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Could you be our next board member?

Wednesday, May 12th, 2021


Are you interested in making a difference to the museum sector across the North West?

Are you working in the museum/cultural/arts sector in the North West as a paid staff member or volunteer

Are you passionate about museums, galleries and heritage?

Are you committed to creating diverse and inclusive opportunities and practice for the sector?

Do you want to share the excellent work and skills of the sector in the North West?

Do you have lived experience of the value cultural experiences can make to peoples lives?

Are you looking for the opportunity to broaden your knowledge of the sector or to gain experience in governance and strategic planning?

The NWFED is an independent membership organisation for the museum and heritage sector. Our focus during 2021/22 is to grow partnerships through diversifying the reach of the Federation, and deliver a range of inclusive activities to support NW museum sector professionals and volunteers. Joining our Board, you will help us in working towards becoming an organisation that puts equality, diversity, and inclusion at the forefront of our commitments and actions as a Federation.

We are seeking Board members with interest in accessible events programming, fundraising, and business planning, but expressions of interest in other areas are also welcomed. We are looking to diversify our Board, so it is more inclusive and representative of our membership. We particularly want to hear from interested applicants who have diverse experiences, heritage, and personal attributes to bring to the role.

If you are enthusiastic, well organised and keen to take responsibility we would like to hear from you.  In return we offer you the opportunity to work closely with experienced and supportive colleagues, to further develop your skills and career and to participate in key events and networks. 

If you think this might be for you and you would like to find out more – please contact the Chair of NWFED, Alex Walker 07507 888271.

Dear Members…

Wednesday, September 9th, 2020

Dear Members,

Apologies that we have not been in touch for some time. Our board members are all volunteers, many of whom have been fully occupied, dealing with the challenges of adapting their own institutions to the current pandemic and responding to the growing Black Lives Matter movement. Global events are having a significant impact on our sector, challenging us to work and think differently, towards our colleagues and with our visitors and communities. Now, more than ever, we need to come together as a sector to support each other and share inclusive practice which is evolving rapidly and organically.

The NWFed was on the verge of a re-launch just as the COVID 19 took hold. It has taken us a while to reflect on how this might now happen, in the much changed circumstances we all find ourselves in. However, we have begun to work together again to think about the future of the Fed.

And one thing remains the same – as an independent membership organisation we will continue to represent and champion the interests of museums and galleries in the North West, and the people who work in them. Watch this space!

NW Fed

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Tameside Museums and Galleries

Saturday, April 13th, 2019

Tameside Museums and Galleries are part of the Greater Manchester Museums Group and provide visitors with the chance to learn about Tameside’s fascinating history and industrial heritage. Their sites include the Portland Basin Museum, the Museum of the Manchester Regiment, Astley Cheetham Art Gallery, and the Central Art Gallery.

Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections

Saturday, April 13th, 2019

MMU’s special collections are central to the artistic culture and teaching of the faculty and have been since its foundation as the Manchester School of Art in 1853. The collection holds a great range of unique source material held at the Sir Kenneth Green Library, including: the Children’s Book Collection; the Manchester School of Art Collection; the Manchester Society of Architects’ Library; the Mary Butcher Collection of Baxter Prints; the Poster Collection; the Schmoller Collection of Decorated Papers; and Victorian Ephemera. The North West Film Archive preserves the history of the region in moving pictures.

Manx National Heritage

Saturday, April 13th, 2019

Manx National Heritage is the trading name of the Manx Museum and National Trust. They take the lead in protecting, conserving, making available and celebrating the Island’s natural and cultural heritage for current and future generations, whilst contributing to the Island’s prosperity and quality of life.

National Football Museum

Saturday, April 13th, 2019

The National Football Museum looks after football’s past, present and future. It explains how and why football has become ‘the people’s game’, a key part of England’s heritage and way of life. It also aims to explain why England is the home of football, the birthplace of the world’s most popular sport.

Macclesfield Silk Heritage Trust

Saturday, April 13th, 2019

The Macclesfield Silk Heritage Trust is an independent charity established in 1987 to champion the incredible history of Macclesfield and the surrounding area through its collections and museums, which include The Silk Museum, Paradise Mill, West Park Museum, and The Old Sunday School. Their mission is to celebrate and share the extraordinary story of Macclesfield; a story of creativity, industry and enterprise.

Warrington Museum and Art Gallery

Saturday, April 13th, 2019

Warrington Museum and Art Gallery is one of the oldest museums in the country and provides an award-winning programme of events, temporary exhibitions, and regular free family-friendly craft activities throughout the year. It is now managed by Culture Warrington which was formed in 2012, and delivers the ever-popular Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival.

Norton Priory Museum and Gardens

Saturday, April 13th, 2019

Norton Priory is the most excavated monastic site in Europe. Boasting the ruins of an Abbey, 12th century undercroft, and an 18th century Walled Garden, it is located within an oasis of tranquil woodland and wildflower meadows. The new museum displays thousands of artefacts from Norton’s 900 year history including the internationally significant 14th century statue of St Christopher.

Mellor Archaeological Trust

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

The Trust was formed in 2000 following the discovery in 1998 of an Iron Age ditch in the garden of The Old Vicarage next to Mellor Church.  Excavations continued to 2009 and have been described as the largest excavation for a generation of a hillfort in North West England “with results as important as those at Beeston Castle”.

Museum of Wigan Life

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

Discover the people and places of Wigan Borough both past and present at the Museum of Wigan Life.  Holding over 30,000 objects relating to life in Wigan Borough, past and present, the museum’s collections include fine art, archaeology, social history, natural history, coins, decorative art and industrial history.

Rochdale Pioneers Museum

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

The Rochdale Pioneers Museum exists to preserve the original store of the Rochdale Pioneers and to generate an understanding of the ideals and principles of the co-operative movement.

National Waterways Museum

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

The National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port unlocks the wonders of our waterways.  With its delightful waterside setting, flotillas of historic boats and fascinating displays housed in fine Victorian buildings, the museum is a great day out whatever the weather.

Wordsworth Trust

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

The Wordsworth Trust brings art and literature alive for tens of thousands of people every year.  As well as Dove Cottage and its neighbouring historic buildings, the Trust looks after an important collection of works by Wordsworth and other writers and artists of the period.  At the heart of their collection are manuscripts that Wordsworth’s descendants gave to the Trust in 1935.

Knowsley Galleries and Prescot Museum

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

Knowsley has two contemporary art galleries which are housed within libraries in Huyton and  Kirkby, in addition to Prescot Museum which focuses on the local history of the area including the important clock and watch making industry.

The Atkinson Arts Centre

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

The Atkinson is Southport’s beautiful new home for music, theatre, art, poetry, literature and history, right in the middle of Lord Street in Southport town centre.  It offers an exciting and varied destination for families, cultural tourists and arts enthusiasts alike, with a full day and night time offer.

Lancashire County Council Museums Services

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

Lancashire County Council’s Museums Services’ venues examine Lancashire life, its history and heritage. Their venues include Clitheroe Castle Museum, Gawthorpe Hall, Helmshore Mills Textile Museum, Judges’ Lodgings, Lancaster Castle, the Museum of Lancashire, Queens Street Mill Textile Museum, and Lancashire Conservation Studios.

Ribchester Roman Museum

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

The idea of a museum in Ribchester was conceived by Margaret Greenall, originally from Warrington and a member of the famous brewing family, in the early years of the 20th century. Her objective was to stem the flow of artefacts out of the village that had occurred ever since Ribchester was first recognised as a site of special historic interest. Ribchester Museum of Roman Antiquities was thus opened under Miss Greenall’s direction in 1915.

Greater Manchester Police Museum

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

The Museum was founded in 1981. Funded by Greater Manchester Police, it not only collects and preserves archive material and objects relating to the history of policing in the Greater Manchester area, but acts as an important resource for community engagement, where visitors can talk to staff and volunteers about policing.

Manchester Museum and Art Galleries Group

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

The Manchester Museum and Art Galleries group – incorporating Manchester Art Gallery, Platt Hall, the conservation studios at Queens Park, the Whitworth Art Gallery and Manchester Museum – is an innovative and uniquely Mancunian partnership. All part of the University of Manchester, all organisations share funding, staff and expertise, and through collaboration, make something greater than its individual parts.

Salford Museums and Galleries

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

Salford has a proud cultural and creative heritage. The city’s range of museums and galleries combine the old with the new to provide opportunities for visitors, local people and families to take part.

Towneley Hall

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

From the Priest’s Hole to the attic Towneley Hall is fascinating with period rooms covering several centuries of life at the hall.  The hall was the family home of the Towneley’s for nearly five centuries, today their stories are brought to life by our company of re-enactors who uncover their dramas, triumphs and tragedies.

Astley Hall Museum and Art Gallery, Chorley

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

Astley Hall is a museum and art gallery housed within a Grade I listed historic house. The Hall is set within the beautiful surroundings of Astley Park which include historic woodland, a lake, a fully renovated Victorian walled garden alongside clean and modern facilities for visitors to enjoy.

Bolton Museums

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

Ranging from Egyptian mummies to local history and wildlife, Bolton’s collection has something for everyone.  The Bolton Museum group represents the Central Library and all branch libraries, Bolton Museum and Archives, the Aquarium, Smithills Hall and the Hall i’ th’ Wood Museum.

People’s History Museum

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

The People’s History Museum in Manchester is the national museum of democracy.  It aims to engage, inspire and inform diverse audiences by showing that ‘there have always been ideas worth fighting for’.

Museum of Science and Industry

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

The Museum of Science and Industry is devoted to inspiring visitors through ideas that change the world, from the Industrial Revolution, to today, and beyond.

Imperial War Museum North

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

IWM is unique in its coverage of conflicts, especially those involving Britain and the Commonwealth, from the First World War to the present day. We seek to provide for, and to encourage, the study and understanding of the history of modern war and ‘wartime experience’.