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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.

CALL OUT: Northern Prehistory – Connected Communities Conference

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When: 12 and 13 October 2019

Where: Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle

Deadline: 31 July 2019

Welcoming proposals for papers or posters from a range of sectors, highlighting different methodologies, and promoting the extensive and distinctive evidence available both in the field and in museum collections, the conference organisers aim to inspire new research and engagement that will move Northern and Cumbrian prehistory into the 21st century.

The conference will explore the inter-connectedness of Cumbria and the North of England within the prehistoric world, or which highlight opportunities for new, collaborative research related to Northern Prehistory. Papers may address – but are not limited to – the following themes: new research in Cumbria and the North of England; opportunities, resources and priorities; new interpretative and educational approaches to display and engagement; teaching and engaging with prehistory within the heritage context; the physical movement of people and objects: transport, travel, and trade; stylistic influences: architecture, artifacts, and ideas.

Proposals are welcomed from students, academics, local societies, commercial units, amateurs, heritage professionals and education-based professionals.

If you are interested in giving a 20-minute paper or a poster please submit your proposal to elsa.price@tulliehouse.org and kate.sharpe@durham.ac.uk

CALL OUT: The National Gallery Curatorial Traineeship Programme 2019–21 Museum Partners

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Deadline for Submission of Interest:  Tuesday 7 May 2019, 5.00pm

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.

For more information on the programme and details on how to apply to host a curatorial trainee, Click Here.

 

CONFERENCE: Age Friendly Museums North West Showcase Event

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When: 19 September 2019, 10.00am to 4.00pm

Where: The Leggate Theatre, Victoria Gallery and Museum, Liverpool

How Much: FREE

Organised by Museum Development North West in collaboration with Victoria Gallery and Museum, this showcase event will comprise a day full of inspiring examples of how North West museums are improving services to engage older people in our communities through developing partnerships, using their collections and enhancing their spaces. There will be opportunities for networking and the speakers will also be present in the museum café at the end of the day. MDNW will also be launching their Age Friendly Museums Audit Tool to support museums to improve their services for older people in our communities.

For details of the days programme and information on how to book your FREE place, Click Here.

CONFERENCE: Museum Tech 2019 – A Digital Festival for Museums

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When: 27 June 2019

Where: Museum of London

How Much: £55.00 – £195.00

The Museum Association’s popular annual digital festival returns in June 2019. A celebration of new and emerging digital technologies that are helping to shape the way audiences experience museums and their collections, the conference will offer the latest digital insights.

Presenting some of the latest digital experiences, tools and projects developed for the museum sector and beyond, Museum Tech 2019 will feature case studies, keynotes and practical demonstrations that shed light on how technology can be used in many diverse areas of museum practice.

This conference is for anyone interested in the role digital technology can play in different aspects of museum practice, from exhibitions and visitor engagement to learning and marketing.

For more information on the conference’s programme and details on how to book, Click Here

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Casual Education Facilitators – National Justice Museum North West

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What: Casual Education Facilitator

Where:  Various locations around the North West – Crown Court, Manchester, the Police Museum, Manchester and/or Burnley Combined Courts

Salary: £8.21 per hour

Contract: Casual

Deadline: Monday 6 May 2019

The National Justice Museum is seeking enthusiastic and committed casual delivery staff to join its expanding learning team in Manchester and Lancashire, delivering high quality learning sessions in courtrooms at various locations. You will have experience of working with people in a teaching or education environment, have excellent communication skills and be able to motivate and inspire the young people you work with.

To find out more about the role and details on how to apply, 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.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: MDNW Emerging Leaders Programme 2019

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Deadline for Applications: Friday 17th May, 5.00pm

Museum Development North West have released a call out for applications to their Emerging Leaders Programme 2019.

Emerging Leaders: Management and Leadership Essentials is a professional development programme designed to help early career professionals build the skills they need to be a successful manager and leader. The six-month programme includes: six full-day subject and skills-based workshops in key areas such as leadership styles, coaching, influencing and personal resilience, as well as follow-up activities between the workshops to help you apply your learning back at work; an opportunity to seek 360° feedback at work to help you understand your skills strengths and areas for development; time for you to work on your own personal development planning, including 1:1 coaching with the programme leaders; opportunities to work with other participants, sharing knowledge and experiences; and study membership of the Institute of Leadership and Management for the duration of the programme, including access to a wide range of online resources to support your learning.

There are 10 places available for those working in Accredited museums in the North West on the programme this year, and you either nominate yourself or be nominated. Please note that people working in NPOs or National Museums are not eligible to apply for this programme.

To find out more about the programme and how to apply, please contact Alex Bird, Museum Development Officer (Workforce and Skills) – alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk. 

CONFERENCE: The Thriving Child in the North – Curious Minds

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When: Friday 28 June 2019, 9.30am – 4.00pm

Where: The Lowry, Salford

How Much: £59.00

Children and young people can face many challenges in today’s society as they navigate their way through school and home life. Social and economic disadvantage, issues around mental health and well-being, discrimination of many kinds may all combine to hinder children’s flourishing.

‘The Thriving Child’ is a series of simultaneous conferences taking place at venues across the UK, led by the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, which will examine these issues in detail and consider how the arts, creativity and culture can help children and young people to face up to these challenges.

Taking place at The Lowry in Salford, ‘The Thriving Child In The North’ will incorporate livestreaming of content from the Royal Opera House, with individually selected speakers and panel members joining us in the room to discuss these issues from a uniquely northern perspective. Taken together, these events will help initiate a national conversation about these vital issues and Curious Minds is proud to work with IVE and Culture Bridge North East to host a coming together of northern voices.

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

 

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Documentation Officer – Williamson Art Gallery

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What: Documentation Officer

Where: Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead

Salary: £19,945 to £21,166 pro rata

Contract: Fixed-term, three years

Deadline: Monday 22nd April 2019

Wirral Museums Service has funding to address a significant backlog in the accessioning and documentation programme. They have contracted MODES to provide the collections management database software, and are now recruiting a small team to contribute to the reduction of the documentation and accessioning backlog, in line with Museums Service and Departmental Plans. They want people who are driven and ready to deliver.

For more information, the Job Description and details on how to apply, Click Here.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Business Support Officer – Lakeland Arts

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What: Business Support Officer

Where: Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria

Salary: £20,000 pro rata

Contract: Part time, (3 days / 22.5 hours / 0.6 FTE), Permanent

Deadline: Friday 26 April 2019

As Business Support Officer supporting the Marketing and Development functions at Lakeland Arts you’ll be responsible for working with the Heads of Marketing and Development on the delivery of various activities and campaigns to support fundraising and membership, and to promote Lakeland Arts to increase our visitor numbers, extend our reputation for high quality programming and as quality visitor destinations and improve our earned income.

Fore more info and details on how to apply, Click Here.

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: MDNW Arts Marketing Association Conference Bursary

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Museum Development North West are offering a bursary for people working in Accredited museums, or those officially working towards Accreditation in the North West, to attend this year’s Arts Marketing Association (AMA) Conference at the Sage Gateshead on 9th – 11th July 2019.

Museum Development North West recognises that it is important for museum professionals to connect with colleagues through conferences and networking events. If you would like a free place then you need to tell MDNW that you will: commit to attending the whole conference; feedback to colleagues and the region via their blog; send relevant information and feedback to put on the MDNW website; and cover the cost of travel and accommodation.

To apply please send an expression of interest stating how you, and your organisation, will benefit from you attending to Alex Bird – alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk – by 5PM Friday 10th May.

Please note: NPOs or National Museums are not eligible to apply.

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 – alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Children, Families and Wellbeing Training Day

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When: Tuesday 11 June, 10.00am-4.00pm

Where: Manchester Museum

How Much: FREE

Asking what can museums and heritage organisations can do to support the wellbeing of children and families in their local community, this training day, brought to you by Kids in Museums in collaboration with the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance, will bring together many experts from across the sector to talk about their work with children and families from the perspective of their staff, their health care partners, and participants.

Participants will: gain an understanding about the factors that affect the wellbeing of children and families; learn about the policy context for this audience; work in partnership with local community and health organisations; use the museum environment to support the wellbeing of children and families; and discuss with speakers how to overcome challenges and ideas you have for undertaking this work in your organisation.

For details of the full programme and list of speakers, and information on how to book, Click Here.

OPPORTUNITY: How to Engage More Disabled People in Museums and Heritage

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Accentuate is a national programme that creates ground-breaking opportunities for D/deaf and disabled people in the cultural sector. They have just received go ahead through EOI stage for Arts Council England’s leadership programme for their proposal – Curatorial Placement programme for D/deaf and disabled curators entitled Curating for Change; Disabled People Leading Within Museums.

Currently in the process of writing the full funding bid and as part of this they need to secure four partner Museums, of varying sizes across England, to host a fully-funded placement for one person from each partner organisation over an 18-month period.

Potential partner Museums would need to: support the person as part of their curatorial team and this role would operate in a similar way to a curatorial assistant role – as the person may need to learn some skills as part of the programme; provide a space for a temporary exhibition/display, as part of the programme there would be an expectation to produce an exhibition; support their development there would be an element of mentoring.

If you’d like to find out more about the project and discuss the partnership opportunity, please email Esther Fox, Head of Programme, at Accentuate – esther.fox@accentuateuk.org

North West Volunteer Managers Network Meeting

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Tuesday 14th May, 11am – 3pm
Bolton Museum, Lecture room 2

If you manage your museum’s volunteers, you should consider joining this network.  The next North West Volunteer Manager’s Network will take place in May, discussing the following topics:

  • How volunteers impact your museum
  • What roles your volunteers do within the museum
  • What recruitment methods you use for volunteers – social media, adverts, word of mouth etc

If you would like to discuss joining the network or add a topic to the agenda, please contact Darren Collingwood – darren.collingwood@nationalfootballmuseum.com

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: GEM Museum Learning 2019

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GEM’s foundation course is back.  Intended for those in their first years of their museum education career – or for those working in a different part of the heritage sector but wishing to take up an education position – the course is spread over a four-month period from April to July 2019. There are six full days of seminars, workshops and site visits, and participants then complete a work-based assignment, which should be completed a month after the last on-site course day.

Since it is a work-based course, it is a requirement that applicants should be working or volunteering in the heritage sector. Participants should be able to attend the following on-site course days in Manchester, 2019:

  • 25 April, Manchester Art Gallery
  • 26 April, People’s History Museum
  • 23 May, Manchester Museum
  • 24 May, Whitworth Art Gallery
  • 27 June, John Rylands Library
  • 28 June, Greater Manchester Police Museum

Full course information is available on GEM’s website, Click Here.

NEWS: Dates of Engage’s Children’s Art Week 2019 Announced

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Deadline for registration to participate: late May (exact date not given)

This year Children’s Art Week will take place from Saturday 8 – Sunday 16 June, with the kind support of the Arts Society. Every year Engage invites schools, galleries, museums and community groups to devise and register visual arts events for children and families over a week in June. These activities give children and young people, together with their teachers, parents and carers – the opportunity to get involved with a very broad range of practical art activities with artists and makers.

Organisers receive support from Engage to devise, run and publicise their events. Through evaluation Engage has learned that Children’s Art Week is a valuable opportunity for venues to reach out to new visitors and take part in a national event. The first 40 venues to register will be offered £50 grant towards costs. Participating venues will receive support to run, publicise and brand their events, including stickers, logos and press release templates.

For further details and to register your your venue, Click Here.

MEMBER EVENT: Kirkby Gallery – Anthony Ratcliffe Printmaking Workshops

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When: 4, 6 and 7 June, and the 6, 8 and 9 August, 10am – 3.30pm

Where: Kirkby Gallery

How Much: £30.00 including materials

Led by artist Anthony Ratcliffe, these one day printmaking workshops will give participants the opportunity to learn how to make a woodcut and produce a mounted print to take home – ideal for beginners and those with some experience. Anthony is now a full time printmaker after many years lecturing at Manchester School of Art, and is a member of Manchester Academy of Fine Arts, and Leeds Fine Artists. He has prints in many public and private collections including The British Council, the Parliamentary Art Collection, Manchester Airport PLC, Manchester Royal Infirmary and MMU Special Collections.

To book a place on one of the workshops, please contact Tina Ball (tina.ball@knowsley.gov.uk, 0151 443 4936).

WORKSHOP: Collections Trust – Collections Management Standard

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When: Friday 14 June 2019, 10.00am – 4.00pm

Where: Lancashire Conservation Studios, Preston

How Much: Free

The collections management standard (Spectrum 5.0) was launched in September 2017 following extensive consultation with the museum sector. This session, led by Sarah Brown (Collections Trust), will focus on the documentation and information required for accountability and the Museum Accreditation standard requirement 5.2.

Together, participants will review the latest Spectrum 5.0 primary procedures, with opportunities to reflect on how they are approached by your organisation and develop actions for improvement. Sarah will also highlight the key changes to the standard. Delegates will be encouraged to participate through discussions and activities, and there will be plenty of opportunity for questions throughout.

For further details, and information on how to book, Click Here.

WORKSHOP: Collections Trust – Documentation Procedural Manuals

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When: 25 April 2019, 10.00 – 1.00pm

Where: Lancashire Conservation Studios, Preston

How Much: Free

A documentation procedural manual is an evolving series of clear instructions to standardise the capture, recording, safekeeping and use of information about museum collections. Part of the Collections Trust’s work to support the Accredited Museums scheme in the North West, this workshop will describe the documentation system used in a particular museum and communicate that system to all staff and volunteers. It is a requirement of the Museum Accreditation Scheme that Accredited museums have a documentation procedural manual in place.

This workshop will be led by Sarah Brown (Collections Trust), and will explore what makes a good manual, putting participant’s manuals to the test and identifying how they might be improved.

To book a place, Click Here.

CONFERENCE: Rewire – Culture, Audiences and You

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When: 9 – 11 July 2019

Where: Sage Gateshead, Newcastle

How Much: £418.00 – £608.00

Join the Arts Marketing Association for the 2019 Conference and be inspired, share challenges, create new connections and learn new ways of doing things. Delve deep into what it means to connect and realise stronger relationships with audiences, exploring what connection really means for audiences, partners and colleagues to ensure your organisation thrives.

AMA understand that the world is changing quickly, so now’s your chance to step away from the day-to-day and rewire your thinking about your relationships with audiences. What does the future hold for society, our sector, our audiences and our organisations? How can we make the  most of these opportunities? If there are challenges ahead, what tools do we need in order to be resilient?

Join hundreds of other cultural professionals over two and half days of keynotes, breakout sessions, socials and plenty of networking opportunities.

For details of the full programme and how to book your place, Click Here.

CONFERENCE: Amazing Spaces – New Thinking on Exhibition Design

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When: 30 April, 9.30am – 4.30pm

Where: Wellcome Collection, London

How Much: £55.00 – £195.00

With fast advances in technology approaches to exhibition design are changing. A Museums Association’s one-day conference, Amazing Spaces will examine the ever-increasing focus on visitor experience, and the rise of co-curation and co-design. But how can we make use of these advances to tell the best stories possible? The conference will bring together designers, curators and engagement facilitators to discuss how exhibition design is developing, and hear how those behind current design projects have made the most of these opportunities.

Aimed at anyone involved in creating permanent or temporary displays and exhibitions, the day presents new ideas, provoke discussion, and allow delegates to build new relationships.

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

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

MEMBER EVENT: Knowsley Culture’s Affordable Art Auction

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When: Thursday 9 May, 5.00pm – 8.00pm

Where: Kirkby Gallery

Currently showing in Kirkby Gallery is the 18th Annual Knowsley Open Art Exhibition, with over 250 creative works from local artists of all ages who live, work, study or volunteer in Knowsley. To make this year’s exhibition all the more exciting, the artworks will be sold at a live auction conducted by celebrity auctioneer Adam Partridge, with a percentage of the proceeds going towards the Friends of Kirkby Gallery and Prescot Museum to support their work. A fun opportunity to purchase an original artwork from the auction, which also features work donated by our artist friends including Willy Russell, Mike Kirby, Philip Garrett, Gill Cowley, Anthony Ratcliffe, and Paul Romano – to name but a few!
An RSVP only event, please contact Tina Ball (0151 443 5617 / 4936, tina.ball@knowsley.gov.uk) to book your place. 

SEMINAR: Touring Exhibition Group’s Annual Marketplace Seminar

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Where: Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum

When: Thursday 2 and Friday 3 May

How Much: £35.00 – £45.00

Join colleagues nationwide at the TEG Marketplace and Pre-Marketplace Seminar for one or two days of networking and inspiration at the UK’s principal touring and partnership exhibitions networking event.

Day One

The first day of this year’s seminar will explore how to commission creative content, graphic design and exhibition build and infrastructure to tour. It will look at the imaginative, practical and contractual steps involved in commissioning artists, writers, poets and other creatives, as well as graphic and exhibition designers, to help you get the most out of these relationships. Speakers will include: Brian Cass, Senior Curator Hayward Touring, Matt Windle, Poetry with a Punch (Birmingham Poet Laureate), Jessica Litherland, Visual Arts and Media Producer, MAC, Emma Daker, Exhibitions and Project Development Manager, Craftspace, and Juneau Projects.

Day Two

TEG’s annual Marketplace is a unique opportunity for organisations developing or supporting the development of touring and partnership exhibitions to network, discuss projects and exchange ideas.

For details of the full programme and how to book your place, Click Here

WORKSHOP: Touring Exhibitions Group – Preparing to Borrow

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When: Wednesday 5 June, 10.00am – 4.30pm

Where: Merseyside Maritime Museum

How Much: £25.00 – £35.00

Organised by the Touring Exhibitions Group, this workshops will support participants to acquire the knowledge and confidence to make an application to borrow an object or exhibition.

An interactive session, based on problem solving and discussion, the workshop will cover topics including: the benefits of borrowing; researching suitable objects and exhibitions for loan and hire; making a case to borrow; communicating with lenders; loan applications; fees and contracts; sources of funding; scheduling; transportation; facilities reports; Government Indemnity and commercial insurance; security; and emergency planning.

The workshop will be  delivered by a TEG trainer, William Brown, National Security Advisor, Carol Warner, Government Indemnity Scheme (GIS) Manager, and a member of Art Fund’s team. The training encourages networking, and provides the opportunity to meet colleagues from other organisations who are looking to borrow and find partners.

For further information on the workshop and its programme and details of how to book, 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.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Art Fund New Collecting Awards

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Deadline for applications – 24 April 2019

Through the New Collecting Awards we aim to support the next generation of curatorial leaders across the UK. Applications are accepted from curators in the early stages of their career, or who have had limited opportunities to collect and who are employed by, or working in partnership with, museums and galleries that hold at least provisional accreditation.

The awards offer 100% funding for focused collecting projects, enabling curators to expand museum and gallery collections into exciting new areas or deepen existing holdings in imaginative ways.

Awardees also receive a generous funding allocation for research, travel and training, plus the support of a mentor, Art Fund staff and our trustees.

To find out more about the Award and how to apply, Click Here.

FUNDING: The National Manuscripts Conservation Trust

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Deadline for application submission: 1 April 2019 and 1 October 2019

The National Manuscripts Conservation Trust offers grants for the conservation and preservation of manuscripts and archives.  Since the NMCT was founded in 1990 it has awarded grants of over £3m, which have enabled the conservation of hundreds of musical, literary, architectural and other vital historical documents.

NMCT welcome applications from non-national institutions such as county record offices, museums, university archives/special collections, cathedral archives and libraries, as well as owners of manuscripts that are exempt from capital taxation or owned by a charitable trust. Their grants can cover conservation, binding and other preservation measures, including digitisation (providing it is part of a wider conservation project).  The significance of the collection or items to be conserved, as well as the proposed conservation treatment, are carefully reviewed by Trustees when making their decisions.

NMCT are particularly interested in projects that have a training element (e.g. internship, enhancing skills of experienced conservators, later career conservators passing on their knowledge by supervising a younger conservator etc.).

For further details and information on making an application, Click Here.

FUNDING: The Fore – Summer Applications

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Summer 2019 Registration Opens: 1 April  2019, 10.00am

Application Deadline for Registered Organisations: 29 April 2019

Funding Decisions Announced: 19th July 2019

A Big Lottery Fund partner, The Fore is the only open-access funder in the UK offering development funding and strategic support to early-stage charities and social enterprises.

The Fore are proud to be a funder without lengthy forms or restrictive criteria, and work to recognise you, the applicant, as the expert in your own field. Their application process simply asks you to tell them more about who you are, what you need and how their funding would enable you to take a step forward in your operations. Once an introduction is made, The Fore match successful applicants with friendly professional support – ongoing mentoring, strategic advice, governance support or other assistance.

Also committed to helping organisations learn, they give feedback to unsuccessful candidates and offer access to regular, high quality training and networking events.

To find out more about The Fore, and to start a conversation, Click Here.