Posts Tagged ‘NWFED Board’

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

NWFED Needs You! Could you be one of our new Board Members?

Friday, April 22nd, 2022

We’re looking for new board members, and you might be just the person we need!Are you working in the museum/cultural/arts sector in the North West as a paid staff member or volunteer?

Are you passionate about the role and value of museums, galleries and heritage to different audiences and communities?

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

Do you want to help raise awareness of the excellent work and practice taking place in the North West?

Are you looking for the opportunity to broaden your knowledge and gain experience in governance and board membership?

We are an independent membership organisation for the museum and heritage sector. Our focus during 2022/23 is to grow membership, cultivate new partnerships, diversify the reach of the Federation, and deliver a range of inclusive activities to support North West museum sector professionals and volunteers.

We are looking for Board members with interests and/or skills in digital communication/social media, event management, fundraising and business planning, but expressions of interest in other areas are also very welcome. 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 lived experience, and personal attributes to bring to the role.

If you are enthusiastic and can commit to attending 6 Board meetings per year online, we would like to hear from you.  In return we offer you the opportunity to work closely with experienced, friendly 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 our NWFED Chair, Alex Walker, at info@nwfed.org.uk or on 07507 888271.

NWFED News: Introducing New NWFED Board Member – Dwight Clarke

Saturday, February 26th, 2022
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Dwight is our newest member of the NWFed board and joined us in summer 2021, bringing extensive experience in the creative industries in a wide range of roles.

He has worked on a number of of fine art and community projects, gaining hands-on experience of working with the general public as a workshop and gallery assistant and also taking on strategic roles, including as a Board Director, Trustee and Development Co=ordinator. These opportunities contributed to his strong, sustainable understanding of the creative industries, its drivers, constraints and opportunities.

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NWFED NEWS: Introducing New NWFED Board Member – Andy Pearce

Sunday, August 18th, 2019

Andy Pearce has over 30 years experience in the museum sector in the North West in roles ranging from Education Officer to Director. He has worked in a wide range of heritage organisations from small independents to large nationals, from charitable trusts to local authorities and has had responsibility for the care and display of many different types of collections from social history to fine arts. The institutions he has worked in, or led, have varied greatly in staff numbers from some of the smallest to some of the largest in region. For the last three years he has been lucky enough to work on museums internationally which (he hopes!) has given him a new perspective on our region.

Andy admits to having had two guiding passions throughout his career. Firstly, exploring how museums can uncover and present the stories of those whose history has often been forgotten or supressed. He is fascinated by how heritage can provide unique and revealing insights in to these rich and diverse ‘hidden’ histories. Secondly, encouraging and developing the staff and volunteers whose job it is to lead and encourage this exploration.

He hopes that with these experiences and enthusiasms he can make a worthwhile contribution to the NWFed’s aims to represent and champion the interests of museums and galleries in the North West, and the people who work in them, on both a regional and a national level.

On his appointment to the Board, Andy explained:  “When I first became aware of the North West Fed more than 30 years ago it performed a vital role providing accessible training, and perhaps more importantly, keeping us in touch with our colleagues across the region. The sector has changed beyond recognition since. However, I believe that in its unique position as a member led, regional organisation the NWFed can still play an important part in supporting and developing those who work and volunteer in the North West’s museums and galleries.”

NWFED NEWS: Introducing New Board Member – Claire Benjamin

Sunday, August 18th, 2019

Claire Benjamin is Deputy Director of the Education and Visitors teams at National Museums Liverpool, which includes the International Slavery Museum, Merseyside Maritime Museum, Museum of Liverpool, World Museum, Walker Art Gallery, Sudley House and the Lady Lever Art Gallery. She is responsible for the strategic development of education initiatives, community engagement and front of house visitor experience across the museums. Claire is currently providing strategic support for the internationally acclaimed House of Memories dementia awareness programme and wider income generation initiatives for the organisation.

Claire joined National Museums Liverpool in 1998, and has previously worked as Communities Co-ordinator, Education Manager and Public Programmes Officer. She is a Fellow of the Museums Association.

On her appointment to the NWFed’s Board, Claire explained: “I am excited to be joining the NWFed’s Board at such an interesting time for the sector, given the exposure of the All Party Parliamentary report in 2017 on the value of arts and health, and the Mendoza Report looking at how the bigger national museums in the region can engage better with smaller regional museum services. I think the role of the NWFed has a significant part to play in this conversation, and the bigger agenda of a Northern powerhouse.”

NWFED NEWS: Introducing New Board Member – Gordon Chancellor

Sunday, August 18th, 2019

Gordon Chancellor moved to Stockport in February 2019 from the East of England, where he had been the Museum Development Officer (MDO) for Cambridgeshire since 2013. Gordon is now freelance and keen to work with museums in the North West. His museum career started as a geologist at the Oxford University Museum in the 1980s, before being appointed Curator of Peterborough Museum in the 1990s, and then taking on the role of Chief Executive Officer of the Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Society in the early 2000s. From there he went on to become an Archive Development Manager for the Museums Libraries and Archives Council, then Business Manager at the UK Data Archive in Essex before returning to museums as an MDO. Over his career, he has managed a considerable number of Heritage Lottery and Arts Council England funded projects and is especially interested in governance and the issues facing independent museums.

Gordon is delighted to be involved with the Federation and has already enjoyed getting to know other Board members. Being new to the North West, he is excited to be learning about the region which he says is very different (in good ways!) from the East of England. So far he has concentrated on visiting the bigger museums, but hopes that being on the Board will give him opportunities to contribute to the small and volunteer-led museums. Having been part of the SEMFed for many years, is keen to use that experience to help the NWFed to develop its programmes for members. He is also very keen to mentor young people who love art and nature and want to make a career in museums.

 

NEWS: Introducing New NWFED Board Member, Alex Walker

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

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The NWFed is pleased to announce the appointment of new Board member, Alex Walker, who is currently acting as the North West’s representative of the Museums Association.

Despite recently retiring from her position as Head of Arts and Heritage at the Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Alex is continuing to remain highly active within the sector across the North West and nationally. Alex recently become Vice-chair of the British Association of Friends of Museums, is a member of the Chethams Library Redevelopment Steering Group and is also a committee member of the Lancashire Art Fund.  Alex has extensive experience in museums sector having led the Harris Museum and Art Gallery, known for its community focussed approach and ambitious exhibitions programme, for a number of years and under her leadership won the 2014 Contemporary Arts Society annual award and became a Plus Tate member.  Having been a member of the NW Museums Development Steering Group, Alex has a long association with the NWFed including previously acting as the NWFed’s President, on her appointment, Alex explained:

 “I am privileged to be able to put my experience in the sector to support the NWFed. The NW has an extraordinarily varied and rich museum offer.  In these difficult and uncertain times for museums  networks, mutual support and knowledge sharing are vitally important.  The Fed has an important role to play in this and can help build the resilience of the talented and dedicated people who work in museums across the region.    I am also pleased to be able to support our new development programme for volunteers which will strengthen their skills and benefit the museums in which they work.”

When appointing board members, it is important to us that those appointed are prepared to oversee and support the work of the NWFED while acting as ambassadors for the organisation.  We are excited to be working with Alex and are sure her experience and expertise will make a great edition to the NWFED and our ongoing work.

Alex will also become the NWFed’s Acting Chair stepping in for Katy Ashton as she goes on Maternity leave.  To read the full story on our blog, Click Here.

 

NEWS: £4 million grants announced for English Museums and Galleries

Friday, April 29th, 2016

£4 million grants announced for English Museums and Galleries under DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund

Grants will allow institutions across the country to increase access, improve displays and enhance public spaces

Grants totalling £4 million have been awarded to improve displays and facilities at museums and galleries across England, Matt Hancock, Minister of State for Digital and Culture, announced today.

The grants, jointly funded through a partnership between the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and the Wolfson Foundation, will be used for renovation and improvement projects in 39 museums and galleries.

It will allow institutions across the country to increase access, improve displays and enhance public spaces.

Matt Hancock, Minister for Digital and Culture, said:

Our museums and galleries are among the best in the world and we should be rightly proud of these institutions.

We want people to be able to enjoy world-leading culture wherever they live and whatever their background. These grants will make an important contribution toward increasing access to their wonderful collections and improving the visitor experience at museums right across the country.

I applaud the Wolfson Foundation’s generosity in once again matching the Government’s investment pound for pound in this important work.

Paul Ramsbottom, CEO of the Wolfson Foundation, said:

This is a wonderful example of how a charity and government can work fruitfully together in partnership and we are grateful to government for matching our funding. The awards demonstrate the richness and variety of the country’s museum collections. From Egyptian mummies in Leicester to a Roman fort on Tyneside, this is a gloriously diverse set of projects – but all demonstrate excellence and all will improve the visitor experience.

In announcing these awards I also want to pay tribute to Giles Waterfield. He was a brilliant advisor to the programme from its inception and sparkled at an expert panel meeting in the very week in which he tragically and unexpectedly died. We all owe him a great deal.