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Co-production & Working with Communities (plus our AGM)

Wednesday, May 11th, 2022
People’s History Museum, Manchester

Join us for our next event for NWFed members
Wednesday 6th July 2022, 10.00 – 4.00pm BOOK HERE

At this one-day conference at the People’s History Museum (#Art Fund Museum of the Year 2022 finalist and Activist Museum 2021-22 Winner) in Manchester we will discuss the ways in which museums in the North West are working with communities. It is no longer enough to simply produce programming for our communities. We now aspire to include groups and individuals in the creation of museum content whenever possible. Throughout the region there are excellent examples of such co-produced practice, and we’re delighted to be showcasing seven North West case studies. We’ll also be holding our brief AGM during the day.

Places are limited so book here now

Speakers and case studies will include:

Professor Richard Sandell, Director of Research Centre for Museums and Galleries, University of Leicester, and author of Museum Activism (Museum Meanings).

Zofia Kufeldt from People’s History Museum on their co-produced exhibition Migration: A Human Story, plus a curator’s tour of the exhibition

Imperial War Museum and Manchester Jewish Museum on their Second World War and Holocaust Partnership Programme in Greater Manchester

The Walker Art Gallery on Colonial Legacies of the Liverpool Sandbach Family, a community-led research and display development project

Pete Gardom from thisgreatadventure on Fleetwood Museum’s community-based digital storytelling and location-based trails project, Finding Fleetwood

National Museums Liverpool and Migrant Artist Mutual Aid on Meet Me at the River, a co-produced exhibition aimed at creating dialogue and reflection on the legacies of historic slavery

Shanna Lennon from National Lottery Heritage Fund on why co-production is a strength from a funder’s perspective and its new Dynamic Collections campaign supporting museums to work more collaboratively with their collections

Speakers will reflect on their experiences, including:

The successes or benefits of their projects for the museum, the individuals or groups involved, and wider society.

The challenges and how they were overcome.

Who is driving the change in approach towards co-production?

Advice for colleagues new to the process.

When do co-production approaches work best? And when do more conventional delivery styles work better?

This event costs £20 (to cover catering costs) for all NWFed members (and those who work in NWFed member museums). Find out how to join us as an individual member for just £12 per year (£5 students) here.

Places are limited so book here now

People’s History Museum is easily accessible by public transport and is fully accessible.

If you would like to talk to us about your access needs for this event, please contact us at info@nwfed.org.uk

Museum Basics is Back! Join us for Object Marking and Labelling in Liverpool

Monday, May 2nd, 2022

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT – LOOK OUT FOR MORE MUSEUMS BASICS EVENTS COMING SOON

We’re delighted to bring back our first Museum Basics: An Introduction to Object Marking and Labelling training course since 2020, which takes place at World Museum, Liverpool, on Thursday 16th June 2022, 10.30am – 12.30pm.
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 half-day course is aimed at volunteers and professionals new to the sector, as well as anyone who needs a refresher. It is free for NWFed members and staff from NWFed member museums. Find out how to join NWFed for just £12 a year here. Places are limited to 12, so early booking is recommended.

The training will be led by Tracey Seddon, Collections Care Team, National Museums Liverpool.
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

Previous delegates have said:

Museum Basics Course – professional, informative and valuable.

Siobahn Wordingham, Volunteer, West Kirkby Museum

Participating in this  training was a great way to gain expert advice and hands-on experience for advancing my career – what set this course  apart from some other training opportunities was connecting with emerging talent and industry leading professionals who share my passion for championing North West Heritage and culture.

Adam Duckworth, Demonstrator, National Museums Liverpool

The location is World Museum Liverpool, William Brown St, Liverpool L3 8EN

Book your place at Eventbrite here now.

Image: Museum Basics event in action at National Museums Liverpool 

“Front of House make museums; they are the face of every single one.”

Saturday, March 19th, 2022
A museum staff member giving a talk in a gallery to a group of young people. Credit: NML Copyright: Pete Carr
Credit: NML Copyright: Pete Carr

NWFed trustee, Claire Sleightholm, reviews our recent In Conversation event on the Changing Role of Museum Front of House

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In Conversation: The Changing Role of Museum Front of House

Wednesday, January 26th, 2022
A museum staff member giving a talk in a gallery to a group of young people. Credit: NML Copyright: Pete Carr
Credit: NML Copyright: Pete Carr

“Front of House make museums; they are the face of every single one.”

Join us for our next free In Conversation event for NWFed members.
Online on Thursday 24th February 2021, 12 – 1pm #FOHMuseums

The pandemic has shown that in a crisis, Front of House workers are invaluable. Their work to reopen museums, respond to the constantly changing environment, and create a safe, comfortable visitor experience are at the heart of the museum sector’s recovery.

But what of the future? NWFed’s latest In Conversation event offers an opportunity to discuss and explore the changing role of Front of House with a panel of colleagues who are passionate about the subject.

Chad McGitchie is Visitor Services Team Lead for The Whitworth and Manchester Art Gallery, and Chair of the Northwest Visitor Team Management & Development Network.

William Tregaskes is Co-founder of Front of House in Museums and the Museums Association Rep for Wales.

Chairing the panel will be Dwight Clarke, Visitor Services Officer, Manchester Art Gallery, and a member of the NWFed board of trustees.

This event is free for all NWFed members (and those who work in NWFed member museums).
Find out how to join us for just £12 per year (£5 students) here.

The event takes take place on Zoom on Thursday 24 February 2022, 12.00 – 1.00pm.
Book your tickets through Eventbrite now and we’ll send you a Zoom link to join the event the day beforehand.

Covid and Other Disasters: Conservation Matters in the Northwest

Saturday, November 6th, 2021

Book now for this one-day in-person conference to share experiences, network and enjoy some cake together. #CMNW21

Open to all with an interest in conservation in the region, including curators, conservators, students, volunteers and interns, taking place on 10th December 2021.

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NWFed: In Conversation

Monday, June 21st, 2021

The North West museum and heritage sector is bursting with new ideas. From making our sector more equitable to helping museums reduce their carbon footprint, our venues and institutions are leading the way in doing things differently. With so much going on, it can be confusing to know how you can get involved. Wouldn’t it be great if you knew an expert in the field who could point you in the right direction?

That’s the idea behind our new In Conversation events. Over the series, we’ll host exciting speakers giving you the opportunity to find out what they think the future holds. Each session will include a relaxed interview hosted by one of our board members before breaking out into a round table session so you can ask questions and dive deeper into some of the ideas shared.

Our first guest will be Jo Robinson-Cheale. Jo is Climate Change Manager for the National Lottery Heritage Fund and is a leading voice in championing sustainability in the region. We’ll be talking to her about sustainability, her route into the sector, the current funding landscape and what she’s excited about for the future. We’ll also be talking to Museum Development Officer, Kaye Hardyman, about her latest carbon literacy project and how you can get involved.

Join us on 7th July at 1 – 2pm. The event is free to all individual and institutional members. Book your place for this virtual session via our Eventbrite page here.

For our second session we will welcome Dr Richard Benjamin, Head of the International Slavery Museum, National Museums Liverpool and co-founder of NML’s BME staff group, and Jean-Francois Manicom, Curator of Transatlantic Slavery and Legacies, National Museums Liverpool. Both Richard and Jean-Francois have been contributing to NML’s response to the issues raised by the Black Lives Matters movement and are at the forefront of enacting real change to make our sector more equitable. They’ll be sharing what they’ve learned along the way and what work they think is still to be done.

Join us on 20th July at 12 – 1pm. The event is free to all individual and institutional members. Book your place for this virtual session via our Eventbrite page here.

New ‘Museum Basics’ events launched at National Museums Liverpool, 22 January 2020

Wednesday, September 9th, 2020

Following feedback from our members the Fed introduced the first of our new ‘Museum Basics’ training events with a session on object marking and labelling aimed at volunteers and professionals new to the sector, as well as anyone who needed a refresher. Hosted by National Museum Liverpool and run by Tracey Seddon – Conservator Organics and Gemma Dolan – Stores Co-ordinator, the course provided a solid theoretical introduction to the subject followed by a fascinating practical workshop which allowed us all to have a go for ourselves.

This combination of experiential leaning alongside examples of good (and sometimes bad!) practice, expertly presented by Tracey and Gemma, made for a very successful session appreciated by all attendees from students to more experienced staff. The day concluded with a Q&A and discussion allowing everyone to share any issues they faced in this area of collections management and seek advice from the group. A great example of Fed members in action working together and supporting each other!

Andy Pearce

NW Fed Board Member

Museum Basics Course – professional, informative and valuable.

Siobahn Wordingham, Volunteer, West Kirkby Museum

Participating in this  training was a great way to gain expert advice and hands-on experience for advancing my career – what set this course  apart from some other training opportunities was connecting with emerging talent and industry leading professionals who share my passion for championing North West Heritage and culture.

Adam Duckworth, Demonstrator, National Museums Liverpool

Image: Museum Basics event in action at National Museums Liverpool