For AIM Members
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Mary Rose Museum (©Hufton+Crow)
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
AIM is a national charitable organisation which helps independent and independently spirited museums, galleries and heritage sites prosper by connecting, supporting and representing them.
Any heritage organisation interested in building a prosperous future, is welcome to join AIM – you don’t have to be independent or a museum to join us.
We offer support through
Keep reading to see how AIM can help you in more detail, or call us on 01495 774127 for any other help.
AIM administers grants for museums to help AIM members with a variety of needs including training, conservation, development and exhibitions. There are different eligibility criteria and closing dates for each grant scheme, so please check each grant programme for further information. You can view all current AIM grants by clicking HERE.
AIM Bulletin and E-News
AIM members can keep up to date with museum and heritage news through the bi-monthly AIM Bulletin and fortnightly e-news mailings. The Bulletin is mailed directly to all AIM members and the AIM E-News is emailed directly to your inbox. You can sign up to the E-News by clicking on the E-News signup buttons or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Phone and Email support
If you are an AIM member and you need support with a specific topic, we are happy to help you. Please visit our Contact page to get in touch.
AIM National Conference Discounts
AIM offers exclusive discounts for our popular national conference and trade show, where you can learn about new developments and network with colleagues. We can also provide an AIM Training Grant up to 300 pounds for members to attend our conference. Find out more HERE.
AIM Council is consulted regularly by Government and national bodies on museums, heritage and tourism matters, making submissions on behalf of its membership and ensuring they have a voice at national level. We provide an independent viewpoint based on operational and business experience of running successful enterprises. Visit our Resources page to download reports.
AIM Energy Action Group
Do you want to save your museum money? Working in partnership with Touchstone Services, the AIM Energy Action Group is providing a way for museums and heritage attractions of all sizes to review energy bills, work with an energy management company to gain competitive quotes and join a bulk energy buying basket to reduce costs further. Visit the AIM Energy Action Group page for more information.
Do you wonder what your visitors really think about you? Or maybe you need to gather strong evidence of your work to show to funders and other stakeholders? VisitorVerdict can help you by offering real-time visitor insights on a user friendly online dashboard and AIM members are entitled to discounted rates on this benchmarking service. To find out more, please visit AIM VistorVerdict.
Mazars provide an accountancy helpline for AIM members. They can give guidance on general accounting, tax or charity matters, and point enquirers to relevant supporting documentation or advice. To get help, call the office on 0117 928 1700 and let the receptionist know that you are calling the Association of Independent Museums Helpdesk, and you will be put through to Jon Marchant or one of his assistants. Visit the Mazars website for further information about the company.
For up to date advice on business rates, AIM members can contact Colin Hunter, a Director of Lambert Smith Hampton, who has been working with AIM and some of our members for the last 10 years. Colin has offered to give any AIM member who contacts him 15 minutes consultation, at no fee with no strings attached, so please call 0113 245 8454 or email email@example.com for advice. We also have a Success Guide on Business Rates which can be downloaded HERE.