AIM E-News 18 July 2018

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AIM Members Are Signing Up To Charity Finance Group – Are You?

Puzzled by Gift Aid, confused by tax or perplexed by pensions? Then make sure your museum takes advantage of free membership of the Charity Finance Group which is now an added benefit of your existing AIM membership.

We have had many members from across the UK already sign up and joining the Charity Finance Group simply requires completing a short online form. You can add any additional members of your museum staff, trustees and volunteers to the CFG membership free of charge.

The membership comes with a host of benefits including free access to CFG’s helplines, access to CFG’s online document library containing over 400 documents and publications and emailed copies of CFG’s monthly magazine Finance Focus and an annual Economic Outlook Briefing.

AIM Conservation Grants: Next Round Closes 31 September

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 close on the 31 September.

The round features three different funding schemes: Remedial Conservation Scheme, Collections Care Scheme and Collections Care Audits. Find out more and how to apply at: AIM Conservation Grants: Next Round Closes 31 September

Grants Of Up To £90,000 For History Makers In England

The third and final round of the AIM Biffa Award History Makers Programme is now open for applications from AIM member museums in England. Check your eligibility and find out how to apply here.

Grants of up to £90,000 are available to support museums by creating new exhibitions featuring the lives and achievements of extraordinary, historical figures who have made a significant impact on the industrial, creative industries and arts, scientific, commercial or social history of the UK, helping to shape the world we live in today.

We want the funded exhibitions to be inspiring and exciting – especially for young people – and we are very keen to hear about exhibitions that would feature female history makers, notable people from the 20th century and people that have made a positive impact in the different and diverse communities of England.

Make Sure You Benefit From Prospering Boards

Help your museum board to get ahead and sign up for the new round of our Prospering Boards Programme. Open to AIM members in England, this Arts Council England funded project can help your trustees to deal more effectively with challenges and support them to work more strategically.

If you are a trustee of an Accredited Museum (or one planning for or working towards Accreditation) in England and would like to discuss what support might be available for your board, please contact AIM’s Assistant Director, Helen Wilkinson, at

For more on AIM’s support for trustees, make sure you are signed up to the AIM Heritage Trustee Newsletter, with the next issue due out on 23 July. To sign up for your emailed copy, contact Sassy Hicks,

AIM Members: Sign Up Now To Receive Free Digital Membership Of The Social History Curators Group

Members of AIM can now take advantage of free digital membership of the Social History Curators Group (SHCG). This offer is available until 31 August and the free membership will run until 31 March 2019.

The Social History Curators Group was formed to improve the status and provision of social history in museums and the standards of collections, research, display and interpretation.

The group is a friendly community of history practitioners, people with an interest in social history and those that work directly with social history in museum collections. You don’t have to be a curator or an established professional to join – the group is open to anyone who works with social history.

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 fee membership of the CFG please visit

CFG Launches Report On Impact Of Brexit On Charity Workforce

As well as supporting its members with advice and best practice, CFG strives to create a fair operating environment for charities through its policy work. Last month, in partnership with the All Party Parliamentary Group on Migration and the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) it launched a major report on the effect of Brexit on charities: The charity workforce in post-Brexit Britain: immigration and skills policy for the third sector. Download a copy of the report from the CFG website.

Gift Aid Conferences In Birmingham And Manchester – Just £99

With an estimated £560m unclaimed Gift Aid, we’re on a mission to ensure that no charity is missing out on this benefit. Join us in Birmingham on 12 September or Manchester on 3 October for one of our one-day Gift Aid conferences. Once you’ve registered as a CFG member, you can claim our member delegate rate of just £99. And save the date: Gift Aid National Awareness Day is on Thursday 4 October.

Other News And Events

 UK Photography Group Seeks Independent Museums For Paid Shoot Locations

With nearly 10,000 members – and a close association with the National Photographic Society – the Photoshoots Facebook group is seeking AIM member museums and heritage sites across the UK to use as shoot locations. The group can provide a location fee in exchange for using your museum as a venue for group members to practice their photography, plus they credit all locations in photographs across their group and provide digital copies for use in your own marketing. Find out more.

Top 10 Easy Tips To Improve Your Museum Website

Updating your museum website can feel like a huge task, so we spoke to Harry O’Connor, CEO of AIM Associate Suppliers, Heritage Creative, for some easy website improvement tips for our members. As a special offer to all AIM members, the team at Heritage Creative are also offering free advice on a variety of website issues.

The Heritage Alliance: #Heritagechat – Call For Questions – Pooling Learning On Youth Engagement Projects

The next Heritage Alliance Twitter chat #HeritageChat will take place on Thursday 19 July 13.00-14.00 (UK time). They will be using the theme of youth engagement with heritage (a focus of the Heritage 2020 public engagement group). Find out how to take part and the questions for this chat here.

Arts Marketing Association: Future Proof Your Organisation — Testing New Business Model And Income Generation Ideas

Inspired by the AMA’s Future Proof programme, a new online guide has been launched to help leaders of museums, arts organisations, cultural and creative companies test and review new income generation and business model ideas. The guide has been designed to enable managers, leaders and trustees to reduce risk in trying new things and to build confidence in selecting their future direction. Find the guide here.

Spectrum In Action – Collections Trust Conference 2018

Exploring how their new collections management standard, Spectrum 5.0, has been put into practice, this year’s CT conference will be at Bristol’s SS Great Britain on 13 September. Talks will include an update on the Museums Association’s new Collections 2030 research and insights into the new Museum Accreditation Scheme, plus each delegate will receive a free copy of Banish the backlog, a brand new practical guide.

…And Entries Open For The Collections Trust Award 2018

The winner of the Collections Trust Award 2018 will also be presented with the prize of £1,000 for their museum. For your chance to win, tell Collections Trust about a recent collections management activity using their online form before 30 July.

Sporting Heritage Conference 2018

Booking is now open for the Sporting Heritage annual conference, taking place in Liverpool at the Merseyside Maritime Museum, on the 14th and 15th November 2018. With a focus on community engagement, the conference aims to increase knowledge and understanding of sporting heritage practice across the UK, and the impact of sporting heritage, its importance and relevance, across many different agendas.

Funding & Finance

Headley Fellowships With Art Fund

The Headley Trust and Art Fund announced today (18 July) a new £600,000 funding programme to give curators the time and resources to develop specialist knowledge relating to their collections. Headley Fellowships with Art Fund will invest in UK museums and their curators, to enable them to realise ideas for engaging audiences with the breadth of their collections. It also aims to broker new relationships and share knowledge between museums and curators across the country. Find out how to apply: Headley Fellowships With Art Fund

ICOM UK – British Council Travel Grant Scheme

ICOM UK, with support from the British Council, is pleased to offer travel grants to support museum professionals to develop mutually beneficial international projects and partnerships for their organisations. The 2018-19 ICOM UK – British Council Travel Grant Scheme will enable recipients to undertake an international visit to meet with colleagues and share skills, expertise and experience.  The Travel Grant Scheme supports museums who are starting to develop mutually beneficial international projects and partnerships. Applications will be considered for grants up to £1,500 per organisation or consortium for visits beyond greater Europe and up to £700 for visits within greater Europe. Applications close 24 September (for travel before 11 February 2019)

Paul Hamlyn Foundation – Access And Participation Fund

PHF is interested in ensuring that a wider and more diverse group of people have access to quality artistic practice. They want to use their funding to support organisations to test, implement and develop ambitious plans to widen access to and deepen participation in the arts. They want to help organisations to build stronger evidence about what works so that they can improve practice and achieve greater impact. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Please check the Access and Participation Fund website for funding criteria and eligibility.


Visitor Services Officer – The Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum

As Visitor Services Officer, you will be developing this new post as part of the museum’s front-of-house team. You will also assist the Museum Manager/Curator with growing the museum into an attractive and sustainable heritage destination and venue by helping to develop and improve all aspects of the visitor experience and event opportunities. Applications close 20 July. Please download the full job description here: Visitor Services Officer – The Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum

Museum Manager – Calderdale Industrial Museum

This is a challenging, potentially rewarding, opportunity for the right candidate to be involved in the rebirth of what was a national award-wining museum in the 1980s. Our long-term objective is to recover that status. Whilst suitable qualifications and experience will be important, the attribute most needed will be the ability to manage, motivate, organise and work alongside a large (and growing) body of enthusiastic volunteers, most of whom have no previous experience of working in a museum. Our work up to now has been largely to redevelop and restore the fabric of the building, to make it more attractive and accessible for today’s visitor. Our focus is now shifting to Calderdale’s amazing industrial collection, as we bring more machines back to working order and develop new displays and interpretation. Applications close 20 July and all information can be found at: Museum Manager – Calderdale Industrial Museum

Contemporary Art Programme Officer – The Royal Albert Memorial Museum

We are looking for a creative and talented individual to lead the programme. They should have a proven track record of planning, delivering and evaluating original exhibitions and commissions, together with a thorough knowledge of the contemporary visual arts world. They will bring experience of forging new partnerships and a network of contacts of artists and curators. Applications close 26 July. Please download the full job description here: Contemporary Art Programme Officer – The Royal Albert Memorial Museum

Engagement Officer (Skills Development) – The Royal Albert Memorial Museum

We are looking for someone who can create collaborative partnerships with relevant learning organisations, agencies and educational establishments to encourage broader engagement with the museum and support peoples’ development. This is a fantastic opportunity for an enthusiastic person who can demonstrate a high level of creativity, initiative and innovation. Applications close 26 July. Please download the full job description here: Engagement Officer (Skills Development) – The Royal Albert Memorial Museum

Data Officer – The Royal Albert Memorial Museum

Data and insight are fundamental to the success of RAMM’s business plan, programming, fundraising and management decision-making. This is a new post created to develop a robust framework for capturing, analysing, interpreting and communicating insights into existing and potential users of our services and the impact of museum activities. We are looking for someone who is passionate about data, insight and customer research who can champion the use of data throughout the organisation. Applications close 26 July. Please download the full job description here: Data Officer – The Royal Albert Memorial Museum

Head Of Visitor Experience, Public Programmes & Collections At The Historic Dockyard Chatham

You will be an enlightened museum professional with a passion for using collections, historic buildings and environments to deliver an extraordinary visitor experience and to inspire learning, creativity & wellbeing both on and off-site. You will have experience of developing programmes and activities to encourage visitation, of working in partnership with multiple partners and be able to demonstrate a desire to thrive in the independent charitable museum sector. You will be able to think beyond traditional museum boundaries and show that you have embraced the digital revolution and can use its power beyond the dockyard walls as well as within. Applications close 27 July. Head of Visitor Experience, Public Programmes & Collections at The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Bookings and Venue Co-ordinator – Port Sunlight Village Trust

We are seeking to recruit a Booking and Venue Co-ordinator to join the Heritage Directorate. This position will support and develop our commercial activity including holiday lets, group packages, education bookings, land and venue hire, fundraising, and retail and catering. You will promote a customer-focused approach to doing business and ensure compliancy. You will have demonstrable experience of working in a similar role in a museum or visitor attraction setting. Excellent communication skills, strong attention to detail, and high levels of computer literacy are essential. Closing date for applications is Friday 3 August 2018. Bookings and Venue Co-ordinator – Port Sunlight Village Trust

Tender Opportunity: Branding and Marketing Consultant – Tiverton Museum

An experienced consultant is required to provide branding recommendations and a Marketing Plan for Tiverton Museum. The plan will be informed by findings in a new Audience Development Plan (being created during the summer 2018) to shape the future marketing of all of the museum’s services to current and potential audiences. The closing date for applications is 17 September 2018. Further information is available at: Branding and Marketing Consultant – Tiverton Museum

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