AIM E-News 11 June 2019

AIM National Conference Is Coming!

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AIM Conference Updates

Delegate Handbook – Now Online

If you are coming to AIM National Conference #2019AIM sponsored by Artelia, our delegate handbook will be available in hard copy and given to you at registration, but to help you plan your journey and conference experience, it is also now available to download online. We look forward to seeing all our delegates, speakers and exhibitors very soon!


The AIM AGM will take place on Thursday 20 June at 4.15pm at The National Civil War Centre, Newark. Papers for the AGM can be downloaded here: AIM AGM 2019 Papers

If you have any questions relating to these documents or the AGM, please contact:

Conference Information At A Glance

Find out everything you need to know about AIM National Conference 2019 with our handy ‘at a glance’ guide here. If you have a question that isn’t covered, please give us a call on 0333 035 8060. Please be aware that the AIM staff team will be travelling and out of office from 18 and 19 June and not as responsive as usual.

A Thank You To Our Conference Sponsors!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the sponsors that have supported AIM National Conference 2019. Big thanks to Artelia, who are once again our overall sponsors and every year we enjoy working with Ian Bailey, Stephen Prowse and Jo Ringrose. To find out how Artelia can support your organisation all year round, please visit their website.

Thanks also to James Woollam and the team at Hayes Parsons Insurance Brokers for sponsoring the AIM Annual Drinks Reception prior to dinner, which is being held this year at Thoresby Courtyard. The drinks are always popular – so thank you Hayes Parsons!

As our Friday Evening Social Event sponsors this year – we have Art Fund. The team will be at Newark castle on Friday night and they have an exhibition stand during conference, so you can find out more about the current Art Fund projects that could support your museum.

The Saturday Study Tour that wraps up AIM National Conference is always very popular, so we are grateful to Axiell for sponsoring this exciting element of conference this year. The friendly team from Axiell will be attending conference, so you can have a chat and find out more from them in person.

Finally, when you arrive to register at conference this year, you will see a huge pile of extra-large post it notes! These are for our participation session this year called ‘We are a great destination because…’ which is sponsored by Judy Niner and Development Partners.

What Makes Your Museum A Great Destination?

Tell us all about why your organisation provides a brilliant visitor experience by writing a short description at our reception desk and you could be a winner in this fun participation during conference on Friday 21 June. Sponsored by Development Partners, delegates can enter as many times as they like!

AIM’s Chair, Richard Evans and AIM’s Director, Emma Chaplin, will be selecting their favourite entries before the audience decides which one should win the prize! Thank you to Development Partners for this sponsorship.

Exhibitor Spotlight: Vennersys

Each year, we like to highlight some of the exhibitors that are attending AIM National Conference so that our delegates can discover more about them – and how they can support your museum.

AIM Associate Suppliers – and AIM National Conference 2019 exhibitors – Vennersys, have over 25 years’ experience delivering ticketing & EPoS solutions to a variety of leading visitor attractions, including many AIM members.

In this article, written by Smita Jalaf, Marketing Executive at Vennersys, are some top tips and a case study covering how using visitor data at your museum can enhance your visitor experience and inform your marketing plans.

FREE Visit To Newark Air Museum: Wednesday 19 June

If you are arriving at AIM National Conference ahead of 20 June, we have arranged free entry to AIM members, Newark Air Museum, on Wednesday 19 June. The museum – which began life in the 1960s – is situated just north of the town on what is part of the former World War II airfield of RAF Winthorpe. We have arranged for free entry for all Conference delegates. Simply quote ‘AIM 2019’ and show proof of your Conference booking at reception.

Other News From AIM

AIM Biffa Award – New Website Coming Soon!

As part of our funding from Biffa Award for our ‘History Makers’ programme, we are creating a brand new and stand-alone website that will showcase all funded projects and act as a useful resource for all young people studying STEAM subjects. The website will contain interactive elements such as games, quizzes and fun facts about all History Makers and will be launched in September 2019.

To help us plan the design of the website, we are asking AIM members, museum educators and anyone else that works with or knows young people, to visit our fun and fast feedback website. We want to be sure that we are providing useful resources in an engaging way for children, so if you work with young people – or are a parent yourself – please ask them to take part!

AIM Vacancy: Head of Communications

We are looking for a Head of Communications to develop and implement a communications strategy that matches our core purpose and will ensure that AIM’s digital and print communications keep our members well informed and connected.

We are looking for someone who can develop our communications team, brings a strategic overview along with proven copywriting and marketing skills and can quickly build strong, effective working relationships with colleagues, members, partners, advertisers and sponsors.

This is an exciting new role and it will be based at AIM’s office at the historic National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port. Closing date Wednesday 26th June (5pm). Interview date Friday 26th July.

One Place Remaining! FREE Membership Of The Association of Chairs

Chairs or Vice Chairs on the boards of AIM member museums in Wales and England can now access support through a new AIM partnership with the Association of Chairs. But there is just one place remaining so if your Chair or Vice Chair would like to join, please ask them to apply as soon as possible.


News From The Charity Finance Group

As part of our new partnership with the Charity Finance Group, we will regularly feature news and updates from CFG here in the AIM E-News that will benefit our members. To activate your free membership and to add members of staff, trustees or volunteers at no cost, please visit

Foundation Charity Finance Training In Manchester – 15% Discount For AIM Members

If you are staff or trustee new to charity accounting, already working in charity finance but moving towards preparing statutory accounts, or would simply like a refresher, CFG’s Foundation Charity Finance training will have some valuable takeaways for you. This training takes place on Wednesday 18 September 9am – 4pm, and CFG is offering AIM members an additional 15% discount on the CFG membership rate – book your place now by emailing (if you’ve not registered to be a CFG member yet, which you can benefit from at no additional cost through your AIM membership, join at

Get Your Gift Aid Questions Answered By The Experts

Raising income through trading activities and Gift Aid has become an increasingly important source of revenue for many charities. For those who are already working with VAT and Gift Aid, CFG’s Tax Conferences are an essential day, offering tips for optimising income and how to manage VAT and Gift Aid schemes. AIM members registered with CFG receive CFG membership discount and special early bird rate – secure your place now at Tax Conference Birmingham or Tax Conference Newcastle (you can join CFG at no extra cost to your AIM membership – register at to gain access to member discounts)


News From The Association of Chairs

News From The Association Of Chairs

As part of our new partnership with the Association of Chairs, we will regularly feature news and updates from AoC here in the AIM E-News that will benefit our members. AIM members in England and Wales can apply for free membership of the AoC, please click here for all information. There is ONE FREE place remaining.

Lessons From Life As A New Chair

Getting to grips with a new chairing role can be hard. Mars Lord shares the ups and downs of becoming a first-time Chair at Company Three, a theatre company for young people in London. She shares her lessons learnt in this Association of Chairs blog post.


Other News

AMA Research Finds It’s Less Tough At The Top

The Arts Marketing Association (AMA) has published the results of its member benchmarking survey, drawing on the experiences of communication professionals working in and across the arts, culture & heritage sector. The research looked at key benchmarking factors for members to use in their daily activity and planning including budget breakdown, email open rates, social media channel, and website trends. It also explored how members feel about their roles and organisations.

Festival Fun For Scotland’s Museums And Galleries Thanks To Development Body Investment

Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) has announced ten events that are set to benefit from a share of their Festivals Fund, which offers museums financial support to demonstrate the exciting and fun places that they are by staging events as part of local festivals. The next round of the Festivals Fund closes to applications on the 29th August, and any museums currently planning Autumn events should get in touch with MGS to see if their plans are eligible for additional funding support from the National Development Body.

Fundraising Regulator: New Code Of Fundraising Practice

The Fundraising Regulator (the independent regulator of all fundraising carried out by or on behalf of charitable, philanthropic and benevolent organisations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland) has launched a new and improved Code of Fundraising Practice which will come into effect in October 2019.

#Heritagechat – 20 June – Heritage And The High Street

The next #HeritageChat is on the theme of Heritage and the High Street and will take place on the 20th June 13.00-14.00. This theme has been a focus of the Heritage 2020 Constructive Conservation and Sustainable Management group (find out more). The group has been looking at the role that heritage can play in the regeneration of high streets in the face of economic and social change.

Webinar: The Value and Risk of Boardroom Technologies

Free webinar to be run on Wednesday 12 June at 2pm, which will examine the many different forms of technology can be adopted in the boardroom. Sign up here.

Webinar: How To Understand Your Ideal Customer Profile

To deliver your marketing effectively online you need to know who your most important target customers are and where to find them. This webinar will help you do just that. Runs at 3pm on Monday 24 June.

Workshop: Licensing: Monetising Our Assets

The Association for Cultural Enterprises are running this workshop in London on 27 June. Experienced licensing professionals from the Barbican, Tate, National Portrait Gallery, Science Museum and British Library will be sharing case studies and expertise to help you develop a successful licensing programme, creating sustainable commercial income for your organisation.


Funding And Finance

Paul Hamlyn Foundation Youth Fund

Between £10,000 and £60,000 is available to organisations that support young people aged 14 – 25. The Fund supports organisations which work with young people experiencing disadvantage in a way that recognises and builds on their strengths and potential. Further guidance and information can be found here.

Foyle Foundation – Small Grants Scheme

The Small Grants Scheme is designed to support smaller charities registered and operating in the United Kingdom, especially those working at grass roots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities. Applications are welcomed from charities that have an annual turnover of less than £150,000 per annum. Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available for core costs, equipment or project funding to charities which can show that such a grant will make a significant difference to their work. No closing date for applications.



Project Marketing Administrator – Hollycombe Steam In The Country

Lead on the marketing of all Museum activities, including regular and special events and tours; school and group visits; venue hire and other audience development initiatives. Promote and sell the Museum as a venue for events ranging from weddings receptions and parties to business meetings and children’s birthday parties. Support the implementation of the volunteer development plan. Develop an effective internal communication strategy to include a newsletter. Applications close 14 June. Please see the full role description in the following link:

Project Marketing Administrator – Hollycombe Steam In The Country

Volunteering Development Officer – Hollycombe Steam In The Country

The Volunteering Development Officer will help support the Museums volunteering strategy to increase volunteering opportunities and ensure our volunteers have a meaningful and enjoyable experience. You will be responsible for creating and help deliver a volunteering strategy for the collection that responds to need, adapts to the changing trends in volunteering, and maximises opportunities for volunteers. The post will also involve creating a training programme to upskill the volunteer body and implementing health & safety for the volunteer staff. A key part of the role will be working with other staff members to aid increased recruitment and retention of new volunteer. The role will be responsible to the fairground controller on all fairground training matters and will involve regular weekend/evening work. Applications close 14 June

Volunteering Development Officer – Hollycombe Steam In The Country

Library Curator – The National Motor Museum Trust at Beaulieu

The National Motor Museum Trust at Beaulieu is a charitable organisation dedicated to engaging and inspiring people with the story of motoring through world class collections. There are over 250 vehicles and extensive object, photographic, archive and library collections, all of which have Designated status. This is an exciting opportunity to join an enthusiastic and proactive Collections Team within an Accredited museum and take responsibility for the Reference Library Collection. The ideal candidate will be educated to degree level or equivalent in a relevant field with demonstrable museum and collections management experience. Applications close 18 June at 12 noon Interview Date: Wednesday 3 July 2019.

Library Curator – The National Motor Museum Trust at Beaulieu

Vacancy: Project Manager – National Holocaust Centre & Museum (Nhcm)

The NHCM has received a stage 1 pass from Lottery Fund for our project “Reaching new and diverse audiences with stories of survival and safe refuge in the UK” and wishes to appoint a Project Manager to support the preparation of a second-round application. The Development Phase will involve developing activity and interpretation plans and carrying out detailed design specification including mechanical, electrical and structural design for conservation, repair, building and exhibition works to RIBA stage 3. Phase 1 involves: creating a new immersive gallery to house a rejuvenated Journey Exhibition for engaging with larger and more diverse audiences.  It will also hold a Collections Store and Development Suite for working with testimony, artefacts and digital content for sharing and a reception area and toilets for school groups and general office space for staff. Freelance contract until 31 October 2020 (completion of development phase) with potential to extend into delivery phase. Closing date 17:00 Friday 21 June 2019

Project Manager – National Holocaust Centre & Museum (Nhcm)

Business Development Manager – Castle Bromwich Historic Gardens

Castle Bromwich Historic Gardens is a Grade II* rescued formal garden – a piece of baroque 18th century countryside on the edge of a 21st century city.  It is run by a Charitable Trust, a very small team of employed staff and over 100 volunteers. It opens to the public over 300 days per year, runs formal and informal outdoor learning programmes, a series of cultural and leisure events and supports a small café and shop. Mindful of decreasing public revenues it is rapidly developing and trialling newer business models to support its continued survival and positive growth. The Business Development Manager will report to the General Manager and work with a very small staff team and willing volunteers. Your role will be to develop existing and new commercial activities into sustainable, profitable income streams, which also enhance the Gardens’ brand. Applications close 19 July.

Business Development Manager – Castle Bromwich Historic Gardens

Resonate Project Officer – Leonard Cheshire, Derbyshire

You will assist our Archivist to deliver a National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) supported project to digitise our historically important sound collection. You will be responsible for project administration, liaising with suppliers, volunteers and funders and will lead on the recruitment of project volunteers. You will help manage volunteer training, the digitisation process, assist with curatorial input and also give awareness talks to our supporters and administer the delivery of a final exhibition and event. Applications close 7 July

Resonate Project Officer – Leonard Cheshire, Derbyshire

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