Archive for August, 2019

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.

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.”

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.


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.  

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.