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AIM E-News Late November 2016 Edition – Number 96

Posted : 30/11/2016 12:12:05


Association of Independent Museums

AIM E-News Late November 2016 Edition – Number 96




Autumn Statement Brings Good News For Sector

We were delighted by the announcement in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement last week that the new museums and galleries tax relief will be expanded to include permanent exhibitions. The new tax relief, which starts in April 2017, was originally only intended to be available for temporary and touring exhibitions. However, AIM initiated a campaign to include permanent exhibitions in the relief, arguing that most museums would not have been able to benefit from a scheme limited to temporary and touring exhibitions.

The rates of relief will be set at 20% for non-touring exhibitions and 25% for touring exhibitions. The relief will be capped at £500,000 of qualifying expenditure per exhibition, meaning that museums will be able to claim up to a maximum of £80,000 of relief for a non-touring exhibition or £100,000 if it is toured (as with all the creative sector tax reliefs, relief is available on a maximum of 80% of qualifying expenditure).

The relief will be available from 1 April 2017 and will initially expire in 2022, although there will be scope for its extension.

The campaign was given strong support by colleagues across the museum sector and we know that its success is down to the fact that the sector presented such a strong and united argument. AIM is very grateful to everyone in museums and support organisations who supported the campaign, writing to their MPs and responding to the consultation Autumn Statement Brings Good News For Sector

Increase Your Knowledge And Skills In 2017 With AIM

If you are looking to increase your professional knowledge and skills to enable you and the museums you that you lead or support to flourish in 2017, then make sure you apply for the AIM Hallmarks Leaders and Enablers Programme which is now open for applications.

You might be a Museum Director who wants to build a network of peers facing similar challenges or to share ideas, or perhaps you are a Museum Development Officer or Consultant looking to extend your range of tools to resolve dilemmas and address complex issues. Whatever your role, the range of practical tools, ongoing support and new networks will inspire you with new ideas and enhance your confidence.

There are 12 places on each of the programmes for people working in or for museums in England, supported by Arts Council England. There are 2 places for museum leaders working in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, supported by AIM. If you work in a museum development role in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland and are interested in the Enablers programme, please contact us to discuss the possibility of a self-funded place.

Round 2 of the AIM Hallmarks Leaders and Enablers Programme is now open for applications with a closing date of 9 January 2016 and further information including the benefits of participating, scheduled dates for the residential and costs and eligibility are available to download here: AIM Hallmarks Leaders and Enablers Programme

Save Your Museum Money This Winter With The AIM Energy Action Group

If you are keen to save your museum or heritage site money, then the free to join AIM Energy Action Group is a great place to start. Run in partnership with DTA Wales, the group can advise you on the best energy supplier, the correct tariff for your organisation and can add you to the AIM energy bulk buying basket to ensure you get the best deals on your energy costs.

UK gas prices are directly linked to the cost of oil and with nearly half of the electricity produced in the UK generated by gas, now is a good time to lock in energy contracts for the longer term. Overall, prices have risen by at least 10% since last March when we launched the very successful AIM Energy Action Group 2016 Basket so make sure you secure the best pricing while you can. Save Your Museum Money This Winter

AIM Sustainability Grants

The AIM Sustainability Grant Scheme, supported through the generosity of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, are intended to help medium and smaller sized members improve their medium and long term sustainability. To be eligible museums must have an annual turnover of less than £300,000 or less than 50,000 visitors a year.

Funding is aimed at projects that: explore increased and/or diversified income streams and/or develop organisational resilience. The next closing date for applications is 15 January 2017 AIM Sustainability Grants

Nominations Are Open! Museums + Heritage Awards 2017

The Museums + Heritage Awards 2017 are now open for entry. Now in their 15th year these prestigious awards give all organisations, regardless of size and budget, the chance to be recognised and to be celebrated for the quality of their work.

Back for its second year is the free to enter Volunteer(s) of the Year Award in partnership with AIM and sponsored by BDRC Continental. This award is a fantastic opportunity to give your volunteers the recognition they deserve and has a very simple and free entry process.

Deadline for entries is 1st February 2017 and once the deadline has passed the hundreds of entries will be whittled down to a shortlist by the esteemed panel of judges made up of seven sector leading lights.

AIM’s Biggest Survey Response Ever

Thank you to the AIM members and non-members that recently took the time to complete our 2016 survey. We received hundreds of responses and the results from the survey will be shared in the February AIM Bulletin and on the AIM blog.



My Primary School Is At The Museum

Nursey and primary school pupils have been learning alongside ancient artefacts and innovative artwork as part of a series of projects to investigate the benefits of co-locating schools in museums. The projects, run by King’s College London, have found that the children became more enthusiastic about their learning and that museums gained a higher profile in their local communities: My Primary School Is At The Museum

Items For Loan From Coventry Transport Museum

As part of a collections review Coventry Transport Museum have identified reserve items that could be offered to other museums on loan. Potential borrowers need to be aware that the item must go on public display and loans must be for a minimum period of 2 years up to maximum of 5 years. The vehicles available include: Austin, Daimler, Hillman, Humber, Jaguar Morris, Riley Rover and Triumph cars and commercial vehicles. Please visit the ABTEM blog for further information: Items For Loan From Coventry Transport Museum

Museums And Galleries Encouraged To Mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2017

Looking ahead to Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) 2017 on 27 January, Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT) has produced free guides and resources to help museums and galleries organise events and activities. Over 5,590 local activities took place to mark HMD 2016. HMDT hopes to build on this by supporting more museums and galleries to get involved and mark HMD 2017. For more information about how your museum or gallery can get involved with Holocaust Memorial Day 2017, please visit: Museums And Galleries Encouraged To Mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2017

Arts Council England Live Stream: Power Through Diversity

On Monday 12 December Arts Council England, will be streaming live from their 'Power Through Diversity’ one-day conference in Manchester. The conference aims to provoke debate, inspire change and celebrate good practice around diversity in the sector. You can watch all the speakers and discussion from the comfort of your desk. The live stream will be available from 11am-5pm on 12 December Arts Council England Live Stream: Power Through Diversity

SHARE Museums East: Increasing Diversity In The Museum Workforce Conference

A number of recent reports such as Character Matters and Valuing Diversity have highlighted the need for museums and heritage organisations to do more to promote and develop diversity by increasing opportunities for people from protected characteristic groups and removing barriers to participation and engagement. In response to this Norfolk Museums Service is hosting this one-day conference in Norwich on 12 December : Increasing Diversity In The Museum Workforce Conference

Important Survey For Welsh Museums

Museums, Archives and Libraries Division of the Welsh Government has launched its latest survey of museums in Wales. ‘Spotlite’ on Museums is a comprehensive survey of Wales' museums that was first undertaken in 2006 with follow up surveys in 2011 and 2015. This year they are undertaking a simplified 'Spotlite' survey to collect key statistical data to provide an up-to-date picture of the museum sector in Wales. The data gathered through the survey will be used to inform the next Welsh Government Museum Strategy for Wales. Spotlite’ on Museums

Museums Galleries Scotland: Retail Finance

Retail numbers - the nuts and bolts of the information you need to make sure your retail business is profitable for your organisation. Join John Prescott from the Association for Cultural Enterprises to find out about the stuff you need to know, and how to plan to develop your business. Runs 31 January 2017 in Edinburgh  Museums Galleries Scotland: Retail Finance

Forging Ahead: Understanding The Iron Industry- AIA Practical Day

The focus of this Association for Industrial Archaeology Practical Day will be the iron industry. This one-day workshop will look to provide introductory practical training and a broad understanding of the processes used and the buildings utilised in the historic iron industry. The workshop will be led by Richard Hayman, an archaeologist and historian who is an expert on the historic iron industry, with assistance from local and not so local AIA members. Booking is now open for the event which will run 8 April 2017 in Coalbrookdale Forging Ahead


Funding And Finance

Co-op Local Community Fund

Small, locally based voluntary and community groups including registered charities, small charities registered with the HMRC for tax, CASCs, churches that are ‘excepted’ charities, scout and guide groups can apply for grants to support projects which benefit the local communities around Co-op food stores and funeral homes. No minimum or maximum amount of funding is specified, but in the past, applicants have received grants of up to £2,500. Applications close 16 December Co-op Local Community Fund

GALAXY Hot Chocolate Fund

Galaxy are looking to help small, local community projects and groups through the GALAXY Hot Chocolate Fund. From November 7th 2016 until February 26th 2017, we are seeking to award a total of seventy, £300 donations to help community groups and people across UK and Ireland. Five donations will be awarded each week, four by our panel of judges and one through the People’s Choice award to the organisation with the most weekly votes.  GALAXY Hot Chocolate Fund 



Visitor Hosts - The Charterhouse, London

We are looking for pro-active and customer-focused individuals to join our front of house team. Our new museum will open to the public in late January 2017 and we are seeking to appoint three Visitor Hosts to deliver first class customer service, selling merchandise, marketing our tour offer, and engaging the public in our fascinating history and diverse collection. There are both full-time and part-time roles available. Applications close 7 December Visitor Hosts - The Charterhouse

Chief Executive – Coldharbour Mill Museum, Devon

Coldharbour Mill Trust Ltd seeks a talented and energetic Chief Executive to lead the organisation through a period of growth and development. Based in Mid Devon, this small independent charity works hard to preserve a site of great historic and architectural value, and actively engage the public with the heritage of the woollen industry. The successful applicant will have proven senior management experience and leadership skills within the heritage and charity sector, commercial awareness and a track record in business management. You will be accountable to the Board of Trustees for the charity's performance and delivery of its strategic objectives. This is a part-time position in the first instance – 2 days per week, salary pro rata of up to £35k p.a. depending on experience. Closing date for applications: 9 December. For more information: Chief Executive – Coldharbour Mill Museum

Curatorial Assistant – Grampian Transport Museum, Aberdeenshire

GTM is embarking on a new Development Plan (2016-20), the first two years of which are concerned with the raising of operating standards following completion of a capital development programme. The postholder will be instrumental in reviewing and updating existing operational policies and procedures and integrating them more effectively into the routine management of the museum.  Appropriate curatorial experience and qualifications will be required. This is to be a fixed term employment of six months commencing early 2017. Salary £20,000 per annum. Please email info@gtm.org.uk for further details and job specification. Applications to: Curator, GTM, Alford, Aberdeenshire AB33 8AE. Closing date Wednesday 14 December 2016   Curatorial Assistant

Museum Manager/Curator - Gordon Russell Design Museum, Worcestershire

The Trustees of the Gordon Russell Design Museum wish to appoint a Museum Manager/Curator to lead the development of this exemplary museum which celebrates the work of one Britain’s most respected and influential mid-century furniture designers.  We are looking for a professionally-qualified museum manager/curator with relevant experience, able to oversee and manage all aspects of the museum and to realise its potential both as a visitor destination and an inspiration to designers, craftsmen and artists.  This is an exceptional opportunity to open up to wider audiences a wonderful museum in one of England’s most beautiful villages. Applications close 7 January 2017 hMuseum Manager/Curator - Gordon Russell Design Museum



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