Archive for August, 2016

NEWS: Museums Association to Expand Transformers Programme

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Freelance conservator Lucie Graham working on our N.H collection (2)

Freelance conservator Lucie Graham working on Gallery Oldham’s Natural History collection. Image Courtesy:  Gallery Oldham.

 

Following a successful application for Arts Council England’s (ACE) Museum Resilience Fund, The Museums Association (MA) has announced it is to expand its Transformers initiative.

Transformers is the Museums Association’s workforce initiative for people in mid-career, supported by any accredited museum (or museum working towards accreditation), looking to change the way they work.  Those who participate are challenged to develop new ways of thinking and supported throughout to engage with experimental ideas, fresh thinking and learning from the experience of experts and innovators.

Receiving £407,662 from the Museums Resilience Fund, the MA plan to broaden and diversify the Transformers targeting areas of particular need such as civic museums and smaller regional museums.

It will include three strands: intensive support, coaching, residential courses and workshops for 16 mid-career professionals, culminating in a £3,000 microfunded project at their museum; a two-day course for 130 participants, in partnership with the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, including learning from the Foundation’s Our Museum project, with sessions on change management, partnership working and influencing; and a programme of support and coaching for 20 mid-career museum professionals from diverse backgrounds.  Sharon Heal, the MA’s director, explains:

“We are delighted to have backing from ACE for this ground-breaking scheme that encourages innovation and risk-taking. We are working with partner organisations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to ensure that museum professionals across the UK are able to benefit from this pioneering scheme.

“The additional funding from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation will enable us to embed the legacy and learning of the Our Museum programme into Transformers so that participants can embed working with communities as active partners in their work.”

To find out more  about Transformers and how you could participate, Click Here

NEWS: People History Museum Receives Museum Resilience Fund Grant

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Banners section - Main Gallery Two @ People's History Museum 2

Banners section – Main Gallery Two @ People’s History Museum

 

As Arts Council England announces the successful applicants of its second round of Museum Resilience Funding, organisations across the North West have been celebrating success.  John Orna-Ornstein, Director of Museums at Arts Council England explained:

‘The focus of our investment approach for museums in 2015 – 2018 is on building a more resilient sector.  The Museum Resilience Fund is a key part of that, providing vital support to museums right across the country.’

One of the North West’s successful recipients is Manchester’s Peoples History Museum who have been awarded £273,600 to undertake their project, Builders and Dreamers: the future of ideas worth fighting for, which will transform the museum over the next 18 months with the ambition of becoming a cultural centre for Manchester, the North West and the UK; a space where people debate and discuss the key ideas and issues facing society today. Katy Ashton, Director explained PHM’s delight at being granted the funding to undertake such an ambitious project:

‘The funding will enable us to strengthen the museum and add capacity in key areas which will make a real difference to the museum’s future.  By supporting the museum with this funding, the Arts Council is helping us to achieve our big ambitions as the national museum of democracy and home of ideas worth fighting for.

There are some extremely important anniversaries on the horizon for our museum to champion and lead, with a programme of activity on LGBT+ rights planned for 2017 in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act, the centenary of women first getting the right to vote in 2018 and the bicentenary of the Peterloo Massacre in 2019.  These are all huge opportunities for the museum and for our partners and audiences and we’re very excited to now have the additional support that comes with this grant.’

The Museum Resilience Fund is investing £30 million during 2015 – 2018 to focus on any gaps or development opportunities for excellent museums of all sizes.  To find out more about the fund and its recipients so far, Click Here

NEWS: Arts Council Unveils Museum Funding Shake Up

Friday, August 5th, 2016

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Image Courtesy: The Atkinson

“Major Partner Museums scrapped but new opportunities open up”

Major Partner Museums and other ringfenced museum funding streams are to be abolished in a radical shake-up announced today by Arts Council England (ACE).

From 2018 onwards, all arts council funding for museums in England will be integrated into the existing National Portfolio Organisation (NPO), Grants for the Arts and strategic funding programmes. The changes come after a survey conducted by the research consultancy ComRes with 1,000 stakeholders found widespread support for the proposals in the culture sector.

ACE plans to introduce three funding bands for NPO applicants: grants between £40,000-£250,000; grants between £250,000-£1m; and grants of more than £1m. Less administrative burden will be placed on those applying for smaller grants, and the length of funding settlements will increase from three to four years.

The NPO programme will also include a new category, Sector Support Organisations, which will be available to organisations that offer support services to the sector rather than producing arts and culture themselves.

To read the full article originally published on Museums Journal, Click Here

NEWS: MU[SEE]UM

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

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Here at the NWFed we are always on the look out for places and spaces which can help us keep up with the latest happenings in the museum and gallery sector.  In a recent conversation with our partners over at Museum Development North West we found out about a space which we hadn’t previously discovered and wanted to share with you.

Museeum is a weekly updated e-mag devoted to encouraging people to activate all of their five senses and explore things anew by helping visitors to see, taste, touch, breathe and listen differently when they visit art spaces.

“Mu[see]um encourages you to see beyond the traditional museum experience. Activate all the senses and explore art spaces anew!”
Edited by a team of like-minded art professionals and enthusiasts, the team hope to enrich people’s cultural experience with tips on mind-blowing architecture, amazing food, unconventional shopping, breathtaking gardens and stimulating learning activities – everything that makes museums important creative and communication environments today.   

Why not take a look at MU[SEE]UM for yourself by following this link and sign up for their newsletter to keep up with the latest happenings.