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AIM E-News Early October 2016 Edition – Number 93

Posted : 13/10/2016 09:04:10



Update On Exhibition Tax Relief – Still Time To Call For All Museums To Benefit

AIM met with HM Treasury and HMRC last week to urge them to open the exhibition tax relief up to all museums, so that the public can benefit from better exhibitions at their local museum, wherever they live in the UK. The current proposals mean only a handful of museums will benefit, with the bulk of the relief claimed going to the nationals in London, whose temporary exhibitions often cost more than new exhibitions for a whole museum in the regions.

There is still time for this relief to be extended to all exhibitions, which would then save all museums 20% of the costs of creating and installing all new exhibitions, whether they are temporary, touring or part of the core visitor-offer for that museum. At a time when funding for new exhibitions is becoming increasingly difficult to find, this could be a vital life-line, enabling museums to ensure their core exhibitions meet the public’s growing expectations and deliver fantastic experiences. It couldn’t be more needed.

We urge all AIM members to email the consultation team at HM Treasury and to copy in AIM to point out the benefits to the people visiting their museum of making all exhibitions eligible, especially if they don’t or can’t do temporary exhibitions, for instance because of not having space for them. Unless they hear from museums across the UK they will not be convinced that this is what the sector wants. Please read full details here: Update On Exhibition Tax Relief

Booking Now: AIM And BDRC Welsh VistorVerdict Forum

Customer feedback is vital for museums and visitor attractions as it enables them to improve the visitor experience, grow audiences and boost income streams. In partnership with BDRC and MALD (Welsh Government), AIM will be hosting a free VistorVerdict Forum in Wrexham on 16 November at Wrexham Museum. This forum is open to all AIM members from across the UK and Welsh Government have provided funding of £150 for the each of the first ten newly signed up Welsh museums that reach one hundred completed AIM VisitorVerdict surveys.

Available in English and Welsh, VisitorVerdict is the UK’s foremost visitor survey and benchmarking service for small and medium sized visitor attractions. This forum will enable Welsh museums, heritage sites and visitor attractions to learn how benchmarked visitor evaluation can be used to strengthen their organisation.

Your museum must be a member of AIM to be eligible and Accredited or registered with the Welsh Government as being eligible to apply for Accreditation. To book a place on this forum and for further details please visit: AIM And BDRC Welsh VistorVerdict Forum

 Calling All Leaders And Enablers! New AIM Hallmarks Learning Programme Opens Soon

The new round of the AIM Hallmarks learning programmes is due to commence soon, with a strong emphasis on equipping participants with practical tools that they can use in their daily work. As in Round One of the programme, participants will benefit from a mix of approaches to encourage them to learn from the broader cultural and charity sector while using the principles of the AIM Hallmarks of Prospering Museums to strengthen the museums they lead or work with. To register your interest now, please email: shanna@aim-museums.co.uk

“Inspiring And Useful”: AIM Hallmarks Governance Sessions For Trustees

As part of the AIM Hallmarks Governance Programme, AIM is hosting several free seminars for heritage Trustees over the coming weeks. These free seminars will build on the introductory regional workshops for trustees held in March and April and will offer greater insight into some of the topics raised at those events which attendees described as “Inspiring and useful.”

Seminar topics include: Engaging Board Meetings, Reviewing Your Board for Succession Planning and Strengthening the Chair/Chief Executive Relationship. Further information about these seminars and biographies of the consultants who are running all sessions can be found on the AIM website: AIM Hallmarks Governance Programme

To book, trustees should contact Shanna Bhambra, shanna@aim-museums.co.uk

Who’s Your History Maker?

The AIM Biffa Award funded ‘History Makers – People who helped to shape our world’ £1 million funding programme is now open for applications. Expressions of interest must be received by 15 October with a closing date of 31 October for applications.

History Makers will fund AIM member museums to create new exhibitions that will inspire the public through the lives and achievements of extraordinary, historical figures who have made a significant impact on the industrial, scientific, commercial or social history of the UK, shaping the world we live in today, so if you would like a grant of up to £75,000 to promote a historical figure, please visit: AIM Biffa Award funded History Makers

How Will The Changes To The Arts Council England Investment Portfolio Benefit The Sector?

Last week, Arts Council England announced budgets for its 2018 to 2022 investment period, alongside sector guidance for applying to its National Portfolio. This follows on from an announcement by Arts Council England in July about changes to the way it will approach its investment from 2018, and for the first time, museums and libraries will be part of the Arts Council’s investment portfolio.

The application portal for the National Portfolio will open on 26 October 2016 so AIM talked to John Orna-Ornstein, Director of Museums and East of England for Arts Council England, to find out more about the changes and what AIM members should be aware of when applying. To find out more please read: How Will The Changes To The Arts Council England Investment Portfolio Benefit The Sector? We Talk To John Orna-Ornstein

Closed For 2016: AIM Training Grants

This year, AIM has awarded over £4,000 to twenty-eight AIM member organisations in Training Grants. It has been our most successful year so far for these grants and some of the training we have helped fund includes conferences such as the AIM National Conference and AMOT conference, photography courses, Museum Galleries Scotland workshops and archive management training.

The AIM Training Grants scheme is now closed for this year but it will reopen on a rolling basis from January 2017. Congratulations to all grant recipients this year and we look forward to funding more worthwhile training in the New Year.

What’s Needed Next? One Month On From The AIM Evaluating The Evidence Report On Admission Charging

One month after AIM launched its new Success Guide –  Successfully Setting Admission Policy and Pricing – and the research behind it (jointly commissioned with Arts Council England and the Welsh Government), we’ve been speaking to AIM’s Vice Chair, Matthew Tanner, about how the research has been received and what next steps are needed to help museums; including further research to support museums to attract more diverse visitors. Please visit: What’s Needed Next? One Month On From The AIM Evaluating The Evidence Report On Admission Charging

AIM is talking to other sector organisations about this proposed research to look at this subject and would like to hear from any museums that have diverse visitor profiles. Please contact tamalie@aim-museums.co.uk 



IoF Launches Practical Guidance For Trustees On Fundraising

The Institute of Fundraising launched practical guidance for Trustees on the topic of Fundraising on 10 October. The guidance includes PDFs, a video and other tools that can help Trustees understand how fundraising should be conducted, to develop fundraising strategies and how they can confidently support fundraisers in their role. Practical Guidance For Trustees On Fundraising

Winner Of The Family Friendly Museum Award 2016 Announced

On 10 October, Kids in Museums announced that the winner of The Family Friendly Museum Award 2016 was York Art Gallery, part of York Museum Trust, a member of AIM. The Family Friendly Museum Award is the biggest museum award in Britain and the only award where families pick the winner. Over 70 nominated museums were whittled down to a shortlist of ten. Full details can be found by visiting: Winner Of The Family Friendly Museum Award 2016 Announced


Review of Museums in England – Closes 31 October

The Museums Review will consider how museums and galleries across England can thrive and become even more inclusive. The Review will look at how the sector operates, the challenges it faces and the role of government-sponsored museums.

To help inform this review, DCMS would welcome your feedback on museums through our online calls for evidence Review of Museums in England – Closes 31 October


ABTEM Autumn Seminar: The Death Of The Machine?

This programme will look at the current status of industrial machinery in UK museums and ask whether the long-term sustainability of machinery collections could or indeed should be ensured. The UK’s remaining industrial collections are faced with significant threats to their survival, and these show little sign of abating. This seminar is free and will run in London on 3 November. For a list of speakers and booking information please visit ABTEM Autumn Seminar: The Death Of The Machine?

Developing A Skilled And Diverse Workforce In The Cultural Sector

A day-long, national conference on workforce development in the cultural sector will be hosted by Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove on Wednesday 30 November 2016. Royal Pavilion & Museums (RPM) has been developing a pioneering Workforce Development Programme since 2012, to build a skilled, engaged and entrepreneurial workforce by enabling frontline staff to work in departments and on projects across the organisation. Using this as a springboard for discussion, it now hosts a conference for colleagues across the sector. The conference costs £50 Developing A Skilled And Diverse Workforce In The Cultural Sector

Money Matters: The Economic Value of Museums

The Network of European Museum Organisations (NEMO) 24th Annual Conference "Money Matters: The Economic Value of Museums" will take place in Karlsruhe, Germany from 10 to 12 November 2016. The conference will explore the wide spectrum of the economic value of museums and for museum professionals and other representatives from the museum and culture sector in Europe the conference fee is 150 Euro/person The Economic Value of Museums




Comic Relief: Tech for Good 2016-17

From October 2016 Comic Relief, with Paul Hamlyn Foundation, is launching another UK Tech for Good funding programme. This will fund 10 digital projects each with up to £46,500, plus £3,500 to enable access to expert support. This programme aims to provide the opportunity for not-for-profit organisations who already have some technological capacity to take their digital innovation projects forward. Full information and criteria: Comic Relief: Tech for Good 2016-17



Marketing & Communications Manager - Sussex

This is an exciting opportunity with the Charleston Trust to continue the excellent communication and marketing work already taking place and to take responsibility for developing some new areas of focus through Charleston’s ongoing operational development and new future activities. Role and Responsibilities include: To coordinate external communications and marketing across all areas of Charleston’s activities, in line with the Charleston brand. Areas of activity include but are not limited to Charleston’s public programme of activities, Friends and Omega memberships, May Festival, Small Wonder Short Story Festival, café, shop, venue hire, filming and photo-shoots, House, Garden and visitors and the Centenary Project capital development. Applications close: 12 noon on Tuesday 18th October 2016 Marketing & Communications Manager - Sussex

External Evaluator At The Coffin Works – Birmingham

An External Evaluator is sought to review the Coffin Works’ project activity against HLF Stage 2 application and the intended outputs and write an evaluation report for submission to BCT’s Board of Trustees and the Heritage Lottery Fund (Midlands). Applications close 21 October External Evaluator At The Coffin Works – Birmingham

Audience Development Consultant (contract) - Sussex

The Charleston Trust is seeking a consultant to work with them to create a five-year Audience Development Strategy for Charleston. The Audience Development Strategy will address all of Charleston’s activities; the house, shop, café, exhibitions, festivals, learning and engagement programmes, marketing and visitor services and will provide the whole organisation with clear and achievable targets and outcomes for engaging and developing the specified audiences. Applications for expressions of interest is by 12noon on Wednesday 26 October 2016 Audience Development Consultant (contract)

Project Manager at The Hub UK - West Midlands

The Hub is an award-winning specialist fit-out contractor to the heritage, arts and culture sector. We are looking to enhance and grow our core team of Project Managers to carry out projects throughout the United Kingdom, Europe and the Middle East. Based at our offices in the West Midlands, you will be client facing and responsible for the management, coordination, manufacture and installation of projects for both national and independent organisations. The Hub is an equal opportunities employer. Please contact Sophie Parkinson at: sophie.parkinson@thehublimited.co.uk further information about The Hub to help inform your application can be found at: The Hub UK Ltd Applications close: 31 October.


AIM Member Trustee Vacancies

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