For AIM Members

Tullie House Museum
Tullie House Museum
Mary Rose Museum (©Hufton+Crow)
Mary Rose Museum (©Hufton+Crow)
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
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 Grants

AIM Grants

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 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 sassy@aim-museums.co.uk.

Phone and Email support

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 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.

Advocacy

Advocacy

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.

Suppliers Directory

Suppliers Directory

AIM members can access our supplier directory to instantly find businesses to help them with a variety of needs. We have recently updated this directory and it includes approved Associate Suppliers who are also AIM members. Click here to visit the AIM Suppliers Directory. Suppliers of products and services to independent museums can also advertise in the AIM Bulletin. For further information, take a look at how you can advertise with us here.

AIM Energy Action Group

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.

AIM VisitorVerdict

AIM VisitorVerdict

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.

Accountancy Helpline

Accountancy Helpline

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.

Business Rates

Business Rates

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 chunter@lsh.co.uk for advice. We also have a Success Guide on Business Rates which can be downloaded HERE.

AIM Hallmarks Programme

How can the AIM Hallmarks of Prospering Museums help AIM member museums to prosper and thrive?

Visitor Verdict

VisitorVerdict can help you by offering real-time visitor insights on a user friendly online dashboard

AIM Success Guides

Take a look at our series of useful guides for museums and heritage organisations

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