Archive for September, 2019

NWFED NEWS: Introducing New Board Member – Sajda Khan

Monday, September 16th, 2019

Sajda khan is currently part of the Front of House team at the Blackburn Museum and Art gallery, a role she has held in various capacities for the last 9 years.

When asked about her motivations for joining the board, Sadja explained: “I am very interested in helping to organise the Fed’s programme of events and strengthening the offer for members while assisting with board’s function and working to develop new opportunities for the board to partner up with organisations across the North West.”

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: SMILE’s Creative Science Engagement Day

Monday, September 16th, 2019

When: Wednesday 20 November, 10.00am – 4.00pm

Where: Bolton Museum, Le Mans Crescent, Bolton, BL1 1SE

How Much: Free

Supported by the North West Federation of Museums as part of our ongoing events programme, we welcome all of our members to join us for the day at Bolton Museum for an opportunity to network and share expertise and science learning ideas with SMILE (Science in Museums Inspiring Learning & Engagement).

Organised by Alex McLeman from Bolton Library and Museum Services, you’ll find out about Bolton Museum’s science learning programmes and how the Arts have been used to inspire science engagement with people of all ages. You’ll learn about initiatives including Strong Women of Science, explore a new interactive Elements exhibition marking the 250th anniversary of the periodic table, journey into the Aquarium and Nature Gallery, discover the science within Bolton Museum’s amazing Ancient Egypt Galleries, delve into exquisitely created bags of beasts and discover how you can use them at your venue.

To book your free ticket, Click Here.

FUNDING: AHF Grants Programme, Transforming Places Through Heritage

Monday, September 16th, 2019

Deadline for Applications over £15,000: 21 October 2019 for a mid-Dec 2019 decision

The Architectural Heritage Fund has been established to help social enterprises and charities transform high streets and town centres through new funding.

Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright announced a new £62 million fund that will breathe new life into historic high streets and town centres across England. The initiative is part of the government’s plan for High streets announced at last year’s Budget, including a £675 million Future High Streets Fund and a £1 million business rates discount for small high street retailers. High streets lie at the heart of communities but are under increasing pressure as more people choose to shop online. Building on a number of  successful programmes, the funding will be used to regenerate places by turning disused or underused buildings into creative spaces, offices, retail outlets and housing. It is part of the Government’s ongoing work to help high streets adapt to changing consumer habits.

Having opened for applications in late June, £15 million of funding will be delivered through The Architectural Heritage Fund’s (AHF) Transforming Places through Heritage Programme. Any charity, community business or social enterprise such as charitable incorporated organisations (CIOs), community interest companies (CICs) and community benefit societies with proposals which meet the programme objectives can apply to the Fund.

For further information on the Fund and the criteria for applications, Click Here.

MDNW WORKSHOPS: Green GB Week, Carbon Literacy workshops

Monday, September 16th, 2019

When: 4 – 8 November 2019

Where: Various locations across the North West

How Much: Free

In June 2019 the UK  government set a  legally binding target to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Museums, big and small, must play their part in addressing climate change if they are to stay relevant to their visitors.

During the UK’s second Green GB Week (4-8 November), MDNW is making the pledge that there will be a Carbon Literacy workshop running within 40 miles of every Accredited museum in the North West. Each full day workshop will be delivered either by MDNW staff or a member of the Carbon Literacy trainers network. The workshops are open to any staff, volunteers or trustees in any Accredited museum (or museum working towards Accreditation) in the North West, or any staff member from a recognised organisation that supports the museums in the North West region.

To find out more about the workshop programme and/or to book onto a workshop, click on the link on your chosen date below:

CONFERENCE: Reap the Rewards, Benefiting from Rural Networks

Monday, September 16th, 2019

When: 13th November 2019

Where: Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry

How Much: Free

If you are a non-specialist working with, or looking after, rural and agricultural collections in any role, the Rural Museums Network (Specialist Subject Network) has created a practical knowledge-development seminar specifically for you.

Be inspired and acquire practical experience from our host museums across the regions on a variety of projects related to using rural collections to create better experiences for visitors, and sustainable organisations.

To find out more about the programme and to book your free ticket, Click Here.