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AIM E-News Early July Edition 2016 – Number 88

Posted : 12/07/2016 14:23:31

AIM E-News Early July Edition 2016 – Number 88



AIM Launches Further Support For Museums In Wales

The Welsh Government has awarded AIM £70,000 to enable Welsh museums to participate in AIM’s successful Hallmarks of Prospering Museums programme including £45,000 of new grants available for Welsh museums and  AIM’s Visitor Verdict research and benchmarking scheme. The grant also includes funding for a research project on the impacts of charging for admission in museums, already underway.

On Thursday 8 September, AIM is holding two free events in Cardiff at The Glamorgan County Cricket Club to launch two important initiatives. AIM members are welcome to attend either or both events and enjoy lunch with additional networking opportunities. Further details of both events in the next edition of the AIM E News:

UK Launch Of Research Into The Impact On Museums Of Charging For Admission (morning session)

With an introduction by Dr Matthew Tanner, presentation by Dr Stephen Connolly (DC Research) and case studies from Welsh and English museums, this morning event in Cardiff on 8 September will launch the official report containing vital research into the impact of charging for admissions on museums and heritage sites, including results from the recent admissions survey. Attendees will receive copies of the summarised report before enjoying a buffet lunch. Delegates from across the UK are welcome to attend and booking can be secured by emailing: shanna@aim-museums.co.uk

AIM Hallmarks In Wales Launch (afternoon session)

Attendees are invited to lunch followed by an afternoon session in Cardiff on 8 September, where the different aspects of the AIM Hallmarks of Prospering Museums will be highlighted. Thanks to funding from Welsh Government, AIM members in Wales are now eligible to apply for grants via the AIM Hallmarks Awards.

Grants will be available in sums of between £5,000 and £15,000, and we anticipate that the average award will be £10,000. This afternoon session will include talks and case studies from Emmie Kell, CEO of Cornwall Museums Partnership and other guest speakers to be confirmed.

The next round of the Hallmarks Awards will open on 21 July and close on 7 October and is now open to all accredited museum members of AIM in England and Wales. Please check the AIM Hallmarks Awards website page for updated application forms to be published on 21 July and on all AIM social media. To book, please email: shanna@aim-museums.co.uk

New £1million History Makers Fund Opens Soon

Applications for the new AIM Biffa Award ‘History Makers’ fund will be opening soon. The fund will support museums to create new exhibitions that will inspire the public through the lives and achievements of extraordinary, historical figures and is a partnership between Biffa Award and AIM. Grants of up to £75,000 will be available for museums that are eligible to apply and full details about the fund will be released across all of AIM’s digital platforms. Please keep checking the AIM Blog or AIM Twitter for launch information.

 A Lot To Celebrate: AIM Biffa Award Investing In Heritage

AIM will be running a seminar in London on 4 October at the London Transport Museum to show-case projects and share insights on interpretation approaches and project management, from some of the key projects supported through the AIM Biffa Award National Heritage Landmarks Partnership Scheme. It will also be an opportunity to find out more about the new £1m funding partnership with Biffa Award - History Makers - a 3 year grant programme for museums and heritage sites.

Guest speakers include Gillian French (Biffa Award), Bill Ferris (Chatham Historic Dockyard) and Sarah Macleod (Cromford Mills). This is a free event with lunch included. Further information will be available in the coming weeks via the AIM E News, Blog and Twitter, but to book your place now, please email: helenf@aim-museums.co.uk

AIM Members Are Fizzing With Innovation

To discover what inspiring projects AIM members are running at their own organisations, we introduced a new strand at AIM conference this year called ‘Three Minute Museum Fizzers’. Museums and those working in the UK heritage sector were invited to take part and tell the conference audience all about an entrepreneurial project or idea that has impacted positively on their organisation, local community or other stakeholders – all in just three minutes. To see the list of entries and to discover who won, please visit AIM Members Are Fizzing With Innovation



The Heritage Alliance Appoints New Chief Executive

The Heritage Alliance has announced that Lizzie Glithero-West is to be its new Chief Executive. Lizzie replaces Kate Pugh OBE who steps down in September after 13 years in the role.

Welsh Funding Boost Enables Culture And Heritage Programme To Expand

Welsh Government Economy Cabinet Secretary, Ken Skates has announced £125,000 to expand a culture and heritage programme which offers learning and development opportunities in Wales where they are needed most. Culture And Heritage Programme To Expand

Historic England Launches Heritage Action Zone Initiative

Historic England are seeking historic places that have the potential to become focal points for sustainable economic development and community life. Working with local partners, they will focus their help and resources on these places to bring them to life. Heritage Action Zone Initiative

The Research and Education Space

The Research and Education Space (RES) is a new partnership initiative between the BBC, Learning on Screen and Jisc which aims to make it easier for teachers, students and academics to discover and use material held in the public collections of broadcasters, museums, galleries, libraries and publishers. Full information: Research and Education Space

The Costume Society Announces Award Winner

Clydebank Museum and Art Gallery have been announced as the winners of the inaugural Elizabeth Hammond Award from The Costume Society. The museum will now receive £9560 towards the conservation of garments and textiles as part of a forthcoming exhibition. The Costume Society will be releasing details of the 2017 award later this year via their website.

Masterclass: Finance for Retailers: Edinburgh

This Masterclass from the Associations for Cultural Enterprises, will look at the Key Performance Indicators that are used to run a profitable shop and explores ways to improve both sales and profits. Runs 9 August Finance for Retailers

Barcamp Non-Profits

People working in not for profit arts, culture and educational organisations who are interested in technology to support good causes are invited to the free Barcamp Non-Profits event on 12 August at the Google offices. Barcamp Non-Profits

Call for Applications: European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage and Europa Nostra Awards 2017

The European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards recognise outstanding heritage achievements in Europe by architects, heritage experts or craftsmen, teachers, volunteers or even schools. Applications close 1 October Europa Nostra Awards



RAF Museum: Spitfire Experience Operator/Retail Assistant - London

To mark the centenary of the RAF in 2018 the Museum’s London site will be transformed through investment in new exhibitions, improved education and volunteering opportunities, and landscaping that will emphasise the site’s importance as a heritage airfield. We have two vacancies for a part-time Spitfire Experience Operator /Retail Assistant at our London site.

You will be primarily responsible for running the day-to-day operation of the Museum’s Spitfire experience which will include actively promoting, selling and running the Museum’s sit in a spitfire experience, which is a rare opportunity to guide visitors through their chance to sit in a genuine WW2 spitfire. Other duties also include operating simulators, the 4D theatre and general retail duties in the Museum shop, as and when required. Closing date for applications 24 July Spitfire Experience Operator/Retail Assistant

AIM Member Trustee Vacancies

Don’t forget that you can advertise your Trustee vacancies with AIM. Upload any details to the AIM Trustee Portal and we will share them across our social media, website and blog. You can see the list of current vacancies here July Trustee Vacancies At AIM Member Organisations

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Cultural Protection Fund: 2016 – 2020

The British Council in partnership with the Department for Culture Media and Sport, the British Council have announced that the Cultural Protection Fund is now open for its initial round of funding. The new £30 million fund is designed to help create opportunities for economic and social development through the fostering, safeguarding and promotion of cultural heritage in conflict-affected regions overseas. Eligibility and how to apply: Cultural Protection Fund

HLF Start Up Grants

HLF Start-up Grants can help in the early stages of planning your activities. If your group isn't formally constituted yet, the funding can help you put in place the governance structure that's right for you. Applications close 27 July with a new Resilient Heritage programme opening on 28 July HLF Start Up Grants

Inspiring Science Fund

In August 2016 a new £30 million capital scheme to support science centres across the UK will open. The Inspiring Science Fund is co-funded by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) and the Wellcome Trust. Organisations will be able to request from £150,000 to £3 million. The first preliminary application deadline will be in October 2016. Please check the website for eligibility and application guidelines Inspiring Science Fund


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