AIM E-News 18 February 2019

AIM News

Take Ten Minutes To Tell Us How Can AIM Support You

The latest AIM member and stakeholder survey was recently launched, and we are delighted at the response so far, but if you haven’t yet completed it, please consider taking just ten minutes to tell us what AIM is doing right – and what we can do better.

The survey is open to AIM members and stakeholders across the UK and by taking part, you will be directly helping to contribute to the future of AIM. We have had hundreds of responses so far, so please add your thoughts so we can better support our members and stakeholders in the future. Further information and a link to the survey can be found at: AIM member and stakeholder survey 2019

New Support For Chairs And Vice Chairs Of AIM Member Museums

Chairs or Vice Chairs on the boards of AIM member museums In England, Wales and Scotland can now access support through new AIM partnerships with the Association of Chairs and ACOSVO (the Association of Chief Officers of Scottish Voluntary Organisations). Please click here to find out more.

For members in England and Wales, AIM has agreed to fund 30 free one-year memberships of the Association of Chairs, to give museum Chairs or Vice Chairs the chance to benefit from the support available from the AoC. 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).

Get A Grant To Come To AIM National Conference 2019

Booking for AIM National Conference 2019 sponsored by Artelia is open and we are looking forward to welcoming everyone in Newark from 20 – 22 June where the theme of conference this year is ‘How to be a great destination’.

AIM members can apply for an AIM Training Grant to help cover the cost of attending, but please don’t miss out, because these need to be booked at our Early Bird rate by 30 April. Book online securely in just one click here.

AIM National Conference is renowned for its friendly, informal atmosphere and inspiring schedule which aims to give you fresh ideas and practical solutions that you can immediately use in your own museum. But if you have never attended before, ease yourself into conference with our lunch hosted by AIM Trustees for first time delegates – just tick the box when you book!

Want to know more? Visit the main conference webpage for all information or email

Next Deadlines From AIM – Don’t Miss Out!

Museums in England have until 8 March to apply for support from the AIM Prospering Boards to help them strengthen their leadership, work more strategically or deal more effectively with emerging challenges. AIM Prospering Boards can provide one-to-one consultancy support, tailored to the needs of individual boards of trustees. Our members in Wales have until 31 March to apply. Find out more at: AIM Prospering Boards.

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.

Take The Pain Out Of Insuring Your Collections: Top Tips From Hallett Independent

AIM Associate Suppliers and Art and Heritage insurance specialists, Hallett Independent, have kindly written some top tips for AIM members to help take the tedium out of sorting your insurance. Take a look at their advice and get in touch with them here.


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

Charity Property Matters Survey 2018

CFG members Ethical Property Foundation, in partnership with the Charity Commission and Charity Finance Group, have published the findings from their fourth Charity Property Matters Survey. You can view the full report and survey findings at: Charity Property Matters Survey 2018

IT And Digital Conference 2019

CFG’s biggest event in IT and digital comes to London on 14 March. Whatever stage you’re at on your museum’s digital journey, there’s a brilliant line-up of speakers on a comprehensive day packed with practical and strategic ideas for you to take away. CFG members get discounted rate, so book your spot here (and don’t forget AIM members can join CFG absolutely free as part of their AIM membership in order to get discount on events just like these – join up at

CFG Launches Podcast

Charity Finance Group is delighted to launch The CFG Podcast which is open to everybody and aims to bring you important conversations with charity sector leaders and experts on charity finance. The first podcast is entitled ‘Risk and your charity’ – listen 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

Support For New Chairs

Taking on a new chairing role comes with a steep learning curve. Knowing that you have the leadership skills, knowledge and resilience to call on during your time in role, ensures that you will be able to respond to new challenges and lead your organisation. The Association of Chairs which supports Chairs and Vice Chairs of charities, has just opened bookings for its popular New Chairs Briefing in London on 20 March. Join this workshop to meet other Chairs, reflect on your skills and build your confidence. The workshop is free for AoC members and £40 for non-members.

Other News And Events

Data Protection In A No Deal Brexit – The Action You Need To Take

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport have recently launched data guidance on the steps you ned to take in the event of a no deal Brexit. Although the UK’s own data protection standards would remain the same (the GDPR will come into our domestic law), there would be changes to how personal data transfers from the EU/EEA to the UK, which could affect your organisation. Click here for support and resources.

EU Exit Guide From Arts Council England

Arts Council England has just published a guide that shares relevant government information to help arts and cultural organisations prepare in the event that the UK exits from the European Union without a withdrawal agreement. EU Exit Guide From Arts Council England

New Report: Understanding The Social Purpose Of Digital Technology For Arts And Heritage Organisations

Interested in connecting digital and social purpose in your work? Culture24’s newly published report Let’s Get Real 6, based on the recent collaborative action research project, demonstrates that this needn’t involve starting new projects but rather looking at your organisation’s existing digital work in a different way – exploring how it supports the social values that matter most to people.

Request For Input Into A New Book On Museum Visitor Experiences

If you have any research that reveals how your visitors think, feel and behave or why they visit your museum or heritage site, Dr. Richard McLauchlan would like to hear from you. Richard is currently writing a book that will share the experiences and research findings of museums of all types and sizes throughout the world. He is also keen to hear about any initiatives undertaken that affect visitors such as new exhibitions and marketing campaigns. Please get in touch by emailing:

Call For Entries: Women’s History Network Community History Prize 2019

This annual prize of £500 is awarded to the team behind a Community History Project by, about, or for women in a particular locale or community. Submissions are welcome from projects exploring any aspect of Women’s History which include a strong element of community engagement or collaboration and which communicate a sense of heritage uncovered and learning shared by participants from outside the academic or professional heritage sector. Applications close 31 May.

Nominations End Soon! The 2019 Charity Awards

These Awards provide a perfect opportunity for you to propel your charity’s work into the spotlight. Submitting an entry is free and can support your organisation’s efforts to influence policy-makers and funders as well as boosting the morale of your staff and stakeholders. Applications close 22 February.

Applications Open For The Heritage Volunteering Group Volunteer Leader of the Year Award

The Volunteer Leader of the Year Award celebrates the achievements of those who have made a difference and recognises innovative and outstanding examples of volunteer leadership and management within the heritage sector. Whether a Volunteer Coordinator, part-time supervisor, paid or unpaid – if you know someone who has made a real difference to their organisations or their volunteers then please enter them for the award. Nominations by 12 March.

GEM Training: Essentials Of Leadership 2019

Essentials of Leadership provides the opportunity to develop your understanding and application of good practice. It will help you make best use of your personal qualities, skills and attributes. Through the course you will be supported to develop a leadership style and practice which is authentic to you, is adaptable and always growing and developing. Runs in Leeds on 9 April.


Funding And Finance

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

With a focus on supporting smaller charitable and not-for-profit organisations within the UK, with a total annual income under £500,000, who work in the most deprived urban areas or the most remote and socio-economically deprived rural areas. Within these overarching themes, they support projects which fall under the broad headings of Community Support, Arts, Education and Heritage. They run an on-line application process and you can make applications at any time of the year.

The Heritage Impact Fund Launches

The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF), the specialist lender to the UK’s heritage projects, has launched a new £7m social investment fund to enable organisations to deliver economic and social impact from the re-use of the UK’s heritage buildings. They are offering loans from £25,000 to £500,000 for up to three years with tailored terms and both flexible and incentivised interest rates for impactful projects. Full information and how to apply at: The Architectural Heritage Fund



Events and Marketing Manager – Arundells

Arundells is seeking a dynamic, part-time, Events and Marketing Manager to join our small and closely-knit team. The post holder will build upon and extend the exciting programme of small and medium scale events, administering this process from start to finish and taking responsibility for successful ‘front of house’ delivery. Arundells is one of the key tourist attractions within the beautiful and historic City of Salisbury. Lead responsibility for promoting this enjoyable and interesting heritage property to visitors from far and wide will be one of the core aspects of this job. Applications close 22 February and a full role description can be found at:

Events and Marketing Manager – Arundells

Fundraising Manager – Gilbert White & The Oates Collections

The Fundraising Manager will join Gilbert White & The Oates Collections at an exciting time of the museum’s development as we celebrate the major redevelopment project and aim to build on this success to grow supporters. We will look to this position for leadership of a new fundraising department and appropriate strategy to deliver year-on-year growth in voluntary income. We are looking for an experienced individual with a good track record in fundraising for charities, particularly in writing successful and engaging grant proposals from trusts and foundations, and of cultivating relationships with funding bodies and individuals. Applications close 24 February and a full role description can be found at:

Fundraising Manager – Gilbert White & The Oates Collections

Weddings & Events Manager – Gilbert White & The Oates Collections

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the team at Gilbert White & The Oates Collections as our wedding and special events manager. You will be responsible for the whole wedding package, from enquiry through to ceremony. This will involve, marketing, taking bookings, costing packages, raising invoices, acting as wedding co-ordinator for each wedding and providing any necessary aftercare. This role will carry responsibility for smooth running of the charity’s key events, working with the team to stage exciting and profitable larger-scale events. Please contact the duty manager for an application pack.

Weddings & Events Manager – Gilbert White & The Oates Collections

Curator – Burgh House and Hampstead Museum

The Curator at Burgh House and Hampstead Museum is responsible for Burgh House’s collection, the permanent displays, temporary exhibition programme and education and outreach work. Working as part of a small management team at Burgh House, which comprises a Director, Deputy Director and Front of House Manager, the Curator will also be closely involved with the day-to-day running of this historic building and will therefore be involved in a wide range of other tasks.  The job is perfect for an enthusiastic, motivated curator who can take this role and make it their own. Applications close 1 March and a full role description can be found at:

Curator – Burgh House and Hampstead Museum

Director Of Creative Services – SS Great Britain

In the Director of Creative Services, SS Great Britain seeks candidates with experience in marketing, digital services, interpretation, fundraising or audience engagement who have the breadth of experience and ambition to deliver the best possible experience for broad and diverse audiences.  Entrepreneurial and collaborative, they will be highly audience focussed, with a strong enthusiasm for the content and interpretation of SS Great Britain, the ship and its collections. They will be strong on both leadership and management skills, able to inspire their team to take some risks in their pursuit of an exceptional experience whether or not they come with prior museum experience.  This is a unique opportunity requiring outstanding skills, both strategically and in delivery. Applications close 6 March and a full role description can be found at:

Director Of Creative Services – SS Great Britain

Head of Communications and Audience Development – The Charleston Trust

We are seeking an enthusiastic, motivated individual to lead on all of Charleston’s communications, devising and implementing a strategy and leading on all marketing campaigns for the House, Garden, exhibitions, events, shop, venue hire, restaurant and festivals. This role also includes developing our audiences and working in close consultation with the Audience Development strategy and other key Heads of department across the organisation. Applications close 25 February and a full role description can be found at:

Head of Communications and Audience Development – The Charleston Trust

Operations Manager and Visitor Experience – The Charleston Trust

We are seeking a highly organised individual with excellent customer service experience to join the busy front of house team ensuring that all of Charleston’s day to day operations are running smoothly.  This role also includes the management of a team of Guides and Volunteer House Stewards who work in the house providing tours and in-depth information about Charleston. This role also promotes, coordinates and manages group visits to the house. Applications close 26 February and a full role description can be found at:

Operations Manager and Visitor Experience – The Charleston Trust

Heritage Engineering Manager – Brooklands Museum

As Heritage Engineering Manager you will be responsible for the planning and delivery of key projects.  These will range from routine maintenance of our historic car and motorcycle collection to the development and co-ordination of preservation works on our aircraft.  You will work closely with our teams of volunteers, providing direction and ensuring all activities are carried out to the highest possible standard.  The Heritage Engineering Manager will play a vital role in the live running of key historic vehicles and aircraft, which we use to bring the site to life in a safe and enjoyable way for our visitors. Applications close 3 March and a full role description can be found at:

Heritage Engineering Manager – Brooklands Museum

Cultural Outreach Officer – Bucks County Museum

Bucks County Museum and the Bucks Cultural Partnership have a fantastic opportunity for a museum and heritage or creative industries professional with significant experience in the heritage or cultural sector working with different organisations to create meaningful partnerships and cultural offers that impact on people’s lives. Working with the Chair of the Bucks Cultural Partnership and steering committee partners, you will develop the new Bucks Cultural Strategy and work with Bucks individuals and organisations to create new opportunities to participate in and experience culture in non -traditional ways. You will have great advocacy and project management skills, along with creativity and innovation and a sound understanding of the cultural and heritage sectors. Applications close 27 February and a full role description can be found at:

Cultural Outreach Officer – Bucks County 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: 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), Marge Ainsley (Consultant & Training), Tarnside (Fundraising Consultants).

AIM Member Trustee Vacancies

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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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AIM National Conference 2019
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