Seasons Greetings And Looking Ahead To The New Year With AIM
AIM will be closed for the festive period from 21 December and will reopen on 7 January. We would like to wish all our members, supporters, stakeholders and friends a happy and peaceful festive season and a prosperous New Year.
Christmas might not have arrived yet, but we are busy planning some exciting new projects and partnerships that will benefit AIM members early in 2019. We will be announcing details about these throughout January and February, but here is a taste of what’s to come in 2019.
Booking For AIM National Conference 2019 with the theme of ‘How to be a great destination’: will open on 1 February, so watch out for the conference brochure arriving in the AIM Bulletin on this date with information about speakers, schedule and our exciting social events! We will also announce our online booking across AIM social media and in the late January E-news. AIM National Conference 2019 will run 20 – 22 June 2019 at The National Civil War Centre in Newark, Nottinghamshire, so please pencil these dates into your 2019 diaries. The whole AIM staff team and Trustees look forward to seeing you in Newark next year!
New AIM And Charity Finance Group Resources: We will be making more resources from Charity Finance Group available to our members including new webinars, online publications and tips plus social media updates. Sign up now for your FREE membership of the Charity Finance Group to save your museum money and to gain free financial support from the experts!
AIM Survey: How Are We Doing?: We will be launching a new survey for both AIM members and non-members in mid-February across the UK to help us discover how we are doing, what we could do better and to find out what types of support AIM can offer in the future. Your responses will help the AIM staff team and Trustees with our planning, so please consider completing the survey when it is launched via the AIM mid-February E-News and across our social media.
Direct Debit And Other Ways To Join AIM Or Renew Your Membership Online: You can now join AIM or renew your membership via our secure online payments system. You can pay by card, request an invoice or set up payments via our NEW Direct Debit facility. We have introduced direct debits as a simple, convenient and safe way to join or renew with us but if you have any questions or need help, please email email@example.com
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 www.cfg.org.uk/aim
Technical Update Conference 2019
Bringing you all you need to know in your role on technical developments in charity finance, from regulatory updates, VAT and tax, and HR updates, to what’s going on in the world of grants and contracts which could affect your museum. It’s coming to London on 14 February! – book with your CFG member discount and spread the love at www.cfg.org.uk/Techupdate19
Make Sure Your Museum Is Equipped For Digital Transformation
Whether it’s developing your IT strategy, or taking the first steps to creating digital change, CFG’s IT and Digital event will give you inspiration, ideas and practical takeaways to implement in your museum. Runs: Thursday 14 March 2019. See the full programme and book at www.cfg.org.uk/IT19
Other News And Events
Enter Your Museum For The Museum + Heritage Awards 2019!
The annual Museums + Heritage Awards, now in its 17th year, recognises projects of excellence – innovative and ground-breaking exhibitions from galleries and visitor attractions across the UK and beyond. These range from remarkable achievements of national institutions to projects crafted with limited resources and those championing their staff and volunteers who work hard to deliver inspiring visitor experiences. Deadline for entries is Friday 1 February 2019.
GEM Advanced Workshop: The Learning Curve – How Leading A Learning Museum Can Transform Your Business
The Learning Curve has been developed to support the leading professionals of museums and cultural organisations in building resilience through learning and innovating. By exploring what it means to be a learning organisation, discussing the issues surrounding it and planning for the future, you will discover the rewards of embedding learning throughout your workplace. Runs 15 February 2019, 9.30-16.00, V&A, London
Conference: Text Artefact Identity: Horace Walpole And The Queer Eighteenth Century
This conference will bring together scholars and curators from the disciplines of Literature, Cultural History, Art and Architectural History, and Heritage to investigate LGBTQ perspectives on the “long” eighteenth century, and features keynotes from Walpole’s biographer, George Haggerty, and Matthew Reeve, who has written extensively on Gothic architecture, sexuality & aesthetics. Runs 15/16 February at Strawberry Hill in west London.
And Finally…Brunel’s SS Great Britain Short-Listed For European Museum Of The Year Award 2019
Katapult Announce Helping Hands 2019, A Christmas Charity Initiative With A £10,000 Prize
Katapult, the international guest experience agency, have announced the launch of their second Helping Hands Project. The initiative is aimed at destination-based charities within the leisure, tourism and arts sectors and promises £10,000 of design & strategic time to create a wonderful guest experience for the lucky winner. Following the success of 2018’s Helping Hands Project, with Sir Richard Arkwright’s Society at Cromford Mills (part of the Derwent Valley World Heritage Site) submissions are now being requested from charities for 2019. The deadline is Friday 11th January 2019.
Deputy Director at Avoncroft Museum
Reporting to the Museum’s Director, this new post will be in charge of the Museum’s financial, visitor and commercial operations, vital to Avoncroft’s future development and growth. Through retail, catering, public programmes, marketing and hospitality, the Deputy Director will manage a team which delivers the financial success and the reputational growth of the Museum, ensuring that all our visitors and customers take away great memories of Avoncroft. Applications close noon 2 January and a full role description can be found at:
Head of Collections and Interpretation at Avoncroft Museum
Reporting to the Museum’s Director, this new post will be responsible for the Museum’s future acquisitions, historic collections and interpretation. Our primary collection is unusual – we move entire buildings – while our other collections support this through archive and library material and smaller objects, which help illustrate the life and built heritage of the Midlands. Our interpretation is through costumed enactment and volunteer guides, as well as demonstrations, written word and audio-visual displays. Applications close noon 2 January and a full role description can be found at:
Over the past five years, the museum has opened to the public, become fully Accredited, changed to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation with a new Board of Trustees, developed an exhibitions and events programme, recruited a team of volunteers, established an online presence and ventured into retail. We now welcome over 20,000 visitors per year and are planning to expand our offer much further. As the Museum Manager, you will take the museum to the next level and build further on the foundations of this fledging museum, telling the story of the British Army’s newest and largest Infantry Regiment. The Museum Manager is responsible for the management of the museum. There is a part time Activities Officer. The Manager is responsible to the Chairman and Trustees of The Rifles Regimental Museum Trust for the management of the museum. Applications close 4 January and a full role description can be found at:
We are seeking people with a passion for Charleston to join our group of House Guides, providing a unique and special experience about the House, its inhabitants, history and extensive collection to those visiting Charleston. (Casual hours, working when the House is open, Wednesday to Sunday plus BH Mondays) Deadline for applications is by 12noon on Tuesday 8 January 2019 and a full role description can be found at:
Collections Care and Documentation Officer at Brooklands Museum
We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic individual to join the Collections Department at Brooklands Museum in the role of Collections Care and Documentation Officer. We are open to applications from people who have a range of experiences and while a formal museum qualification is desirable, it is not essential. We are looking for the right candidate who wants to take the next step in their career. This is a new position and comes at an exciting time to join the Museum. We are building on the success of our award-winning permanent galleries, The Brooklands Aircraft Factory and Flight Shed. This role is sponsored by the Heritage Lottery Fund through the Aircraft Factory and Race Track restoration project. Our collection is at the core of how we tell the fantastic stories of Brooklands, the people that worked here and their contribution to both motorsport and aviation throughout the 20th century. This post is fundamental for us to continue to deliver a visitor experience that uses the collection in a dynamic way. Applications close midnight Sunday 13 January 2019 and a full role description can be found at:
Tender: Education Consultant Contract for National Paralympic Heritage Trust
The National Paralympic Heritage Trust are seeking to appoint an Education Consultant to deliver a suite of resources aimed at Key Stages 2,3, and 4 for use in their Learning and Engagement Programme. This is an exciting chance to contribute to a prestigious and rewarding national project that seeks to help young people to explore the world of the Paralympics, it’s history, technological development and values whilst also challenging perceptions to disability. Expressions of interest by 15 January 2019. Full tender brief can be found at:
We have a wonderful, exciting position, generously funded by the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust, for a trainee gardener to work with Charleston’s Head Gardener over a 12 month period. The Garden Trainee will take part in all aspects of the practical work undertaken throughout the site. The Trainee will benefit from experiencing all seasons in the Charleston Garden including the planning and maintenance of spring and summer displays and perennial vegetable growing, ‘dressing’ venues for events and making flower arrangements and bouquets for performers and for visitor areas. (full time, fixed term for 12 months). Deadline for applications is by 12noon on Thursday 17th January 2019 and a full role description can be found at:
Trades and Crafts Interpreter (Bakehouse) at Weald & Downland Living Museum
To undertake interpretation demonstrations on site to enhance visitor experience, to support the work of the volunteers at the Museum, particularly those working in the bakehouse and dairy, as well as other trades and crafts areas, and assist in their training and to manage the daily housekeeping and good presentation of the bakehouse, dairy and other trades and crafts areas. Applications close 5 February and a full role description can be found at:
Domestic Interpreter at Weald & Downland Living Museum
To undertake interpretation demonstrations on site to enhance visitor experience, to support the work of the volunteers at the Museum, particularly those working in the historic houses, and assist in their training and to manage the daily housekeeping, domestic arrangements and good presentation of the Tudor kitchen and other houses. Applications close 5 February and a full role description can be found at:
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