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: Midland Railway Building, 38-40 Victoria St, Liverpool – L1 6BX

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.

CONFERENCE: Championing Accessible Museums

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When: 12 December 2019, 10.30am – 4.30pm

Where: Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

How Much: £55.00 – £195.00

There are nearly 14 million disabled people living in the UK, but many museums continue to struggle to welcome them as visitors, volunteers and members of the workforce. What can be done to address disabled access, participation and representation? How can individuals and organisations embed inclusive practice?

Through a series of practical talks as well as interactive discussion, debate and exchange, this one-day Museums Association conference explores how museums can become truly inclusive spaces and representational platforms, and champion equality at every level.

This event is for anyone who is working towards diversity and inclusion at a museum or relevant organisation.

For further details on speakers and how to book your ticket, 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

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