Case Studies

History Makers – A Light in the Darkness

AIM Biffa Award History Makers National Coal Mining Museum for England – A Light in the Darkness Grant received: £81,987.62 What is your project about? …

History Makers – Annie Besant and Jayaben Desai: History Makers on Strike

AIM Biffa Award History Makers Annie Besant & Jayaben Desai: History Makers on Strike – People’s History Museum What is your project about? PHM…

History Makers – Cromwell Uncovered

AIM Biffa Award History Makers The Cromwell Museum – Cromwell Uncovered Grant received: £85,530 What is your project about? The project was to re…

Andrew Logan Museum of Sculpture

AIM Hallmarks in Wales £6000 – ALMoS Strategic Development, Communications The Andrew Logan Museum of Sculpture (ALMoS), established 1991 in Berrie…

Art Happens crowdfunding

Art Happens is crowdfunding with a difference. Designed specifically for museums and galleries, it gives museums the power to create and manage innovative fundraising campaigns, with Art Fund suppo…

A virtual tour of Medway Queen

With neither a large budget or technical facilities, Medway Queen sought to develop a basic virtual tour that could be implemented by a  volunteer. Richard Halton, Medway Queen Preservatio…

Pilgrim Trust Conservation Grant – Holst Birthplace Museum

Addressing and resourcing collections care at the Holst Birthplace Museum   The Holst Birthplace Museum shows what life was like for the composer Gustav Ho…

Pilgrim Trust Collections Care Audit – Herchel Museum of Astronomy

The Herschel Museum of Astronomy opened in 1981 and was taken over by Bath Preservation Trust in 2017. There is an administrator for the property and curatorial staff from Bath Preservation Trust a…

Pilgrim Trust Conservation Grant – Jane Austen’s House

Jane Austen’s House is an independent museum sited in the house where Jane Austen lived from 1809 until just before her death in 1817. An accredited Museum and registered charity, the Museum pres…

Pilgrim Trust Collections Care Audit – Malton Museum

Malton Museum’s main collections come from excavations that took place between 1925 and 1970.  The Museum also holds archaeological material from subsequent, smaller excavations. These collectio…

Pilgrim Trust Conservation Grant – Conserving Cromwell

The Cromwell Museum tells the story of the life and times of the soldier and statesman Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658) through the best collection of items relating to him. Founded in 1962 we are an in…

Incredible impact – Turner in Bridport

Emily Hicks, Director, Bridport Museum Trust explains the impact one amazing painting can have. In Summer 2019 Bridport Museum borrowed a J.M.W. Turner watercolour of Bridport Harbour, its a…

Understanding your audiences – Narrow Guage Railway Museum

Audience analysis doesn’t have to be expensive or overly complex. We spoke to Malcolm Phillips, Collections Manager at the Narrow Gauge Railway Museum about how they went about improving th…

AIM Hallmarks – The Gurkha Museum Trust

Gurkha Museum Brand Evolution The Gurkha Museum ensures the future of Gurkha Heritage by celebrating, honouring and promoting the history and culture of …

Developing new income streams – Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life

Tiverton Museum is a much-loved museum providing extensive displays on local history within the Mid Devon area, a schools’ programme and reminiscence service. The AIM Hallmark project buil…

AIM Hallmarks – Rochdale Pioneers Museum

‘Earning through Learning’ Creating a higher space for the learning loft The Co-operative Heritage Trust (CHT) runs the Museum on the site where 28 w…

Seven Stories: Leadership and Culture

In 2015, Seven Stories successfully revamped its building in a major capital project

Port Sunlight Museum: Awareness and Networks

Port Sunlight Museum is building new relationships with neighbouring attractions to boost its offer to groups

The Royal West of England Academy: Innovation

The Royal West of England Academy was funded by an AIM Hallmarks Award to develop a new corporate training offer

The Roald Dahl Museum

Risk management sounds dry and the consideration of risk at board meetings can easily become a cursory, tick-box exercise with a focus on operational issues

The Canal and River Trust

Using The AIM Hallmarks in organisational planning

Brantwood, John Ruskin’s House: Collections

Brantwood, John Ruskin’s House in Coniston, received a Hallmarks Award to help the museum tell new stories about their collection

Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft: Finance

Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft is using a Hallmark grant to investigate new business models to put it on a sustainable footing for the future

Calderdale Industrial Museum: Governance

Under the Hallmarks Prospering Boards programme, the museum has been able to work with a consultant to review their governance, help them organise more effectively as a body, identify their skills gaps and refine their vision for the organisation

Firing Line Museum of the Welsh Soldier: Visitor Focus

Supported by a Hallmarks Award, Firing Line Museum of the Welsh Soldier undertook research to enable them to understand their visitors and non-visitors better, and to explore ways of building new audiences

Gilbert White’s House and the Oates Collections: Purpose

Gilbert White’s House and the Oates Collections have been supported by the AIM Prospering Boards programme to help them refine the existing vision for the site and devise a more streamlined strategy, based on a clear organisational purpose

Awareness and Networks: Marilyn Scott, Director, The Lightbox

There can’t be many organisations that actively encourage their employees to pop to the shops during working hours for research purposes, but it’s an important part of The Lightbox approach to staying contemporary and relevant

Innovation: no need for a revolution

Too often, innovation is seen as synonymous with risk and upheaval but it can also be achieved through incremental change and by working within a museum’s existing zone of activity

Governance Profile: Roger Cooke

Good chairmanship and good governance is an on-going process, so AIM sat down with Roger Cooke, chair of the Tullie House Museum board to discover what their governance journey has been like

Evaluating the Evidence The Impact of Charging or Not for Admissions on Museums

In September 2016, AIM published new research to help museums understand the impact of charging for admission, or not, on all aspects of operating a successful museum

Reimagining the Visitor Experience with Museum Hack

If you keep an eye on what’s happening in the USA Museum sector, you will have noticed Museum Hack. This …

AIM Hallmarks Case Study – Purpose

A case study on organisational propose by Michael Day, Chief Executive, Historic Royal Palaces and AIM Vice President …