Archive for April, 2019

Tameside Museums and Galleries

Saturday, April 13th, 2019

Tameside Museums and Galleries are part of the Greater Manchester Museums Group and provide visitors with the chance to learn about Tameside’s fascinating history and industrial heritage. Their sites include the Portland Basin Museum, the Museum of the Manchester Regiment, Astley Cheetham Art Gallery, and the Central Art Gallery.

Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections

Saturday, April 13th, 2019

MMU’s special collections are central to the artistic culture and teaching of the faculty and have been since its foundation as the Manchester School of Art in 1853. The collection holds a great range of unique source material held at the Sir Kenneth Green Library, including: the Children’s Book Collection; the Manchester School of Art Collection; the Manchester Society of Architects’ Library; the Mary Butcher Collection of Baxter Prints; the Poster Collection; the Schmoller Collection of Decorated Papers; and Victorian Ephemera. The North West Film Archive preserves the history of the region in moving pictures.

Manx National Heritage

Saturday, April 13th, 2019

Manx National Heritage is the trading name of the Manx Museum and National Trust. They take the lead in protecting, conserving, making available and celebrating the Island’s natural and cultural heritage for current and future generations, whilst contributing to the Island’s prosperity and quality of life.

National Football Museum

Saturday, April 13th, 2019

The National Football Museum looks after football’s past, present and future. It explains how and why football has become ‘the people’s game’, a key part of England’s heritage and way of life. It also aims to explain why England is the home of football, the birthplace of the world’s most popular sport.

Macclesfield Silk Heritage Trust

Saturday, April 13th, 2019

The Macclesfield Silk Heritage Trust is an independent charity established in 1987 to champion the incredible history of Macclesfield and the surrounding area through its collections and museums, which include The Silk Museum, Paradise Mill, West Park Museum, and The Old Sunday School. Their mission is to celebrate and share the extraordinary story of Macclesfield; a story of creativity, industry and enterprise.

Warrington Museum and Art Gallery

Saturday, April 13th, 2019

Warrington Museum and Art Gallery is one of the oldest museums in the country and provides an award-winning programme of events, temporary exhibitions, and regular free family-friendly craft activities throughout the year. It is now managed by Culture Warrington which was formed in 2012, and delivers the ever-popular Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival.

Norton Priory Museum and Gardens

Saturday, April 13th, 2019

Norton Priory is the most excavated monastic site in Europe. Boasting the ruins of an Abbey, 12th century undercroft, and an 18th century Walled Garden, it is located within an oasis of tranquil woodland and wildflower meadows. The new museum displays thousands of artefacts from Norton’s 900 year history including the internationally significant 14th century statue of St Christopher.

CALL OUT: Northern Prehistory – Connected Communities Conference

Saturday, April 13th, 2019

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 and

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

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

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

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.

CONFERENCE: Museum Tech 2019 – A Digital Festival for Museums

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

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

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

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

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019
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

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

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) – 

CONFERENCE: The Thriving Child in the North – Curious Minds

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

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

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

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

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

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

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

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 – – by 5PM Friday 10th May.

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

Northern Museums Volunteer Pass 2019-2020

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

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 –

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Children, Families and Wellbeing Training Day

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

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

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

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 –

North West Volunteer Managers Network Meeting

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

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 –


Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

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.