AIM E-News Mid May Edition 2017

AIM E-News Mid May Edition 2017
AIM E-News Mid May Edition 2017

AIM News

Now Open: AIM Sustainability Grant Scheme 2017

The AIM Sustainability Grant Scheme, supported through the generosity of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, is now open for applications. The scheme is intended to help medium and smaller sized AIM members to improve their medium and long term sustainability. To be eligible, museums must have an annual turnover of less than £300,000 or fewer than 50,000 visitors a year.

This scheme, which began in 2006, has so far supported 216 projects with over £831,700 of grants. The wide range of applicants demonstrates the importance of sustainability issues to AIM members. There will be only two more rounds before this scheme ends, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to improve your sustainability with a grant from us.

The round for 2017 is now open with a closing date of 3 July at 5pm. Find out more: AIM Sustainability Grant Scheme 2017

New AIM Biffa Award Funded Exhibitions Will Tell The Stories Of Historic Figures From Engineering And Science

AIM Biffa Award have just announced the first round of projects to be supported by the ‘History Makers – People who shaped our world’ programme. Sharing a fund of £170,000, each project will tell the story of their chosen historical figure and how their work and achievements have shaped the world we live in today.

Funded by Biffa Award with support from the Landfill Communities Fund, the programme is funding AIM member museums to create new exhibitions that will inspire the public through the lives and achievements of extraordinary historical figures. The successful projects in Round 1, with exhibitions opening in 2018, will focus on the work of historic figures from engineering and science. They are:

‘Digging Deeper’ at the London Transport Museum; ‘The Father of Modern Forensics’ at The National Justice Museum in Nottingham and ‘Hawkshaw and Barlow Untold’ at The Clifton Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre in Bristol. Find out more: AIM Biffa Award History Makers Programme

Going Fast: AIM National Conference Tickets

AIM National Conference 2017 is going to be unmissable, so please ensure you snap up your tickets soon because we are close to selling out on both days. With talks covering everything you need to know about running an independent museum or heritage site, take a look at the  updated speaker schedule to see what you could be missing out on!

Let’s Get Fizzy: Enter Now For Museum Fizzers At Conference

What makes your museum fizz? Could you tell us in just three minutes about a project at your museum that you are proud of, or one that has made a positive difference to how you work? If so – we would love to hear from you and you could win a bottle of champagne to share with your team. If you are coming to AIM National Conference – enter now (you won’t regret it). What makes your museum fizz?

AIM Lunch For Chairs

We are booking up fast, but places are still available for our annual lunch for chairs of independent museums, taking place on Thursday 22 June during AIM Conference. This year’s AIM Conference will focus on 40 years of leading independents and we are delighted that Alan Lovell DL, will be sharing his experience with guests at the chairs’ lunch.

Alan is chair of two AIM members: the Mary Rose Trust and Hampshire Cultural Trust. He will reflect on his experience of governance in many types of organisations and on how chairs can bring the best out of the boards with whom they work.

The lunch will provide chairs with an opportunity to meet, network and share ideas and is free to attend, thanks to the sponsorship by Development Partners, as part of their overall sponsorship of the AIM Hallmarks Governance programme. For more information or to book a place, please contact

AIM Hallmarks Awards Close In Wales 22 May

The next round of the AIM Hallmarks Awards in Wales closes on 22 May at 5pm, so if you are thinking of applying, please complete the application form as soon as you can. AIM Hallmarks Awards

Offering grants of between £5,000 and £15,000 the AIM Hallmarks Awards help AIM member museums and heritage sites in England and Wales to begin to use the principles in the AIM Hallmarks to improve the way they work. If you have any last minute queries about your application, please email:

Other News And Events

Volunteers Celebrated At 2017 Museums + Heritage Awards

The annual Museums + Heritage Awards – now in their 15th year – took place on Wednesday 17 May in central London. A total of 11 awards were presented and several independents won, were highly commended or were shortlisted in the various categories.  Joint winners of the AIM/ BDRC supported Volunteer of the Year in this year’s Museums + Heritage were Bailiffgate Museum, Mrs Jane Mann and Museum of Oxford, Oxford City Council, Aaron Lee. The winners of the AIM/BDRC supported Volunteer Team of the Year were People’s History Museum, Community Curators of Never Going Underground: The Fight for LGBT + Rights. You can read more about the awards here: Volunteers Celebrated At 2017 Museums + Heritage Awards

Museums and Galleries Exhibitions Tax Relief – Status Update May 2017

Please view this useful blog article by Museums Galleries Scotland for an update on the status of Museums and Galleries Exhibitions Tax Relief. Please note that this information applies to the whole of the UK Museums and Galleries Exhibitions Tax Relief – Status Update May 2017

Arts Marketing Association: Building Resilience

Developed by the Arts Marketing Association in partnership with Wolff Olins and supported by Arts Council England, Building Resilience is a series of 3 online modules that are designed for decision makers and influencers working in a whole range of arts, culture and heritage organization. The courses inspire your thinking as part of your journey to thrive and become a better organization. Sign up online at Arts Marketing Association: Building Resilience

British Council: Exchange Programme For Museums, Cultural Institutions And Creative Universities

The Exchange Programme is designed to build up connections between museums, cultural institutions and creative universities in Brazil and the United Kingdom. It encourages collaboration through the exchange of knowledge and best practice for the development of the cultural sector by providing resources for institutions to foster the capacity of staff and increase cross-cultural understanding resulting in partnerships.  Exchange Programme For Museums, Cultural Institutions And Creative Universities

Do You Run Audio-Described Performances Or Events?

VocalEyes supports the arts and heritage sector to become more accessible to blind and partially sighted audiences, and their describers, trainers and consultants work with over 100 venues each year. VocalEyes publicise these events through their website, and at the end of last year, they relaunched their website so that any museum or theatre running an accessible event can upload a listing. Find out more: Do You Run Audio-Described Performances Or Events?

Complete The TEG Lending And Borrowing Experiences Survey 2017 And Win A Touring Exhibitions Group (TEG) Preparing to Borrow workshop Place And Travel Bursary

The Lending and Borrowing Experiences Survey will help the Touring Exhibitions Group (TEG) gain a snapshot of loans practice in the UK today. The information provided will support TEG to develop its Arts Council England (ACE) and TESS Demountable funded Preparing to Borrow programme, being delivered with the support of the National Museum Directors’ Council (NMDC) and Art Fund. The programme has been devised to support the ACE Ready to Borrow scheme.

Support The Heritage Alliance’s Heritage Manifesto 2017

The Heritage Alliance’s Heritage Manifesto 2017 sets out five simple asks for the next Government. The Heritage Alliance hopes that the sector will share it widely on social media using #HeritageManifesto and you can use it as a base for your own advocacy work.

Event – Museums Galleries Scotland: Sharing Collections Symposium

Join your hosts Museums Galleries Scotland and National Museums Scotland for a one-day symposium focusing on the themes of lending, borrowing, and touring exhibitions. They will be exploring the barriers and opportunities surrounding inter-museum loans and the sharing of collections, while identifying what support is available nationally and internationally. Runs at The National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh on 14 June. Museums Galleries Scotland: Sharing Collections Symposium

Event: Booking Now – The Best In Heritage Conference 2017

Annual, global conference featuring award-winning museum, heritage and conservation projects. Runs 28-30 September 2017 in Dubrovnik, Croatia The Best In Heritage Conference 2017

Jobs And Volunteering

Director and Chief Executive Officer, Brooklands Museum, Surrey

Brooklands Museum is globally recognised as the world’s first purpose built motor racing circuit and the birthplace of many ‘firsts’ in British motorsport and aviation, home of Concorde and the site of many engineering and technological achievements throughout eight decades of the 20th century. Brooklands exists with the aim to conserve, restore and maintain the site’s collections, to inspire future generations. The Museum is sustained by a dedicated group of some 800 volunteers, welcomed 185,000 visitors in 2016 and boasts a growing learning programme, as well as a wide series of events and strong commercial and hospitality operations. The Museum will soon be completing the largest ever development of its remarkable site, the £8 million ‘Brooklands Aircraft Factory and Race Track Revival Project’.

Following Allan Winn’s highly successful tenure as Director and CEO, the Trustees of Brooklands Museum now seek to appoint a successor. This is an outstanding opportunity to shape an ambitious and dynamic future for Brooklands.The new Director and CEO will bring senior operational management experience across multi-stakeholder environments, financial acuity, and a proven commercial approach, with a track record of leading initiatives that have raised income and organisational profile. Able to work effectively with the Board, they will also champion and represent Brooklands’ vision, and have the personal gravitas to be a passionate advocate for the importance of Brooklands to cultural, educational, motoring and aviation life. Whilst the Board will consider a range of professional experience, candidates should offer the skills and understanding necessary to manage a heritage site and collections of international significance. Location: Weybridge, Surrey. Salary: Competitive

For further details including job description, person specification and information on how to apply, please visit quoting reference 2996.

The deadline for applications is midday (BST) on Monday 22 May 2017.

Marketing & Communications Manager – Seven Stories, Newcastle

Seven Stories is an award winning National museum dedicated to children’s literature. We are seeking a skilled marketer to promote and build engagement in our arts and cultural programmes, increasing our impact in the NE, the UK and internationally. If you want to make a real difference to our profile and success, and have a genuine desire to connect children, young people and families with books, arts and cultural opportunity, this is the perfect role for you. You will be a creative communicator with experience of management and cultural marketing who will bring enthusiasm and imagination to our communication, audience engagement and sales development strategies. Applications close 24 May. Marketing & Communications Manager – Seven Stories, Newcastle

Operations Manager – Sulgrave Manor, Oxon

To be responsible for the day-to-day operations at Sulgrave Manor during an exciting time of change and growth. This includes a co-ordinating role for its management including staff, marketing, visitor experience and health & safety. Closing date for applications is Friday 26 May. To apply, send a CV and covering letter outlining your skills and experience to Full job description is available at Operations Manager – Sulgrave Manor

AIM Member Trustee Vacancies

Have you got some spare time to become a Trustee at an AIM member organisation? Click here to see the AIM Member Trustee Vacancies For May 2017

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Grant Schemes Closing Dates

Sustainability Scheme – 3 July

Conservation Scheme – 31 March and 30 September

Preventive Conservation Scheme – 31 March and 30 September

AIM Hallmarks Awards – 15 May in England and 22 May in Wales 2017

AIM Biffa Award History Makers – October 31 2017













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