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AIM E-News Early September 2016 Edition – Number 91

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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.

AIM members from small and medium size museums are eligible to apply to the AIM Preventive Conservation Grant Scheme and the AIM Conservation Grant Scheme. Both schemes are generously supported by The Pilgrim Trust and the next round of applications closes on 30 September 2016. AIM Conservation Grants – Next Round Closes 30 September

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

VisitEngland has launched its 2017 Awards for Excellence in tourism - the 28th year of the prize. The 19 categories include small and large visitor attraction of the year and awards for inclusive and sustainable tourism. The deadline for most categories is mid-October, but some end earlier. Judges will visit the venues from October to February, with the winners announced in April 2017 The VisitEngland Awards For Excellence

Scottish Museums Federation Launch Scottish Museums Day

The Scottish Museums Federation will celebrate Scottish museums on 3 October with a dedicated day for Scottish museums to help raise awareness about museums as protectors of culture and as assets for Scotland’s diverse communities. Scottish Museums Day

Arts Marketing Association: Audience Diversity - Addressing Your Challenges

This session will give you the opportunity to discuss your own work in the area of diversifying your audiences. The content of this session will be guided by you and we will be asking you to share your questions and challenges in advance. AIM members can book for £45 + VAT. Runs 27 September Arts Marketing Association: Audience Diversity

Let’s Get Real 2016 Conference

Can we reinvent our online cultural offer? How can arts and heritage organisations get better at recognising, articulating and generating value from online cultural retail? Let’s Get Real 2016 runs 27 October in Manchester Let’s Get Real 2016 Conference

Traditional Paint Forum: Paint on the Move Conference

This conference will address issues of conserving and preserving historic metalwork, be it industrial or architectural. Runs 30 September, Black Country Living Museum, Birmingham Traditional Paint Forum: Paint on the Move Conference

University Museums Group Annual Conference

There are a small number of tickets left for this year’s UMG conference reviews the benefits, costs and challenges of working together focusing on recent civic and university partnerships and international working. Speakers include the Minister of State for Digital and Culture, The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP and Hedley Swain, Area Director – South East, Arts Council England. 22nd September, University of Reading University Museums Group Annual Conference

NPC Launch Improving Governance, Improving Impact Policy Paper

NPC have launched a policy paper outlining how charity trustees should be more focused on helping organisations adapt and improve by ensuring their organisation has a clear purpose and positive culture – priorities highlighted in the AIM Hallmarks. It also talks about whether more charities should pay trustees. Improving Governance, Improving Impact Policy Paper

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




HLF - Heritage Endowments

Heritage Endowments grants of £250,000, £500,000 or £1million can support your organisation to create or develop an endowment fund that will provide a long-term annual income. Organisations must register online and send a project enquiry form to the HLF by 13 October 2016. HLF - Heritage Endowments

HLF - Heritage Enterprise

The cost of repairing a neglected historic building is often so high that restoration simply isn’t commercially viable. Heritage Enterprise makes such schemes possible by funding some of the repair costs with grants of £100,000 to £5million. First-round applications and all supporting documents by 6 October 2016 for a decision in January 2017 HLF - Heritage Enterprise

The Royal Society – Local Heroes

The Royal Society has launched a new grant scheme offering up to £3k to small accredited museums and other institutions, to celebrate local scientific heroes. Successful schemes will link historical figures to modern science and scientists, highlight the diversity of people who have contributed to science and attract audiences. The deadline for applications is 30 September Local Heroes

Real Ideas Organisation: Challenge Fund 2016-2017 Launches

This year, the Challenge Fund seeks to support cultural education, health and wellbeing in children and young people, and will look for proposals which can demonstrate an evidenced need to support this target group in this area. Organisations wanting to put forward an expression of interest can work in any sector within the Arts Council defined region of the south west, at either strategic or grassroots level, as long as they can demonstrate that their proposal seeks to support high quality arts for children and young people, with a particular emphasis on health and wellbeing. Deadline 18 September Real Ideas Organisation: Challenge Fund 2016-2017



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

Head Of Collections – Black Country Living Museum, West Midlands

Black Country Living Museum is looking to recruit a highly motivated individual to curate and manage our extensive collection of Black Country artefacts and to develop and implement exciting new programmes. With a background in an established museum or heritage environment accessible by the public, you will be instrumental in enhancing and developing our visitor experience as well as maintaining optimum curatorial standards in collections management and care. You’ll also be leading a dedicated and experienced Collections team, including volunteers, so an understanding of managing and motivating teams is a key element of this role. Applications close 23 September Head Of Collections – Black Country Living Museum


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