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AIM E-News – Late April Edition – Number 83

Posted : 28/04/2016 10:22:29


Association of Independent Museums

AIM E-News – Late April Edition – Number 83



Selling Fast: AIM National Conference Tickets

The Early Bird offer for AIM National Conference 2016 tickets is now closed and the remainder are selling by the day, so if you are planning on attending conference in Edinburgh from 23 – 25 June, we strongly advise you to book soon. Conference this year is sponsored by Artelia and AIM training grants are available to allow members to attend. The deadline for applications for these grants is Friday 13 May at 5pm. There are also other ways that you can benefit; please visit the AIM blog to see what other support is available. We are also pleased to announce that all exhibition spaces are now fully booked and you can see who will be attending the trade show here.

Keep Your Trustees Updated: New AIM Governance Newsletter

The recent AIM Sessions for Heritage Trustees that were funded by Arts Council England and sponsored by Development Partners proved popular, with excellent feedback from attendees. If you would like to stay informed about governance topics and other upcoming events and opportunities taking place via the AIM Hallmarks Governance Programme please sign up for the new AIM Trustee Newsletter which will be emailed in early May here: AIM Trustee Newsletter.

Museums + Heritage Awards 2016 And Show Update

To celebrate the work of volunteers across the heritage sector, AIM partnered with the Museums + Heritage Awards in late 2015 to launch a brand new category at this year’s awards – the  Volunteers of the Year Award. The awards ceremony will take place on the evening of the 18 May as part of the scheduled events during the ever popular Museums + Heritage Show and nearly one hundred entries were received for this Award, making it by far the most popular and therefore competitive category at this year’s Awards. AIM will be attending the M+H Show where we will be exhibiting, running ‘Ask the Expert’ sessions, plus Tamalie Newbery will be giving a talk. Please visit the AIM Blog for further details and pop along to our stand to say hello or if you need any support during the show at Olympia 18/19 May.

AIM Museum Leaders And Enablers Programmes Get Underway!

The first sessions of the AIM Hallmarks learning programmes have just taken place in Birmingham with museum Leaders from across the UK attending and the Enablers programme will launch on 9/10 May. Both programmes will help participants to use the principles of the AIM Hallmarks of Prospering Museums to strengthen the museums that they lead or work with. “What I am most looking forward to being in an environment where experienced facilitators, AIM staff, and other participants are all focused on developing skills to support organisational development,” said Elaine Sansom, the Museum Development Officer for Surrey, East & West Sussex, who is taking part in the Enablers Programme. “It is a real privilege to have this opportunity for intense and applied thinking with such experienced people!” The programmes have been supported by Arts Council England with additional funding support from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and AIM. We would like to congratulate all successful candidates taking part in both programmes.

Make The Most Of The AIM Energy Action Group

If you are determined to save your museum money, now is the ideal time to join the AIM Energy Action Group. 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. For 2016, the AIM Energy Action Group approached eight different leading suppliers with the combined buying power of the basket. Best rates were provided by Dong Energy and SSE with Dong better for some supplies and SSE better for others. Both suppliers offer unrestricted fixed price contracts, avoiding some of the ‘take or pay’ minimums that some suppliers include. For further information, please click here: AIM Energy Action Group.

Autism In Museums: A Time Of Change

You may have noticed a lot about autism in the news at the moment, World Autism Awareness Week (2-8th April) took place and the BBC have been running with an autism season of programmes. “The A-Word”, which has shown how diagnosis and autism can impact a family, and “Employable Me”, showing the reality of employment prospects for people with autism. Claire Madge has recently written a brilliant AIM guest blog about autism in museums, complete with useful links which is well worth a read: Autism in Museums: A Time Of Change.

Biffa Award And AIM Support The Brunel Museum With New Underground Venue

AIM member, The Brunel Museum, have now made The Grand Entrance Hall (or ‘sinking’) shaft of the historic Thames Tunnel publically accessible. Thanks to a National Heritage Landmarks Partnership Scheme grant from Biffa Award and AIM (as well as generous donations from London Borough of Southwark and operational support from Transport for London), a freestanding, cantilevered staircase has been completed, designed by architects Tate Harmer. The launch garnered a lot of mainstream press coverage and helped to highlight the positive impact that Biffa Award is making. Other AIM members have Biffa Award funded project launches this year and you can also download a set of promotional guidelines to help your launch go smoothly here: Biffa Award And AIM  



Money Matters Symposium: Museums Galleries Scotland

This one-day symposium will provide participants with the opportunity to hear from speakers and to take part in workshops to explore the range of opportunities and resources that are available to support their journey towards financial sustainability. Runs 25 May in Edinburgh with tickets costing from £25 for the Scottish sector Money Matters Symposium: Museums Galleries Scotland

MCG Spring Workshop 2016 – ‘Life Support: Living With Digital Projects’

The Museums Computer Group are holding their Spring Event 'Life Support: living with digital projects' at the Hospitium in York on Friday 6 May. Learn from experts, including digital strategist Charlotte Sexton, how museums can successfully develop digital projects to be sustainable in the long term, and integrate digital successfully into everyday work. MCG Spring workshop 2016

Museums At Night Returns

The Museums at Night festival will run from 11-14 May, and hundreds of independent museums are taking part. You can find events to visit here: Museums At Night.  If your organisation would like to be part of the excitement, the festival will return from 27-29 October.

View From The Top: Wellcome Collection – Association For Cultural Enterprises

ACE's annual one-day conference where leading senior managers from the sector share their experience of the previous year's trading and look forward to plans across the coming year takes place 24 May in London. Speakers this year include Wayne Hemingway, Bernard Donoghue, Tim Reeve, Roderick Buchanan and Andrew Lovett. Further information and booking View From the Top

Let's Get Real 2016 Conference

How can arts and heritage organisations get better at recognising, articulating and generating value from online cultural retail? The Let's Get Real 2016 conference will examine this topic and it takes place this year 27th October in Manchester. Super early bird tickets are now on sale Let's Get Real 2016.

Children’s Art Week 2016 Builds On Success Of 2015 Campaign

engage, the National Association for Gallery Education, has announced that after the success of last year’s event, Children’s Art Week will return in 2016, from Saturday 11 to Sunday 19 June. Venues across the UK are urged to sign up and participate in this growing campaign to encourage children’s creativity Children’s Art Week 2016

West Dean College Launches New MA In Collections Care and Conservation

This new part-time course (awarded by the University of Sussex) offers theoretical and practical knowledge necessary for a lead role in collections care and management. It’s aimed at conservators and curators with collections care responsibilities, as well as graduates from conservation or other museum related disciplines You can find out more here: New MA In Collections Care and Conservation

SWFed Conference & AGM 2016

The SWFed Conference & AGM takes place this year at the University of Exeter and runs 6 – 7 July. The theme this year is ‘Visitor Experience’ and both SWFed members and non-members are welcome to attend this event. Early bird tickets are on sale now priced from £45 and Viscountess Cobham CBE, Chairman of VisitEngland will give the keynote speech Click here for ticket booking.

A Celebration of Caribbean Culture

A two-day celebration of Caribbean Culture including an award-winning film and a unique exhibition sharing ‘stories in a suitcase’ will take place 21 - 22 May in Brixton London. Organised by the SKN Heritage Museum, the event is dedicated to celebrating Caribbean history, heritage and culture in original and unusual ways. Tickets are free and more information about the project can be found here A Celebration of Caribbean Culture



Museum Manager – Heath Robinson Museum in Pinner, NW London

The new Heath Robinson Museum in Pinner, NW London, seeks a Manager to provide Maternity Cover from June 2016. The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded £1.3m to build the Museum, currently under construction in Pinner Memorial Park. You will need solid museum management experience so that you can work with the Manager, Sophie Smith, to oversee the fit-out, bring this Museum into operation and ensure the highest standards of customer care to all our visitors. Salary £21,000 pa 24 hours pw, closing date for applications 29 April. Informal discussions are welcome: please email sophie@heathrobinsonmuseum.org. Further information: Museum Manager


Museum Director – The Cider Museum, Hereford

The Cider Museum is looking for an experienced and dynamic Museum Director to help develop and push forwards a ‘2020 vision’ for this Museum. Located in the historic home of international cider, Hereford, the Museum is housed in the original factory of H P Bulmer. he Museum Trustees are looking for a Director able to manage the day to day running of the accredited Museum; and also has the drive, enthusiasm, commitment and skills to develop the museum’s visitor offering and experience. They will have experience of ‘developing technologies’, building new partnerships and securing the ever important funding. Closing date for applications 5 May Museum Director – The Cider Museum


Museum Director - The Museum of East Anglian Life, Suffolk

The Museum of East Anglian Life in Suffolk is looking for a new Director to lead their award-winning independent museum into its next phase of development. Candidates will bring substantial management experience gained through work in relevant settings including cultural heritage, tourism, charity or social enterprises.  They are looking for inspiring, entrepreneurial candidates who will make a real impact on the future sustainability of the museum. Applications close 16 May and more information is available here: Museum Director - The Museum of East Anglian Life, Suffolk


AIM Member Trustee Vacancies

For the April Trustee vacancies from AIM members please click here: 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



The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) Project Development Grants

The AHF can provide grants, subject to eligibility, to help with assessing the viability of a project, or to fund development costs. Applications for grants of less than £5,000 can be made at any time. For Project Development Grants of £5,000 and over, the next deadline is 11 May The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF)

The Costume Society: Elizabeth Hammond Award

The Costume Society would like to announce that the deadline for applications for the Costume Society Elizabeth Hammond Conservation Award of up to £10,000 for 2016 has been extended until 30th May 2016 The Costume Society: Elizabeth Hammond Award


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