AIM E-News 28 February 2019

Be An Early Bird! Book Discounted Tickets For AIM National Conference 2019

AIM updates, new funding, museum jobs and sector news

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What Are We Doing Right – And What Can We Do Better? Tell Us In The AIM Survey!

Please take just ten minutes to tell us how you feel about AIM and how we can improve services for our members and stakeholders in the future. The results of the survey will be used to create new publications, events and funding streams for our members – so please use this opportunity to tell us what you would like to see. The survey will close on 4 March.

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

Year One AIM Hallmarks Grant Recipients Announced

We are pleased to announce the grant recipients from Year One of the AIM Hallmarks Awards that have been allocated funding totalling £54,885. Funded by Arts Council England through AIM’s National Portfolio Organisation funding, the AIM Hallmarks Awards will provide grants totalling around £55,000 each year over the next four years.

Museums in Wales can now apply for small grants through the AIM Hallmarks Awards to boost their financial sustainability. The new opportunity is thanks to a programme supported by the Welsh government through the Museums, Archives and Libraries Division. AIM members in Wales have until 12 April to apply.

The Climate Change Levy (CCL) Is Rising: How Will It Affect Your Museum?

On the 1st April 2019, Climate Change Levy (CCL) is due to rise by about 45% for Electricity and 67% for Gas. This price rise is going to impact on museums – especially small and medium sized AIM member museums – who will also be facing other price rises in 2019. But the AIM Energy Action Group can help you for free – so don’t despair! Please read this article for further support and advice: The Climate Change Levy (CCL) Is Rising

Get Free Support For Your Chairs And Vice Chairs

We have secured 30 free memberships of the Association of Chairs for AIM member museums in Wales and England. Over half of these free memberships have now been allocated, so please ask your Chair or Vice Chair to apply soon for this great offer.

Membership benefits include: The chance to learn from the experience of Chairs in other parts of the voluntary sector through a growing peer network, the chance to attend a free briefing for new Chairs (usually £40), access to resources just for Chairs, including a free print copy of A Chair’s Compass (usually priced at £25) and discounted fees for other events.

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).

Be An Early Bird! Book Discounted Tickets For AIM National Conference 2019

Tickets for AIM National Conference are selling fast this year, so please book yours soon and enjoy the special AIM member early Bird rates until 30 April. Sponsored by Artelia, the theme this year is ‘How to be a great destination’ – so book now to find out how to make your museum a ‘must visit’!

AIM National Conference 2019 will run 20 – 22 June at The National Civil War Centre in Newark and it promises to be an exciting event with inspiring speakers, unique social events and the chance to network with colleagues. Our conferences are well known for being friendly and informative and we have built in more networking opportunities this year so you can catch up with friends and meet new colleagues and exhibitors from across the museum sector.

Don’t forget – AIM members can apply for an AIM Training Grant to help cover the costs of attending, but please apply soon. We can’t wait for conference this year, so come and join us in Newark from 20- 22 June.

Closing Soon: AIM Prospering Boards

Museums in England have until 8 March to get in touch and find out about applying 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. Find out more at: AIM Prospering Boards.

AIM And Charity Finance Group: Diversifying Your Museum’s Income Through Trading

Charity Finance Group corporate members haysmacintyre are a leading top 25 firm of chartered accountants and tax advisers. Their Senior Manager, Jane Askew, has written a guest article for AIM where she discusses why more charities are turning to diversifying their income streams, and what you need to consider when setting up trading in your organisation.

AIM members can join the Charity Finance Group for FREE and you can add any staff, Trustees or volunteers to your membership at no cost. Signing up takes seconds and you can then take advantage of a wide range of Charity Finance Group membership benefits. Help make your museum more financially sustainable today – sign up at: CFG website

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

Don’t Miss Early Bird Discount For The CFG Annual Conference 2019

Don’t miss out on your early bird place for Charity Finance Group’s Annual Conference on Thursday 16 May – it’s the must-attend charity finance event of the year and brings together sector leaders and professionals of all levels. There’s a brilliant speaker line-up delivering practical and strategic insights to apply in your organisation and it’s a unique chance to connect with your colleagues in the sector and share experiences and challenges. Early bird closes on Monday 4 March – don’t miss out book now (to get your early bird discount join CFG for free through your AIM membership)

FREE CFG Members’ Meetings Coming Up In March And April

Charity Finance Group, with support from its specialist corporate membership, holds free meetings for its charity members, providing an opportunity to discuss key issues in depth. The next meetings are coming up in London on: Thursday 7 March, which is an interactive session exploring how you can get the most out of your team and help them to achieve their potential, and Thursday 4 April, a meeting which will be delving into the world of investment. It’s also a great chance to meet others in the sector and discuss your museum’s key challenges. (Attendees will need to be members of CFG to book their free place. CFG membership is free for AIM members – join up now).

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

A Chair’s Compass

Whether you are new to chairing or a highly experienced Chair, the Association of Chairs’ flagship guide is a must read. A Chair’s Compass is a practical guide to the role and how to be more effective in it. The guide focuses on the Chair’s perspective and the particular challenges and opportunities of the role. It seeks to provoke thought and action. If you join AoC, you will receive a free print copy of the guide (worth £25). Through our partnership with AoC, we currently have 30 free memberships to give away. Please contact

Other News And Events

Free E-Book – Preserving Heritage: The No-Nonsense Guide To Producing A Highly Effective Website For The Heritage Sector

If you are contemplating a museum website redesign or thinking of commissioning a new website, then a new e-book by AIM Associate Suppliers, Heritage Creative, is well worth a read. Everything is covered from picking and hiring a design team, funding, developing a strategy, contracts and legal issues and getting more visitors, to keeping your site running effectively once it has been launched. You can download it for free at: Preserving Heritage book.

Deaf And Disabled People’s History In Museums: What Next?

For the past three years, the History of Place project has worked to tell the story of deaf and disabled people over eight historic sites covering 800 years of history. As a next move, the Accentuate project – which ran History of Place – is creating a work placement programme for deaf and disabled people. To get it right, the team would really appreciate the candid insights of people from across the independent museum sector and they have created a quick survey to gain feedback.

Borrow The Identifying Plastics Toolkit

The Museum of Design in Plastics has a fantastic resource for helping museums to identify different types of plastics which can assist with Collections Care projects. The toolkit is free to borrow – you simply need to cover postage costs. It has been regularly used by museums (and other organisations) both in the UK and across Europe.

Copyright And No Deal Brexit For Cultural Heritage And Educational Establishments

Naomi Korn Associates have written a very useful article on the copyright implications in case of a no deal Brexit. They are also running a Copyright Essentials workshop at The Imperial War Museum, London, on 14 March.

Kids In Museums Launch Training Programme For 2019

Kids in Museums have just launched their latest training programme which includes two new workshops this spring. Topics include Young People and Wellbeing and Welcoming Families and Young People with Autism. Find out all information and how to book at: Kids in Museums launch 2019 training programme.

Online Workshop: PR On A Shoestring — A Practical Guide To Catching The Media’s Attention

Created by the Arts Marketing Association (AMA) with trainer and veteran journalist, Evadney Campbell, this online workshop will show you how to create effective PR campaigns. You’ll discover how to maximise media opportunities for exposure on a shoestring. AIM members can buy tickets at the AMA member rate of £55 + VAT. Runs 4 April from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm.

Heritage Dot Conference Bursary Scheme

From 3 – 4 June, the University of Lincoln is hosting ‘Heritage Dot’, the inaugural conference exploring digital horizons in relation to cultural heritage. They are currently offering bursaries made possible by funding from the conference’s co-hosts, The National Lottery Heritage Fund. The bursary scheme ends 4 March.

Workshop: Interpretive Writing

Led by Bill Bevan at the Association for Heritage Interpretation, this interpretive writing workshop will let you develop your own interpretive writing skills to help you engage and connect with your audiences through exhibitions, panels, leaflets and other written media. The workshop is for you if your role involves writing to engage your audiences. Runs 1 April at the National Brewery Centre, Burton upon Trent.

Funding And Finance

Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grants

This programme provides funding for travel and other practical costs to help museum professionals with collection and exhibition research projects and professional development. They have £75,000 to award annually, and this year have changed the grant thresholds: individuals can now apply for grants of up to £2,000 at any time. Requests for above £2,000 will be considered at committee meetings twice a year, and the deadline for the first large grant meeting is Wednesday 20 March. More information, including guidance for applicants, can be found here: Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grants

The Rayne Foundation

The Rayne Foundation makes grants to charitable and not-for-profit organisations across the UK tackling a variety of issues, with a number of areas of special interest: Young people’s improved mental health; Arts as a tool to achieve social change and Improved quality of life for carers and for older people. Grants typically fall in the range of £10,000 – £20,000 per annum for up to three years. Applications can be submitted at any time and are a two stage process. Find out full information at: The Rayne Foundation.

Austin And Hope Pilkington Trust

To apply for this grant round, you must meet the following criteria: project must relate to Children aged between 0 and 11 and your charity’s operating income and operating expenditure must be a minimum of £100,000 and a maximum of £1,000,000. Full information at: Austin And Hope Pilkington 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

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

Operations Manager – Gairloch Museum

The Operations Manager is responsible for the day to day running of the Museum including the financial processes, working with volunteers and overseeing the retail operations. You will be responsible for growing the income and membership including effective marketing and building upon the social media presence. You will build links with local organisations and manage the tenants of the building. Applications are invited from people who have experience in a similar role with strong organisational and book keeping skills. To be successful in this post you will have the experience and the ability to work alongside volunteers and the general public. Applications close 14 March and a full role description can be found at: Operations Manager – Gairloch 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: Bryn Jones Associates (consultants), 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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AIM National Conference 2019
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AIM National Conference 2019 will take place 20 – 22 June 2019 at The National Civil War Centre - Newark Museum and the theme for 2019 is ‘How To Be A Great Destination’.

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