AIM E-News 17 May 2019

AIM National Conference 2019 In Newark

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Coming To Conference?

With AIM National Conference 2019 sponsored by Artelia running from 20 – 22 June, we have now updated our speakers and topics webpage to help you plan ahead. There’s no need to pre-book your chosen breakout sessions, but we hope that this updated list will help you to decide which sessions to attend. Our handy ‘information for delegates’ webpage can also be used to find all conference information at a glance.

Don’t Miss The Bus!

Do you need coach transportation between your hotel and all conference venues? We will be running a coach service from the end of Day 1 (Thursday 20 June) at 4.30pm. For a full timetable and a list of collection points, please click here. If you haven’t yet booked onto the coach service, please email so we can reserve you space.

Last Places For Social Events

There are just a few places now left for some of our social events during AIM National Conference. If you would like to book onto the Friday evening social event or the Saturday Study Tour, please click here. The AIM Dinner is now sold out but if you would like to be placed on the reserve list, please email For those that prefer to make their own evening arrangements, there will be a list of suggested places to eat and drink locally in the delegate handbook.

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.

AIM Conference Sponsor Spotlight: ARTELIA – ‘Becoming A Great Destination’

Are you about to embark on a new capital project at your museum? Steve Prowse, Head of Heritage Project Delivery at Artelia – AIM National Conference 2019 lead sponsor – has written some top tips and advice to help you deliver a successful capital project. Steve Prowse will also be attending AIM National Conference from 20-22 June in Newark and giving a talk on Friday 21 June called: Laying the Foundation to creating a Great Destination – The Business Appraisal made easy


Other News From AIM

Consultation On Decapitalisation Rates

AIM is currently working with sector bodies and our Business Rates advisor, Colin Hunter, to coordinate a response to this consultation which will impact on how museums are assessed under the contractor’s method from 2021 onwards. If any museums, particularly those who have had recent grant funded capital development, would like to make an individual response please contact AIM Director, Emma Chaplin who can supply briefing notes The closing date for the consultation is 30 May 2019.

Last Chance For 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 are now just four places left, so if your Chair or Vice Chair would like to join, please ask them to apply as soon as possible.

AIM Hallmarks Awards: Open For Applications In England On 1 July

The AIM Hallmarks Awards will reopen for applications from AIM members in England on 1 July. We will be releasing further information about these grants in the end of June E- News and also running a breakout session during AIM National Conference with Heather Lomas (Consultant Facilitator of the Museum Development East Midlands Organisational Health Review programme) and Liz McIvor (Trust Manager, The Co-operative Heritage Trust (Rochdale Pioneers Museum) to help you develop your application on Friday 21 June as part of the afternoon breakout sessions. You can book your place for this session during registration at conference.

How To Create A ‘Lead Magnet’ And Turn Your Online Viewers Into Museum Visitors

In his latest guest article, Harry O’Connor from AIM Associate Suppliers, Heritage Creative, provides some useful tips for creating a ‘lead magnet’ on your website: a well-known online tactic used by the private sector which could also benefit independent museums and heritage sites of all sizes. Read all about it here.

‘Sustainability – A Seven-Point Approach’

In another guest article by AIM Associate Supplier members, Bryn Jones Associates Ltd, you can pick up some top tips to help you think about sustainability and what it means for your museum.


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 London

Are you new to the world of charity finance, or have you worked without formal finance training? CFG’s popular one day introductory course comes to London on 20 May. This training is aimed at people who are comfortable with finance matters and concentrates on what is different in the world of charity finance. Only £135 for CFG members. Book now at

Finance For Non-Finance Managers

This course will explain charity finances to those from a non-financial background. By the end of the day you will have more understanding and greater confidence when working with budgets and accounts. Book your place with member discount at


Other News And Events

Ministry Of Housing, Communities & Local Government Launch Consultation: Changing Places Toilets

MHCLG has launched a consultation on provision of Changing Places toilets in public buildings. It closes on 21st July. The MHCLG proposal, on which they are seeking views, is to make Changing Places toilets mandatory through the Building Regulations. It will apply to new builds and major refurbishments of public venues (‘material alteration, extension, or change of use’); for museums specifically, they are suggesting a trigger point of visitor numbers, applying to museums expecting 300,000+ visitors per year (see para 41). Question 7 seeks feedback on whether this trigger is appropriate. Please feedback by clicking here.

The Art Of Gifts In Wills: Five Tips To Drive Your Legacy Fundraising

Valerie Harland has written a guest article for AIM to help you drive your legacy fundraising. Valerie has over 30 years of experience as a fundraiser in the UK and New Zealand and is a Trustee at AIM members, the Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust, where she chairs the Heritage, Engagement and Development Committee. Click here for this very useful article.

Winners Of The 2019 Museums + Heritage Awards Announced

Congratulations to all the winners in the 2019 Museums + Heritage Awards who received their awards during a glittering ceremony on Wednesday evening. Winners included John Jenkins at The D-Day Story (Portsmouth Museums) for ‘Volunteer of the Year Award – Individual’ and the Multaka-Oxford Volunteer Team at the History of Science Museum and Pitt Rivers Museums, (University of Oxford Museums) for the ‘Volunteers of the Year Award – Team’ with both awards supported by AIM.

British Museum – Call For Papers: National Programmes Conference 2019

The British Museum’s National Programmes Conference (4 November in London) seeks to explore equality and diversity in museum practice across the UK. The conference will highlight issues of representation, authority and power with particular focus on disability, class, gender, race and sexuality. The day will include a lively programme of workshops, discussion and debate and you can submit papers to helps shape the conference. Further information: click here.

Museums+Tech 2019: Call For Proposals

The annual Museums Computer Group Conference ‘Museums+Tech 2019’ will be held on Friday 18 October 2019 at the British Library, London. The 2019 conference is asking whether museums and other cultural organisations can be more open in terms of their collections and processes, is openness always desirable, and what barriers might we have to overcome for truly open digital cultural heritage? The call for proposals for the conference is now open, closing on Monday 10 June.

Applications Open For The Clore Leadership ‘Emerging Leaders’ Course

Emerging Leaders is an intensive course providing the essential skills and tools required by cultural leaders in the early stages of their careers. Applications are now open for the next Emerging Leaders and Leadership Intensive residential courses. There are bursaries available and the closing date for course applications is Tuesday 11 June, 12pm. Clore staff and past participants are holding a live Twitter Q&A on Wednesday 29 May, 1pm-2pm where they will answer all your application and course questions using #CloreQandA

Can You Help Another AIM Member Museum?

Tarbert and Skipness Community Trust are developing a heritage centre and Tarbert Life exhibition in Kintyre, Scotland to bring the history and natural history of the area alive for visitors and local people. The trustees are looking for a large wide glass display cabinet to house a 2m replica Loch Fyne skiff. If anyone has had a recent refit and has a surplus cabinet, please email the Trust via their website.


Funding And Finance

Ecclesiastical: Large Awards Open Soon

We’re actively championing innovation through our £50,000 grants, giving charities the backing they need to propel their plans forward and helping to turn creative ideas into practical solutions that benefit society. Charities must support one or more of the following areas we know our communities care about: the advancement of education and skills; citizenship or community development; arts, culture or heritage. For more information, please see our terms and conditions. The £50,000 awards open on Monday 17 June and close on Friday 26 July – giving you plenty of time to create a great project submission.

Woodroffe Benton Foundation

Small grants of between £500 – £2,500 are available for organisations working in the areas of: Relief of Hardship/ Care for the Elderly/ Education & Youth Development/ Environment & Conservation/Human physical well-being. Next deadline is 22 May.



Volunteer Officer (Food and Farming) – The Museum of East Anglian Life

The Museum of East Anglian Life is seeking to recruit a Volunteer Officer – Food and Farming. The Volunteer Officer’s role is to recruit and retain volunteers, supporting them to play an active role as part of the museum community and to improve their personal wellbeing. The Volunteer Officer will be focused on engaging volunteers with the museum’s estate and the role is hands-on as well as administrative. In particular, the Volunteer Officer will work with our Suffolk Punch horse and in our farming areas to engage volunteers with growing food and caring for animals. Completed applications should be sent to or addressed to Rebecca Matta, Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 1DL. Applications close 20 May. Volunteer Officer (Food and Farming) – The Museum of East Anglian Life

Journal Editor – The Association for Heritage Interpretation

The Association for Heritage Interpretation (AHI) is currently looking for someone to take on the role of Editor for their Journal. The appointed editor would be expected to lead a small team (designer, copy editor and advertising assistant) and would have a specific focus on developing new content, themes and ideas for the journal. Closing date: Friday 31 May 2019 Journal Editor – The Association for Heritage Interpretation

Chief Executive – Nottingham Castle Trust

Nottingham Castle Trust is seeking a visionary and experienced CEO to lead the development and operation of Nottingham Castle when it re-opens to the public following a £30,000,000 transformational redevelopment. Covering letter and CV to be submitted to by noon on 20 May 2019. Initial interviews will be held on 4th June, with final interviews on 10th June. For a full job description, please click here.


AIM Services For Members

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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: Touchstone Services (Energy Consultants and AIM Energy Action Group), DC Research (Consultants), Laura Crossley (Consultant), Pip Organic (Catering/Retail), Piranha Creative (Interactives), 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),

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

Signup For Our AIM Trustee Newsletters

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.

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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