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CALL OUT: Museums Association Ethics Committee Members

Sunday, August 18th, 2019

Deadline for Expressions of Interest: 18th September 2019

The Museums Association’s Ethics Committee is responsible for upholding the principles of the Code of Ethics for Museums and overseeing the effective and consistent operation of the code. The Committee’s members are responsible for developing and championing the application of sound ethical principles and behaviours within the museum community; providing advice and guidance on ethical matters to the museum community, including MA board and staff; and reviewing the code and recommending to the MA board amendments to the Code of Ethics, where necessary.

The role involves attending approximately four meetings per year at the MA’s offices in London and liaising as a committee via email and telephone. The role is not remunerated but expenses are reimbursed. The MA are particularly looking for a committee member with experience in any of the following areas: sponsorship and international work; community engagement; data use and digital engagement.

To find out more about the committee and its work, and how to apply, Click Here

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Small-Scale Development Programme

Sunday, August 18th, 2019

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

Sunday, August 18th, 2019

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

Sunday, August 18th, 2019

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

FUNDING: Islamic Art and Material Culture – Calligraphy Support Scheme 2019-20

Sunday, August 18th, 2019

Deadline for Applications: Friday 20 September 2019, 5.00pm

The calligraphy support scheme aims to provide regional museums with specialist and practical support to help them unlock the potential of their collections of Islamic Art and Material Culture (IAMC) and how they can use them to engage with new and diverse audiences. The scheme focuses on Calligraphy in Arabic script on a range of object types.

Through an open application system, one participating institution in England will be selected to receive support from experts in collections and engagement. The support scheme aims to identify and, where possible, translate Arabic (or Persian / Urdu) inscriptions on around 50 objects per institution (note that if you do not have 50 objects with inscriptions other associated objects can be included). Further support will include a collections report, engagement plan and support from an artist specialising in Calligraphy in Arabic, to deliver outreach events in a format that is repeatable and sustainable in the long-term. Funding is provided through an Arts Council England Grant awarded to the Subject Specialist Network for Islamic Art and Material Culture.

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

WORKSHOP: Deaccessioning and Disposal of Collection Items

Sunday, August 18th, 2019

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.

WORKSHOP: Dealing with Non-Accessioned Collection Items

Sunday, August 18th, 2019

When: 24 September 2019, 10.00am – 3.30pm

Where: Museum of Liverpool

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 issues around the status of non-accessioned items and how museums can ethically and legally deal with these.

All delegates will be invited to submit (anonymously if required) any current scenarios they are dealing with regarding non-accessioned items ahead of the event for the panel to discuss and debate.

To book your free place, Click Here.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Freelance Touring Exhibitions Group Coordinator

Sunday, August 18th, 2019

What: Freelance Touring Exhibitions Group Coordinator

Where: none specified, TEG is a decentralised organisation with no single location

Rate: £150.00 day rate

Contract: 6 month contract initially and then renewed annually at 40-42 days per annum

Deadline: Tuesday 3 September, 11.00am

The TEG Executive Committee are looking for a flexible and organised administrator with proven experience of working in the exhibition sector. This part time freelance post supports and reports to TEG’s Chair, working closely with them and the rest of the committee to coordinate the group’s activities. The successful candidate will have excellent administrative and communication skills and pay close attention to detail. We are looking for someone who is motivated and excited by the opportunity to contribute to a small, dynamic organisation which is ambitious and continuing to evolve.

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

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Museum Technician, Lancashire Museum Services

Sunday, August 18th, 2019

What: Museum Technician

Where: Lancashire Museum Services, Lancashire County Council

Salary: £19,171 – £21,166 per annum

Contract: Part time, fixed term until 31/03/2021

Deadline: Monday 26th August 2019

This varied role is suitable for a skilled individual working to high quality standards within the Heritage sector. The post holder will work with the Conservation and Collections Team supporting the operation and development of museums across Lancashire and the North West and beyond, through as part of our provision of specialist conservation, technical, design and curatorial services.

The post holder will provide all aspects of technical support for the Museum Service and its external clients especially in the provision of exhibitions construction and installation, collection transportation and assistance with the collection care conservation activities of the section.

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

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

Sunday, August 18th, 2019

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

Sunday, August 18th, 2019

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

CONFERENCE: Museums Association Conference & Exhibition 2019

Sunday, August 18th, 2019

When: 3 – 5 October 2019

Where: Brighton Conference Centre

How Much: £130.00 – £650.00

The Museums Association Conference & Exhibition is the largest event of its kind in Europe for museums and heritage professionals.  The theme of Brighton 2019 is Sustainable and Ethical Museums in a Globalised World. The conference looks at how the sector can help to create a more sustainable world, how it can communicate challenges such as poverty and climate change to audiences, and how museums can support campaigns that are working for a fairer and more sustainable society.

The conference will explore what the environmentally, financially and socially sustainable museum of the future might look like. How can institutions adapt to a rapidly changing world and what of kind leadership is needed in the sector to make change possible?

TKeynote speakers include Clayton Thomas-Müller, campaigner for indigenous rights and environmental and economic justice. He is based in Winnipeg, Canada, and is a member of the Mathias Colomb Cree Nation, also known as Pukatawagan, in Northern Manitoba. He is a senior campaign specialist with, an international movement working to end the age of fossil fuels and build a world of community-led renewable energy for all.

Other sessions throughout the conference cover topics such as decolonisation, repatriation, sponsorship, curation, health and wellbeing, biodiversity, leadership, gender, workforce and diversity. There are also a host of seminars and training – all developed to facilitate fresh thinking.


Conference is a vital forum for debate, exchange and networking – join us for the biggest event of its kind in Europe and help shape the future of museums.

For further information and details on how to book your ticket, visit the conference’s website, Click Here.

NWFED NEWS: Introducing New NWFED Board Member – Andy Pearce

Sunday, August 18th, 2019

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

Sunday, August 18th, 2019

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

Sunday, August 18th, 2019

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.”

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Collections Manager, Canal & River Trust

Sunday, August 18th, 2019

What: Collections Manager

Where: Canal & River Trust, Ellesmere Port

Salary: £32,477 per annum

Contract: Full time, permanent

Deadline: 25 August 2019

The Canal & River Trust is responsible for the most comprehensive collection of over 15,000 artefact’s and over 39,000 archive images relating to the people and stories associated with the Waterways. The Collections Manager is a key position within the Collections & Archives Team, with responsibility for safeguarding the Trust‘s collection for users and future users to enjoy.  Much has been achieved over the last five years to improve standards of care, documentation and exhibition, and the successful candidate would be joining the team at an exciting time to take this forward.

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

NWFED NEWS: Introducing New Board Member – Gordon Chancellor

Sunday, August 18th, 2019

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: Connection, Action, Innovation: Forging dynamic and lasting partnerships with communities

Sunday, August 18th, 2019

When: Wednesday 11 – Friday 13 September 2019

Where: Torquay Museum, Devon

How Much: £185.00 – £365.00

This year’s annual GEM conference is a great opportunity to connect with the fantastic heritage learning community, sharing our challenges and celebrating our innovations. For this edition, GEM are collaborating with South West Museum Development to learn about the huge achievements in community relationship-building, volunteering and managing limited resources in this area. The GEM conference is always a friendly, supportive and positive environment where delegates can create a buzz and leave with renewed passion and concrete next steps, striking a balance between reconnecting with the philosophy of what we do and generating practical takeaways.  This year’s keynote speakers will include: David Anderson, National Museums Wales, Ali Bennett, Qatar Museums, and Piotr Bienkowski, Consultant.

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

CONFERENCE: Bright Ideas – New Perspectives on Museum Lighting

Sunday, August 18th, 2019

When: 11 September 2019

Where: Science and Industry Museum, Manchester

How Much: £55.00 – £195.00

Hosted by the Museums Association, this one-day conference will explore the current opportunities that lighting innovation offers, examining the benefits as well as the challenges for those working in displays, exhibitions, conservation, design and interpretation, bringing you up to date with innovations in museum lighting.

Lighting designers will share some of the most recent and exciting technological developments, and explain how these might be used in museums to create atmosphere and show off objects without compromising conservation and environmental standards.

Delegates will have the opportunity to talk to designers over an extended lunch period, visit tabletop stands and enjoy specially commissioned demos.

To find out more and to book places, Click Here.


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: 2019-20 ICOM UK – British Council Travel Grants

Sunday, August 18th, 2019

Deadline for Applications: Monday 14th October 2019, 9.00am

ICOM UK, with support from the British Council, is offering travel grants to support staff from UK organisations to undertake an international visits to museums to meet with international colleagues and mutually share skills, experience and expertise.  The Travel Grant Scheme supports museums and similar organisations to establish mutually beneficial international projects and partnerships. Priority will be given to non-national museums and organisations who have not yet participated in an international project or partnership.

Grants will cover the cost of travel (including international and local transport), visas, accommodation and subsistence.  The scheme does not fund travel for international conferences and events.

To find out more about the scheme and to check if you are eligible to apply, Click Here.  

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Project Manager Abbot Hall, Lakeland Arts

Sunday, August 18th, 2019

What: Project Manager, Abbot Hall

Where: Lakeland Arts, Kendal, Cumbria

Salary: £40,000 per annum

Contract: Full time, 3-year fixed term role

Deadline: 3 September 2019

As Project Manager you’ll be experienced in all aspects of capital developments, and will have a sound track record of delivering multi-million pound projects.

You’ll have a real passion for historic buildings and will thrive on taking ownership and working collaboratively with your colleagues and external partners on an exciting and challenging listed building project. A keen eye for detail is essential, as is pragmatic and proactive approach to engaging key stakeholders and communities alike.

Leading and coordinating input from key stakeholders, you’ll be proactive in working with teams across Lakeland Arts to deliver an international / national quality Art Gallery and Museum that is fit for purpose.

To download the full recruitment pack, Click Here.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Cumbria Consortium’s Contemporary Collecting Workshop

Sunday, August 18th, 2019

When: Friday 6 September 2019, 10.45am – 3.00pm

Where: Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle

How Much: FREE

Open to all heritage professionals and volunteers who are interested in developing their own practice around contemporary collecting, or who would simply like to learn a bit more about what it actually is, this workshop will uncover current museum thinking about how we collect contemporary culture, by asking and answering the question: how do we better reflect current events and issues, and how do we represent our own communities within our collections?

Hosted by Tullie House in partnership with the Contemporary Collecting Group, the workshop will focus on some key themes relating to contemporary collecting, as well as looking at examples of best practice and the challenges that museums all face in developing contemporary collecting practice.

Places are free, but limited so please contact if you would like to attend, or need further information.

CONFERENCE: Navigating the digital shift: practices and possibilities

Sunday, August 18th, 2019

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.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: MDNW’s Demystifying Funding Programme

Sunday, July 7th, 2019

When: Session 1 – Wednesday 25th September and Session 2 – Friday 22 November

Where: Chetham’s Library, Manchester and Lancashire Conservation Studios, Preston

How Much: Free

Funding continues to be a hot topic for museums across the UK – how to secure it, ethical fundraising and what is the best use of scarce resources.  Here in the North West, MDNW want to tackle these issues head on.

Museum Development North West and the North West Development Network (a volunteer run network of fundraising professionals in the North West) are joining forces  this autumn to offer practical advice and support on fundraising. Together with funding organisations, we are delivering a three-part programme which will consist of two workshops and project support.

Session 1: Wednesday 25th September at Chetham’s Library, Manchester

A variety of funders (ACE, NLHF, AIM, MA, Art Fund, Paul Hamlyn Foundation) will deliver sessions on their grant programmes accessible to museums and will include processes, case studies and application guidance.

To book a place, Click Here.

Session 2: Friday 22nd November at Lancashire Conservation Studios, Preston

Surgery day with the funders to discuss ideas and applications.

The surgery sessions will be bookable via Alex Bird –

GET INVOLVED: Register Your Organisation for Heritage Open Days 2019

Sunday, July 7th, 2019

Register your organisation’s event by 1 August 2019.

The year’s Heritage Open Day will run from the 13 to 22 September, under the theme ‘People Power.’ If you have a special event planned, or would like to join in, you have until the 1 August 2019 to register your organisation’s event to be part of Heritage Open Days 2019 official programme and be part of their national publicity programme.

Heritage Open Days (HODs) have been running for 25 years and are part of a Europe-wide festival of buildings, historic sites and heritage. They now attract a total of 3 million visitors a year and contribute around £20 million to local economies. Your event doesn’t need to be big or fancy, it just needs to meet the four conditions below:

1. Entrance must be FREE! If you intend to raise money over Heritage Open Days, there are various ways of doing so but admission to the main attraction of your event has to be free of charge. Running a free tour if visitors have to pay a site entrance fee doesn’t count!

2. Offer something special – one or more of the following: open a site or part of a site that isn’t usually open to the public; offer free entry to a usually charging site/activity; if your site is open free of charge all year round – then something out of the ordinary, such as activities or a competition, or have other groups showcase their work (eg. artists, choirs, local history societies)

3. Provide some form of information – Heritage Open Days visitors want to learn something new. You can support their exploration by providing: guided tours, talks, info flyers, quizzes, exhibitions, or skill demonstrations.

4. Take place within the festival dates – the festival falls across the second full weekend of September and your event must take place at some point during this time. However, it doesn’t have to be open on all days or even for a full day.

To find our more about this year’s event and how to get involved and register, Click Here.

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

Friday, July 5th, 2019

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

Saturday, June 8th, 2019

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

Saturday, June 8th, 2019

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

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Creative Facilitation with Young People Training Day

Saturday, June 8th, 2019

When: Wednesday 25th September 2019, 10.00am – 4.15pm

Where: HOME, Manchester

How Much: £150.00

Led by Artswork, this one-day course provides an introduction to a creative approach to group facilitation. It aims to encourage, develop and inspire those with responsibility to lead others through a facilitative process, be it for the purposes of team building, consultation, idea-generation or training. Throughout the day, we will be using a number of different interactive exercises and games in order to illustrate content. We will also look at group dynamics, communication issues and different learning styles in order to explore how these might be of impact. This course seeks to stimulate your imagination and send you home with ideas and examples of how to develop a creative approach to group facilitation within your own context.

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

CONFERENCE: Age Friendly Museums North West Showcase Event

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

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.