AIM E-News 16 November

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What Are The Finance Issues That Affect Your Museum?

As part of our three-year partnership with the Charity Finance Group, we are organising a dedicated event for AIM members in 2019 to help answer your finance questions. But what are the key finance issues that affect you and your organisation?

To help us tailor the event for our members across the UK, please consider taking part in a quick survey to help us identify what topics you would like to see covered.

Winter Is Coming…

Cut the cost of your winter energy bills with some help from the AIM Energy Action Group. Joining is free and you will benefit from a review of your current energy bills, energy bulk buying and free no obligation quotes. The Energy Buying Group has a proven track record of providing unbeatable quotes for AIM members, so contact Touchstone who run the AIM Energy Action Group today.

Support For Trustees With AIM Prospering Boards

Could your board benefit from expert support? Prospering Boards works with boards to help them strengthen their leadership, work more strategically or deal more effectively with emerging challenges. We can also help boards looking for more focused support via a short microconsultancy. If you are a trustee of an Accredited Museum (or one working towards Accreditation) in England and would like some support from AIM, please click here for more information.

Top Tips On Writing Effective Proposals To Trusts And Foundations For Museums And Heritage Sites

AIM works closely with its Associate Suppliers and we regularly feature top tips and guest articles from our Associate Members that cover a range of museum topics on the AIM website. Tarnside Consulting have just written a useful guide to help museums develop a compelling proposal for applying for grants from charitable foundations to help you finesse your grant applications. Have a read here and please share with your fundraising teams.

Don’t Forget Your FREE Membership of The Charity Finance Group

Over 200 AIM members have now signed up for free membership of the Charity Finance Group, so sign up today in seconds and save your museum money. All AIM members across the UK are eligible to join and you can add as many of your staff, volunteers and trustees as you wish at no charge.


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 of the CFG please visit

Data Analysis for Charities: Training Event

Rises in access to data have led to a change in the way information is collected and used. For charities, effective analysis of data can offer insight into how to work more efficiently and help you maximise your income. Using charity specific case studies, the full day course offers insights into how methods can be practically applied. Runs 26 November in London.


Other News And Events

VAT Refund Scheme For Museums And Galleries Deadline Extended

If you have free admissions at your museum, please be aware that the deadline for applications under the VAT refund scheme allowing galleries and museums to reclaim VAT incurred on most goods and services purchased in order to fund free admissions has been extended until 4 January 2019. Please read more on the Charity Tax Group website.

The Audience Agency Publish New Report On Audiences At Museums

A new report by the Audience Agency using their Audience Finder data has just been published. The report is based on a sample of 39,318 visitors from 105 varied museums – those managed by local authorities, independent trusts, universities and national museums. The report highlights engagement, barriers to visiting, cultural habits and more. Download the free report here.

Applications Now Open For Museums And Resilient Leadership 2019-2020

Described by participants as “life changing”, Museums and Resilient Leadership is a year-long programme to develop future leaders for the cultural sector in England.  Applications are now open for 2019-2020. Led by Black Country Living Museum, as an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation, MRL is designed to help those working in the cultural sector to become resilient and entrepreneurial leaders.

Is Your Museum Ready For Voice Search?

Voice-powered devices like Amazon Echo and Google Home, as well as Android and Siri, are rapidly being adopted to search for experiences, services and places over traditional search engines such as Google. It’s been predicted that 50% of all searches will be voice searches by 2020, so take a look at this informative webinar by ClickZ with Chatmeter to help your museum attract visitors now and in the future.

Being an Effective Chair – Live Webinar

The Association of Chairs is running a free, live webinar on Tuesday 11 December 2018. 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm as part of their Beacon programme. The webinar is an introduction to the role of Chair, providing those chairing smaller charities (with an annual income under £1 million) with top tips and tools to help them be more effective in their role. Attendees will need to sign up to the Beacon programme and all information can be found at Being an Effective Chair – Live Webinar

An Invitation To The PDSA ‘Extraordinary Animals In Action’ Exhibition

Leading veterinary charity, PDSA is unveiling a new touring exhibition showcasing the gallant animals ‘who also served’, at the Imperial War Museum, London on 22 November and museum professionals are invited to attend. The PDSA will be making the exhibition available on loan to other museums and are keen to hear from AIM members that might be interested in hosting it over the next two years.

‘RAISE: Arts Culture & Heritage’ For Fundraisers In England

RAISE: Arts Culture & Heritage is an Institute of Fundraising programme of support for fundraisers working in the arts, culture and museum sector throughout England. RAISE activities include networking events, peer-learning, mentoring opportunities for early careers fundraisers and access to onward education. More details on the programme can be found here: RAISE: Arts Culture & Heritage

Booking Now: How To Set Up, Survive And Thrive As A Freelancer In The Cultural Sector

Join this one-day training course run by AIM Associate Suppliers, Marge Ainsley and Christina Lister, to help kick-start and sustain a flourishing freelance or consultancy business. Jam-packed with proven approaches, ideas and tools, the course is ideal for those aspiring to be effective and successful freelancers and consultants. Runs 4 February 2019 in London.

Let’s Get Real Conference 2019 – Connecting Digital Practice With Social Purpose

To remain relevant for audiences, arts and heritage organisations need to connect digital practice with social purpose. Join Culture24 at the Let’s Get Real Conference in London on 30 January to learn from inspiring speakers working within and beyond the cultural sector to bring these areas together. Early bird discount tickets are available until Monday 19 November.

Book Now For HistFest 2018

HistFest is a brand new three-day history festival that will entertain, educate and feature an eclectic mix of talks, panel discussions, workshops and live performances. The Festival will take place between 7th and 9th December and will take ‘history’ in its very fullest sense: there will be talks and panel discussions with academics, well-known historians, educators, authors, and heritage professionals.


Funding And Finance

Architectural Heritage Fund Project Development Grants

Funding of up to £30,000 is available to support people, communities and organisations to take ownership, to repair and to adapt historic buildings and places for new sustainable uses. Further information and eligibility at: Architectural Heritage Fund

Grants Now Available From The Elizabeth Hammond Conservation Award

The Costume Society has announced that the Elizabeth Hammond Conservation Award currently has £5,000 available for grants to support the conservation of costume or costume related textiles. The award promotes museum conservation and display of clothing and clothing related textiles of all periods, styles and places of origin, held in the permanent collections of Accredited museums in the United Kingdom with an annual gross turnover of about £750,000. Elizabeth Hammond Conservation Award



Chief Executive – Dundee Heritage Trust

Culture and tourism are key drivers of the new Dundee economy, and further exciting developments in these areas are likely as part of the forthcoming Tay Cities Deal. An opportunity has arisen to be right at the heart of all this, as Chief Executive of the organisation behind two of the city’s two most prominent 5-star visitor attractions. The Chief Executive is responsible for providing day-to-day leadership of the organisation, working closely with the Executive Management Team to successfully run its two leading visitor attractions – Discovery Point and Verdant Works – and various key programmes from preservation to education. The role requires an inspiring and experienced individual who can act as an ambassador for the brand, deliver on the organisations’ vision for the future, and maximise all revenue and funding streams. Applications close 23 November. For all information on this role please click: Chief Executive – Dundee Heritage Trust

Museum Administrator At The Seaside Museum (Herne Bay Museum Trust)

The Seaside Museum Herne Bay is an Arts Council England accredited museum, principal heritage centre, and tourist attraction for the coastal town of Herne Bay.  The museum’s mission is to engage the community, local and visiting, with the area’s historical, natural history and cultural heritage through informative and entertaining galleries and exhibitions, events and activities. The Trust is looking for someone with an enthusiasm for museums but with administrative capabilities, able take on the everyday administration of the museum and coordinating the activities of our 40-50 volunteers. The post is based at the Seaside Museum Herne Bay. Applications close 25 November. Museum Administrator At The Seaside Museum (Herne Bay Museum Trust)

Director At Kiplin Hall – Yorkshire

The Board of Kiplin Hall Trust is seeking to appoint a Director to lead the organisation through a period of change and development. Kiplin Hall is a fascinating Jacobean House that was built for George Calvert, Secretary of State to James I and founder of Maryland in the United States. In recent years, the Hall and its grounds has been subject to considerable restoration and while there is still more to do, today the priority switches to making the organisation sustainable for the future. The Director joins at an important time of change tasked with developing the organisation, its operations and visitor offer. With responsibility for increasing visitor numbers and the income generating opportunities for the Kiplin Hall Trust, the new Director, with the Board, will develop the strategy which will take the organisation on the next stage of its journey. Applications close 26 November. Director At Kiplin Hall, Yorkshire

Administrator and Office Manager – The Charles Dickens Museum

The Charles Dickens Museum is seeking an exceptional person to fill a key position within a small, dynamic team. This role is the administrative lynchpin at the Charles Dickens Museum and is responsible for ensuring high quality management and delivery of all office-based activities and systems. Applications close 5 December. Further job details at: Administrator and Office Manager – The Charles Dickens Museum


AIM Services For Members

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: Gateway Ticketing Systems (Visitor Analysis), NovaDura (Interpretation and signage), Marge Ainsley (Consultant & Training), Tarnside (Fundraising Consultants),  Eglingtoun Consulting Ltd (Consultants), Leach Studio (Design), Jam Creative Studios (digital and interactives), Paddy McNulty Associates (consultants) Heritage Creative (Web Design) and Blackwall Green (Insurance).

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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AIM can promote your job vacancies and tender opportunities in E-News and across all AIM social media channels for just £50. With 4,500 people signed up for E-News and over 15,000 followers on social media, AIM can help find you the best candidates for your vacancies. For more information, please click here.

Advertise in the AIM Bulletin

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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