AIM E-News 11 September 2019

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Get A Grant Of Up To £75,000 For Your ‘History Makers’

AIM members in England have until 2 October to apply for up to £75,000 as part of the AIM Biffa Award History Makers Programme. 

These Grants will help to fund new exhibitions that will inspire the public through the lives and achievements of extraordinary, historical figures and funding covers both capital and revenue expenditure. These grants has been made possible thanks to funding from Biffa Award with Museums + Heritage kindly acting as a Contributing Third Party for AIM.

If you need some inspiration before applying, take a look at previously funded projects here.  Full applications must be received by 31 October 2019. Full information – including eligibility – can be found at: AIM Biffa Award History Makers.

Get Ahead With Our Updated Quick Guide To Donation Boxes

Since its initial launch in 2015, the AIM Quick Guide to ‘Donation Boxes in Museums’ has often been cited by our members in feedback surveys as one of the most useful AIM resources, and it has helped many of our museum members to increase their on-site donations.

Produced on behalf of AIM by Judy Niner and the team at Development Partners, there is now an updated version of this guide which also contains information about contactless giving boxes. In an increasingly cashless society, the market for contactless donations solutions is a growing one, so download the updated guide to help you get started.

If you use the guide and have any success stories to share – we would love to hear from you! Please email

AIM Conference 2020. Call for Papers

AIM Conference 2020 will be heading to the historic and picturesque Port Sunlight Village on the Wirral from 18-20 June 2020 and the conference theme will be ‘Fit for the Future?’

We know that AIM members have a wealth of creativity and good practice to share and we want to ensure that this is showcased in the 2020 conference programme.

If you would like to suggest an idea or presentation for the conference programme, please fill in the AIM Conference 2020 Session Proposal Form here and return it by email to by 5pm on Monday 30th September.

Winter Is Coming…But The AIM Energy Action Group Can Help

With the colder months approaching, if your museum needs energy saving or purchasing advice, please don’t forget that joining the AIM Energy Action Group is free for all members.

Working in partnership with Touchstone Services, the AIM Energy Action Group is providing a way for museums and heritage attractions of all sizes to review energy bills, work with an energy management company to gain competitive quotes and join a bulk energy buying basket to reduce costs further.

Touchstone can also help your museum to implement water management techniques and helping to make museums more water efficient is just one of several services they offer. Take a look at their tips in a website article here: Reduce Water Consumption in a Museum

Looking For Funding Up To £12,000? Don’t Miss Out On A Hallmarks Award!

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England, the AIM Hallmark Awards are available for AIM members in England in two strands: small grants (£3000 – £6000) and main grants (£4000 to £12000) and the next closing date is 20 November.

The Hallmarks Awards can support your museum by improving your financial sustainability or they can positively impact by strengthening your strategy or business model. For full information, some useful case studies of previous grant recipients and how to apply, please visit: AIM Launches Hallmarks Awards In England For 2019.

Join The New AIM Facebook Group

Have you ever wanted to ask another AIM member a question? Or find out what other museums are doing to solve a specific problem? We have just created a new ‘AIM Members Information’ Facebook group to act as a friendly forum for our members.

Members can create posts, start discussions and give answers to any post. We have created this group so that members can talk directly to each other on any museum topic, which our current Facebook page doesn’t allow.

The group is also open for our Associate Supplier members, supplier members and consultants so that they can directly promote their goods and services – and special offers – so feel free to join up and get chatting today. Join using your Facebook account at:

AIM Hallmarks: Grants Given To Welsh Museums

We would like to congratulate the Welsh AIM member museums that received funding in the last round of the AIM Hallmarks Awards (Wales). The AIM Hallmarks Awards are possible thanks to a programme supported by the Welsh Government through the Museums, Archives and Libraries Division. The awards will reopen for applications from AIM members in Wales in late 2019.

New Discounted Training From The National Army Museum For AIM Members

The National Army Museum offers training for museum staff, volunteer and trustees. All NAM training is available to book via their website.


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

Exclusive Training Offer For AIM Members

AIM members receive an additional 15% discount off the member price for Charity Finance Group’s Foundation and Advanced Charity Finance training courses, coming up soon in London, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol. Find out more about the training on the CFG website – and to secure your special discount, email our events team quoting discount code AIMENEWSOFFER.

Your Gift Aid Questions

CFG’s Tax, VAT and Gift Aid Conference is filling up fast in London, but the good news is the conference will be coming to Birmingham and Newcastle too – book your place now with member discount.

Signed Up With Charity Finance Group Yet?

The CFG team loved meeting everyone at the AIM National Conference this June! If you’ve not signed up with CFG yet to access our benefits, it’s free to do through your AIM membership. Find out more about what we do and register now


News From Museums + Heritage

As part of our new partnership with Museums + Heritage who have kindly acted as a Contributing Third Party for AIM as an Environmental body, supporting the AIM Biffa Award History Makers Year 4 Grant Scheme, we will regularly feature news and updates from Museums + Heritage here in the AIM E-News that will benefit our members.

The 2020 Museums + Heritage Show

The 2020 Show will be taking place on 13 + 14 May at Olympia London and more information will be released soon. In the meantime you can register your interest in attending here or add the dates to your diary. Keep up to date on all the latest news and reports by following us on Twitter @MandHShow #MandHShow.

Portsmouth’s Mary Rose Museum Passes Two Million Visitors Since Opening In 2013

AIM members, Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth, has announced that two million visitors have now passed through its doors since launching six years ago. Read more about this landmark moment in an article by David Styles here.


Other News

Does Your Museum Have An Unsung Finance Hero? Enter The Charity Finance Group Awards

The new Charity Finance Group Awards celebrate the unsung heroes in the world of charity finance. The awards are not only for finance directors and traditional ‘leaders’ but open to anyone working in the charity finance world. Nominations will be open until 27 September.

Is Your Museum Ready For Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) Compliance?

On the 14th September, the EU’s Second Payment Services Directive comes into effect, changing the way in which all customer to business transactions are processed. Regardless of the Brexit outcome, this new law will have an impact on all organisations with online payments operations.

Edward MacWhirter, Managing Director of Museum Shops Ltd – an online marketplace dedicated to supporting the work of Museums by growing retail sales and bringing gift shops to a wider audience – has written tips and article to help AIM members prepare for this change.

Improve Your Cyber Security: Charity Digital Video

Charity Digital have just released an informative video featuring NCSC’s Cub Llewellyn-Davies explaining everything charities need to know about cyber security. View ‘The who, what, why and how of cyber security for charities’ video on Charity Digital here.

Event: Business Rates For Charities

Colin Hunter, Director of Business Rates at Lambert Smith Hampton and an advisor to AIM on Business rates will be speaking at this event for charities in London on 17 October. Business rates relief for charities totalled £2.2 billion in 2018/19, compared to £1.3 billion for Gift Aid. This relief is increasingly coming under attack from cash-strapped Local Authorities, who are trying to either remove reliefs altogether or reduce them by splitting assessments to strip out commercial areas. The event is free, and you can register by clicking here.

Workshop: Picture Library Symposium

An invaluable source of topical information and inspiration, the Association for Cultural Enterprises annual symposium features speakers from both inside and outside the cultural sector – an unmissable event for anyone involved in image sales, licensing and rights. Runs in London on 15 October.

Webinar: The Fundamentals Of Loyalty — The Path To Amazing Supporter Relationships

Discover the psychology of loyalty and how to convert research in this field to actionable strategies in your organisation. Hosted by Arts Marketing Association and presented by Ron Evans, in this webinar you’ll explore intrinsic versus extrinsic motivation, relationship building, establishing trust and personal communications. Runs online on 2 October @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Open to AMA members and non-members

Can You Help An AIM Member?

Hucknall Flight Test Museum have asked other AIM members if they can assist them by answering an attendance data question as part of their business planning. This is a small private museum of approx 800 sq metres exhibit space, now seeking to fully open to the public. But before this happens, they are creating a business case to access more funding to improve facilities but need to submit their potential annual public attendance income – based as far as possible – upon ‘real world’ data.

The museum team are therefore appealing to any AIM member museums with an approximate equivalent exhibit floor space of between 500 to 1000 sq mtrs, who are happy to help, to tell them their recent annual public attendance figures. Consultants have advised them that data drawn from the aviation museum sector is likely to be the most representative, but they would welcome contributions from any small museums of this size. If you are happy to help, please email


Funding And Finance

Plowden/Clothworkers’ Foundation CPD Grants

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Grants enable conservators practising in the UK to take advantage of CPD opportunities by contributing towards the cost of short courses and attending conferences. The next deadline for applications is 16 September.

The Woodward Charitable Trust

Grants are available to charities which make good use of volunteers and encourage past and current users to participate. Funding areas include arts outreach and community cohesion.

The Charles Hayward Foundation

The Charles Hayward Foundation is a grant-making charitable trust making awards to charities that are registered in the U.K. One of their funding priorities is heritage and Conservation (for charities with an income of more than £350,000) and the next panel meeting is November.



Curator of Archaeology – Oxfordshire Museums Resource Centre

We are seeking an archaeologist with experience of curating and documenting museum collections to work as part of a team of paid staff and volunteers to curate and promote public access to, and enjoyment of, the archaeology collections in the care of the Oxfordshire Museums service. You will need to be educated to degree level in archaeology or equivalent with a good understanding of current museology and best practice. Closes 18 September

Curator of Archaeology – Oxfordshire Museums Resource Centre

Assistant Curator – The Oxfordshire Museum

If you have a breadth of curatorial skills, particularly in the delivery of exhibition programmes including touring exhibitions, coupled with a love of objects and their stories and a strong desire to deliver the best possible museum service to the community we think you will be interested in this role. Closes 22 September

Assistant Curator – The Oxfordshire Museum

Business Development Manager (BDM) – Brixton Windmill

The BDM will use a creative approach to generate income as well as engaging people in the growing workstreams that make up our sustainable business, strongly managing each element to achieve required outcomes. With an outward facing focus, they will lead changes in our marketing relationships and website, attracting institutions and users to purchase more. This will be underpinned by internal work to include both our offer (e.g. updating educational materials) and business processes. Closes 30 September. A full role description is available at:

Business Development Manager (BDM) – Brixton Windmill

Project Administrator – Brixton Windmill

This role is crucial to the success of the new Brixton Windmill Centre. The successful candidate will understand and be committed to the changes we need to make through two years of Power to Change (PTC) funding. They will have excellent interpersonal skills and a proven track record of administrative work in an office, project, small business or similar environment. They will have experience of using finance packages and keeping financial records so that there are excellent project processes, records and reporting. They will understand that the future of our growing social business depends on strong financial systems, accuracy and integrity. Closes 30 September. A full role description is available at:

Project Administrator – Brixton Windmill

Curator – Chawton House

Chawton House wishes to appoint its first Curator. The Curator will be responsible for the extraordinary early women writers library collection, and the remaining library, artworks and furniture of the Knight family that were so familiar to Jane Austen. The Curator will also review the non-library collections of furniture, art, ephemera and decorative arts, as well as leading all collections work required to secure Museum Accreditation. Working as part of a small but dedicated staff team, the Curator will also have the support of a small, skilled team of collections volunteers. Closes 14 October

Curator – Chawton House


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