AIM E-News 15 March 2019

AIM National Conference 2019 In Newark

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Discover ‘How To Be A Great Destination’ At AIM National Conference 2019

We are looking forward to AIM National Conference 2019 which runs 20 – 22 June at The National Civil War Centre, Newark. Sponsored by Artelia, the theme this year is ‘How to be a great destination’ and our schedule of speakers from across the museum and charity sectors will help you to transform how you attract visitors from near and far.

Conference will look at creative place making, becoming a great destination for your community, understanding your audiences, tips for creating an excellent visitor experience, case studies on how to attract groups to your museum and making your shop or café into a desirable destination amongst many more! We have recently updated the schedule of speakers and topics which you can see here.

Early Bird tickets for AIM members only are available until 29 April and we strongly recommend that you book for the Conference social events soon as tickets are selling faster than usual. Take a look at the AIM Annual Dinner menu and all Social Events here.

Don’t forget – AIM members can apply for an AIM Training Grant to help cover the costs of attending, but please apply by 30 April.

Get To Grips With Gift Aid – Live Twitter Chat With AIM And Charity Finance Group

From 11am – 12pm on Thursday 21 March, AIM and Charity Finance Group (CFG) will be running a live Twitter Chat covering all your key Gift Aid questions.

Gift Aid can be a confusing topic and with around £560m going unclaimed in Gift Aid each year across the charity sector, getting advice and tips on how your museum can successfully claim it is worthwhile.

You are welcome to post your questions about Gift Aid in real time – or to allow us to answer your questions in more depth, please email your questions in advance to:

If you would like to join in, simply log into your Twitter account at 11am on 21 March, follow @Aimuseums @CFGtweets and use the chat hashtag: #AIMCFG.

Do You Work In Museum Education? We Would Love To Hear From You

Over the past three years, AIM in partnership with Biffa Award has been running the ‘History Makers – People who shaped our world’ programme. The programme has funded museums in England to create new exhibitions that will inspire the public through the lives and achievements of extraordinary, historical figures and we will soon be announcing the final grant recipients from Round Three.

As part of the legacy of the History Makers Programme, AIM will be launching a brand-new website in July 2019 that will link all funded projects and showcase the work and content of the exhibitions that AIM Biffa Award have funded. It will also act as a resource for young people, parents, school teachers and museum educators.

If you work in museum education or with young people in a heritage environment and would like to offer feedback or ideas for the new website as it progresses – we would love to hear from you. Please email:

Sign Up In Seconds For The AIM Trustee Newsletter

Trustees of AIM member museums and heritage sites can now sign up in seconds to receive our Trustee newsletter direct to their inboxes via our new newsletter sign up page. This new webpage has been created for Trustees that aren’t already receiving the newsletter directly.

Published every two months in English and Welsh, the AIM Trustee newsletter is packed with case studies, useful tips and sector news. The next edition is due out in early April, so please share this link with your Trustees: Sign Up For The AIM Trustee Newsletter

Closing Soon: AIM Conservation Grants

Does your museum need financial or practical support for a conservation project? AIM members can now apply for the next round of our conservation grants which closes on the 31 March 2019. We can offer grants under the following schemes thanks to funding from The Pilgrim Trust: Remedial Conservation Scheme, Collections Care Scheme and Collections Care Audits. For full information please visit: AIM Conservation Grants.

Get Free Support For Your Chairs And Vice Chairs

We have secured 30 free memberships of the Association of Chairs for AIM member museums in Wales and England. Nearly all of these free memberships have now been allocated, so please ask your Chair or Vice Chair to apply soon for this great offer.

Membership benefits include: The chance to learn from the experience of Chairs in other parts of the voluntary sector through a growing peer network, the chance to attend a free briefing for new Chairs (usually £40), access to resources just for Chairs, including a free print copy of A Chair’s Compass (usually priced at £25) and discounted fees for other events.

For members in Scotland, AIM will be supporting chairs of museums to connect with the support open through ACOSVO (the Association of Chief Officers of Scottish Voluntary Organisations).


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

Don’t Miss Your Early Bird Place For CFG’s Annual Conference!

The biggest charity finance event in the sector, Charity Finance Group’s Annual Conference 2019, is coming to London on Thursday 16 May. There’s a packed schedule for the programme this year and we have a brilliant line-up of speakers sharing strategic inspiration, and the very latest technical and regulatory updates you need to know about for effective financial management in your museum. Early bird closes on Monday 18 March – book now!

 New Charity Finance Training Dates For 2019

The CFG training calendar is buzzing with new training for 2019, from our ever popular one-day course Foundation Charity Finance to investment training, our programme offers something for entry and advanced level charity finance professionals. Find out what’s coming up near you and book with CFG member rate.


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

Article: Why Every Board Should Have A Vice Chair

The Association of Chairs own Vice Chair, John Williams, shares his view about the role.


Other News And Events

Sign Up For Children’s Art Week 2019

Engage, the National Association for Gallery Education, has announced that Children’s Art Week is back for 2019, running from Saturday 8 until Sunday 16 June. This annual campaign encourages venues – including museums of all sizes – to participate by hosting an event, or running an activity, that captures children’s imaginations, encourages creativity and attracts new audiences to the arts. All information on the AIM website here.

Arts Council England And Nesta Launch Latest Digital Culture Survey

AIM members in England are encouraged to submit responses to a new survey from Arts Council England and NESTA called ‘Digital Culture: How arts and cultural organisations in England use technology’. The survey, administered by research consultancy MTM, will provide a detailed understanding of how technology is being used by the cultural sector, closes on Friday 3 May.  Organisations wishing to take part can contact MTM at

Call For Papers: Discovering Collections Discovering Communities (DCDC) Conference

The National Archives and Research Libraries UK invite submissions for this year’s Discovering Collections Discovering Communities (DCDC) conference, which takes place 11 – 13 November 2019 in Birmingham. The theme of DCDC19 is ‘Navigating the digital shift: practices and possibilities.’ The deadline for abstracts is Friday 26 April 2019.

Museums + Heritage Awards For Excellence 2019 Shortlist Announced

The Museums + Heritage Awards, now in their 17th year, have just released their shortlist. The awards had hundreds of entries this year, including in the Individual Volunteer of the Year Award and the Volunteer Team of the Year Award – in partnership with AIM – and the shortlist can now be found here.

AMA Conference 2019: Bursaries Now Available

Arts Marketing Association (AMA) is offering 35 bursaries to help attend their conference ‘Rewire: Culture, Audiences and You’ which runs from 9 – 11 July in NewcastleGateshead. The bursaries cover up to 100% of your conference cost, and you don’t have to be an AMA member to take advantage of this opportunity. For further information and to download the quick and simple application form, please visit AMA Conference Bursaries.

Forge: New Business Support programme

Forge is new business support programme designed for creatives and creative micro-enterprises and SMEs in the Blackhorse Lane Creative Enterprise Zone in the London borough of Waltham Forest. Forge will provide 12 hours of free support through tailored workshops, 1:1 advice and coaching, and events enabling networking, peer-to-peer knowledge sharing and making new contacts. Creative United is now accepting applications. Click for full information.

The AHI 2019 Discover Heritage Awards: Now Open For Nominations

The AHI 2019 Discover Heritage Awards, sponsored by NovaDura Ltd, celebrate and recognise excellence in cultural heritage, nature and science interpretation in the UK and Ireland. They are open to entry with a deadline for all categories of 30 April 2019. There are five Awards categories you can choose to enter, and category winners go on to challenge for the prestigious AHI Award for Excellence.

Article: How To Be The Content In The Enviable Google Answer Box

By 2020, 30% of web-browsing sessions will be done without a screen as voice-first interactions rise, so make sure your museum features in search engine results with some top tips in this article by Dennis Shiao for the Content Marketing Institute.

Webinar: Digital Leadership For The Non-Technical Leader

Learn how your charity can build valuable digital skills and implement front and back-office tools to boost productivity, online engagement and team dynamics, whatever your level of technical understanding. Runs 21 March at 1pm – sign up here.

And Finally…Surprise Superstitious Shoe Find At Chatham Historic Dockyard

Whilst undertaking a recent capital development project, AIM members, The Historic Dockyard Chatham, have uncovered an intriguing archaeological find – shoes from the 18th Century! The shoes, discovered in the Fitted Rigging House, were then linked to a superstitious folklore that the Dockyard was unaware of until now. This makes the Dockyard the latest historical building to discover it’s being protected by this ancient superstition! Read all about it.


Funding And Finance

Grants For The Conservation Of Manuscripts

The National Manuscripts Conservation Trust offers grants for the conservation and preservation of manuscripts and archives.  Since the NMCT was founded in 1990 it has awarded grants of over £3m, which have enabled the conservation of hundreds of musical, literary, architectural and other vital historical documents. Our grants ensure that these important collections can once more be made accessible to the public and researchers. The next deadline for the submission of applications is 1st April 2019 and the results will be announced in early July. If you want to plan ahead, the deadline after that is 1st October 2019. Please visit:

The 2019 Stationers’ Company Innovation Excellence Awards

The Stationers’ Company Innovation Excellence Awards celebrate the key role that our industries play in the UK economy and give valuable publicity to the entrants and, especially, the winners in each category. Museums and heritage sites that run different forms of eligible communications can enter by 5 April – find out all information by clicking here.

Marsh Christian Trust Grants

Grants of between £250 to £4,000 are available for groups to pay for various running costs. Funding is available to groups carrying out projects concerned with social welfare, literature arts and heritage. Full information: Marsh Christian Trust Grants

The Clore Duffield Foundation: Main Grants

Grants for cultural learning, museum, gallery, heritage and performing arts learning spaces. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis, although all successful grants can only be awarded at meetings of the Trustees. These are held twice a year, usually in June and December. Grants range from £10,000 to in excess of £1m, although larger grants are made infrequently.



Programmes and Marketing Manager – Avoncroft Museum

This new role will help the Museum flourish by promoting Avoncroft Museum as a visitor attraction and its ongoing work of saving historic buildings from destruction. They will increase the Museum’s profile and overall footfall, raising income by delivering programmes, and increasing engagement of visitors, members and supporters. Applications close 25 March

Programmes and Marketing Manager – Avoncroft Museum

Head of Policy and Communications – The Heritage Alliance

Are you passionate about the Heritage Sector? Do you want to work at the heart of heritage policy and help to champion its future? The Heritage Alliance is the heritage sector’s umbrella organisation and advocacy body and we are seeking an outstanding person to take up the key role of Head of Policy and Communications. The successful candidate will join the Alliance’s small, energetic team based in our offices just behind the Tate Modern.

This is an exciting and wide-ranging role requiring a dynamic, proactive and reliable individual with a strategic outlook and a track record of influencing and impact. Reporting to the Chief Executive the role incorporates a wide range of communications, public affairs and policy tasks. Applicants should be persuasive communicators, able to demonstrate strong written, analytical and project management skills. Technical website competence and social media management experience are essential. Applications close 27 March

Head of Policy and Communications – The Heritage Alliance

IPR@50 Co-ordinator – Islington People’s Rights (IPR)

The role of the IPR@50 Co-ordinator is to deliver a number of events and activities in Islington that recognise IPR’s work over the last 50 years. Based on this work, the Co-ordinator will need to ensure that a legacy of materials and relationships are developed that can be used by the organisation in the future. One of the main events for which specialist skills are required is the development, curation and delivery of an exhibition at Islington Museum in November and December 2019. It is being offered as a distinctly part-time role on a 1-year fixed term contract, average 1 day a week. Closing date for applications is Friday 5 April 2019.

IPR@50 Co-ordinator – Islington People’s Rights (IPR)


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Need A Reputable Supplier Of Products Or Services For Your Museum?

If you are looking for a product or service for your museum, then take a look at the handy AIM Suppliers Directory. Featuring a comprehensive list of consultants, insurers, exhibition and display companies – plus a range of other museum related businesses – our Associate Suppliers have been checked by us for quality and reliability. Recent AIM Associate members that have joined us include: IE Digital (website design and development), Bryn Jones Associates (consultants), 123 Send (card payments systems), Aura Tours (mobile storytelling), Absolute museum and gallery products (Exhibition Display & Storage Systems), Perrett Laver (Recruitment), Ecclesiastical (Insurance), Circle Insurance Ltd (Insurance), Gateway Ticketing Systems (Visitor Analysis), NovaDura (Interpretation and signage).

AIM Member Trustee Vacancies

Don’t forget that you can advertise your Trustee vacancies with AIM. Please visit our Trustee webpage, download a vacancy form and email it to

Have you got some spare time to become a Trustee at an AIM member organisation? Click here to see the latest AIM member Trustee Vacancies

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Advertising your products or services in the AIM Bulletin is an extremely effective – and indeed cost-effective – way to reach 1,200+ independent museums and heritage organisations. Rates are very reasonable, a free listing on the AIM website is included and supporting editorial in the Bulletin may also be available. Contact Sassy Hicks on for more details.

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