AIM e-News December 2019

The Whitaker
The Whitaker

AIM E-News December 2019


Have you called Museums and Galleries Exhibition Tax Relief helpline?
AIM members can now benefit from a valuable new service – a free 15-minute telephone call with one of the team at Scott-Moncrieff on any issues relating to Museums and Galleries Exhibitions Tax Relief.

To use this new service call Kirsty Murray on 0131 473 3500, or email to make an appointment.

Making summer plans? Save the AIM National Conference date
AIM National Conference 2020 takes place from 18 – 20 June at Port Sunlight Village Trust, on the beautiful Wirral peninsular. The conference theme ‘Fit for the Future?’ will see colleagues from across the UK explore the vision for independent museums over the next decade. Online booking opens on 1 February 2020 and early bird rates will be available.

If you’re interested in exhibiting at the AIM National Conference or our range of attractive sponsorship opportunities, contact

Preparing for success in 2020
Watch out for new AIM Success Guides in 2020 on

• Successfully Negotiating Business Rates
• Running a successful museum café
• Successful retailing for smaller museums
• Understanding your Audience

Check out the current suite of success guides now.

Help us improve AIM communications!
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Should we change our approach to the Bulletin, our eNews, website or social media?

We’re in the process of developing AIM’s Communications Strategy for 2020-2021 and would be delighted to hear from you.

If you have any suggestions, comments or recommendations on how we can better support your needs as members do contact us on and play an active part in shaping our strategy for the future.

Other News

Charity Finance Group Conference
The largest gathering of charity finance professionals in the Midlands, returns to Birmingham in February 2020.

This one-day conference brings you a jam-packed programme, keeping you up to date with charity finance, policy and regulatory changes, as well as new strategic insights which will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need for strong financial leadership.

As an AIM Member don’t forget to activate your free membership more at

Museums + Heritage Awards open for entries
The Museum + Heritage Awards celebrate innovative and ground-breaking initiatives from museums, galleries and heritage visitor attractions across the UK and overseas.

Across 13 categories the awards shine a spotlight on the diversity of the sector and cover museums both large and small.

Entries are now open with a deadline of Friday 31 January 2020.

Saving Treasures; Telling Stories
The Saving Treasures; Telling Stories project is running a FREE training session on using objects for learning at Scolton Manor, Pembrokeshire, on 28 February 2020.

The session will be based on archaeological objects, but the principles can be applied to other collections.

Interested in attending? Email

Mind the gap! Visit England promotes ‘Microgap’ opportunities
Research by VisitEngland showed that less than a quarter of 18-to-34 year olds were likely to take a traditional gap year in the next three years, inspiring the #MyMicrogap campaign, now in its second year.

The concept of a microgap – “the best bits of a gap year in a few days here in the UK” – was introduced to encourage young Brits to experience the fulfilling and enriching activities of a gap year such as visiting iconic landmarks, trying local food and drink and seeing nature and wildlife in just a few days here in the UK. A microsite outlines the campaign and how your organisation can get involved.

Which Art Funded work caught your eye in 2019?
Art Fund, the national fundraising charity for art, has launched its annual poll to name the nation’s favourite acquisition of the year. Voters are invited to choose from a shortlist of 10 works of art that Art Fund helped UK museums and galleries to buy in 2019.

The poll is now open and runs until 12 noon on Wednesday 11 December. The winner will be announced on Monday 16 December. All voters will be entered into a free prize draw with the chance of winning a National Art Pass (plus one) worth £108.00.

Generation Z want to become trustees – but don’t know how
A lack of awareness and understanding is preventing young people from becoming charity trustees, according to interesting new research by Ecclesiastical.

While many Gen Zers support charities through donating, volunteering or fundraising, only nine per cent said they were currently a trustee. In fact, the majority have no idea what a trustee is, with just one in 10 able to explain the role when asked. However, once the role was explained, almost a quarter (24%) of those surveyed said they would consider becoming one, presenting a major opportunity to charities during a trustee recruitment crisis.

Kira Lewis, 19, trustee of two boards and Young Trustees Movement campaigner said: “Being a young trustee has helped me understand the importance of charities in the world we live in. Young trustees can help transform the strategy of charities to make them future-facing, and ready for the challenges of tomorrow.”

Check out the findings.

Useful NHLF and Interpretation blogs from Tricolor
Tricolor have put together some useful online tips together on submitting an expression of interest form to the National Lottery Heritage Fund and a useful framework for planning your interpretation project, whether the outcome is a written Interpretation Plan as part of a National Lottery Heritage Fund bid, or a set of values to keep as your own personal toolkit.

A week’s training in early printed books for non-book specialists
Lincoln College is organising a week’s training in early printed books for non-book specialists and would like to advertise to museum curators
Find out more at

Sandford Awards 2020: Now open for entry
Do you offer a heritage education service that you are proud of? The Sandford Awards have celebrated and promoted high quality in heritage education since 1978. It is the only scheme in existence able to provide independent quality assurance to sites that run formal education programmes in the UK and Ireland- from museums and historic houses to natural heritage sites and different collections. Closing date for entries is Friday 14 February.
More at

Director of Commercial and Customer Services at Nottingham Castle Trust
Salary £55k per annum
Nottingham Castle Trust is seeking an experienced Director of Commercial and Customer Services to lead the development and operation of commercial activities at Nottingham Castle when it re-opens following a £30,000,000 transformational redevelopment project.
Deadline Friday 3 January 2020.

Head of Marketing and Communications – The River & Rowing Museum
Salary £36k- £40k per annum
The River & Rowing Museum is seeking a creative and energetic individual to join its small, high achieving team, to help deliver our new Forward Plan and vision to bring the river to life. You will be responsible for devising, planning and delivering marketing, media and communication strategies that promote the Museum and all its activities. The core purpose of the role is to attract and build the Museum’s audiences, ensuring clarity in the communication of its offer, and maximizing its profile. You will build on the findings of the Museum’s recent audience research conducted by Morris Hargreaves McIntyre and play a key part in ensuring the overall success and profile of the River & Rowing Museum.
Deadline 16 December 2019

Heritage Learning Manager, Isle of Wight Steam Railway
Salary circa 25k per annum
The award-winning Isle of Wight Steam Railway can offer a unique opportunity to a suitably qualified and experienced individual to lead its Heritage and Learning Department at Havenstreet. This is a full-time post, with a circa £25k salary.
In addition to the day to day running of our Heritage & Learning Department, manned entirely by volunteers, we are looking for a candidate who can develop, manage and further enhance educational provision and access across the whole railway as a working museum.
Applicants should have a sound knowledge of the Museum sector and experience of managing and motivating a dedicated volunteer workforce. The Steam Railway is seeking to expand the range of facilities available to its visitors and the appointee will play a key role in this development.
Deadline 20 December 2019

Community Development and Volunteer Coordinator at The Whitaker
18 hours per week, 23 months fixed contract, £24,000 pro rata
The postholder will be responsible for managing and delivering the heritage activity programme, the development and delivery of formal educational activities for schools and colleges, informal learning, arts and heritage activities for families and the local community, including public talks and workshops.

Heritage Activity Coordinator at The Whitaker
18 hours per week, 20 months fixed term contract, £24,000 pro rata
The postholder will be responsible for volunteer recruitment, training and development to support the delivery of activities across the museum. They will engage with community networks and groups to widen participation and build relationships between the museum and local communities.

They will lead key activities with volunteer groups and develop and oversee work experience opportunities for young people.

Deadline for both posts: 12 noon Tuesday 17 December

Effective Collections Project Officer, Elmbridge Museum
Salary £27,646 – £29,403 pro rata
Elmbridge Museum is a forward-thinking and creative outreach service dedicated to increasing opportunities for people to engage in arts, culture and heritage throughout the borough. We are looking to appoint an experienced, enthusiastic and confident professional to manage phase 3 of the Effective Collections Project.
This 1 year fixed-term post will progress this important project through managing the disposal of over 2500 objects. The role involves gaining an understanding of the existing documentation and implementing a plan to ensure the project stays on track.

Marketing and Business Development Manager, Castle Bromwich Historic Gardens
Salary circa £30,000 per annum
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.
We are now recruiting a dynamic, proactive and reliable Marketing and Business Development Manager with extensive practical experience of marketing, planning and delivery of commercial activities within smaller visitor attractions. The Business Development Manager funded by National Lottery Heritage Funding 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.
You will work closely with the General Manager to ensure seamless integration of all commercial activities with the daily running of the Gardens.
Deadline 9am Monday 20th January 2020

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 Suppliers to join us include: Circle Insurance Ltd (Insurance); Fourth Street (Consultants); Montfort Catering Consultants (Consultants).

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