AIM E-News Early September 2016 Edition – Number 91
Posted : 09/09/2016 11:56:25
Association of Independent Museums
AIM E-News Early September 2016 Edition – Number 91
To Charge Or Not To Charge? AIM Launches Admissions Charging Research
AIM has just published new research to help museums understand the impact of charging for admission, or not, on all aspects of operating a successful museum. The revealing results dispel some myths that persist around this issue and will enable museums to make evidence-based decisions in this sometimes contentious area – but one that is vital to museums’ future sustainability.
The research report is accompanied by a new AIM Success Guide: Successfully Setting Admissions Policy and Pricing that museums can use to help them make decisions about whether an admission charge is right for their museum and if so, what price they should set. The report and practical guide are now available to download from the AIM website in English and Welsh. Evaluating the Evidence, The Impact of Charging or Not for Admissions on Museums
Free Seminars For Heritage Trustees: Booking Now
A new series of seminars for heritage Trustees will offer in-depth expert advice to equip trustees to deal with some of the biggest challenges facing boards. The new schedule starts on 28 September with Reviewing Your Board for Succession Planning in Birmingham.
The session will examine how building a great board is an essential first step in the governance journey and how keeping a great board can be even harder. Led by Joy Allen of Leading Governance, this seminar is for any board at any stage of their development, whether it needs to recruit new trustees or broaden its range of skills. Further information and dates of all upcoming Trustee seminars: AIM Hallmarks Governance Programme
Museums Need To Act To Ensure The Exhibition Tax Relief Benefits Everyone
The government is proposing a major new way of investing in museums and galleries, through an exhibition tax relief. But the current proposals will exclude hundreds of museums across the UK by limiting the tax relief to temporary and touring exhibitions.
We are urging AIM members to respond to the government’s consultation to ensure that the tax relief is fair and that every member of the public, whether their local museum has temporary exhibitions or not, has the potential to benefit. For further information please visit: Museums Need To Act To Ensure The Exhibition Tax Relief Benefits Everyone
AIM Grant Deadlines: Don’t Miss Out
There are three AIM grant deadlines approaching, so please ensure you make a note of these dates if you are considering applying.
The AIM Biffa Award funded ‘History Makers – People who helped to shape our world’ £1 million funding programme is now open for applications and the closing date for the first annual round will be 31 October 2016.
The programme is a partnership between Biffa Award and AIM and it will run over three years, awarding grants to AIM member museums of up to £75,000. Please visit AIM Biffa Award: History Makers £1 million Funding Programme Is Open
The second round of the AIM Hallmarks Awards is now open for AIM members in England and Wales with applications closing on 7 October. The awards are supported using public funding by Arts Council England and the Welsh Government and the grants will be available in sums of between £5,000 and £15,000.
The AIM Hallmarks Awards have been developed to support museums and heritage sites to develop their work using the AIM Hallmarks of Prospering Museums which helps to identify what it is about how successful heritage organisations work that enables them to prosper and thrive. You can read a case study of The Lightbox, a previous Hallmarks Awards recipient and details on how to apply here: Helping Museums To Prosper And Thrive - AIM Hallmarks
Arts And Heritage Sector Explores Potential Of Matched Crowdfunding
Individuals and organisations with ideas for new projects in the arts and heritage sectors are encouraged to register their interest in an innovative new crowdfunding programme set to launch on September 14 2016. This pilot scheme, outlined in the government’s Culture White Paper, is the result of a partnership between UK innovation foundation Nesta, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Arts Council England (ACE) and the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
Sir Nicholas Serota To Become New ACE Chair
Director of Tate galleries Sir Nicholas Serota will replace Arts Council England Chair Sir Peter Bazalgette from February 2017. Sir Nicholas Serota To Become New ACE Chair
The VisitEngland Awards For Excellence 2017 Opens
Museums’ Views Sought
The DCMS Museums Review has published its terms of reference and the call for evidence is open until the 31st October 2016. Review of Museums in England. There is also an online survey for the Tailored Review of Arts Council England. Tailored Review of Arts Council England
Director - Creswell Crags, Nottinghamshire
Do you have the enthusiasm, energy, and skills needed to lead Creswell Crags towards World Heritage Site status? This is an opportunity for an exceptional candidate to take this world-famous Ice Age archaeological site and visitor centre into its next stage of development, building on the success of the new Museum and Education Centre. Applications close 12 September Director - Creswell Crags, Nottinghamshire
Retail Sales & Admissions Manager – Brooklands Museum, Sussex
Responsible to the Commercial Director, the key purpose of this job is the effective and efficient management of the day to day retail and admissions operation, including Concorde Check-in and our 4D Theatre, online sales, product development, merchandising, buying and stock management. The role is responsible for leading a team of permanent and casual staff to meet sales targets whilst delivering excellent customer service and visitor experience. A track record in a visitor or customer-focussed operation is essential, together with experience of automated stock control systems and online sales. Regular weekend working will be required. Applications close 16 September Retail Sales & Admissions Manager – Brooklands Museum, Sussex
AIM Member Trustee Vacancies
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