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AIM E-News Early June Edition – Number 86

Posted : 15/06/2016 10:44:52


Association of Independent Museums

AIM E-News Early June Edition – Number 86



AIM National Conference 2016 Update

If you are coming to AIM National Conference in Edinburgh next week, the official delegate handbook with all information about conference is now available to view or download from our website. The handbook will also be available during conference in hard copy format, but if you would like to see the schedule, speakers, timings and useful travel information now, you can see it here: AIM Conference Speakers, Events & Delegate Handbook

For an easy ‘at a glance’ list of all key conference timings please click here: AIM National Conference 2016: Key Times

There are still a couple of tickets left for both days of conference, and full booking details can be found here:  AIM Conference Booking

Don’t forget that we are taking entries for our fun ‘Three Minute Museum Fizzers’ strand on the final day of conference. Tell us all about a project at your museum that you are really proud of or that has made a positive difference to how you work, and you could win a bottle of bubbly! This strand is open to delegates at AIM National Conference only so that we can hear your story and decide the winner during conference. For more information, please email: sassy@aim-museums.co.uk

Museums Galleries Scotland are also offering free, bookable, desk space and meeting rooms for AIM National Conference delegates on the 23 and 24 June within the Museums Galleries Scotland offices at Waverley Gate. The office is located next to Waverley Station, so if you would like to book, please contact 0131 550 4120.

We would love to see all your tweets ahead of conference (and during), so don’t forget to tweet us your conference updates using the hashtag #2016AIM at @Aimuseums

The whole team at AIM looks forward to meeting you in Edinburgh, please travel safely and contact us if you have any questions.

Upcoming AIM Seminars For Heritage Trustees

As part of the AIM Hallmarks Governance Programme, AIM is launching a new series of in-depth seminars for trustees of museums, galleries and heritage organisations. These seminars build on the introductory regional workshops for trustees held in March and April and offer greater insight into some of the topics raised by attendees at those events. Topics covered include Engaging Board Meetings, Strengthening The Chair/Chief Executive Relationship and Reviewing Your Board For Succession Planning. The seminars are free and open to Trustees from AIM member organisations across the Heritage sector in England. More information: AIM Seminars For Heritage Trustees

Newsletter For Heritage Trustees

AIM has just published the first newsletter created especially for Heritage Trustees. If you would like to receive a copy, please email: shanna@aim-museums.co.uk.

To receive all future editions, please sign up using this link: AIM Heritage Trustee Newsletter Sign Up. 

Accountancy Helpline For AIM Members

Mazars provide an accountancy helpline for AIM members. They can give guidance on general accounting, tax or charity matters, and point enquirers to relevant supporting documentation or advice. Further information: Accountancy Helpline For AIM Members 

AIM Is Seeking A Freelance Project Manager

AIM will shortly be announcing a new funding programme and is seeking a freelance project manager to support the programme from July 2016 to April 2018. It will involve approximately 15-18 days work over two years. The contract is likely to be extended to 2020 with a corresponding increase in days.

We are looking for someone with a strong knowledge of the museum and heritage sector, experience of developing and managing projects and who is skilled in working supportively with a wide-range of types and sizes of organisation. If you are interested in finding out more about this role, please email tamalie@aim-museums.co.uk for more information. Closing date for proposals Tuesday 28th June 2016. 



Small Charity Week Runs Until 18 June

Small Charity Week celebrates and raises awareness of the essential work of the UK’s small charity sector who make an invaluable contribution to the lives of millions of individuals, communities and causes across the UK and the rest of the world. For daily events and themes, please visit: Small Charity Week

Applications Open: The Marsh Volunteers for Museum Learning Award 2016

The British Museum and The Marsh Christian Trust have announced that applications are now open for this year’s Volunteers for Museum Learning Award. There will be twelve regional winners, each of whom will receive a £500 cash prize. Additionally, an overall national winner will receive a further £2,000. Details on how to apply and deadlines: The Marsh Volunteers for Museum Learning Award 2016

Unlocking the UK's Sound Heritage: Summary of Knowledge and Practice 

A survey on behalf of the British Library and its Save our Sounds programme is now open for responses. The aim of this survey is to gather summary information from the wider heritage profession about existing practice and knowledge regarding preserving historic sound recordings. The short survey can be found here: Unlocking the UK's Sound Heritage

Gender Generosity Gap Highlighted In New Report

British men are failing to close the gender generosity gap as they continue to lag behind women in volunteering, donating and sponsoring, new research by the Charities Aid Foundation shows. Half of British men do nothing for charity shows annual UK Giving Report

Let’s Get Real 5: What’s the brand?

Culture24 is looking for 25-30 bold UK arts or heritage organisations to join them for their next collaborative action research project Let’s Get Real 5, running from July 2016 to February 2017, which will help cultural organisation’s to build their brand digitally. Further information and how to apply: Let’s Get Real 5: What’s the brand?



Suffolk Museum Development and Partnership Manager

An enthusiastic person is needed to develop and manage projects that maximise opportunities for developing services with Suffolk museums. You will need good all-round knowledge of museum collections, education and access issues and to be positive about working with a wide range of museums, including those operated entirely by volunteers. You will have excellent communication and organisational skills and be able to act as an effective advocate for museums in a variety of situations. Qualifications and experience in museums and a record in project management is essential. Applications close: 20 June 2016 Suffolk Museum Development and Partnership Manager

Marketing Officer: Culture Perth and Kinross

Culture Perth and Kinross is a new, dynamic trust taking responsibility for the delivery and development of museum, gallery, archive and library services in Perth & Kinross. The organisation has big aspirations and is looking for a marketing professional who can help realise them. If you think you could help shape the strategy as well as deliver top quality, targeted and measurable marketing and communications activity that will connect with new and existing audiences, then this could be the post for you. Applications close: 26 June 2016 Marketing Officer: Culture Perth and Kinross

Curator of Fine Art: The Royal Air Force Museum 

The Fine Art Curator will develop and manage the Museum’s Fine Art Collection, so as to ensure its accessibility to a wide range of audiences alongside its preservation and conservation supporting the Museum’s mission, vision and values. They will build strong relationships with external stakeholders and partners while working closely with internal departments. A degree-level qualification is an essential requirement for this post, combined with demonstrable experience of working with Fine Art collections in a museum or heritage setting. Applications close: 26 June 2016 Curator of Fine Art: The Royal Air Force Museum 

Head Of Marketing: Compton Verney

In order to capitalise on exciting programme of events coming up, Compton Verney is looking to appoint a new Head of Marketing to be based on-site in Warwickshire who will take a key role in driving awareness, increasing visitor numbers and net profitability. This is a truly exciting opportunity for a skilled and experienced marketing leader to take a prominent role in the next phase of Compton Verney’s growth and development. Compton Verney needs a strong, dynamic and strategic Head of Marketing to be a driving force for change. Applications close: 9am on 1 July 2016 Head Of Marketing: Compton Verney

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 AIM Member Trustee Vacancies


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There are over 1,200 independent museums in the UK

They attract 9 million visitors a year

They provide nearly 6,000 jobs supported by 100,000 volunteers

The sector is worth up to £930 million to the economy




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