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Communication, Information and Advice
National Tramway Museum, Crich, Derbyshire
is a bi-monthly magazine free to members which ensures they keep up to date with a wide range of matters of interest to them. It includes news and comment, summaries of Government and other major initiatives, AIM submissions on members’ behalf and features on members and their achievements. It also includes a strong Advertising section
, including the AIM Directory of products and services , which is linked in to the Suppliers Directory
on this website. AIM FOCUS papers
offer practical, concisely-written guidance on a wide variety of subjects of interest to independent museums, keeping staff, trustees and volunteers up to date with the latest information on management. They are free of charge and easily downloadable from this website. AIM Website. You are here! Check out the website for AIM’s services and activities, including the monthly E-News, Bulletin Latest
and grant information
GrantsAIM operates four easily-accessible grant schemes to help members with sustainability, conservation and training. The AIM Sustainability Grant Scheme and the AIM Conservation Grant Scheme are generously supported respectively by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and The Pilgrim Trust. Both schemes have been extremely popular with members, and a total of 140 museum projects have been supported with grants from the two schemes since 2006. The Sustainability Scheme has been backed up by workshops held around the country, which have been well-attended, offering good networking opportunities at the same time. The Bob Harding Training Grants have provided small grants for individuals attending various training courses and schemes. The National Heritage Landmarks Partnership Scheme is in its initial year and will develop a high profile national project by creating a network of facilities whose history has been in some way involved in far reaching change instrumental in creating the nation as it is today. This investment will help transform derelict buildings and sites into inspirational resources, enabling the public to better understand the powerful tide of change brought about by our collective industrial past through the creation of a network of strategic projects that tell the stories of people, processes, industrial development and change.
AdvocacyAIM Council is consulted regularly by Government and national bodies on museums, heritage and tourism matters, making submissions on behalf of its membership and ensuring they have a voice at national level.
AIM WorkshopsAIM Workshops are often held in conjunction with its grant schemes and in response to members’ concerns in various subject areas. Held in different parts of the country to enable all to take part, they offer excellent opportunities for museums to explore ideas with others and help fine-tune their own projects and activities.