AIM E-News 8 November

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New AIM Report And Toolkit Highlights The Significant Economic Impact Of The Independent Museum Sector

AIM’s latest report on the Economic Impact of the Independent Museum Sector highlights the considerable economic benefits independent heritage organisations deliver locally and nationally. Produced in partnership with DC Research and Durnin Research and supported by funding from Arts Council England, findings include how the independent museum sector currently supports over 8,900 direct jobs (6,000 FTE) across the UK. You can see all the research findings in the report here.

AIM’s latest Economic Impact Toolkit has also been updated and is now available to download alongside the report. Through its easy-to-use methodology the toolkit helps heritage organisations estimate the overall economic impact they have on their local economy, offering insights that can boost their advocacy work, as well as improve feedback to funding bodies.

AIM And Scott Moncrieff Launch Museums And Galleries Tax Relief Helpline

AIM members can now benefit from free advice on all aspects of Museums and Galleries Exhibition Tax Relief. Museums and Galleries Exhibition Tax Relief has been designed to support organisations to create permanent or temporary (touring and non-touring) public facing exhibitions by helping them to recover some of their production costs. Your charity does not need to be paying tax to benefit from this relief.

Run in partnership with Scott-Moncrieff, all UK AIM members can claim a free 15-minute telephone call with one of the team at Scott-Moncrieff on any issues covering Museums and Galleries Exhibitions Tax Relief. To use this new service, please call Kirsty Murray on 0131 473 3500 or email her at  to make an appointment.

Please Contribute To A Museum Insurance Survey

Are you paying too much for your insurance premiums or do you struggle to find the right insurance products for your organisation? If you would like to share your insurance purchasing experiences, Hayes Parsons Insurance Brokers, a long-time associate member of AIM, are looking to develop a new insurance product for AIM members.

In order to understand your current experiences, requirements (and frustrations) surrounding museum insurance, they are asking for feedback on your existing arrangements. You can contribute by taking part in a quick survey which should only take a couple of minutes to complete.

A Fond Farewell To All AIM Members And E-News Readers

For the past four years, this AIM E-news has been written by Sassy Hicks, AIM’s Membership and Marketing Manager. I have enjoyed every minute of working for AIM, supporting our wonderful members and sharing useful information with you all via this E-news. But I am leaving AIM on 26 November to join the BBC National Orchestra of Wales as their Head of Communications and Marketing. I would like to thank everyone that has contributed to this E News over the years, my AIM colleagues past and present and our amazing board of Trustees. Independent Museums are special places supported by very special people and I wish you all continued success.


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

What’s Going On In The World Of Charity Policy?

There’s a General Election on the horizon, reports of an increase in fraud, and Baroness Barran has reviewed progress on the Civil Society Strategy. So, we asked Charity Finance Group’s Policy Manager, Richard Sagar, to share some key trends and updates in the policy landscape for the charity sector which are outlined here.

Book Now – Your Regional Charity Finance Events

CFG’s Midlands and South-west and Wales Conferences bring you all the latest topical news in the sector, practical advice and strategic insight on charity finance and the regulatory environment so you can operate more effectively in your role and improve your museum’s sustainability. It’s a great way to connect with your colleagues across the sector too, and you receive a discount as a CFG member – don’t miss it! (Not registered with CFG? It’s quick and free through your AIM membership – join at

What Does The Future Of Gift Aid Look Like?

The CFG Podcast catches up with Richard Bray of Cancer Research UK and Paul Winyard of NCVO, discussing the Gift Aid landscape, why it’s so important to the sector, and what the future looks like for this essential tax relief. Listen at


News From Museums + Heritage Advisor

As part of our new partnership with Museums + Heritage Advisor 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.

Museums And Resilient Leadership 2020-21 Launched At Black Country Living Museum

Applications are now open for the 2020-21 Museums and Resilient Leadership programme, enabling professionals within the sector to access training and support previously received by staff from institutions including National Trust, British Museum, Tate Modern and Historic England.

Museums + Heritage Awards 2020 Applications Are Now Open

Applications are now open for the 18th annual Museums + Heritage Awards, with the entire sector once again set to compete to be part of the glittering London ceremony which celebrates excellence in the industry. This year’s ceremony, which will bestow awards upon 13 successful nominees who have demonstrated remarkable innovation, ingenuity and skill, will be held on 13 May. Click for information on how to enter!


Other News

Arts Council England Announce £12.3 Million Awarded To 46 Arts And Cultural Organisations Across England To Build Resilience By Improving Buildings And Equipment

Arts Council England has awarded £12.3 million to 46 organisations across the country in the latest round of Small Capital Grants. The programme helps to ensure organisations have the right buildings and equipment to deliver their work, helping them build resilience and become more sustainable and innovative businesses. Grants have been awarded to organisations working across combined arts, dance, literature, music, theatre and visual arts. Full details of all 46 projects can be found on the ACE website here.

DCMS Announces Record Breaking Year For Museums And Galleries In England

There was a massive jump in visitors to sponsored museums and galleries outside of London, as new initiatives and exhibitions saw the number of visits from children swell to 8.5 million and overall figures to nearly 50 million. Via DCMS

Oxford Cultural Leaders: Applications Open For 2020

Applications are now open for Oxford Cultural Leaders 2020, the acclaimed leadership programme for cultural organisations. Designed and delivered by Oxford University’s Gardens, Libraries & Museums in partnership with the Saïd Business School, Oxford Cultural Leaders (OCL) is a unique programme for directors and senior managers who want to redefine their identity as leaders and reimagine their institutional vision at a time of increasing challenge for the sector.

Top 10 Ways That Digital Interpretation Can Improve Your Visitor Experience

Digital interpretation comes in a bewildering array of forms. It can be difficult to understand just what digital is and how it can help you. So, we asked AIM Associate Suppliers – ATS Heritage – and their Director of Interpretation, Anne Fletcher, for their top 10 reasons why digital can enhance the visitor experience at AIM member organisations.

Charity Digital: Quick Wins To Improve Charity Websites

If you are thinking about redesigning your museum website, have a look at this useful article by Charity Digital that lists some tips and tricks to improve charity websites from a range of organisations.

Event: Creative Commerce: Inventive Ways to Increase Income

Run by the Association for Cultural Enterprises, at this event you will hear a range of innovative ideas and inspiring case studies from cultural organisations that are thinking beyond retail and catering to create sustainable unrestricted income. Runs in Norwich on 19 November.

Event: Art Assembly 2019

Art Assembly is a one-day festival brought to you by Art Fund and Waltham Forest, the first London Borough of Culture. Join some of the UK’s leading arts organisations actively making a difference to communities. Runs in London on 23 November.

Event: Beyond Conference

How is AI and creative tech impacting the future of the creative industries? The Beyond R&D conference explores the intersection between AI and creativity with a two-day programme of lively debate, keynote sessions, renowned speakers and exhibitions showcasing the UK’s excellence in research-driven creative innovation. Runs 20-21 November in Edinburgh

Webinar: Network Of European Museum Organisations: Museums And Sustainability

Join in this free webinar by NEMO with Facilitator Henry McGhie, to find out more about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that were unanimously agreed to by the 193 Members of the United Nations in September 2015. They are explained in ‘Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’ and are an invitation to all sectors to collaborate to set the world on a path to a sustainable future by 2030. Runs online 27 November at 11:00 CET


Funding And Finance

Museums and Galleries Fund – John Ellerman Foundation

The Fund aims to help strengthen regional museums and galleries in the UK to help organisations enhance and sustain curatorial development to attract a broader public. Applications close 29 November.

National Archives Scoping Grants (UK)

The National Archives has announced that the next deadline for its Scoping Grants is the 27th January 2020. The funding is available to museums and other public bodies, registered charities and not for profit organisations that hold collections. Grants of up to £3,000 are available.

Funding To Make Scotland’s Urban And Rural Communities More Sustainable

The Scottish Land Fund supports rural and urban communities to become more resilient and sustainable through the ownership and management of land and land assets. Funded by the Scottish Government and delivered in partnership by The National Lottery Community Fund and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, it offers grants of up to £1 million to help communities take ownership of the land and buildings that matter to them, as well as practical support to develop their aspirations into viable projects.



Interpretation Manager – The Royal Parks

If you are creative, driven and have a background in developing visitor interpretation strategies, this is an exciting opportunity to shape how millions of visitors interact with some of the most iconic sites in London. This is an incredible opportunity to influence how visitors experience our beautiful green spaces, right in the heart of the capital. You will play an integral role in how millions of people interact with our parks, whether they are visiting our extraordinary palaces, taking part in an event, just visiting to walk the dog or catching up with friends. Closes 12 November.

Interpretation Manager – The Royal Parks

Museums Business Manager – St Albans Museums

In this new post you will ensure the delivery of a high-quality and financially viable Museum service that delivers in partnership with stakeholders on the objective of making our city and district a centre of excellence for culture and heritage. With overall lead responsibility for the Council’s museum and wider heritage services, you will represent the Council on all culture and heritage related issues. Closes 17 November.

Museums Business Manager – St Albans Museums

Learning & Audience Development Manager – (Holocaust Exhibition and Learning Centre)

We are looking for an experienced person with a passion for communication to develop and deliver an innovative, inspiring formal and informal learning programme for young people and adults based on the stories and resources in our collection. You will need a good understanding of 20th century history, a willingness to become a specialist in the Holocaust, and an awareness of the contemporary relevance of our history for today’s world. The main focus of this role will be to grow and diversify our audience base and support the financial sustainability of the organisation through identifying ways in which the learning programme can generate new income streams to develop and deliver an innovative, inspiring formal and informal learning programme. Closes 18 November.

Learning & Audience Development Manager – (Holocaust Exhibition and Learning Centre)

Collections Care Technician – Imperial War Museums

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Collections Care Technician to join the Imperial War Museums. You will be responsible for undertaking collections care activities at IWM sites under the direction, guidance and utilising the expertise of senior staff. You will undertake conservation cleaning at IWM sites, responsible for the cleaning of objects on open display and the cleaning of storage areas. The role shall involve working at height (training shall be provided). IWM sites consist of the IWM in Lambeth, Churchill War Rooms, HMS Belfast, IWM North and Duxford Airfield, and objects range from aircraft, tanks and ships, to uniforms, flags and medals. The post holder will join a team of collections and conservation staff dedicated to maintaining the stability and access to the unparalleled heritage collections of the museum. Closes 25 November.

Collections Care Technician – Imperial War Museums

Museum Manager – Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life

We are seeking a leader who will relish the opportunity to continue the substantial progress we have achieved. We need someone who is a great team player, and able to maintain the vibrant outreach programme. You will have a deep interest in the impact museums can make and an affinity with military history. You will also bring the energy and dynamism to strengthen our commercial activities and make the most of digital opportunities. The post attracts a salary of £26-28K and 25 days holiday. Applications close 25 November.

Museum Manager – Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life

Vacancies – Nottingham Castle Trust

Nottingham Castle Trust are currently recruiting for two roles.

Community Engagement and Participation Officer at Nottingham Castle Trust to lead the development and delivery of all community activities associated with Nottingham Castle in the city and county. Closes 6 December.

Community Engagement and Participation Officer at Nottingham Castle Trust

Volunteer Manager at Nottingham Castle Trust to lead the development and operation of all volunteer activities at Nottingham Castle when it re-opens. Closes 6 December.

Volunteer Manager at Nottingham Castle Trust


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