AIM E-News 21 January 2019

Read about Making Tax Digital and view a webinar from the Charity Finance Group in this news

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New AIM Guide For Boards: Planning To Recruit A Manager

If you are a Trustee of a museum or heritage organisation, a new AIM Guide called ‘Planning to Recruit A Manager’ will help you to focus on the stages of recruitment that take place before you even advertise, as well as outlining where you can find more information to help with running the recruitment campaign itself.

Written for AIM by Alex Lindley – the director of Alchemy, a HR and Organisational Development consultancy – and funded by Arts Council England, the guide is free to download on the AIM website. Alex Lindley has also written some top tips on recruiting a Manager for AIM members.

AIM Conservation Grants Now Open For Applications

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.

Making Tax Digital – Be Ready For The Deadline

As part of out three year partnership with the Charity Finance Group, AIM members can now view a webinar hosted by Richard Sagar, Policy Manager at the Charity Finance Group, with HMRC in order to address some of the key questions cropping up around Making Tax Digital in the charity sector.

Making Tax Digital is the latest major new regulation coming into force this year and will affect all VAT-registered organisations with taxable turnover above the VAT registration threshold. HMRC will require records to be kept in digital format, and VAT Returns are to be filed using specialist software. Get ready for the deadline of 1 April with some advice from the webinar here.

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


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

CFG’s Midlands Conference – Only £139 For Members!

Charity Finance Group’s largest event in the region returns to Birmingham on Wednesday 6 February. This event is packed with fresh ideas for 2019, regulatory changes in the charity sector which you need to know, and technical financial updates. It will also share a regional look, so you have insights on what’s going on in the local area. Plus, it’s a great chance to network with colleagues in the Midlands. Save yourself a seat at

Finance For Fundraisers – CFG Training

Calling all fundraisers, funders and finance professionals in fundraising teams! Join CFG for our Finance for Fundraisers training on 11 February in London. This day will empower you in your charity financial reporting knowledge, show you how you can analyse and utilise charity accounts, and much more. See the full programme and book with CFG member rate at (CFG membership is free for AIM members – sign up at


Other News And Events

Museums And Galleries Tax Relief: Can You Offer Feedback To Arts Council England?

If you have successfully claimed Museums and Galleries Exhibition Tax Relief, then Arts Council England would like to hear about your experience. How easy was the claim to administer? Were there any costs involved? What impact has the money you were able to claim made on your museum? The aim with collecting this information is to work with government to ensure that the claim process is as simple as possible but also to highlight the value of the relief to museums. Please email with your feedback by 28 February.

The Museum + Heritage Awards 2019: Enter The Volunteer(S) Of The Year Award For Free

Don’t forget that you can enter your museum volunteers for the Volunteer(S) Of The Year Award at the annual Museums + Heritage Awards.  Designed to be a real boon for those who work so hard to make a difference, this category is in partnership with AIM and is free of charge to enter and open to all museums, galleries, gardens, landscapes and heritage visitor attractions across the UK.

Try Something New For Disabled Access Day 2019

The award-winning movement, Disabled Access Day, is set to return on Saturday 16th March 2019 and AIM members can still signup to take part. One in five people in the UK are disabled and have a collective spending power of around £250 billion. Museums and attractions are being urged to make the most of Disabled Access Day and the accessible tourism market by ‘trying something new’ to welcome disabled visitors. For full information – including ideas on how to get involved – please click here.

The Future High Streets Fund: Get Involved

Recently launched by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, the new Future High Streets Fund will help local authorities in England to transform their town centres and make them fit for the future. With £55 million earmarked to restore historic buildings and other opportunities for creative partnerships between museums and local government, we encourage AIM members to get in touch with their local authorities now before the deadline of 22 March.

New Digital Marketing Modern Apprenticeships From Museums Galleries Scotland

Museums Galleries Scotland, in partnership with Sixth Sense Training, have developed an exciting new opportunity to kick off the New Year. The brand-new Digital Marketing Modern Apprenticeship Programme will allow six Scottish museums or galleries to offer an existing or new employee the chance to learn new skills while undertaking a nationally recognised qualification. Applications close on Friday 1 March at 12 noon.

The Boom Of eBay Fundraising

Charity Digital News recently reported that eBay raised £22.5m during 2018 for good causes – up 13% on the previous year. The online auction website has revealed that last year it raised £60,000 a day, which equates to £2,500 an hour for charities. If you have considered setting up an eBay store for your museum, click here for some top tips and advice to help get started. Or take a look at this useful article by White Fuse: How to build a charity ebay shop.

Call For Papers: Social History Curators Group Annual Conference

This year’s Social History Curators Group (SHCG) conference which runs 18/19 July in Edinburgh will explore how we represent our audiences and communities in the museum space, and question whether social history collections can do more to improve representation across collections and exhibitions. SHCG is inviting speakers to discuss how we can transform our collections to make them representative and redress imbalances in the museum space.

Arts Marketing Association: Inclusivity And Audiences Symposium

Challenge your ideas about inclusivity and equity in relation to audience engagement at this one-day event from the AMA. It will challenge you, but it will also equip you with confidence to make changes and shape your workplace at a new level. You’ll hear from speakers who will share good practice and help you clarify your approach in engaging new and diverse audiences. Runs 11 February 2019 Conference Aston, Birmingham.


Funding And Finance

Art Fund And AAMC Foundation Conference Travel Fellowship

This programme is a collaboration between Art Fund and the US-based Association of Art Museum Curators Foundation, to enable UK curators to travel, network and develop relationships with their international peers. Applications are open until 12 February 2019.

The Idlewild Trust Conservation Grants

The Trust supports the conservation of important works of art and objects that are being lost through the lack of funds to look after these works. Conservation Reports need to be completed and available before you apply. The next closing date is 7 February 2019 (midnight) for a decision in May 2019.

The Fore

The Fore is the only open-access funder in the UK offering development funding and strategic support to early-stage charities and social enterprises. Funding of up to £30,000 will be available to support small charities, social enterprises and CICs in their development. Applications open on the 1st April 2019 until the 29th April 2019. Organisations will need to have an annual turnover of less than £500,000.



Curator – Chesham Museum

Since its inception in the early 1990s the Museum has acquired a substantial archive of images, artefacts, documents and audio material. Now at an important milestone in its development, the Museum has left its former home and is actively seeking new permanent premises. While these are being sought, we are looking to recruit a volunteer Curator to help shape the new Museum for when we reopen to the public. Project-related work will be on a fee-paid basis. Applications close 15 February.

Curator – Chesham Museum

Project Evaluator – The National Coal Mining Museum for England

We have recently been awarded a HLF grant for its Coalfield Conversations project. This four-year project is aimed at increasing aboveground visitor engagement and focuses on four key areas: site welcome; a new site-wide wayfaring and interpretive signage scheme; new visitor-focused, volunteer-led activities; and growing an up-skilled volunteer cohort. The Museum is looking for an experienced evaluation consultant to evaluate the project over its four-year life, from initial benchmarking through to interim and then final project evaluation. Applications close 1 February. Project Evaluator – The National Coal Mining Museum

Consultant – Sussex Wildlife Trust

Sussex Wildlife Trust wishes to appoint a consultant to provide an interpretation plan for HLF Heritage Grant Round 2 submission.  We are currently building a new Visitor centre at our Rye Harbour nature reserve, which is an internationally important site for wading birds and many other species.  The reserve already receives large number of visitors, the majority of whom come for a walk along the beach, rather than to see wildlife. As well as being an important nature reserve, the site also has a wide range of associated military and social history. Completed tenders by 30 January.

Consultant – Sussex Wildlife Trust

Visitor Experience Manager – York Castle Museum and York St Marys

These are exciting times to join the Trust as we start to explore an exciting new redevelopment project for York Castle Museum. We are currently seeking a Visitor Experience Manager for York Castle Museum and York St Marys. The successful candidate will develop, lead and manage the delivery of excellent customer service, ensuring that our visitors have the best possible experience. You will have a relevant management qualification or equivalent experience in a similar role. Excellent interpersonal, communication and influencing skills are essential for this post, together with experience of team leadership and line management of staff. Applications close 4 February

Visitor Experience Manager – York Castle Museum and York St Marys

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:

Trades and Crafts Interpreter (Bakehouse) at Weald & Downland Living Museum

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:

Domestic Interpreter at Weald & Downland Living Museum


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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).

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