AIM E-News 27 September 2019

New History Makers Website Launches
New History Makers Website Launches

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A Showcase Of History Makers For STEAM Students

From the expert witness in the grisly Dr Crippen murder trial, to the inventor of the first electric street tramway, you can now find out more about the lives and achievements of inspirational figures that have helped to shape Britain thanks to the new ‘History Makers’ website that has just been launched by AIM. You can visit the website at: or from the links off the main AIM website.

The website celebrates and showcases all AIM Biffa Award funded museums – over Rounds 1 and 2 – from the AIM Biffa Award History Makers Programme, with Rounds 3 and 4 to be added in 2020. Its creation has been funded by Biffa Award as part of AIM’s ‘History Makers’ funding. We would also like to thank Museums + Heritage for acting as a Contributing Third Party for AIM, as an Environmental body, supporting the AIM Biffa Award History Makers Year 4 Grant Scheme.

Besides highlighting how this funding has helped AIM member museums to create new exhibitions based on the lives of their chosen History Makers, the website will also act as a useful and fun learning resource for young people studying STEAM subjects and AIM has been working with schools and museum educators to help promote the website to STEAM students.

£12,000 Could Be Yours Via The AIM Hallmarks Awards

AIM members in England – don’t miss out on applying for a grant of up to £12,000 via the AIM Hallmarks Awards which closes on 20 November. If you need support for improving your financial sustainability or to strengthen your business strategy, then these are the ideal grants for you.

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England, the AIM Hallmark Awards are available in two strands: small grants (£3000 – £6000) and main grants (£4000 to £12000). For full information, some useful case studies of previous grant recipients and how to apply, please visit: AIM Launches Hallmarks Awards In England For 2019.

Last Opportunity To Apply For AIM Prospering Boards

AIM members in Wales and England can apply for support to help them strengthen their leadership, work more strategically or deal more effectively with emerging challenges via the AIM Prospering Boards Programme. We are allocating support on a first come first served basis. We also encourage museums in Wales to apply. Organisations must be Accredited Museums (or ones working towards Accreditation) in England and Wales. To find out more please click here.

Protect Your Museum From Energy Scams, Cold-Calls And Phishing Emails

Has your museum been contacted by bogus energy suppliers recently? Here at AIM and the AIM Energy Action Group, we have been receiving an unusually high number of reports of fake calls related to utilities from members across the UK. AIM staff have also received such calls and often the caller can use aggressive selling tactics. Take a look at our tips and advice on how to avoid energy scams in this article.


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

Gift Aid Awareness Day

Gift Aid is a vital tax relief for charities, but there’s £560m unclaimed in the sector. Join Charity Finance Group’s campaign to encourage donors to #tickthebox on 3 October and optimise your museum’s opportunity to claim – download the toolkit and get tweeting!

Know Your Finance Fundamentals

CFG training offers a wide programme, whether you’re completely new to the world of charity finance or an experienced professional, we aim to provide you with the skills you need. Find out what’s coming up in your area on the CFG website

Expert Helplines

From answering your key questions on property to tackling HR issues, CFG’s specialist corporate members offer a free helpline service to CFG members. Find out more at – you will need to be registered as a CFG member to access this benefit, so make sure you’re signed up at Joining CFG is free through your AIM membership!


News From Museums + Heritage

As part of our new partnership with Museums + Heritage who have kindly acted as a Contributing Third Party for AIM as an Environmental body, supporting the AIM Biffa Award History Makers Year 4 Grant Scheme, we will regularly feature news and updates from Museums + Heritage here in the AIM E-News that will benefit our members.

Get Set For The Oscars Of The Museum World!

The 18th Museums + Heritage Awards launches on 1 October and is the celebration of all things great in museums and heritage attractions, these are the awards that really matter. Choose from thirteen categories and get the recognition you deserve. Enter by 31 January 2020.


Other News

Arts Council England And Disability Arts Online Publish Guide To Access To Work For The Arts And Cultural Sector

Arts Council England and Disability Arts Online have published a digital guide to Access to Work – an employment support programme run by the Department for Work and Pensions. The guide, which is available in a variety of different formats including easy read and audio-only, clarifies the Access to Work process and provides specific advice for the arts and cultural sector.

Publication Of The Heritage Alliance’s Inspiring Creativity Report

The Heritage Alliance have just published their Inspiring Creativity report that demonstrates the importance of heritage organisations, buildings and places in underpinning the creative industries. This exciting contribution to the advocacy of the heritage sector in the UK can downloaded here.

Celebration For Award Winning Vocational Learning Programme In Scotland

The Skills for Success vocational training programme created by Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) to open access to museum jobs has just celebrated the completion of life-changing vocational learning experiences in museums and galleries throughout Scotland. 21 men and women who took part in Skills for Success were given paid, work-based experience and a recognised qualification. Congratulations to you all. Read all about Skills for Success and case studies from learners here.

Copyright Enforcement And Using Images At Your Museum

If you are updating your marketing materials at your museum or sourcing new photos for your museum website, it can be easy to accidentally use copyrighted images by mistake. Facing a claim of copyright infringement can be worrying, so we asked Patrick Ibbotson, Operations and Projects Manager at Naomi Korn Associates, specialists in copyright, data protection and licensing, to give us his top tips to help our members if they find themselves facing this situation. In addition, Naomi Korn Associates are offering AIM members 15% off all their public training.

Improve Visitor Satisfaction At Your Museum Through Sentiment Analysis

Sentiment analysis (or opinion mining) has become a hot-trend topic of market research in the past few years and it can show you what your museum visitors think and feel about their experience at your organisation – very useful if you are putting together funding bids or business planning documents. Professor Paul A. Phillips, Founder and CEO PitonsAnalyticsPlus, has written an overview on Sentiment Analysis and is available to have a phone chat with any AIM member that would like to find out more.

Have You Googled Your Museum Recently?

Have you Googled your museum recently? Then chances are that you have seen what Google calls a Knowledge Graph Panel. Find out how to make this work for your museum with some advice and tips from Simon Sadek from AIM Associate Suppliers, 360 Virtual Tour Co. Simon has also written an extremely useful guide that explains about the importance of Google My Business – a free Google listing that all AIM member Museums should be aware of to make sure their data is correct and visible to customers across the Google platform.

What Are Your Insurance Concerns? Please Help Inform A New Portal For Museum Insurance

Hayes Parsons Insurance Brokers, a long-time associate member of AIM, are looking to develop insurance solutions exclusively for AIM members. We are working with them to help ensure that our members insurance questions are answered.

What are your frustrations, do you know what to insure against, what risk management advice do you receive, how do you currently purchase, do you think you are paying too much, anything else which we would need to know to try and build a bespoke solution?

Please email your comments to Ben Leah at Hayes Parsons, at the dedicated email of

Sign Up Your Museum To become A Dementia Friends Champion

There are approximately 850,000 people currently living with dementia in England, and the number of cases is estimated to almost triple by 2050. In October 2018, Brunel’s SS Great Britain Trust started running Dementia Friends induction sessions and has now created over 100 Dementia Friends among staff and volunteers.

Leila Nicholas, Communities Officer, ran the sessions for the Trust and commented: I would highly recommend other museums consider working with Dementia Friends. The training is helpful, and you get sent all the resources from the Alzheimers Society to run the sessions. You can register as a Dementia Friends Champion on the Dementia Friends website.

Join The Cultural Governance Alliance For Free

Membership of the Cultural Governance Alliance is free and open to anyone interested in promoting good governance. One membership benefit is the CGA newsletter with a recent edition focusing on the challenges and opportunities boards face when it comes to digital. Sign up today to receive links to the newsletter archive and future editions.

Event: Inclusivity And Audiences Day — Smashing Systems And Building Blocks

The Arts Marketing Association are running this event on Thursday 7 November 2019 in Birmingham. Inclusivity and Audiences Day is a multi-speaker day event that combines talks, workshops and discussion to reframe your knowledge and offers tools to change how you and your organisation work in addressing challenges around inclusivity. Further details and the simple application form can be found here.

Tickets Now Available For The New Kids In Museums Symposium: How Can Museums Support Young People’s Employability?

This symposium will explore how the museums sector is supporting young people’s employability and how you might develop your work in this area. You will gain an insight into what other organisations are doing, how young people experience these programmes and where you might take your work in the future. Runs 12 November at London Transport Museum

Booking Is Open For The BAfM (British Association of Friends of Museums) Annual Conference/AGM

Book now for the BAfM (British Association of Friends of Museums) Annual Conference/AGM which runs 11 – 13 October at the Museum of Reading. The theme will be museum friends and community engagement: challenges and opportunities. Keynote Speakers: Matt Rodda, MP for East Reading and Fiona Talbott from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. For further full information visit the website.


Funding And Finance

Apply To The Dream Fund: Postcode Dream Trust

The Dream Fund is now open for applications and will be open until October 15th at 5:30pm. The Dream Fund gives organisations the chance to deliver the project they have always dreamed of, but never had the opportunity to bring to life. Funding priorities include Health & Wellbeing.

Funding For Historic Buildings & Landscapes: The Wolfson Foundation

Funding organisations managing sites of outstanding historic, architectural and cultural significance and that have a clear emphasis on public access and engagement. Grants are awarded towards conservation and restoration work, interpretation, and education spaces. Open to registered or exempt charity (or equivalent) or local authority organisations across the UK. The next decision date is December.

ICOM UK Travel Grants

ICOM UK, with support from the British Council, is offering travel grants to support staff from UK organisations seeking to build reciprocally beneficial international projects and partnerships.

The 2019-20 ICOM UK – British Council Travel Grant Scheme will enable recipients to undertake an international visit to museums to meet with international colleagues and mutually share skills, experience and expertise.  The Travel Grant Scheme supports museums and similar organisations who are starting to develop mutually beneficial international projects and partnerships.  Priority will be given to non-national museums and organisations who have not yet participated in an international project or partnership.

The grant will cover the cost of travel (including international and local transport), visas, accommodation and subsistence.  The scheme does not fund travel for international conferences and events. Further information on eligibility, application guidelines and the application form are available on the ICOM UK website.



Business Development Manager (BDM) – Brixton Windmill

The BDM will use a creative approach to generate income as well as engaging people in the growing workstreams that make up our sustainable business, strongly managing each element to achieve required outcomes. With an outward facing focus, they will lead changes in our marketing relationships and website, attracting institutions and users to purchase more. This will be underpinned by internal work to include both our offer (e.g. updating educational materials) and business processes. Closes 30 September. A full role description is available at:

Business Development Manager (BDM) – Brixton Windmill

Project Administrator – Brixton Windmill

This role is crucial to the success of the new Brixton Windmill Centre. The successful candidate will understand and be committed to the changes we need to make through two years of Power to Change (PTC) funding. They will have excellent interpersonal skills and a proven track record of administrative work in an office, project, small business or similar environment. They will have experience of using finance packages and keeping financial records so that there are excellent project processes, records and reporting. They will understand that the future of our growing social business depends on strong financial systems, accuracy and integrity. Closes 30 September. A full role description is available at:

Project Administrator – Brixton Windmill

Destination & Attraction Manager – Canal and River Trust (Newark)

We are the charity who look after and bring to life 2,000 miles of waterways across England and Wales, because we believe that life is better by water. Every role across the Trust plays its part in transforming our canals and rivers into spaces where local people want to spend time and feel better, bringing wellbeing benefits to millions. This role is about attracting new everyday audiences to everyday places as well as developing other major attraction sites. For a full role description, please click the link below. Closes 10 October.

Destination & Attraction Manager – Canal and River Trust (Newark)

Curator – Chawton House

Chawton House wishes to appoint its first Curator. The Curator will be responsible for the extraordinary early women writers library collection, and the remaining library, artworks and furniture of the Knight family that were so familiar to Jane Austen. The Curator will also review the non-library collections of furniture, art, ephemera and decorative arts, as well as leading all collections work required to secure Museum Accreditation. Working as part of a small but dedicated staff team, the Curator will also have the support of a small, skilled team of collections volunteers. Closes 14 October

Curator – Chawton House


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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: Museums + Heritage (Sector information), ATS Heritage (Interactives), 360 Virtual Tour Co. (Audio Visual/photography), Heritage Creative (museum website design), Hallett Independent (Insurance), Jarrold Publishing (Publishing), Blackwall Green (Insurance), ZMMA (Exhibition Display & Storage Systems), PitonsAnalyticsPlus (PAP) (data analytics and business transformation consultancy), Touchstone Services (Energy Consultants and AIM Energy Action Group), DC Research (Consultants).

AIM Member Trustee Vacancies

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