AIM E-News 31 July 2018

Image: Courtesy of Gainsborough’s House, who are currently recruiting
Image: Courtesy of Gainsborough’s House, who are currently recruiting

AIM News

Grants Of Up To £12,000 Now Available From The AIM Hallmarks Awards

AIM members in England can now apply for a grant of up to £12,000 through the new AIM Hallmarks Awards. 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 and are available in two strands:

Main grants of £4000 to £12000:  will enable museums to implement the key ideas of the AIM Hallmarks. We will support projects that have an impact on museums’ ways of working, culture, strategy or business model. These will be open to all Accredited AIM member museums in England.

Small grants of £3000 – £6000: will support museums to improve their financial sustainability through either cost saving or income generation. These will only be open to Accredited AIM member museums in England in AIM’s small museum category (that is, museums with up to 20,000 visitors a year).

The closing date for Round One is 20 November. Please click this link to find out more.

New! AIM Resources For Boards

We have just launched two new ‘how to guides’ for trustees, written for AIM by Adrian Babbidge, a leading expert on board development and structures.

Keeping up to Date: provides a step-by-step guide to reviewing an organisation’s governing document and legal form. It offers guidance on the benefits of different legal structures and outlines the process to follow if you are considering changing your legal structure.

Doing a Governance Audit: provides a simple but comprehensive checklist that boards can use to ensure that they have all the policies and procedures they need in place and are reviewing them on a regular basis.

Both guides can be downloaded from the AIM resources for Trustees webpage along with the other guidance notes launched earlier in the year. We will be adding to the series over the coming months: please let us know if there are topics you would like to see covered.

Ask An Expert Your Financial Questions For Free

AIM members now have access to the Charity Finance Group helplines, offering you guidance on accounts, tax, legal general advice, property and much more. Signing up for the free Charity Finance Group membership takes seconds and you can add as many staff, volunteers and board members from your organisation as you wish at no charge.

The membership comes with a host of benefits including free access to CFG’s online document library containing over 400 documents and publications and emailed copies of CFG’s monthly magazine Finance Focus and an annual Economic Outlook Briefing. Just complete a short registration form online HERE.

Financial Strategy And Governance For Trustees: New Free Workshops

AIM’s new series of skills development workshops for trustees focus on what it means to provide effective financial leadership for your organisation. All trustees – not just treasurers – share responsibility for the financial health of their charity.

These free workshops are designed to offer a refresher in basic financial management skills, as well as the opportunity to develop higher level skills in financial strategy and financial leadership. Trustees will have opportunity to network and share experiences with other heritage trustees. The workshops will cover:

  • The financial challenges facing the sector
  • Financial strategy and governance
  • Risk management and financial policies

The workshops are being presented by Caron Bradshaw, CEO of the Charity Finance Group and Caron spoke about financial leadership at AIM’s recent conference, with great feedback from AIM members. Check dates and venues HERE.

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

Charity Digital Code Of Practice – Have Your Say

Digital transformation isn’t just about digital projects. It drives business transformation to build resilience and is the key to sustainability. But what does digital success for charities look like? The Charity Digital Code of Practice, which has just launched for consultation, has been developed by a group of organisations including CFG to increase charities’ digital skills, improve uptake of digital in charities, and create a level playing field for all organisations by increasing digital motivation and confidence. Find out more about the code and how to contribute on the CFG blog.

Are You Ready For Making Tax Digital (MTD)?

The new requirements for organisations that are VAT-registered come into force in April next year. CFG is working to help the sector navigate the new HMRC guidance. If you’ve registered for free CFG membership, check out July’s Finance Focus for an article by VAT specialist Socrates Socratous. We’ll publish updates as and when they happen. In the meantime, check out our 2018 guide to VAT and charities.

Other News And Events

New Free Guide: Working With Freelancers

A new guide – Working with Freelancers – has been created to support museums in finding, commissioning, briefing, working with and paying freelancers and consultants. Written by AIM Associate Supplier, Christina Lister and commissioned by SHARE Museums East, it aims to help museums to find the most appropriate freelancer for their project, advice on what to look for and how get the best out of the relationship. Click here for full information and to download the guide in PDF format.

Welsh Museums Advocacy Day

The Federation of Museums and Art Galleries of Wales and the Museums Association will be holding a Welsh Museums Advocacy Day at the Senedd on Thursday 25 October 2018. The event is a chance to showcase the amazing work that Welsh museums do across the country to stakeholders, politicians, partners and funders. To find out more, or register expressions of interest, email Victoria Rogers at

National Sporting Heritage Day: Get Involved on 30 September

Organisations across the UK will be taking part in events, projects and activities which raise the awareness of the importance of sporting heritage collections and their relevance to local communities and individuals. Anyone can set up and deliver an event or project to tie in with National Sporting Heritage Day – find out more here.

What Is A Disability Confident Museum?

Join this free event hosted by the Disability Cooperative Network for Museums (DCN) and the Natural History Museum on 6 September in London. The event will cover topics such as the benefits of being a Disability Confident employer, case studies examining the Disability Confident journey, and a chance to explore barriers and solutions to becoming a Disability Confident employer.

GEM Conference 2018 – Full Programme Announced

Join GEM to celebrate their 70th anniversary at this year’s annual conference “Past, Present and Future”.  The conference will be exploring how the landscape of heritage education has evolved over time with a look to what lies ahead for the sector. The conference will be of immense help to anyone involved in managing or delivering museum, heritage or cultural learning. Runs 4-6 September in Nottingham.

Association For Cultural Enterprises:  Masterclass: Starting Out In Licensing

During this Masterclass you will learn the basic principles on licensing intellectual property covering what royalties to charge, advances and minimum guarantees, structuring a licensing agreement, style guides, where to find potential licensees, how to persuade potential licensees to develop products using your collections under licence and how much revenue you can generate. Runs in Glasgow on 2 September.

Funding & Finance

Weston Loan Programme With Art Fund

The Weston Loan Programme provides funding for regional museums to secure important strategic loans from national collections, maximise loan opportunities in the context of their own collections and communities, and offers opportunities to strengthen the skills of museum professionals working in this area. The second round of applications for funding is now open and the deadline for submissions is 11 September 2018.

Headley Fellowships With Art Fund

The Headley Trust and Art Fund have a new £600,000 funding programme to give curators the time and resources to develop specialist knowledge relating to their collections. Headley Fellowships with Art Fund will invest in UK museums and their curators, to enable them to realise ideas for engaging audiences with the breadth of their collections. It also aims to broker new relationships and share knowledge between museums and curators across the country. Find out how to apply: Headley Fellowships With Art Fund

Government Launches £4.2 Million Challenge Fund

The Work and Health Unit (WHU), which is jointly managed by the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department of Health and Social Care, is using a £4.2m Challenge Fund to test new approaches that can help people experiencing mental health and/or musculoskeletal (MSK) issues stay in work. Applications are welcomed from employers, charities, social enterprises, local authorities, health bodies and others from across England, Scotland and Wales.


Bookings and Venue Co-ordinator – Port Sunlight Village Trust

We are seeking to recruit a Booking and Venue Co-ordinator to join the Heritage Directorate. This position will support and develop our commercial activity including holiday lets, group packages, education bookings, land and venue hire, fundraising, and retail and catering. You will promote a customer-focused approach to doing business and ensure compliancy. You will have demonstrable experience of working in a similar role in a museum or visitor attraction setting. Excellent communication skills, strong attention to detail, and high levels of computer literacy are essential. Closing date for applications is Friday 3 August 2018. Bookings and Venue Co-ordinator – Port Sunlight Village Trust

Keeper Of Art & Place – Gainsborough’s House

An exciting opportunity for a Keeper of Art & Place to join the team at Gainsborough’s House to assist the Director in developing Gainsborough’s House as the centre for art and art history in Suffolk. The Keeper of Art & Place will co-ordinate visual art projects between museums and galleries in Suffolk. Closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday 17 August. Keeper Of Art & Place – Gainsborough’s House

Finance Manager – Gainsborough’s House

An exciting opportunity for a full-time Finance Manager to join the team at Gainsborough’s House to manage and develop all operational aspects of Gainsborough’s House finances through the development and maintenance of appropriate systems and procedures, and to ensure all financial and legal requirements of the charity as a business, employer and professional body are met. Applications close noon on 17 August. Finance Manager – Gainsborough’s House

Director Of Policy And Engagement – Charity Finance Group

This is a unique opportunity to join the CFG team as a Director. We want an excellent leader who is excited by the challenge of leading our Policy and engagement work and our Marketing and Communications teams. You will take our policy work to the next level – ensuring our policies have maximum impact with national Government and externally. You will increase our influence and build constructive working relationships with key external stakeholders by cultivating a wide network of contacts: including with Government and parliament, the charity sector, regulators, the press, and think-tanks to further our aims. Applications close 17 August. Director Of Policy And Engagement – Charity Finance Group

Tender Opportunity: Branding and Marketing Consultant – Tiverton Museum

An experienced consultant is required to provide branding recommendations and a Marketing Plan for Tiverton Museum. The plan will be informed by findings in a new Audience Development Plan (being created during the summer 2018) to shape the future marketing of all of the museum’s services to current and potential audiences. The closing date for applications is 17 September 2018. Further information is available at: Branding and Marketing Consultant – Tiverton 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 Heritage Creative (Web Design), Blackwall Green (Insurance), Christina Lister Comms (Consultant – audience development and marketing for small and medium-sized museums and heritage organisations) Best Years (Retail) and Craigmyle Fundraising Consultants (Fundraising),

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