Professional Development

A list of training courses and other professional development opportunities and events for those working within the museum and heritage sector.
Know of a professional development or training opportunity we haven’t listed here, let us know by emailing – info@nwfed.org.uk

NWFED EVENT: Co-production in Practice

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When: Thursday 26th March (timings tbc)

Where: Ordsall Hall, 322 Ordsall Ln, Salford – M5 3AN

How Much: Free to NWFed Members (for memberships costs and information on how to join, click here)

During this event you will hear from a number of North West organisation’s who have worked on co-curation projects of different scales and budgets. Each speaker will provide honest insights into their own co-curation process detailing what worked well, what went wrong and what they learned while providing invaluable advice for others looking to undertake co-curation projects in their own organisations.

Further details of the programme’s speakers and schedule will be announced soon.

To register your interest in attending, contact Emma Sumner (hello@emmasumner.com)

NWFED MUSEUM BASICS: An Introduction to… Object Marking and Labelling

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When: 22 January 2020, 10.30am – 1.00pm

Where: World Museum Board Room, William Brown Street, Liverpool – L3 8EN

How Much: Free to NWFed Members (for memberships costs and information on how to join, click here)

Led by Tracey Seddon, Collections Care team, National Museums Liverpool

The NWFED introduces its new ‘Museum Basics’ training events with ‘An Introduction to Object Marking and Labelling’. This hands-on session provides everything you need to know about how to mark and label your collection in a safe and sensitive way. The course is aimed at volunteers and professionals new to the sector, as well as anyone who needs a refresher. By the end of the course you will

  • Know why and when to mark museum objects, including ethical considerations
  • Understand the Health and Safety issues relating to marking objects
  • Understand where to source marking and labelling materials and how to put a kit together
  • Have practical experience of marking and labelling a range of objects
  • Understand how to remove numbers

To reserve your place please email Emma Sumner (hello@emmasumner.com)

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Creative Consultation with Young People

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When: 20 March 2020, 10.00am – 4.15pm

Where: Tullie House, Carlisle

How Much: £90.00

Led by Artswork, this course will ensure your projects for young people remain dynamic and relevant, by embedding their voice across your work and the governance of your organisation. Explore effective consultation tools and discover meaningful, creative ways to communicate with young people. Learn to understand the interests, needs and behaviours of your audiences by involving young people in active roles and ongoing dialogue that will both listen to and empower them.

To find out more about the course and how to book a place, Click Here.

NEWS: Prosper North Offers Free Business Support Programme for Culture and Heritage Organisations

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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

NEWS: Museums Association to Expand Transformers Programme

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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

The deadline is approaching for applications to the Transformers training scheme for mid-career professionals looking to develop new ways of thinking, influence more effectively, and create change for themselves, their colleagues and their organisations.

Museum professionals from anywhere in the UK can subscribe to the Innovate and Influence programmes, while the Diversify programme is open to applications from England, Wales, and Scotland.

In all around 170 trainees will be supported across the three programmes in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Katy Swift, the MA’s project coordinator, Transformers, says: “The Transformers programme is an exciting opportunity for people working in and with museums to proactively meet the opportunities and challenges the sector is facing.

“The MA has built on the success of Transformers by expanding the programme to include three strands: Innovate, Influence and Diversify.

“As the programme coordinator, I passionately believe that it is the people working in museums who change lives.

“Transformers creates a timely opportunity to support and develop museum professionals and I am looking forward to building a cohort of people across the UK who are committed to building a radical and thriving sector.”

Applications to Innovate close on 27 January 2017, and applications to Influence and Diversify close on 28 February 2017.

Before submitting an application to any of the programmes, please ensure you have read the guidance notes to check that the programme is suitable for you.

Transformers 2016-18