When I first became aware of the North West Fed more than 30 years ago it performed a vital role providing accessible training, and perhaps more importantly, keeping us in touch with our colleagues across the region. The sector has changed beyond recognition since. However, I believe that in its unique position as a member led, regional organisation the NWFed can still play an important part in supporting and developing those who work and volunteer in the North West’s museums and galleries.”

NWFED NEWS: Introducing New Board Member – Rebecca Miles

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Originally from America, Rebecca Miles is now permanently settled in the UK.  Before moving to the UK in 2013, she worked for the University of Kentucky as an archaeologist excavating and surveying prehistoric and historic sites throughout the state of Kentucky.  After arriving in the UK, she started building up her skills and experiences by volunteering for the Manchester Museum, the Science and Industry Museum, the National Trust’s Quarry Bank Mill, the People’s History Museum, and for an Arts Award project run by the charity Legasee teaching primary students about the history of the Korean War. In 2016, Rebecca was appointed to the Front of House team at Ordsall Hall as a Heritage Facilitator leading primary school learning sessions focused on Tudor history and culture. Outside of her work in museums, Rebecca’s many other interests revolve around handicrafts such as hand and machine knitting, working with felt, embroidery, and hand loom weaving.

When asked about her motivations for joining the board, Rebecca explained: “I wanted to join the board to represent fellow front of house staff who are integral to ensuring all visitors have a positive experience as soon as they walk in through the doors of our museums. As a newly appointed board member, I hope to highlight the efforts and unseen struggles of staff working within our region’s front of house teams and help to find more opportunities to help them develop the skills they have in providing our museum’s visitors with high-quality customer service and in engaging with local our communities.”


NWFED NEWS: Introducing New Board Member – Claire Benjamin

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Claire Benjamin is Deputy Director of the Education and Visitors teams at National Museums Liverpool, which includes the International Slavery Museum, Merseyside Maritime Museum, Museum of Liverpool, World Museum, Walker Art Gallery, Sudley House and the Lady Lever Art Gallery. She is responsible for the strategic development of education initiatives, community engagement and front of house visitor experience across the museums. Claire is currently providing strategic support for the internationally acclaimed House of Memories dementia awareness programme and wider income generation initiatives for the organisation.

Claire joined National Museums Liverpool in 1998, and has previously worked as Communities Co-ordinator, Education Manager and Public Programmes Officer. She is a Fellow of the Museums Association.

On her appointment to the NWFed’s Board, Claire explained: “I am excited to be joining the NWFed’s Board at such an interesting time for the sector, given the exposure of the All Party Parliamentary report in 2017 on the value of arts and health, and the Mendoza Report looking at how the bigger national museums in the region can engage better with smaller regional museum services. I think the role of the NWFed has a significant part to play in this conversation, and the bigger agenda of a Northern powerhouse.”

NWFED NEWS: Introducing New Board Member – Gordon Chancellor

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Gordon Chancellor moved to Stockport in February 2019 from the East of England, where he had been the Museum Development Officer (MDO) for Cambridgeshire since 2013. Gordon is now freelance and keen to work with museums in the North West. His museum career started as a geologist at the Oxford University Museum in the 1980s, before being appointed Curator of Peterborough Museum in the 1990s, and then taking on the role of Chief Executive Officer of the Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Society in the early 2000s. From there he went on to become an Archive Development Manager for the Museums Libraries and Archives Council, then Business Manager at the UK Data Archive in Essex before returning to museums as an MDO. Over his career, he has managed a considerable number of Heritage Lottery and Arts Council England funded projects and is especially interested in governance and the issues facing independent museums.

Gordon is delighted to be involved with the Federation and has already enjoyed getting to know other Board members. Being new to the North West, he is excited to be learning about the region which he says is very different (in good ways!) from the East of England. So far he has concentrated on visiting the bigger museums, but hopes that being on the Board will give him opportunities to contribute to the small and volunteer-led museums. Having been part of the SEMFed for many years, is keen to use that experience to help the NWFed to develop its programmes for members. He is also very keen to mentor young people who love art and nature and want to make a career in museums.


CONFERENCE: Navigating the digital shift: practices and possibilities

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When: 12 – 14 November 2019

Where: Birmingham Conference and Events Centre

How Much: £0 – £228.30

Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities is a collaborative conference series hosted by The National Archives, Research Libraries UK and Jisc. Now in its seventh year, DCDC brings together colleagues from across the archive, library, museum and academic sectors to explore shared opportunities, collective challenges, and to discuss how each sector can work more effectively with one another.

DCDC19 will explore the possibilities of the digital shift for collections, audience expectations, and professional practices. It seeks to go beyond recounting the huge change that the digital shift has represented, and to examine possibilities for the future.

For further information and to register for the event, Click Here.

BLOG POST: NWFed Meeting at Manchester Museum, 28 June 2019

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Last Friday we were treated to a brilliant double session themed on Asia and hosted by Manchester Museum. Catherine Lumb, Learning and Engagement Co-ordinator, told us about the current exhibition from India, then Bryan Sitch, Deputy Head of Collections and Archaeology, described his research in advance of planned displays about China. Bryan said that the arrival of Esme Ward as Director in 2017 had focused the Museum’s activities on engaging with audiences. They are doing this by highlighting human stories, especially in the Lee Kai Hung Gallery of Chinese Culture. The gallery has been developed as part of the Museum’s ‘Hello Future’ project, which also includes a £13 million transformation, including a new South Asia Gallery (in partnership with the British Museum) and a new temporary exhibition gallery.

While many venues across Manchester are gearing up to commemorate the bicentenary of the peaceful but brutally suppressed rally which we know as Peterloo, the Museum is commemorating the even worse events at Amritsar in 1919. Catherine, who has led on the Jallianwalla Bagh 1919: Punjab under Seige exhibition from the Partition Museum in Amritsar, led us through the exhibition which tells the story of the terrible events of 13 April 1919 when General Reginald Dyer ordered his troops to open fire on unarmed men, women and children, killing at least 300, who had gathered to protest against their British oppressors. The exhibition also explains how the background of decades of injustice meted out by the British occupiers in the Punjab led to the massacre. It also covers its aftermath, namely global condemnation of the British which accelerated their departure from India twenty-eight years later. Tragically, as is well known, that departure led to the ‘Partition’ of Pakistan from India and terrible atrocities committed by both Muslims and Hindus. The Singh Twins have painted a superb picture of the massacre, hung near the entrance to the Museum as the central panel of a triptych, to be joined by one showing the events before 1919 and one showing the aftermath.

Catherine told us how she carried out almost all the liaison with the Partition Museum by Skype, only visiting Amritsar once at the end of negotiations, and she said that the five-hour time difference had presented challenges! A great outcome of the exhibition has been a co-curated approach, working with Manchester communities, which is central to the development of content for the South Asia Gallery.

Bryan explained how he had been awarded a Headley Trust Art Fund Fellowship to research content for a new Chinese Culture Gallery, which is planned to open around the same time as the South Asia Gallery in late 2021. A substantial donation from Businessman, Dr Lee Kai Hung (a Manchester University Alumnus) is funding the new gallery and Bryan is unearthing some of the amazing links between China and Manchester as part of the content. Bryan has so far unraveled the stories behind some of the great Chinese objects in the Museum’s collections, exploring the stories of Manchester’s people and their connection to China. The aim is to stimulate empathy in the visitor, fostering a stronger understanding between communities in the UK and China – including the missionary Alfred Bosshardt who was held captive by the Red Army and his relationship with the general Xiao Ke.

There is never a better way to find out about new approaches to the development of new galleries and exhibitions than hearing it from the people involved. We are grateful to Catherine and Bryan for sharing their vision and passion for creating a museum that focuses on empathy and collaboration.

If you have a project or an idea you are working on and would like to share it with the NWFed and its members, please email our News Editor, Emma Sumner:

NEWS: Museum Development North West Releases 2018-19 Annual Report

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Museum Development North West has released their latest annual report for 2018-19. Detailing the investment and delivery of MDNW’s programme in 2018-2019, the report shows the impact of the work the MDNW team has undertaken in the museums sector across the five counties of the North West.

Museum Development is funded by Arts Council England (ACE) over four years; 2018-19 is year one of a four year funded cycle.

Download your copy of MDNW annual report 2018-19, HERE.


NEWS: Prosper North Offers Free Business Support Programme for Culture and Heritage Organisations

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Prosper North have released details about a new, free business support programme for culture and heritage organisations to help them become stronger, more impactful, and make the most of the Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund investment opportunity.

Prosper North’s programme aims to improve the capabilities of around 80 cultural heritage organisations in the North of England– from music venues to community art groups, and independent museums to literature festivals – to increase income and impact, becoming more resilient businesses. It is aligned with the Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund (NCRF), managed by the Key Fund, which is offering social investments (mix of grant and loans) to creative and cultural organisations in the north of England who deliver positive social impacts.

For those interested in finding out more about the programme, Prosper North are hosting two briefing events in the North West, one in Kendal on the 3 July, and another in Liverpool on the 17 July.

To learn more about the programme and to check if your organisation is eligible to participate, Click Here

NEWS: The Prince of Wales Opens Lakeland Arts New Windermere Jetty Museum

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HRH The Prince of Wales is welcomed onboard Osprey by John Eaton, David Dunlop, Paul Pearson and Ian Shirra at Windermere Jetty. Photo Jan Chlebik

After an extensive £20 million development project by Lakeland Arts, the Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories finally opened to the public earlier this year on the 23 March.  Following its public opening, a visit from His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, gave the museum a Royal seal of approval as he toured new building with Lakeland Arts staff on 8 April.

The Windermere Jetty sits on the site of a former sand and gravel wharf dock, and the historic boat
museum that George Pattinson opened in 1977. Visitors will see boats on water in the Boathouse, and out on the lake itself and in the exhibition galleries. The Sir John Fisher Foundation Conservation Workshop is open, enabling visitors to see live conservation of the boats as they are restored and repaired to go back on the water or on display.
The museum continues traditional boat-building skills here and will involve apprentices, trainees and young people in keeping a traditional industry alive. Through the learning and skills development programme, science, engineering and ecology will meet the arts and culture to explore the collection and the site’s beautiful surrounding landscape. The museum includes the Wolfson Learning Centre, shop, lakeside café and temporary, as well as permanent exhibition spaces. Lakeland Arts took over the old museum in 2007, after it had closed the previous year. Eleven of the boats were allocated to Lakeland Arts by HM Government’s Acceptance in Lieu Scheme and the rest of the historic boats and a wealth of other objects were transferred from the Windermere Nautical Trust.

Northern Museums Volunteer Pass 2019-2020

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Are you an accredited Museum? Are you part of the Northern Museums Volunteer Pass scheme?

Led by Museum Development teams in the North West, the North East and Yorkshire, the
The Northern Museum Volunteer Pass Scheme is one of the largest schemes in England. Open to all accredited museums – or those who have received official recognition of working towards accreditation, in the North West, North East and Yorkshire and Humberside region – this Pass allows volunteers FREE entry and/or additional benefits (as listed) at participating museums in Yorkshire and Humberside, North East and North West regions.

Details of participating museums can be found in the brochure which you can download here.

To discuss the possibilities of your organisation joining the scheme, contact Alexander Bird at Museum Development North West –

FUNDING: The Rayne Foundation

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For over fifty years The Rayne Foundation has given to many different causes and organisations.  Founded by Lord Rayne (1918-2003) who made great efforts to ensure the Rayne Foundation was engaged with the needs of society, a mission still upheld today.

Always looking for creative ways of tackling entrenched social issues through the arts, health, wellbeing, and education, the Foundation supports projects that can be replicated and led by people with vision. They particularly welcome applications addressing their three areas of special interest: young people’s mental health, art as a tool to achieve social change, and improved quality of life for carers and older people.

Aiming to enlarge sympathies through increasing tolerance and understanding, to reduce exclusion and conflict, to bring people together for the good of society, and ultimately to help create a more comprehending and cohesive world, the Foundation encourage inspiring individuals and organisations who can build bridges within our complex world to apply.

To find out more about the Foundation’s work and how to make an application, Click Here

FUNDING: Marsh Christian Trust

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Founded in 1981 by its current Chairman, Mr Brian Marsh OBE, with the aim to create a sustainable way to give something back to society, by supporting the organisations and people who are making a difference, as best he could. From the outset the Trust has aimed to create long-standing relationships with the organisations it supports and partners through both its principle areas of work; the Grants Programme and the Awards Scheme.

The Trust focuses on providing funding which could help small organisations pay for various running costs – such as volunteer expenses, training days, equipment maintenance and other core outgoings – and supports around 300 charities every year through the Grants Programme and gives over 80 different Awards to individuals and groups from across the charity sector, who make a difference to a cause that they believe in.

Grants are unrestricted and range from £250-£4,000, with new applications at the lower end of this scale. Applications are considered on the basis of the organisation’s financial position, performance against charitable aims and objectives and the ratio of voluntary income against fundraising expenses.

The Trust aims to build long-standing relationships with successful applicants and, subject to an annual review, continue its support over time.

NEWS: New-look National Lottery Heritage Fund unveils plans for the next five years

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A major decentralisation of decision-making across the whole of the UK is at the heart of new plans to distribute more than £1 Billion of National Lottery money to the UK’s heritage over the next five years which will see decisions on around 80% of all funding by the National Lottery Heritage Fund (previously the Heritage Lottery Fund), made in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and three new English areas.

In addition, the new look National Lottery Heritage Fund will have a major focus on several new areas including: nature, communities, and on ensuring everyone is able to enjoy heritage; new models of investment, moving beyond grants to include loans and partnerships; more support for commercial, sustainable approaches to tackling heritage that’s in danger of being lost; investment and support to help heritage organisations to be more financially sustainable; a requirement for every heritage project that receives funding to be environmentally friendly; greater engagement and support to help 13 deprived communities that have in the past been less successful securing funding; and continued support for large-scale, iconic projects over £5million

Ros Kerslake, CEO of The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “Over the past 25 years, money raised by people who buy National Lottery tickets has profoundly changed how we view and engage with the UK’s exceptionally varied heritage. By putting people at its heart, it has helped our wonderful buildings, iconic landscapes, cultural memories and traditions and native species not just survive, but thrive.

“Over the next five years, The National Lottery Heritage Fund will inspire, lead and resource the UK’s heritage, distributing more than £1bn. So we will be making more decisions on funding locally and focusing on the heritage that really matters to people, creating jobs, bringing economic prosperity and improving people’s lives right across the UK.”

To find out more and for details on how to apply, Click Here.

FUNDING: Arts Council England Lottery Project Grants

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Arts Council England are still accepting applications for their Lottery Project Grants Programme for arts, museums and libraries projects and you can apply for any amount from £1,000 to £100,000. Project Grants are ACE’s new open access programme for arts, museums and libraries projects, funded by the National Lottery, and will support thousands of individual artists, community and cultural organisations.

Before starting an application, ACE recommends contacting your local Relationship Manager for Museums: Penny Thompson ( and Nikola Burdon (

For full details on eligibility, how to apply, and the funding guidance, visit ACE’s website.

NEWS: Applications Open – Art Fund Museum of the Year 2019

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Deadline: Tuesday 6 February 2019

Has your museum got what it takes to win Art Fund Museum of the Year 2019?

If you would like to make an application, it is recommended that you first read the information pack carefully before connecting with Emma Coleman –, 020 7225 4822 – to discuss your application.