AIM E-News Mid June Edition 2017

AIM E-News Mid June Edition 2017
AIM E-News Mid June Edition 2017

The AIM Mid June E News is now available to read below, with AIM National Conference updates, sector news and jobs. Header Photo: Courtesy of The Charleston Trust/ Penelope Fewster


Not Long To Go Until AIM National Conference!

AIM National Conference 2017 will be taking place at The Historic Dockyard Chatham from 22 – 24 June. If you are attending we look forward to seeing you there. Bookings for conference have now closed and all places have sold out, but if you would like to be added to the reserve list please email

To help you prepare for conference, we have created some useful information to assist you with travel, hotels and conference registration. Take a look at our AIM Conference Timings At A Glance webpage.

Hard copies will be available, but if you would like an advance PDF copy of the AIM Conference Delegate Handbook please visit HERE

The AIM staff team will be travelling from Wednesday 21 June, so please be aware that we might be slower than normal replying to email. If you need any urgent help next week, call Justeen Stone on 07490 095490 or Sassy Hicks on 07548 306606

Is Your Museum Fizzing With Ideas?

If you are coming to conference on Friday 23 June, you still have time to apply to our Museum Fizzers strand, which is always a conference highlight. Can you tell us in three minutes or less about a project or piece of work you have done that has made a real difference to your museum? We already have some amazing entries, so join in the fun! What Makes Your Museum Fizz? Tell Us At Conference!

AIM Sponsor Spotlight

Our sponsors are a big part of AIM National Conference, so we decided to find out more about the people behind the brands with a series of interviews. First under the spotlight was Steve Prowse, Director of Heritage Project Delivery at Artelia, who are our main conference sponsors again this year. You can read all about Steve and Artelia HERE

We also spoke to James Woollam, Managing Director of Hayes Parsons Insurance Brokers who are kindly sponsoring the AIM drinks reception on 22 June. Thanks to the generosity of James and his team, all conference delegates are welcome to attend the drinks reception prior to the AIM Dinner. Read our interview with James HERE

A Major Shift In Business Rates Valuation For Museums

AIM has been campaigning for a fairer way of calculating business rates and recently helped fund legal advice for an Upper Tribunal case involving York Museum and Gallery Trust (YMT) because of its implications for many other museums. Matthew Tanner, AIM’s Vice Chair, also appeared as an expert witness at the Tribunal.

Colin Hunter, business rates director at national commercial property consultancy Lambert Smith Hampton, has been advising YMT in respect of its appeals against the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) for several years and he has written a report about the recent Upper Tribunal hearing result – and its significance for other museums. Read:  A Major Shift In Business Rates Valuation For Museums

Diversifying Museum Visitors Project Gathers Pace

The AIM-led Diversifying Museum Visitors Project is now entering an exciting phase, with 20 museums from across the UK taking part, selected from over 60 applications, to share their experience or explore ideas about how to diversify visitors to their sites. In addition, there are a further 80 museums and museum professionals registered to keep updated on all aspects of the project and you can still sign up to get news  Diversifying Museum Visitors Project Gathers Pace

Closing Soon: AIM Sustainability Grant Scheme 2017

If you are an AIM member museum with an annual turnover of less than £300,000 or fewer than 50,000 visitors a year, you can now apply for an AIM Sustainability Grant to support projects that explore increased and/or diversified income streams and/or develop organisational resilience. Supported through the generosity of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, this scheme, which began in 2006, has helped hundreds of projects with over £831,700 of grants – could yours be next? Applications close 3 July at 5pm. Find out more: AIM Sustainability Grant Scheme 2017


Other News And Events

Heritage Ambassadors To Help Allocate National Lottery Funds

17 young people from across the UK have been selected to help allocate millions of National Lottery funds to young people’s heritage projects. As the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)’s Heritage Ambassadors, the group will work with the organisation to promote ways of involving more under-25s in heritage. Heritage Ambassadors To Help Allocate National Lottery Funds

GEM Conference 2017 – Call For Papers

This year’s annual GEM conference: Facing the Future, Forging Ahead will take place in Hull from 5 to 7 September 2017.  The conference will explore innovative and inspiring ways of becoming more resilient in a time of financial austerity, and ask how a museum educator can take the lead in ensuring their organisation’s long-term future. Do you want to help shape this year’s GEM conference?  If so, find out more about submitting a proposal to the call for papers on the GEM website. Deadline for submissions is Monday 26 June 2017 at 09.00.

Heritage Alliance And British Council Webinar On Cultural Heritage Post Brexit

Lizzie Glithero-West FSA, Chief Executive of the Heritage Alliance, and Silke Pillnger, Director of EU Arts from the British Council, have chaired a webinar called ‘What role can Heritage play in the future of the cultural sector post-Brexit’

Television Company Seeks Museums For Filming

True North, an independent television production company, are seeking museums to participate in a new series of A1: Britain’s Longest Road. The team are looking for museums that may be transporting the expensive, historic or extraordinary up or down the road this year. If you would like to take part please contact True North T: 01134 680718 or E:

New Bursaries From West Dean College For Those Working In The Sector

AIM members are invited to apply for this funding opportunity to gain their MA Collections Care & Conservation Management through part time study that supports their work. This includes part-time flexible study modules over 2 years and the bursaries cover one third of the first-year tuition fee. Apply by 11 August 2017 for October entry. Course details: MA Collections Care and Conservation Management Enquiries: or 01243 818 291

Event: The Hidden History of Costume Study Day

A fun, informative and hands-on day for anyone with an interest in historic costume. Delivered by the museum curatorial staff and museum seamstress, and staff from the University of Wolverhampton. Runs 24 June at Black Country Living Museum The Hidden History of Costume Study Day

Event: Museum Ideas 2017

Register for Museum Ideas 2017 for a packed schedule of essential talks, valuable workshops and the opportunity to make exciting new connections. Explore the ideas shaping the future of museums. Speakers from Africa, South America, North America and Europe will be sharing pioneering ideas about digital, collections, audiences and social impact. Runs 3-5 October, London


Jobs And Volunteering

Collections Officer – The Gurkha Museum Trust, Collection, Library and Archive, Winchester

The Gurkha Museum Trust is the guardian of the rich Gurkha heritage of over 20 former and antecedent Gurkha regiments and units that have served the British Crown for more than 200 years – a heritage which continues to evolve. Today, it represents four serving Gurkha regiments and corps, the Gurkha Staff and Personnel Support Company and the Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas. Amongst Britain’s military museums it is unique as it tells the story of a soldier who is not a citizen of the United Kingdom and whose country, Nepal, has never formed part of Britain’s late Empire or the Commonwealth.

The Museum is located in Peninsula Barracks, Winchester in Hampshire along with five other military museums. It is open throughout the year and receives about 12,000 visitors annually. In addition to the permanent exhibition, reserve collection and outstanding archive, the Museum is fully engaged with education and outreach programmes, lectures, events, trading and support to all in pursuit of its aims and objectives. The role will require flexibility by the post holder to ensure effective delivery of services by the Museum. Deadline for applications is 23 June. Please quote AIM in your application. Further information: Collections Officer – The Gurkha Museum Trust, Collection, Library and Archive, Winchester

Director – The Library and Museum of Freemasonry, London

The Library and Museum of Freemasonry is an Accredited Museum with designated collections of international significance covering Freemasonry and other fraternal orders. Situated in the beautiful grade II listed art deco United Grand Lodge of England in central London, the museum receives over 30,000 visitors each year from more than 100 countries. Freemasonry is the largest secular fraternal organisation in Britain, with several hundreds of thousands of members. The museum’s collection began to be acquired in the 1830s and this year the Museum celebrates the Order’s tercentenary in a special exhibition.

The Library and Museum Council are now seeking an exceptional candidate for the role of Director to succeed Diane Clements following her successful tenure. This person will bring a vision for the LMF and will work collaboratively with Trustees and staff to ensure the outstanding collections are being used to their fullest extent to communicate the history of Freemasonry to the widest possible audience. The Director will build on the strengths of the collection while driving new activity and acquisition. The Director is the accounting officer for the Library and Museum. Deadline for applications is noon on Monday 26 June and full information can be found here: Director – The Library and Museum of Freemasonry, London

Commercial Manager – Association for Cultural Enterprises

This is a significant position in the organisation, as deputy to the Managing Director, and one which will combine financial and organisational skills, will exhibit strong leadership ability and will be passionate about the aims and activities of the Association.

The Commercial Manager will lead on all aspects of financial reporting and analysis for the Association and will manage the delivery of an increasingly ambitious and growing events programme which sits at the heart of the Association’s activities. Closes 26 June Commercial Manager – Association for Cultural Enterprises

Director of Learning – National Justice Museum, Nottingham

2017 has been an exciting time for the National Justice Museum with the delivery of a major Heritage Lottery Fund grant and a complete rebrand of our services which has brought together our charity’s two divisions the NCCL (National Centre for Citizenship and the Law) and the Galleries of Justice Museum and City of Caves. As we enter a new phase of our development we are seeking a strategic thinker with excellent project and people management skills and the ability to direct our Learning programmes and content across the charity.

The Director of Learning will need the ability to inspire and establish effective working relationships with a wide variety and number of stakeholders, including the legal profession. You will need to be a confident self-starter, who works well as part of a team and is committed, enthusiastic and imaginative; with a willingness to travel to our centres in London and Manchester. Closes 14 July Director of Learning – National Justice Museum, Nottingham

Public Programmes internship (HLF Funded) – The Charleston Trust, Sussex

We are offering a 12 month internship as part of a 3-year community engagement programme, the aim of which is to develop and extend Charleston’s relationship with local schools, education providers, and community groups, whilst maintaining our service to existing audiences.  The focus on the final year of this internship programme has been specifically designed to engage a broader audience in Charleston’s heritage as part of the South Downs National Park.

The aim is to engage new audiences in the heritage of Charleston’s landscape and agricultural buildings by involving them in the processes of conserving and reconstructing Charleston’s historic buildings. Workshops to be planned include beekeeping (there were hives at Charleston from the First World War onwards), flint work, green timber, wattle and daub, tradition clay roof tiles (Sussex barns), and hedgerow laying. Closes 12 noon on 21 June Public Programmes internship (HLF Funded) – The Charleston Trust, Sussex

Major Appeals Manager– The Charleston Trust, Sussex

We are seeking an individual with a strong track record in major appeals fundraising in a charity or arts context to; lead on fundraising £2.5 million for Phase 2 of the Charleston Centenary Project (capital project) to include the reconstruction of the Granary as a Creative Learning Studio, refurbishment of the shop and offices and further landscaping, lead the fundraising campaign for Charleston’s vital learning and community engagement outreach and plan and deliver a multimillion pound endowment campaign to commence in 2018. Closes 12 noon on Tuesday 4 July Major Appeals Manager– The Charleston Trust, Sussex

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