AIM E-News 18 April

Enjoy a social evening at Newark Castle
Enjoy a social evening at Newark Castle at AIM National Conference

AIM National Conference 2019 News

It’s Getting Closer…AIM National Conference 2019!

It won’t be long now until summer arrives and with it AIM National Conference 2019. So do join us from 20-22 June in beautiful Newark at The National Civil War Centre for what promises to be an exciting and informative conference this year.

We have just updated our conference speakers and topics webpage where you can now view all talks and conference sessions to help you plan your own schedule – there is a lot to look forward to. Sponsored by Artelia, the theme this year is ‘How to be a great destination’, so make sure you book soon to reserve your tickets.

Closing Soon: Early Bird Tickets For AIM National Conference

Thinking of coming to AIM National Conference 2019? Then please don’t miss out on purchasing Early Bird tickets at discounted rates. These tickets are available for AIM members only and booking will close on 29 April. If you are applying for an AIM Travel Grant to help cover conference costs such as travel, fees and accommodation, these need to be booked at the Early Bird rate by 30 April – click here for more information.

The Federation Of Museums And Art Galleries Of Wales are providing a grant under their Training and Conference Grant programme to enable museum staff (paid or volunteers) in Wales to attend – find out more here.

Going Fast! Book Soon For Social Events And Accommodation 

Please book your conference tickets soon but also consider booking for the AIM Annual Dinner and Friday night social event as both are close to capacity. Due to the size of the dinner venue on Thursday 20 June, we will be unable to accommodate any further guests once all tickets are sold – so please don’t miss out. Hotels in Newark are now booking up fast for all conference dates, so if you need accommodation during conference please click here.

Advertise Your Business Or Services At AIM Conference

If you run a museum or heritage sector business and would like to promote your company to our delegates, you can still either include information in our delegate bags – or new for this year – take out a half page advert in our delegate handbook. Interested? Find out more at About The AIM National Conference Exhibition

Other News From AIM

New Job Vacancies At AIM

AIM is currently advertising two new roles to be based at our new office at The National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port. They are: Programmes Manager and Head of Communications. The closing date for both roles is 1pm, Wednesday 8 May 2019.

Programmes Manager: You will be responsible for areas of activity including AIM’s grant programmes, the annual AIM national conference and flagship programmes including our Success Guides, Prospering Boards, the AIM Hallmarks and Open Up: museums for everyone, amongst others.

Head of Communications: We are looking for someone with a strong communications and editorial background with experience of developing and implementing communications strategies. You must be able to quickly build strong and effective working relationships with colleagues, members, partners, advertisers and sponsors. Full information about both of these exciting new roles can be found here.

Wales Hallmarks Awards: Application Deadline Extended

Museums in Wales can now apply for small grants to boost their financial sustainability. The new opportunity is thanks to a programme supported by the Welsh government through the Museums, Archives and Libraries Division. We are offering grants of £3,000 – £6,000 to help museums become more financially sustainable. These are open to Accredited AIM member museums in Wales in AIM’s small museum and medium museum categories.

We can support projects that either help museums reduce their costs or generate more income. We welcome a wide variety of proposals – including support for marketing or fundraising, improving a café or shop, trialling a new form of income generation, or saving costs through new equipment or training. Museums must be AIM members but can join at the point of application. The closing date for applications is now 31 May 2019. For all information and Welsh and English guidance notes, please visit: Hallmarks Awards, New Small Grant Scheme

Please Contribute To The New AIM Economic Impact Toolkit

Since it launched in 2010 and was revised in 2014, the AIM Economic Impact Toolkit has been downloaded and used by museums across the UK to help them measure the impact they might have on their local economy. We are asking AIM members and non-members to complete a short survey to help us develop a revised toolkit for 2019.

It is imperative that we gain as many responses as possible to ensure that the new toolkit is robust, so please take just ten minutes to contribute. We have had a healthy response rate so far, but we do ask that respondents complete the full survey to allow us to gain deeper insights into what the new toolkit needs to include. Thank you so much to everyone that has taken the time so far to complete the survey.

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

Do You Have Questions On Tax, VAT, And Gift Aid?

Charity Finance Group are running Tax Conferences in Birmingham and Newcastle, giving you the chance to learn more about tax, VAT and Gift Aid. Are there ways to optimise your museum’s income? How can you maximise the opportunities for Gift Aid through your fundraising? Book now for Tax Conference – Birmingham and Tax Conference – Newcastle – it’s only £99 for CFG members on the early bird, available for a limited time so don’t miss out!

Brexit Crystal Ball

First published in CFG’s monthly member magazine Finance Focus in our April issue, CFG Chief Executive Caron Bradshaw reviews the possible outcomes of Brexit and explores the possible impact on the charity sector – “Are we skilled enough in rising above fixed opinions and do we seek out flexible solutions with an open mind, working in partnership with our foes as well as allies?” Read it here.

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.

How Is The Community Around Your Museum Changing?

Does your trustee board reflect the demographics of your audience? How do you build trust and engagement in a changing society? The Association of Chairs hosted an event discussing the findings of the Civil Society Futures report which looked at English civil society. The report uses the acronym PACT to frame aspirations for organisations and people to work to and says we should all re-examine and renew our behaviours, attitudes and practices to be fit for the future. Catch up with this interesting read: What does the Civil Society Futures report mean for Chairs?

Other News And Events

Free Impact Measurement Guides Launch For Small Charities

A National Lottery funded website run by sector organisations has launched offering a suite of free guides to help small and medium sized charities measure the impact of their work. The online set of guides and tools has been launched by sector bodies including New Philanthropy Capital and NCVO. More information at Charity Digital News.

Still Time To Register For Free! Museums + Heritage Show 2019

The Museums + Heritage Show is taking place on 15 and 16 May 2019 at Olympia London. The Show offers two jam-packed days featuring more than 50 free talks, 150 suppliers and consultants and a raft of special features. AIM will also have a stand in the Ask the Expert Zone so please pop along and say hello! Find out how to register for free here.

The Artist Researcher: Artists And Museums Working Together

A one-day series of panel discussions on building and managing relationships between contemporary visual artists and museums in the UK. Aimed particularly at smaller museums looking to broaden access and think differently about their collections. Runs Friday 7 June in London. Tickets cost £20.

View From The Top: Association for Cultural Enterprises

Join the Association for Cultural Enterprises for their flagship annual event View From The Top, a unique opportunity to hear senior figures from across the cultural sector speaking frankly about their successes and challenges, and looking forward to the future for cultural enterprises. The day includes multiple networking opportunities with leaders in the sector. There are discounted prices for all NPOs and SSOs. Runs 21 May in London.

Webinar: Bringing People And Workflows Together To Enable Teamwork

On Tuesday 30 April at 1pm Microsoft invites charities to discover the impact they could make with Microsoft Teams, in this free webinar, especially for non-profit organisations. Sign up for free here.

Front Of House In Museums Survey 2019

Front of House in museums was founded to be a voice to celebrate and demonstrate how important those working in FoH environments are to the museum sector. They have just launched a new survey and we are encouraging all AIM members to contribute. The purpose of the survey is to understand front of house in museums and the wider museum environment. Data collected from the survey will be used to demonstrate the current place of front of house in the museum sector. To contribute, please click here.

Funding And Finance

Arts Council England: Designation Development Fund

The Designation Scheme recognises, celebrates and champions significant collections of national and international importance. The fund recognises the importance of excellent collections and provides funding for projects that ensure their long-term sustainability, maximise their public value and encourage the sharing of best practice across the sector. Full information can be found at Arts Council England.

Wolfson Foundation

Funding for museums and galleries reflects the Wolfson Foundation’s interest in the country’s cultural heritage. They support excellence in the sector, defined in this context both through the significance of the collections themselves and also through the work of the institution in displaying, interpreting and encouraging access to these collections. Grants are made for capital infrastructure projects, refurbishing or creating new galleries, and, less often, education and learning spaces. The Wolfson Foundation runs two funding rounds each year. The next deadline for Stage 1 applications is 1 July for a decision in December.


Programmes Manager – Association Of Independent Museums (Based In Cheshire)

You will be responsible for areas of activity including AIM’s grant programmes, the annual AIM national conference and flagship programmes including our Success Guides, Prospering Boards, the AIM Hallmarks and Open Up: museums for everyone, amongst others. It will be essential to develop a creative and effective team working relationship with the Programmes and Finance Officer to ensure high quality programme delivery that meets the needs of our members and our funders. Applications close 8 May Programmes Manager – Association Of Independent Museums

Head Of Communications – Association Of Independent Museums (Based In Cheshire)

AIM is looking for a Head of Communications to join our staff team to develop and implement an AIM Communications Strategy for our members, partners and stakeholders and take on the role of Editor of the AIM Bulletin, our flagship bimonthly publication. You will need to develop a dynamic, creative and effective team working relationship with our Marketing and Membership Manager to ensure that all aspects of AIM’s digital and print communications match our core purpose, ensure that our members are well informed and have a strong voice and that advertising revenues and commercial opportunities are maximised.  Applications close 8 May  Head of Communications – Association Of Independent Museums

Commercial Director – National Museum Wales Amgueddfa Cymru

An exciting new role and opportunity, reporting to the Director General as one of the senior leadership team. While the ability to speak Welsh is not essential for this role, we would support applicants who are interested in learning Welsh.  We are using an external recruitment company to administer the process for this job. You are welcome to apply in Welsh and this will not lead to a delay. Applications via Odgers Berndtson close 26 April Commercial Director – National Museum Wales Amgueddfa Cymru

Shell Heritage Art Collection Assistant – National Motor Museum’s Collections Centre, Beaulieu

The Shell Heritage Art Collection is housed at the National Motor Museum’s Collections Centre in Beaulieu and is one of the most important collections of 20th Century British commercial art. This is an exciting opportunity to support and assist a small team with a wide range of curatorial and administrative duties and to help deliver our exhibitions programme. The ideal person will be educated to degree level or equivalent in a relevant field with demonstrable gallery or museum experience. To apply for this position please download an application form from . Alternatively please email or call 01590 614681 if you would like an application form posted to you. Closing date: 26 April 2019 at 12 noon

Advocacy and Communications Officer – The Heritage Alliance

This is an exciting new role made possible by National Lottery Heritage funding and requiring a dynamic, proactive and reliable individual. Reporting to the Chief Executive and Head of Policy and Communications, the role incorporates a wide range of exciting communications, public affairs and policy tasks. Applicants should be able to demonstrate strong writing, website, editorial skills, communication and administrative skills. Experience working with the media, managing events and meetings is desirable. Applications close 1 May  Advocacy and Communications Officer – The Heritage Alliance

Fundraising Officer – The Rural Life Centre

To assist the Director in the development of and delivery of the forward plan of the Rural Life Centre through fundraising and promoting of the museum to outside organisations and individuals as laid down by the Trust. The Rural Life Centre is an independent museum that has recently acquired accreditation status. Our collection is based on objects associated with farming and goods used by local craftsmen circa 1750-1960. Many aspects of village and rural life are also displayed, recalling a way of life once common to the local people. The museum is distributed over ten acres of field, woodland and barns. Applications close 3 May Fundraising Officer – The Rural Life Centre

Development & Membership Manager – The Heritage Alliance

This is an exciting new role made possible by National Lottery Heritage funding and requiring a dynamic, proactive and reliable individual with a strategic outlook and a track record of fundraising and development success. Reporting to the Chief Executive, the role will be responsible for improving the financial sustainability of the Alliance through growing our membership, resources and capabilities. You will have stretching fundraising and membership growth targets, effecting a real game change in what the Alliance is able to achieve in the future. The role will comprise a wide range of communications, fundraising and development tasks, developing new sources of income, building partnerships, levering in funding and implementing new products for members. Applications close 5 May Development & Membership Manager – The Heritage Alliance

Audience Development Consultant(s) – The Alfred Gillett Trust

We wish to appoint suitably experienced Audience Development consultant(s) to develop our Audience Development Strategy and 5-year Activity Plan to inform the capital development programme. This will involve the planning, organisation and implementation of a number of consultation sessions engaging with current and new audiences from June 2019. The consultant(s) will collate and review the information gathered at these events using it to produce an Audience Development Strategy, developing the recommendations into a 5-year Activity Plan. Tenders by 5pm on 10 May Audience Development Consultant(s) – The Alfred Gillett Trust

Business Planning Consultant(s) – The Alfred Gillett Trust

The Trust are also seeking suitably experienced Business Planning consultant(s) to develop our first Business Plan. The 5-year plan will guide our activities through the capital development project and beyond, ensuring our aspirations are viable and sustainable. This will involve undertaking a business review identifying opportunities for cost saving, increasing income by recommending new approaches to fundraising, trading and other income generating activities, as well as alternative income streams. We want to identify and understand the current risks and how these can be mitigated to provide economic sustainability for the proposed museum. Tenders by 5pm on 10 May Business Planning Consultant(s) – The Alfred Gillett Trust

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

AIM Services For Members

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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.

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: 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), Ecclesiastical (Insurance), Circle Insurance Ltd (Insurance), Gateway Ticketing Systems (Visitor Analysis).

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.

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