Archive for July, 2012

Museums 2020 consultation

Monday, July 30th, 2012

The Museums Association has launched its Museums 2020 consultation: asking the museum sector to come together to help create a bold vision for UK museums and their impact.

In particular, the consultation focuses on the difference museums can have on individuals, communities, society and the environment.

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HLF Strategic Framework 2013-2018

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

The strategic framework for 2013-2018 sets out plans designed to deliver long term and sustainable benefits in response to the newly emerging needs facing the heritage sector. It responds to the views of over 2,000 organisations and individuals who took part in our consultation.
The framework includes:
• Building organisational resilience through a further round of the Skills for the Future programme, offering development funding and professional mentoring to develop robust projects and introducing start-up grants and transition funding for organisations needing to cope with new challenges
• Kick-starting philanthropy through endowments and smaller grants for capacity building and support for fundraising training
• Stimulating local economic growth with a new Heritage Enterprise scheme designed to fund partnerships – including social and private enterprises – to develop sustainable new uses for the most challenging historic sites
• A further Collecting Cultures initiative in late 2013 to encourage a strategic approach to collection development and acquisition in museums, archives and libraries.
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European commendation for People’s History Museum

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

The People’s History Museum, Manchester has received a special commendation in the European Museum of the Year Awards 2012, one of only four museums in Europe to receive the accolade, reserved for the most innovative and enterprising museums in Europe. The prize was awarded to the museum “for its excellence and creativity in making quite a complex theme – the history of working people in Britain and the struggle for democracy – accessible and appealing to a wide international audience.

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NWFED is consulting with members and key stakeholders about the future of the NWFED

Friday, July 6th, 2012

The past year has been a challenging one for the NWFed. The business plan and model that was developed to take the organisation forward was overtaken by major changes in the organisational, political and financial environment of the sector. This has been coupled with significant pressure on Board members in their working roles and the loss of several Board members.

During this period, in partnership with National Museums Liverpool, the NWFed has successfully established the HLF Skills for the Future Partnership Project and a number of trainees are now in place in NW museums.

We have also organised a small number of half-day meetings, aiming to facilitate networking and providing opportunities for members to gain first-hand experience of cutting-edge work in the region. We have focussed on the type of projects of relevance to the work we recently commissioned on Rethinking the Museum.

The website has continued to provide useful information and the discussions around ‘Rethinking the Museum’ have been lively and thought-provoking.

We have had excellent support throughout the year from National Museums Liverpool and the Museums Association.

However, the NWFed is currently reviewing its business plan in light of the significant changes to the museum, arts and heritage landscape in the North West. Steve Garland has taken over as Acting Chair and we aim to both recruit a new Chair and to strengthen the Board in the near future.

We are currently in dialogue with organisations, members and partners about their priorities and needs as well as imminent developments and the new regional landscape for the sector. We will use this information to determine the future direction and immediate priorities for the NWFed.

If you have contributions or views about the NWFed and its work/priorities/plans, please email