Posts Tagged ‘Museum Development North West’

NEWS: Update – Volunteer Support Our Skills Pilot Programme

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

As many of you will remember, last year the NWFed, in partnership with Museum Development North West, undertook a consultation engaging over 300 volunteers from museums, galleries and heritage organsiations across the North West as part of their newly launched training project for volunteers, Support our Skills (SOS).

The pilot training project is now up and running and the small group of selected volunteers who are fully embracing the opportunity to develop their skills and offering much help and advice in how the programme can be taken forward.  The pilot began in 2016 with a short two day introductory session to allow the group time to get to know each other, but also to assist in developing a programme of five sessions which would concentrate on two major themes they were all interested in, namely exhibition planning and production and collection management and handling.

The group’s last session in December looked more closely at helping them to develop their presentation skills and the venue was the recently opened In the City gallery space, which is being developed by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in a Preston city centre shopping mall. The aim was to show the potential there was for local museums to use this is as a pop up exhibition/events space. An added bonus was the group learnt about the Lego Serious Play (https://www.lego.com/en-gb/seriousplay/) business development tool and even tried out one of its basic ideas by using a Lego duck activity which was both enjoyable and thought provoking.  Over the next couple of months they will be practicing their presentation skills on each other as they are delivering a half-day session at each of their museums.

The next session took place earlier this year in January and looked at a key element for all museums—exhibition planning—and was hosted at the Harris Museum and Art Gallery, who also allowed the group use of their handling collections and exhibition spaces.

A couple of members of the group are also taking advantage of MDNW and NWFED Fundraising Strategy Workshop programme, as they are particular interested in developing this for their museums.

If you have any queries about the current pilot scheme please do contact consultant Debbie Walker – dwalker14@btinternet.com or call 0784 600 3638. 

NEWS: Support Our Skills Volunteer Development Programme Update

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

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Volunteer Development Programme Pilot:  November 2016 – March 2017

Following the consultation undertaken earlier this year which engaged with over 300 volunteers from museums, galleries and heritage organsiations across the North West, the NWFed’s training project for volunteers ‘SoS (Support our Skills) Volunteer Development Programme’ will begin this November. The NWFed and MDNW are pleased to be working with consultant Debbie Walker who will now take forward the programme’s development as it enters its pilot phase, developing a bespoke programme with a small group of invited participants.

The Programme funded by Museum Development North West will offer up to 10 places for volunteers who have been referred and supported by the museum’s they volunteer for. The programme will be free to attend and will include travel expenses to all training sessions. Most sessions will take place in venues in Preston or Manchester to make access and logistics as easy as possible.

Who is it for?

This initial phase is aimed at volunteers who are keen to develop/update their knowledge and skills of the museum profession, either to pursue a career in museums or develop their role within the organisation they are volunteering.

Please note this initial pilot programme is not available to volunteers at National Museums, National Partner Museums or Museum Studies students.

When will it take place?

There will be 6 main sessions which will take place at Manchester and Preston venues. It will be begin with a 2 day introductory session on Friday 11 and Monday 14 November and then approximately one session per month.

Programme participants and the venues they volunteer for will also sign up to deliver a half-day themed session at their Museum. This will hopefully allow the group to share ideas, see a number of different venues and importantly get to know each other and develop a lasting relationship.

How to apply – If you have a volunteer(s) you would like to refer on the programme, please contact Debbie Walker using the contact details listed below.

Debbie Walker:  Email – dwalker14@btinternet.com , Telephone – 0784 600 3638.

FUNDING: Ready to Borrow Grants Scheme 2017-18

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

Arts Council England has secured funding for a grant programme for museums to borrow loans for display by upgrading buildings and display spaces to meet the requirements of the Government Indemnity Scheme.

The purpose of the programme is to allow museums to borrow significant objects from museums, particularly national museums and Major Partner Museums. By borrowing high profile loans it is hoped that museums will increase their visitor figures and profile, to help increase their resilience in challenging times.

£132,000 has been allocated for museums in the North West in 2017-18 and the funding will be distributed through MDNW. A single museum can apply for a minimum of £10,000 to a maximum of £50,000. A consortium of museums can apply for a maximum of £80,000.

The funding must be used for exhibitions and displays which include loans from one or more of the following, in order of priority:

  • national museums and Major Partner Museums
  • other Accredited museums in the UK
  • publicly-funded museums overseas

The loan(s) must be confirmed between the borrowing and lending organisations prior to application to this fund.

The programme is being announced now to give sufficient lead in time for museums to approach nationals and Major Partner Museums to request loans. Additional support on working with nationals to secure loans will be given in the form of the British Museum’s “Loan Ready” programme, with training days running in the North West from September 2016 to February 2017. Attendance on this programme is strongly recommended if you are considering applying to the “Ready to Borrow” scheme. Further details of the British Museum’s programme will be announced on our blog soon.

To apply for “Ready to Borrow” funding you MUST attend one of the surgeries held in by the MDNW team for advice and guidance before submitting an application. We will not accept applications from museums which have not attended. The surgeries will be held in July 2017; dates and venues will be announced on our blog nearer the time.

For further details on eligibility and timescales, refer to the ACE Ready to Borrow guidance 2017-18 and the ACE Ready to Borrow Application Form. Please read through these before contacting one of the team for advice.

NEWS: Money Matters – A New Creative Teaching and Learning Resource for Teachers

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

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The Harris Museum has a nationally important 12,500 item strong numismatic collection which was formerly underused. The Money Matters Project funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation started in 2014 has transformed how this fantastic collection is used. As well as repacking and cataloguing the collection, the project has allowed the Harris to network with other museums and share expertise.

As this project draws to a close, a brand new creative teaching and learning resource commissioned by the Harris Museum’s Money Matters project and Curious Minds has been made available to download from Museum Development North West’s (MDNW) blog, providing a link between museums and those who would like to know more about how to use their collections creatively. To help explain how this new resource can help teachers and those working in learning environments, James Arnold, History Curator at the Harris, introduces it:

“The resource is aimed at museum practitioners and teachers who want to find out more about the numismatic (coin and medal) collections in the North West and how to bring them to life to inspire pupil learning and engagement. The resource contains:

  • An introduction to numismatic (coin and medal) collections and what they are
  • Ideas for creative learning using numismatic collections
  • Creative ideas and a curriculum map
  • Arts Award using coins and medals
  • In practice examples in the North West
  • Links to other resources

In 2013 MDNW carried out a small consultation with museums. The results were clear – there was a huge willingness by museums to use their numismatic collections if they could, but holding them back was their lack of confidence in knowing what they had and how to use it. In recent years museum staff and volunteers have struggled with how to make collections relevant and accessible against a backdrop of ever diminishing resources and expert knowledge leaving the sector. Yet the mapping work undertaken by the Money & Medals Network has shown the large number of numismatic collections held by the region’s museums, some of them being part of the founding collections of museums with their roots in the 19th century.

To download a copy from MDNW’s blog, Click Here.

NWFED NEWS: New Partnership with Museum Development North West

Sunday, July 5th, 2015

The North West Federation of Museums (NWFED) is really pleased announce that we will be working closely with Museum Development North West (MDNW) to assist in the their Museum Development programme for 2015-18.

As part of MDNW’s wide ranging programme of support for the sector, the NWFED has been asked to take the lead with one part of their Museum Development Plan focusing on the Arts Council’s Goal 4 – leadership and the museum workforce’s diversity and skills. Through the development and delivery of a ‘Support Our Skills (SOS)’ programme for volunteers and staff in museums, we will be able to provide tailor made support for the huge number of volunteers in museums across the North West, whilst opening up the programme to NWFED members and other museum staff.

This year the NWFED will carrying out research to find out what volunteers working in our sector would like a training and development programme to involve and what they would find beneficial to their career development. We will be speaking to volunteers across the region through an online survey, various focus groups, site visits and more to find out what the sector needs.  The new programme will then be launched in April 2016 and will run for two years. At this stage there are no concrete ideas of what the programme will include, as it will be shaped by the conversations we have with people across the region.

If you are a volunteer, or would like volunteers in your museum to be involved and have a say in the development of this programme, then please do get in touch with the NWFED. We will be sharing details of the different ways that you can provide ideas and feedback shortly via our website and newsletter.

This is a very exciting time for NWFED and we look forward to working with MDNW over the coming years.

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Katy Ashton:  Chair of NWFED and Director of the People’s History Museum, Manchester