AIM E-News 3 July 2019

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AIM Launches Hallmarks Awards In England For 2019

AIM members in England can now apply for a grant of up to £12,000 through the AIM Hallmarks Awards. 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

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 three years and are available in two strands: small grants and main grants. The closing date for both strands will be 20 November 2019.

Six Museums Awarded AIM Biffa Award ‘History Makers’ Funding

Six AIM member museums from across England have just been announced as successful grant recipients in Round Three of the AIM Biffa Award ‘History Makers – People who shaped our world’ programme. Funded by Biffa Award with support from the Landfill Communities Fund, the new exhibitions will open in 2020.

Applicants in Round Three could apply for up to £90,000 to cover the costs of creating new exhibitions and together they share a total funding pot of £442,000. The museums will use their grants to create new exhibitions that will inspire the public through the lives and achievements of extraordinary, historical figures.

At the recent AIM National Conference, AIM’s Chair, Richard Evans, announced that AIM has received further funding from Biffa Award for another round of History Makers. This round (Round Four) will open for Expressions of Interest on 18 July 2019. Please check AIM E news and social media for updates.

Podcast: The Entrepreneurial Spirit In Independent Museums

AIM’s Director, Emma Chaplin, recently took part in a Charity Finance Group podcast where she chatted to CFG about the variety of AIM membership, the cultural richness they bring to local communities across the UK, and their big finance challenges and opportunities. Get a cup of tea and tune in here.

Help AIM Create A ‘History Makers’ Website

AIM will also be launching a new ‘History Makers’ website in September 2019 that will showcase all History Makers projects and act as a learning resource for young people studying STEAM subjects. You can help shape the design and content for this new History Makers website by taking part in a feedback survey here. We are especially keen to hear from young people, museum educators and parents.

New AIM Office Opens

We have just opened our new head office at The National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port. We will have more news about this office in the coming months but for now, the AIM postal address and phone number remain the same.

Using Sentiment Analysis To Immediately Improve Your Museum Visitor Experience And Grow Revenues

Data, information, fresh knowledge and insights are the lifeblood of any organisation and AIM member museums can now benefit from a new service from PitonsAnalyticsPlus (PAP) who have joined AIM as Associate Suppliers. The team are experts in helping you discover how your online data – such as Trip Advisor reviews, social media mentions and member forums – can really work for you. Find out more here.

AIM National Conference: A Big Thank You!

The AIM team and Trustees would like to thank all delegates, sponsors, speakers and exhibitors for helping to make conference this year such a success. Special thanks to Artelia – our main conference sponsors – and Hayes Parsons Insurance Brokers for sponsoring the AIM Annual Drinks Reception prior to dinner, our Friday Evening Social Event sponsors this year – Art Fund, the Saturday Study Tour sponsors Axiell and our participation session sponsors Judy Niner and Development Partners. Thanks also to the generous team at AIM Associate Suppliers, Pip Organic, for donating some rather delicious fruit juices and smoothies for our Friday evening event.

We also need to thank Rose Maxwell and the brilliant team at The National Civil War Centre for their sterling work. We are already preparing for AIM National Conference 2020 which was announced will be held at Port Sunlight from 18 – 20 June 2020.

Some of our delegates wrote insightful blog articles highlighting their conference experience that are well worth a read! Thanks to Elliot Goodger (his piece here), Emma Jhita and Dr Sophie Frost (her piece here). The August edition of the AIM Bulletin will cover more conference news in depth and is due to be published on 1 August.


News From The Charity Finance Group

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Foundation Charity Finance Training In Manchester – 15% Discount For AIM Members

If you are staff or trustee new to charity accounting, already working in charity finance but moving towards preparing statutory accounts, or would simply like a refresher, CFG’s Foundation Charity Finance training will have some valuable takeaways for you. This training takes place on Wednesday 18 September 9am – 4pm, and CFG is offering AIM members an additional 15% discount on the CFG membership rate – book your place now by emailing (if you’ve not registered to be a CFG member yet, which you can benefit from at no additional cost through your AIM membership, join at

Get Your Gift Aid Questions Answered By The Experts

Raising income through trading activities and Gift Aid has become an increasingly important source of revenue for many charities. For those who are already working with VAT and Gift Aid, CFG’s Tax Conferences are an essential day, offering tips for optimising income and how to manage VAT and Gift Aid schemes. AIM members registered with CFG receive CFG membership discount and special early bird rate – secure your place now at Tax Conference Birmingham or Tax Conference Newcastle (you can join CFG at no extra cost to your AIM membership – register at to gain access to member discounts)


Other News

Arts Council England: Consulting On The Next Ten Years (Summer 2019)

Arts Council England have recently published their draft strategy 2020-2030, which will shape development, advocacy and investment approach at ACE over the next ten years.  ACE have opened a consultation on the draft strategy to run between 1 July and 23 September 2019.

The consultation is open for anyone to take part in but is primarily designed for those working within or with the cultural sector and covers various aspects of the draft strategy and its delivery in detail. We actively encourage AIM members in England to have their say here.

PM Announces New Tourism Sector Deal

The Prime Minister has announced the UK’s first ever tourism sector deal. The new deal will revolutionise the way data is used by the sector, through the creation of new Tourism Data Hub. The hub will collate regularly updated data showing the latest trends and spends, allowing businesses to better target overseas visitors.

£100m Funding For Broadening Our Heritage Horizons In The 25th Year Of The National Lottery

One hundred million pounds of National Lottery funding will be given to large-scale, transformational heritage projects over the next three years, it has been announced.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has unveiled plans to make awards of £5m and over, with £50m to be allocated in 2020 and a further £50m in 2022.  Applications from a full range of heritage will be welcome, but all projects will need to have substantial proposals for recognising the funding contribution made by The National Lottery – and this could include naming rights similar to those agreed with private philanthropists and trusts.

Sign Up For Teen Digital Takeover

Teen Digital Takeovers empower young people to make their voices heard by taking control of museums’ social media accounts for the day. Run by Kids in Museums, this year, teenagers will be invited to take over a wider range of digital platforms, including Instagram, Facebook, organisation websites and YouTube channels. This day is always a lot of fun! Get your museum involved here.

The Best Artificial Intelligence Resources For Charities

Charity Digital have collated a list of the best resources, grants and educational sources for charities to start getting to grips with the benefits of artificial intelligence (AI). While it’s still early days for most in the charity sector, artificial intelligence is now far from being just a buzzword, so take a look at their suggestions for AI that could help your museum.

Funding Survey Key Findings

Making an effective funding bid can be a complex and time-consuming business. Although applicants put a lot of work into their bids, many still find they have been turned down. In 2018, GRANTfinder conducted a survey of funding practitioners to raise awareness of the latest developments in funding opportunities and help applicants succeed. You can download the survey report for free here.

Booking Opens For GEM Conference 2019

The GEM annual conference is the landmark CPD event of the year for heritage learning in the UK. This year the theme is ‘Connection, Action, Innovation: Forging dynamic and lasting partnerships with communities’ and conference will take place Wednesday 11 September – Friday 13 September 2019, Torquay Museum. Find all the information here.

Supporting Leadership – Call For Participants

Participants are currently being sought to take part in an online survey for Supporting Leadership, a new research and knowledge exchange project gathering information about the role of executive and administrative assistants in the cultural sector.

New Opportunities To Share And Develop Museum Archaeology Skills In The SE – Apply Now

Do you work in a museum with archaeology collections, but no access to specialist expertise? Or are you an experienced museum archaeologist keen to share your archaeology knowledge, develop your leadership and gain new insight into the broader sector?

The Society for Museum Archaeology is looking for participants for a new skills-sharing programme, organised in partnership with the South East Museum Development programme, and open to applicants in the South East as defined by SEMDP. Initial applications must be received by Monday 22nd July. To find out more about the opportunities and how you can benefit, visit the SMA website.


Funding And Finance

Collections Trust Award 2019: Win £1,000 For Your Museum

The Collections Trust Award recognises the often-unsung achievements of those who manage museum collections. That well-deserved recognition comes with a cash award of £1,000 for the winning museum. The theme of this year’s award responds to the Museum Association’s recent Empowering collections report. Above all, this calls for a culture change in favour of ‘use-led’ collections work, with clearly identifiable outcomes and high levels of participation with museum users and communities. Collections Trust agrees and wants to hear about your use-led collections projects. Enter via a simple online form before the 31 July deadline. The winner will be announced at the Collections Trust conference in Leicester on 12 September. For more information, and to enter, please click here.

The Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund

The Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund, run by the Museums Association (MA), funds a range of projects that demonstrate the significance, distinctiveness and power of collections to people. They currently award nearly £1.2m per year to around 10-16 projects, so they choose projects carefully, looking for their support might have the most impact in the context of their grant criteria. Museums, galleries and partnerships from across the UK can request sums of between £20,000-£120,000 for projects lasting up to three years. The deadline for the current grant round is 5pm on 11 September 2019. Full information is available on the MA website here.



Resonate Project Officer – Leonard Cheshire, Derbyshire

You will assist our Archivist to deliver a National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) supported project to digitise our historically important sound collection. You will be responsible for project administration, liaising with suppliers, volunteers and funders and will lead on the recruitment of project volunteers. You will help manage volunteer training, the digitisation process, assist with curatorial input and also give awareness talks to our supporters and administer the delivery of a final exhibition and event. Applications close 7 July

Resonate Project Officer – Leonard Cheshire, Derbyshire

Development Coordinator (Maternity Cover) – Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery

We have an exciting opportunity to join the Programme & Development Team at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery as a Development Coordinator. The role focuses on developing access to funding from grants, trusts, foundations and sponsors, whilst building partner relationships across a diverse range of stakeholders.

We are looking for someone who is efficient, organised and able to undertake independent research. Our ideal candidate will be highly diligent and able to interpret funding criteria to write draft project proposals. A knowledge of funding bodies that support cultural initiatives would be advantageous but is not essential. Candidates will need to enjoy collaborating with external partners and be an enthusiastic advocate for the museum. Applications close 8 July 9am, with interviews taking place Monday 15 July. For a full job description please visit:

Development Coordinator (Maternity Cover) – Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery

Lead Curator – The National Trust (Eastern Region)

Our curators play an increasingly vital part in the Trust’s ambition to ensure that these landscapes, buildings, collections and stories are understood, preserved, inspiringly presented and accessible to everyone.

The role of regional Lead Curator is often as much about influencing change through establishing creative partnerships and collaborative working as it is about pursuing a single subject specialism, although you will also be expected to initiate, guide and support focused collaborative research, interpretation and conservation strategies at local, regional and national levels.

You will lead a team of curators but champion mixed disciplinary team collaborations. You will be part of a regional group of specialists supporting the breadth of the Trust’s activity and will enjoy working with our large team of inspiring National Specialists; leaders in their field. Closes 11 July Lead Curator – The National Trust (Eastern Region)

Creative Learning and Engagement Manager – Bucks County Museum Trust

Bucks Museum has an exciting opportunity for an experienced learning and engagement manager looking for the chance to manage and develop a prominent learning and engagement service in a leading Arts Council Band 1 National Portfolio Organisation. With over 15000 school visits currently to Bucks Museum and Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery per year and a further 78,000 mainly family visitors annually, you will play a key role in shaping existing and new learning and engagement services during a period of transformational change. This position would suit someone with leadership experience in heritage learning and engagement looking for portfolio experience to become head of learning in large museum services in the future. Closes 15 July Creative Learning and Engagement Manager – Bucks County Museum Trust

Business Development Manager – Castle Bromwich Historic Gardens

Castle Bromwich Historic Gardens is a Grade II* rescued formal garden – a piece of baroque 18th century countryside on the edge of a 21st century city.  It is run by a Charitable Trust, a very small team of employed staff and over 100 volunteers. It opens to the public over 300 days per year, runs formal and informal outdoor learning programmes, a series of cultural and leisure events and supports a small café and shop. Mindful of decreasing public revenues it is rapidly developing and trialling newer business models to support its continued survival and positive growth. The Business Development Manager will report to the General Manager and work with a very small staff team and willing volunteers. Your role will be to develop existing and new commercial activities into sustainable, profitable income streams, which also enhance the Gardens’ brand. Applications close 19 July.

Business Development Manager – Castle Bromwich Historic Gardens

Learning Coordinator – Pallant House Gallery

The Learning Coordinator will work alongside one other Learning Coordinator in the Public Programme teams. They will have demonstrable experience of working with one or more of the following audiences: schools, families, young people, students, adults, community groups, online audiences. The Learning Coordinator would be expected to work across all of these audiences during their time at the Gallery but have a particular focus and interest in programming for young people and Secondary School education. As well as those with museum learning experience, we also welcome applicants with a background in the broader cultural sector in roles such as public programming, event management, youth engagement and community outreach. Closes 24 July Learning Coordinator – Pallant House Gallery

Volunteering Development Officer – Hollycombe Steam In The Country

The Volunteering Development Officer will help support the Museums volunteering strategy to increase volunteering opportunities and ensure our volunteers have a meaningful and enjoyable experience. You will be responsible for creating and help deliver a volunteering strategy for the collection that responds to need, adapts to the changing trends in volunteering, and maximises opportunities for volunteers. The post will also involve creating a training programme to upskill the volunteer body and implementing health & safety for the volunteer staff. A key part of the role will be working with other staff members to aid increased recruitment and retention of new volunteer. The role will be responsible to the fairground controller on all fairground training matters and will involve regular weekend/evening work. Closes 26 July Volunteering Development Officer – Hollycombe Steam in The Country


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