AIM E – News August 2018

Definitive Introduction To Maritime Curatorship Fully Updated And Freely Available Online

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FREE Financial Support For Your Museum With AIM And The Charity Finance Group

AIM members now get FREE membership of the Charity Finance Group as part of their existing AIM membership, so if you need guidance on an array of financial topics including Gift Aid, tax, accounts – and much more – then join CFG today!

Signing up takes seconds and you can add any of your Trustees, staff or volunteers at no cost, so don’t miss out on this fabulous and FREE AIM membership perk. Find out all the benefits of joining CFG here.

Ready To Inspire With A New Exhibition? Get A Grant Of Up To £90,000 For Your History Makers

The third and final round of the AIM Biffa Award History Makers Programme is now open for applications from AIM member museums in England. Grants of up to £90,000 are available to support museums by creating new exhibitions featuring the lives and achievements of extraordinary, historical figures.

Need some inspiration? Take a look at this case study and video from London Transport Museum who were AIM Biffa Award grant recipients in Round 1.

Mark Your Calendars! Free Gift Aid Webinar – All Your Questions Answered

On Monday 15 October from 12 -1pm, AIM and the Charity Finance Group will be running a free webinar for AIM members covering all aspects of Gift Aid with CFG’s Policy Manager, Richard Sagar.

With over £500m of Gift Aid going unclaimed, we want to ensure that you are benefitting from this important tax relief, and that you have the knowledge behind you to make accurate claims.

Whatever your question about Gift Aid, we want to hear from you. Simply email your question to

To register for the webinar, send your name and organisation details to

CFG will send you a confirmation email closer to the date with details of how to join the webinar.

Special AIM Event For Chairs: Being An Effective Chair

Are you Chair or Vice Chair of an independent museum or heritage charity? Are you looking to be more effective in your role? Then book for our special event Being an Effective Chair running in Birmingham on 29 November 2018, 11am – 3pm

AIM has worked with the Association of Chairs to bring AIM members this workshop to provide you with practical guidance and tools to help you be more effective in your role. The workshop has been developed with the complexities of chairing a smaller organisation (with an annual income of under £1 million) in mind; such as operating with limited resources and individuals often having both operational and governance roles. Booking and further information: Being An Effective Chair

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.

Just Launched! AIM Online Payments

We are delighted to now offer secure online payments for either the purchase of AIM membership or for the renewal of an existing AIM membership. You can choose to pay by card, bank transfer or request an invoice via our online form. Find out more 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 Finance Group’s VAT & Gift Aid Conferences – Savings For AIM Members

The government’s reported almost £600m Gift Aid is not being claimed – so it’s essential your museum is maximising this vital benefit. If you have questions about claiming correctly or getting the most out of Gift Aid for your museum, why not book one of CFG’s popular Gift Aid events coming to Birmingham, Manchester and London this autumn. There are early bird spaces left – or you can book a Gift Aid event plus one of CFG’s essential VAT update events to receive a £40 bundle discount – limited offer so book early!

Launch Of The Government’s New Civil Society Strategy

The government’s new Civil Society Strategy has been launched, sharing plans for working in improved partnership with charities and social enterprises. Mixed response to the strategy has been flowing in from infrastructure bodies and charities, including Charity Finance Group. What impact does the strategy really have? CFG’s Policy Manager Richard Sagar shares his thoughts on whether the strategy is delivering – read his blog here. CFG will also be including reactions from their charity and corporate members in the September issue of Finance Focus magazine – if you haven’t signed up to receive this and other CFG member benefits yet you just need to fill out a quick online form to register

Other News And Events

Definitive Introduction To Maritime Curatorship Fully Updated And Freely Available Online

A major new edition of the definitive handbook introducing the many fascinating aspects of maritime curatorship has been updated and is now available online. A Manual of Maritime Curatorship is an accessible ‘first-stop shop’ guide for those working in museum and heritage fields who are not necessarily maritime specialists but need to care for and interpret maritime material – as well as those working directly in a maritime field.

‘Provoking Conversations’ AHI Conference 2018

The Association for Heritage Interpretation (AHI) Conference will run in Chester 3-5 October. Attend to discuss how interpretation can provoke conversations and address provocative or sensitive issues and find out how you get your visitors to deliver the interpretation for themselves.

GEM Training: Fundraising And Income Generation

This course will equip learning professionals with the tools and skills that will enable the building of well-funded, resilient and sustainable learning programmes in the short, medium and long-term. Various locations from November: GEM Training: Fundraising And Income Generation

AHI Workshop: Understanding And Developing Audiences

Led by Ruth Taylor Davies, this workshop will explore what makes different audiences tick and assist you in developing your plan for a successful audience engagement. The workshop is for those working in the field of heritage interpretation, museums, heritage sites and organisations etc. who want to learn more about planning for and evaluating the success of audience development. Runs 12 November in Cardiff.

Call For Papers: The Sixth Fairfax House Symposium In Georgian Studies

The sixth Fairfax House Symposium in Georgian Studies, held in conjunction with the exhibition ‘The Genius of Grinling Gibbons’ at Fairfax House, and in partnership with the History of Art department at the University of York, aims to stimulate new thinking and new perspectives on the life, work, legacy, and significance of Grinling Gibbons, master carver of Restoration England. Proposals for papers dealing with ‘rethinking’ Grinling Gibbons are enthusiastically invited for potential inclusion in a one-day interdisciplinary symposium. Please email by 31 August 2018.

Funding And Finance

Royal Society Places Of Science Scheme To Fund Museums Across The UK

Museums across the UK are being called upon to apply for the Royal Society’s Places of Science scheme which is now open with a closing date of 3pm on Wednesday 26 September 2018.

The scheme provides grants of up to £3,000 to museums to fund projects that engage communities with their local science stories and aims to highlight the science embedded in every aspect of culture, encouraging museums to think creatively about the science in their collections and most of all, their locality. Find out more and check how to apply here.


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

Tender Opportunity: Digital Consultant – Ripon Museums Trust

To create a digital strategy for RMT that will allow us to harness digital technology and methodologies to meet our strategic goals of maximising our effectiveness in reaching diverse audiences, delivering digital content that will engage these audiences, driving additional visitors to the museum sites, enhancing our on-site offer and improving operational productivity over the next three to four years. Applications close 28 September. Full information at: Digital Consultant – Ripon Museums Trust

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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