AIM E-News Mid July Edition 2017

HLF Kick the Dust: Image - National Museums Scotland ‘Party with the past’
HLF Kick the Dust: Image - National Museums Scotland ‘Party with the past’


AIM Biffa Award Announce New Round Of ‘History Makers’ Funding

AIM Biffa Award have just launched the second round of funding to be released through the ‘History Makers – People who shaped our world’ programme. Funded by  Biffa Award with support from the Landfill Communities Fund, the programme will provide AIM member museums and heritage sites with grants of up to £75,000. Eligibility information and how to apply: AIM Biffa Award Announce New Round Of ‘History Makers’ Funding

Business Rates Appeals – What’s The Rush?

The successful appeal by York Museums Trust has generated a lot of media interest… but little museum activity, although many museums could benefit from the decision if their assessment is currently based on the Contractors method.

The decision creates a time limited opportunity to appeal against the 2010 Rating List with potential for back dated benefits. However, appeals have to be made before the 1st October 2017, and any appeals in Scotland for the 2017 Rating List have to be started before the 1st October 2017 as well.

Not all AIM members will be better off so it is essential to take advice first. AIM members can get 15 minutes free advice through Colin Hunter at Lambert Smith Hampton. Read more: Business Rates Appeals – What’s The Rush?

Helping Museum Trustees To Get Ahead: Free AIM Hallmarks Governance Sessions

We are pleased to announce a new series of free AIM Hallmarks Governance Sessions for heritage trustees that will run from September 2017 to the end of January 2018. Organised in partnership with Museum Development colleagues and supported by Arts Council England and Development Partners, they are aimed at strengthening and developing the skills and knowledge heritage trustees need to enable their organisations to prosper. Helping Museum Trustees To Get Ahead: Free AIM Hallmarks Governance Sessions

First Museums Taking Part In The AIM And Icon Collections Care Audits Announced

A new partnership scheme between AIM and The Institute of Conservation (Icon) that is helping small museums to undertake professional collections care audits has just announced the first six organisations taking part. Funded by The Pilgrim Trust, the next round of the AIM Icon Collections Care Audits Scheme is open and will close for applications on 30 September. Full details here: First Museums Taking Part In The AIM And Icon Collections Care Audits Announced

‘So, What Was All That About Then?’ Keynote Speech By Michael Day CVO

One of the highlights of AIM National Conference 2017 was the closing keynote speech by Michael Day CVO, recently retired CEO of Historic Royal Palaces and Vice President of AIM. Michael is always an engaging and affable speaker, so his talk, looking back over four decades of his own career in the museum and heritage sector, was very well received. Here we have published his speech in full. ‘So, What Was All That About Then?’ Keynote Speech By Michael Day CVO


Other News And Events

Good News For The Museums And Galleries Tax Relief?

Things are looking hopeful for the Museums and Galleries Tax Relief. The Financial Secretary to the Treasury last week confirmed in a written ministerial statement that Government intends to introduce a Finance Bill as soon as possible after the summer recess containing the provisions which were withdrawn before the election, including the museums and galleries tax relief. Where policies have been announced as applying from before the introduction of the forthcoming Finance Bill, there is no change of policy and these dates of application will be retained. In the case of the museums and galleries tax relief, that means that the relief would apply to expenditure incurred from 1 April 2017. You can find the full statement here: Finance Bill:Written statement – HCWS47

List Your Museum For Free With ‘Get Kids Out Learning’

A new online initiative called ‘Get Kids Out Learning!’ by Tutora is an easy way for families to find fun, local days out which still provide great learning and educational opportunities and they are actively encouraging independent museums and heritage sites to sign up to the website for free.

The New Charity Governance Code – Essential Reading For All Trustees

The charity sector’s governance code is now in its 12th year and its 3rd edition. The Charity Commission has supported and endorsed the code since its inception and the Code is a practical tool to help charities and their trustees develop high standards of governance The New Charity Governance Code

Charity Finance Group Calls For All Charities To Pledge To Tackle Fraud

Fraud is estimated to cost the charity sector £1.9bn every single year, so the Charity Finance Group are asking all charities to sign up to their new Counter Fraud Pledge. Launched last week, charities can download toolkits and sign up here: Counter Fraud Pledge

Art Fund Research On The Impact Of Collecting – Share Your Experience

To mark 40 years of partnership, The Wolfson Foundation and Art Fund are commissioning new research into the current state of collecting in UK museums. Art Fund are inviting museums from around the country to share their knowledge and experience of managing collections by taking part in a survey to feed into the report. It should take about 15-20 minutes to complete and can be accessed by 25 July via

Almanac 2017: An Introduction To The Latest Data On The Voluntary Sector

A new webinar and associated documents produced by NCVO that explores information and trends from the 2017 UK Civil Society Almanac – which was published in May – has just been made available online. Almanac 2017: An Introduction To The Latest Data On The Voluntary Sector

£10million National Lottery Funding To Involve More Young People In UK Heritage

Twelve projects across the UK have been awarded grants of up to £1million* through the Heritage Lottery Fund’s (HLF) new Kick the Dust programme. Kick the Dust is a pioneering new funding programme distributing £10million from the National Lottery to heritage and youth organisations across the UK. £10million National Lottery Funding To Involve More Young People In UK Heritage

Arts Council England Museum Accreditation Scheme Update

Arts Council England has recently published a new update with regards to their Accreditation Review. They are also updating their contact list for Accredited museums, and will be in touch with museums over the summer to make sure they are reaching the right people. AIM’s Executive Director, Tamalie Newbery, will be joining the advisory group

Community History Of Britain Gateway: A Living History Of Great Britain

Gateway is a new platform designed to provide a digital presence and licensing opportunity for smaller heritage collections. Gateway will put these collections on the digital map and offer an online licensing service enabling users to access digital images responsibly and legally, generating income for the participating organisations as well as making collections more accessible across the heritage sector. Please complete the survey to help shape the platform: Community History Of Britain Gateway

Event: Pulling Together: Collections Trust 2017 Conference

This year’s Collections Trust conference considers the human side of documentation systems, the people who capture and share information that gives museum objects meaning. Runs 20/21 September in York Collections Trust 2017 Conference

Event: University Museums Group Conference 2017

Focusing on the development of the Teaching Excellence Framework and the current educational climate, this conference will explore and debate the benefits and challenges of teaching with museum and departmental collections through innovative and provocative keynote addresses, diverse case studies and illuminating panel discussions. Runs 11/12 September in Birmingham University Museums Group Conference 2017


Finance & Funding

The ScottishPower Foundation

The ScottishPower Foundation, a registered Scottish charity operating independently of ScottishPower, offers funding to registered charities and not-for-profit organisations based and working across Great Britain. Grants of between £25,000 and £250,000 are available for projects including arts and heritage The ScottishPower Foundation

Catalyst Small Grants Programme Opens

Arts Council England’s Catalyst Small Grants programme supports organisations to build fundraising capacity to enable them to attract more private giving to arts and culture. It does this by supporting organisations to invest in systems training and developments for staff, volunteers and boards or to cover the costs of external expertise to support their fundraising. The programme offers one off investment of between £10,000 and £30,000. Please visit Museum Development North West for full information.

The Weston Loan Programme With Art Fund Is Now Open

Are you looking to enhance your collection by borrowing a work of art? Do you have a project in the pipeline that would benefit from a particular loan? The Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund is designed to support the wider sharing of national collections with museums across the UK, and is made possible with the support of the Garfield Weston Foundation. Weston Loan Programme With Art Fund

Architectural Heritage Fund Launches New Heritage Mortgage (UK)

The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) has launched a new mortgage-style loan facility that allows charities, not for profit companies, CICs, Parish and Town councils to borrow £150,000 – £500,000 over 10 – 20 years (up to 30 years by exception) for the conservation and regeneration of historic buildings. Architectural Heritage Fund


Jobs And Volunteering

Development Officer – The Lightbox, Surrey

Are you passionate about heritage and the arts and would like to help this award winning museum and gallery to raise funds for all their great activities? The Lightbox is looking for an experienced and dynamic Development Officer to implement our fundraising strategy, including generating new earned income to support the ongoing revenue costs of the Lightbox and to develop an Endowment Fund. The Person we are looking for is a driven individual with proven experience in fundraising. To excel at this role, you’ll be organised, creative and resourceful with a solid understanding of all the different types of giving. You’ll have outstanding communication and networking skills and be confident to tailor your approach. Applications close 28 July Development Officer – The Lightbox, Surrey

Marketing Manager (Maternity Cover) – The Lightbox, Surrey

The Lightbox, an award-winning gallery and museum situated in Woking, Surrey is looking for a professional and motivated individual with a proven track record in marketing management to provide maternity cover for 10 months. Responsibilites include: Management, Strategy and Delivery, Press and PR, Marketing, Programming, Audience Development and Data Management. Applications close 24 July Marketing Manager (Maternity Cover) – The Lightbox, Surrey

Developer Of Training Modules: Emergency Training For Cultural Heritage At Risk In Turkey

ICOM UK and its partners are seeking to appoint a contractor to develop training modules to be delivered by Turkish museum and heritage professionals in workshops in Antalya, Istanbul and six south eastern provinces of Turkey from early 2018.  This contract supports a project titled ‘Safeguarding Archaeological Assets of Turkey’ (SARAT) which is the recipient of funding from the Cultural Protection Fund. The project is led by the British Institute at Ankara (BIAA) in partnership with Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED), Anadolu Kültür and ICOM UK.  The SARAT project aims to raise awareness and build capacity for safeguarding cultural heritage among museum and heritage professionals in Turkey. Focusing on archaeological assets in particular, the first stage of this three-year project will deliver customised training in risk management and rescue for local heritage professionals in eight communities.  Applications close 9 August 2017 Developer Of Training Modules: Emergency Training For Cultural Heritage At Risk In Turkey

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