Please find below updates from the latest Essex Museum Newsletter. To subscribe and get these updates straight to your inbox, click here.
- Youth Engagement Project
Pippa and I are looking for museums that would like to be involved in a youth engagement project, linked to Snapping the Stiletto. You do not have to be part of the original project or Accredited.
Pippa is putting together a Young Roots HLF application to work with youth organisations around the county to explore and celebrate Essex women’s stories from the last 100 years.
If you are interested in getting involved or just want to know more, please email Pippa at Pippa.firstname.lastname@example.org
- Heritage Education Group, Thursday 13th September 2018, 10am for 10:30, Rayleigh Town Museum, FREE
The Heritage Education Group (HEG) is open to anyone working or volunteering in heritage education in Essex, including museums, heritage centres, parks, libraries, churches etc. It meets quarterly, at different venues around the county. At our September meeting we’ll be looking at Community Co-Production and sharing updates from around the county. For more information, visit: https://essexmdo.com/events/heg/
- Museums Essex – Save the Date
The next Museums Essex meeting will be on Tuesday 4th October at Thurrock Museum. More details will be available soon.
Also, if you have been trying to contact the Chair, Robert Rose, please be aware that his email address has been updated to: email@example.com
- Donation to Disposal: Documentation Procedures and Guidance, Friday 12th October, 10am till 3:30pm, Rayleigh Weir Fire Station, FREE
This session, led by the Collections Trust, will explore the basics of museum documentation, its importance and how it is approached by different organisations.
By the end of the course, participants will:
- Be familiar with the requirements of the Spectrum Primary Procedures and how they might be applied in different museums
- Understand what is required by Accreditation
- Be aware of where to go to for help and advice
- Feel confident in what they need to do to meet the standard
For more information, and to book, please visit: https://essexmdo.com/events/donationtodisposal/
- New Website and Training Calendar
SHARE have revamped their website and launched their new training calendar. Please have a look and see if there is any training that would be useful to your museum: http://www.sharemuseumseast.org.uk/
- SHARE Advisory Forum
“The SHARE Advisory Forum is a new panel set up to act as a ‘critical friend’, to advise and inform our programmes during 2018-22. We are seeking members to represent different parts of the museums sector in the East of England.
The Forum is composed of 12 nominated and elected members. There are places for six elected members from the following groups of organisations:
- 1 representative of local authority museums
- 1 representative of staffed independent museums
- 1 representative of a fully volunteer-run museum
- 1 representative of a National museum
- 2 representatives of different external organisations who are able to bring relevant and suitable skills to the Group, e.g. other regional heritage and arts organisations or tourism bodies.
If you would like to nominate yourself, please email Jamie Everitt, SHARE Regional Museum Development Manager, to arrange an initial discussion.
To find out more about the SHARE Advisory Forum, go to the Funding and Governance page of our website where you can download the Forum’s Terms of Reference”.
Funding and Opportunities
- Free Autism Access Resources
Friday is the deadline for these free resources to make your museum more accessible to people with autism: http://autisminmuseums.com/free-sensory-equipment-from-autism-in-museums/
- Fundraising Cohort
“Following the success of SHARED Enterprise, I’m delighted to confirm that SHARE will be picking up the baton and offering a new fundraising cohort opportunity for 2018-19.
There will be one cohort, comprising up to 6 museums that are serious about developing their fundraising skills. Applicants must commit to attending all group workshops and one-to-one sessions. Ideally, all sessions should be attended by the same two people, as this makes the learning more effective. Preference will be given to museums which have not had the opportunity to join any of the SHARED Enterprise cohorts, but previous participants are welcome to apply if they can demonstrate the benefit they would receive.
We are in the process of recruiting a consultant to facilitate the cohort. The training offered will be a blend of workshop sessions and 1-2-1 bespoke support worth approximately £1,600. We are asking for a contribution towards this cost of £200 per accredited museum or £400 for a non-accredited museum. This is to ensure commitment to the whole programme”.
For more information, visit: https://essexmdo.com/2018/09/06/share-fundraising-cohort-2018-19/
- Arts Council England Project Grants
ACE have produced a useful guide to their new grants and who is eligible to apply: https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/sites/default/files/download-file/Information_sheets_Museum_projects_Project_grants_0.pdf
- Safe and Secure: Facilities Improvements Grants
“SHARE is offering grants to help museums forge stronger links with National museums and other significant lenders to increase loans from these organisations to museums in the region.
Museums can apply for a grant up to £3,000 for a wide range of activities related to loans. Examples of activities for which the grant can be used include:
- Security improvements including work needed for GIS
- Environmental improvements including work needed for GIS
- Conservation and condition report costs for loans
- Conservation work required as a condition of the loan agreement
- Transport and packing costs for loans
- Courier fees or object handling staff time
- Specialist mounts, frames or display cases
Other activities may be eligible. For more details see the Grants section of our website. The deadline for applications is 5pm Friday 28 September 2018. If you would like to discuss your project, please contact Miranda Ellis, SHARE Project Officer”.
- Museums Change Lives Awards
“The Museums Association (MA) is calling for nominations for the Museums Change Lives Awards, which will celebrate the achievements of museums and individuals that have made an impact on the lives of their audiences and communities.
The inaugural Museums Change Lives Awards will have three categories for museums: Best Museums Change Lives Project, the Local Hero Award and Best Small Museum Project; and one category for individuals: the Radical Changemaker Award.
The Museums Change Lives award will recognise the best project in the past year that reflects one or more of the themes of the MA’s Museums Change Lives campaign: Promoting Health and Wellbeing; Creating Better Places; and Inspiring Engagement, Reflection and Debate”.
For more information, visit: https://www.museumsassociation.org/news/31082018-enter-your-nominations-for-the-museums-change-lives-awards
- SEMFed Study Trip Bursary
The South and East Museums Federation is unique among UK Museum Federations in organising an annual study trip that gives members a rare opportunity to visit behind the scenes and meet members of staff from museums across Europe and beyond.
It is a great opportunity to learn from fellow professionals across the world and socialise with fellow SEMFed members over dinner & drinks.
The 2019 SEMFed Study Trip will be to Copenhagen, Denmark on 30th January – 2nd February 2019
Each year, SEMFed offers a travel bursary in honour of Martin Howe, an ex-President of the Federation who was involved in the organisation for many years.
The £200 bursary helps to cover travel and accommodation costs of the study trip and is open to all SEMFed members who have not been on the Study Trip before. This year there are two bursaries available.
- AIM Hallmarks Awards, Grants Of Up To £12,000
“AIM members in England can now apply for a grant of up to £12,000 through the new AIM Hallmarks Awards. Funded by Arts Council England through AIM’s National Portfolio Organisation funding, the AIM Hallmarks Awards will provide grants totalling around £55,000 each year over the next four years and are available in two strands:
Main grants of £4000 to £12000: will enable museums to implement the key ideas of the AIM Hallmarks. We will support projects that have an impact on museums’ ways of working, culture, strategy or business model. These will be open to all Accredited AIM member museums in England.
Small grants of £3000 – £6000: will support museums to improve their financial sustainability through either cost saving or income generation. These will only be open to Accredited AIM member museums in England in AIM’s small museum category (that is, museums with up to 20,000 visitors a year).
The closing date for Round One is 20th November. Please click this link to find out more.”
- Call for Papers: Culture Geek London, March 2019
“If you work in or with a cultural organisation and have a digital project that you’d like to share, revolutionary new tech which we all should know about or an idea that could help those working in the sector to navigate the changing digital landscape we want to hear from you”.
For more information, visit: https://london.culturegeek.com/news/speak-culture-geek-2019/
- Weston Loan Funding
“The Weston Loan Programme provides funding for regional museums to secure important strategic loans from national collections, maximise loan opportunities in the context of their own collections and communities, and offers opportunities to strengthen the skills of museum professionals working in this area.
We recognise the great value of our national collections being shared more widely across the UK, and hope that museum staff, collections and audiences nationwide will benefit now and in the future.
The second round of applications for funding is now open and the deadline for submissions is 11 September 2018. Please find details of how to apply below, and contact Penny Bull, firstname.lastname@example.org, 020 7225 4840 for further information about the programme and to discuss a potential application.
We’d also encourage any applicants who are less confident about borrowing from a national museum or gallery to attend one of TEG’s ‘Preparing to Borrow’ workshops, being run across the country from May to July 2018”
For more information, visit: https://www.artfund.org/supporting-museums/weston-loan-programme
Training and Resources
- Retail Forum: Inspiring teamwork through Retail, Friday 19th October, Scott Polar Research Institute, Lensfield Road, Cambridge CB2 1ER, 10am – 3.30pm
“A workshop looking at how Retail volunteers are selected, recruited and inducted into the museum team, supporting a one team approach and how the retail team can help increase volunteer satisfaction and visitor engagement throughout the museum. We will be joined for the training sessions by Linda Brandish. Linda is a Volunteering Advisor who has 15 years experience in the sector, and who has previously worked with SHARE on volunteer focussed training opportunities.
There will also be the usual opportunities for networking, group discussion and the Dead Stock Swap Shop – an opportunity to brainstorm how to push sales of dead stock or where to pass it on to!
There is no charge for the event, and lunch and refreshments will be provided.
All welcome! To book your place please follow the link below: http://www.sharemuseumseast.org.uk/events/event/retail-forum-inspiring-teamwork-through-retail/”
- GEM Intermediate Course: Heritage Interpretation 2018, 4th October 2018, 10.00 till 16.30, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, Fee: £125 for GEM and AHI members and £160 for non-members
“If you want to develop your understanding and application of interpretive good practice, then this course is for you!
Freeman Tilden, the “father of interpretation” believed that interpretation is an art, but one which can be taught. We will share the skills of this “art” and explore Tilden’s other principles of interpretation through hands-on learning. You will discover the background and context for interpretive theory and be supported to put it into practice in a meaningful way.
This course is aimed at mid-career professionals with responsibility for planning, delivering or managing learning programmes across the heritage sector. It is most suited to those already involved in interpretation in their organisation, especially those looking for ways to improve or build upon their practice.
The course will combine a one-day workshop with personal work and ongoing peer discussion to give you the most beneficial learning experience possible. The one-day workshop will be a mix of discussion and sharing of perspectives/experiences, practical working in pairs and small groups and some presentation of theory by the course director. It will also facilitate the building of a peer group to support you through the follow-up activity.
For more information and to book, please visit the GEM website (https://gem.org.uk/training-and-events/gems-training-programme/intermediate-courses/heritage-interpretation-course/)”.
- V&A Professional Development Programme
“I’m very pleased to be able to share the new V&A Professional Development Programme with you. We are offering 20 courses between September and January, each led by expert V&A staff members.
I hope in visiting the Professional Development page on our website, you will find courses that speak directly to training needs of your colleagues. It would be greatly appreciated if you could share this page within your professional network. You can also view and download the programme brochure here.”
- Assistant Curator, Parndon Mill, Harlow
“We are looking to recruit a part time Assistant Curator to join a small team who deliver a variety of contemporary exhibitions.
This position is busy, interesting and fundamental to the smooth workings of Parndon Mill. It will be based at the gallery in an idyllic setting on the River Stort on the Hertfordshire and Essex border. It does require unique delivery of both customer facing and sound administrative skills. It will suit an individual with a keen interest in arts with a driving ambition to be part of the longer-term plan for the furtherance of culture”.
For more information, visit: http://parndonmill.co.uk/contact-us/jobs-and-opportunities
- Curator (ESCALA and University Art Collections), University of Essex
“This is an exciting opportunity to manage a major art collection and contribute to the development of academic and research support services at the University of Essex. Library Services – in which the post is based – includes three campus libraries, the largest being the iconic Albert Sloman Library at the Colchester campus, with over 1m printed items, extensive special collections and examples of work by leading 20th century artists such as Christopher Wood, Ben Nicholson, Alfred Wallis and Henri Gaudier-Brzeska. In addition to promoting and conserving these artworks, the post holder will be responsible for the management and development of ESCALA, the University’s unique collection of Latin American art, with over 750 works dating largely from the 1960s to the present”.