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This page showcases both AIM Associate Suppliers, and suppliers that advertise in the AIM Bulletin and has been created to provide museums and heritage organisations with a handy directory of services.
If you are looking for a product or service for your museum, either scroll through the list of reputable suppliers below, or click on your chosen category from the menu at the right side of this page.
Private businesses and independent consultants that work in the heritage sector are welcome to apply for AIM membership either as supplier members or Associate Suppliers.
AIM membership can help your business to succeed by allowing you to become part of a thriving network of museums, heritage sites and galleries across the UK and by offering you discounted rates on a range of AIM events and services.
You can find out more at the Join AIM for individual suppliers page.
Our Associate Supplier members are also entitled to:
Joining AIM is easy – and could help your business reach your core customers, as Steve Prowse, Head of Project Delivery at AIM Associate Suppliers Artelia explains:
“Being an AIM Associate Member creates an ongoing presence for us with AIM members, reinforced by our Conference sponsorship. It has led to several opportunities for new work and enables us to share learning and experience with the membership. It’s a targeted way for us to reach potential heritage customers that we might otherwise not have access to.”
Becoming an AIM supplier member can increase your visibility across the museum sector too. James Woollam, Managing Director at Hayes Parsons Insurance Brokers says:
“Hayes Parsons Insurance Brokers has been a member of AIM for a number of years. As an independent business ourselves, we understand the challenges faced by AIM members and actively look to support fellow independents. Being a member of AIM allows us to do this through events such as sponsorship of the annual conference as well as keeping abreast of sector news and trends. We insure a number of well-known museums and venues across the UK, many of whom are also AIM members, and we have significantly increased our client base thanks in large part to our association with AIM. The AIM team are incredibly supportive of their associate members and I would strongly recommend AIM membership to any organisation wishing to be more involved in the museums sector.”
If you would like more information about becoming an AIM Associate Supplier and the benefits associated with this membership, please download the AIM Membership leaflet or contact Sassy Hicks, or if you prefer a phone call to discuss Associate Membership, please call 01495 774127.
To advertise in the bi-monthly AIM Bulletin, which is sent directly to all AIM members, please download the price list for 2017.
Heritage Creative is a specialist web design company focused solely on the heritage sector. We are deeply passionate about preserving our heritage through the power of the internet. We pride ourselves on designing outstanding, high return, strategy-led websites that look beautiful whilst being highly accessible and easy to use. As well as the many wonderful organisations, charities and private companies we have worked with, we also have a wealth of experience working with funding organisations which are the mainstay of much of our heritage work. We have a track record of successfully delivering English Heritage, Lottery Funded and Arts Council supported projects as well as those led by local county councils. We offer a totally free, no obligation discussion about your website - you can come to our design studio or we are just as happy to come to you!
Blackwall Green are proud to have supported the Association of Independent Museums since 2001. We concentrate exclusively on art and museum insurance and have acted as a specialist insurance broker for many AIM members as well as for other museums, art galleries, dealers and private collectors for over forty years. Our experience is dedicated to improving insurance for museums and providing an informed, responsive service to our clients, and advice to any museums whether existing clients or not. Please do feel free to contact us.
Looking for unique and appealing gifts for kids at affordable prices? Best Years have an exclusive range of fair trade, handmade, crochet toys plus our iconic knitted dinosaurs. With low prices, no minimum order and flexible and friendly service we specialise in supplying museums and visitor attractions across the UK. Please see www.bestyears.co.uk or email email@example.com for more information
I’m an experienced consultant specialising in audience development and marketing for small and medium-sized museums and heritage organisations, including HLF and ACE-funded projects. Services include undertaking visitor and non-user research and consultation; developing marketing, brand and audience development strategies; running bespoke training; and workshop facilitation. I use research and insights to empower clients to understand audiences and develop sustainable relationships with them.
We have a long track record of successful fundraising in the heritage and arts sectors. We are pleased to help organisations from their earliest thoughts on fundraising through developing strategy, writing bids, managing campaigns and ensuring strong donor relationships for the future. Find out more about us and get in touch via our website.
Catalogue, digitise, preserve, share and manage your collections with the world’s leading collections management software. Over 3400 institutions use our collections management software worldwide from small institutions, to some of the largest and most prestigious in the world.
D-Tech Systems Ltd specialise in solutions, equipment and services for environmental measurement, monitoring and control technologies for the museums, art gallery and heritage market as well industrial, food, pharmaceutical and scientific industries. With our many years of experience we can provide advice, solutions and products as well as also providing on-site or in-house calibration and maintenance services.
Over the last 18 years we’ve helped cultural organisations develop, evolve and grow in a variety of ways. We’ve successfully helped deliver over £40m in successful HLF grants and we’ve done that through project planning, business planning, activity plans and by preparing and writing applications. We work all over the UK with boards and leadership teams, solving governance and strategic issues, helping navigate the inevitable challenges that today’s world gives us. For the last 18 months director Rosalind Johnson has been working for AIM helping to deliver the Prospering Boards programme. We’re known as problem solvers, motivators and a group who cajoles and encourages the best from everyone. You can benefit from our experience through a day’s bespoke training, facilitated away days or a longer term relationship to help you get a project over the line. Our clients and projects are diverse both in size and type of heritage. They include; The Science Museum, Royal Armouries, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, The National Trust, Nottingham Castle, Shakespeare’s Schoolroom, The Heath Robinson Museum, The American Museum of Natural History, Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, Arundel Museum, Wymondham Abbey, Brooklands Museum, The Postal Museum.
Humidity Solutions is the UK’s only independent specialist in humidity control, combining an unparalleled range of high quality products with many years of application knowledge. In museums and galleries, even quite small fluctuations in temperature and humidity can cause significant damage to arts, antiquities and other delicate objects. Humidity Solutions delivers innovative and creative humidification and dehumidification solutions tailored to the specific requirements of each customer. Contact us to find out more.
Circle is a Chartered independent insurance broker, specialising in providing bespoke insurance solutions to the museum and visitor attraction sector. With a team of skilled, experienced professionals and a network of offices throughout the UK (including representation at Lloyd's of London), we are ideally placed to meet your insurance requirements.
Located in Cambridge, United Kingdom, Kudos Memorabilia is a supplier and curator of prestigious hand-picked collectibles from the worlds of film, music, sport and popular culture, including fine-art prints, costumes, props and memorabilia. We are devoted to rare and authentic pieces and strive to preserve iconic memorabilia that will timelessly hold a place in history. All pieces in the Kudos Memorabilia portfolio have been acquired from respected primary sources, which are individuals or companies that have sourced items directly from production companies, prop houses, costume designers, estates or elite private collections. We confidently acquire works and collectibles from only the most reliable and respected entities, and we trust you will appreciate the high quality and variety of the iconic articles on offer. We look forward to working with you…
Eglingtoun Consulting Ltd is based in Fife, Scotland. Our background is in heritage management. We specialize in applying many years of senior experience in the fields of natural and built/cultural heritage to your situation. We can help with: new ideas analysis and development; new business planning, modelling and testing; business reshaping, consolidation and realigning to cope with changing operating environments and changing circumstances; change management; team-building and organizational refresh; ecological survey work; access audits; project management; interpretative planning in a heritage context; and grant applications - viability assessment, development and delivery.
Jarrold Publishing is a specialist heritage publisher, leading the way in high-quality design, beautiful photography, confident editorial, exquisite illustration, and reliable and affordable print services. We understand that a successful guidebook increases revenue, encourages additional visitors, and promotes and extends the reach of your brand. We work with hundreds of historic houses, gardens, museums, galleries, and cathedrals to develop initial ideas and turn them into bold and beautiful publications that visitors want to buy.
Design Culture are a digital and brand design agency that believes design should do more than look great and grab attention. It should change minds, inspire action, and impact society for the better. Our clients are organisations creating positive change, like museums, charities, hospitals and cultural organisations. We help them to tell their story: who they are, what they do and why it matters. If you’d like to know more about our approach to strategy, brand, design and digital please get in touch.
For nearly a decade, Star Editions has been working with the Museum and Heritage sector to create bespoke gift ranges across over 40 different product types. From Mugs and Magnets to Coasters and Cushions, Star Editions can help you create your own premium gift range with ease. Low minimum orders, fast turnaround, award-winning creative and all made in the UK, make Star Editions' offering unique and extremely flexible to your retail needs. Star Editions work with many of AIM's members and their full bespoke client list is a real who's who in both Retail and the Heritage sectors.
Over 35 years of experience dealing with the importing and overprinting of gifts, souvenirs and retail products. We have worked with just about every major, mid-size and niche attraction across the UK providing gifts and mementos to the destination’s shops. Our souvenirs raise much-needed revenue for each attraction and merchandise teams rely on Carole to deliver quality ranges with optimum ‘sell-through capability’. Carole souvenirs are synonymous with the impulse purchase as young and old alike are about to head home from their visit. We’re undisputed market leaders and continue to delight happy customers with happy souvenirs!
I am a museums and cultural consultant, specialising in helping organisations become more resilient through audience development, improved programming, evaluation, and income generation. I can help with: audience development and interpretation strategy; audience and stakeholder consultation; activity planning; evaluation; funding applications; and future visioning. I also provide bespoke training. Get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org
The Artelia project and cost management team have a deep understanding of the practical elements of funding, business cases, design, construction, maintenance and management of museums, gallery and cultural development projects. Artelia have helped organisations secure over £100 million of Heritage Lottery Funding over the past ten years and have a 100% success rate in achieving Round 2 HLF funding. Steve Prowse and Simon Cash who head up the team are both HLF Mentors.
Absolute has built a reputation for innovative, high-specification solutions for museums, galleries and displays around the world – designed and manufactured in Britain. Go online to discover our full range of beautifully engineered products that are subtle but strong and sympathetic to your space. Discover the world’s strongest picture hanging systems and beautifully discreet caption holders and signage that help tell your story. Speak to us about your next project.
Hayes Parsons Insurance Brokers (formally known as EIS) is an independent insurance broker and risk management advisor. As a museum or visitor attraction, you may need to insure listed buildings, specialist artefacts and fine art, historic vessels, or have a requirement to insure against high retentions under the Government Indemnity Scheme. These are topics we are familiar with and our team of insurance professionals are on hand to provide you with the right insurance and risk management advice when you need it.
Gateway Ticketing Systems is the world’s leading provider of integrated visitor management solutions for museums and galleries; heritage attractions and historic houses; zoos and gardens and theme parks and events. We support our customers with all aspects of their visitors’ journeys from ticketing & admission control, food & beverage, events management to CRM & fundraising strategies and reporting. Contact us to discuss your specific needs.
Hallett Independent specialise in arranging insurances for museums. We are actively involved in the museums sector as trustees and patrons and so understand the financial pressures and work especially hard to negotiate reduced premiums in what is a highly competitive environment. Our support extends to selected sponsorships, free advice and lectures to museums large and small across the UK. We welcome all enquiries.
CountWise is the go-to Technology and Business Intelligence Company, providing people-traffic based solutions to both private and public entities. CountWise solutions and services address the full range of traffic monitoring challenges with unparalleled accuracy and reliability. Partnering with CountWise, businesses are able to improve their operations, increase conversion ratios, optimise staffing, improve customer service, and objectively measure marketing strategy effectiveness.
Vennersys, a member of Christie Group plc, has over 25 years’ experience delivering ticketing & EPoS solutions to a variety of leading visitor attractions. UK based, we strive to provide world class software and service solutions. Our solution, Venpos is a powerful multi-channel software suite that enables users to manage all aspects of their operations from admissions to marketing; physical and online. VENPoS modules include but are not limited to: Admissions, GiftAid, Memberships, Campaign and Stock Management
Development Partners specialise in fundraising for heritage and cultural organisations. From strategic advice and campaign management to communications and bid-writing, the Development Partners team works with Trustees, staff and volunteers to give organisations the best chance of success. To find out more, please visit their website at www.development-partners.co.uk
Experienced museum curator and manager. Collections management, including removal and transfers. Short-term cover for museum management posts. Temporary and long-term exhibition development and project management. Writing and editing publications and resource packs. Sue Kirby MA AMA, Personal Curator.Get in Touch
Brand, design and interpretation for people and places. Brand development: strategy, vision and purpose, identity creation and management. Brand delivery: Joined-up comms online, in print, interpretation and wayfinding. We unearth and share your story to inspire action and engage your audiences.Get in Touch
Unlock your commercial potential. Join our network of 2,500+ professionals and grow your income from retail, publishing, catering and venue hire. ACE holds a Convention & Trade Show each March, the UK’s largest heritage retail trade event, with free entry and over 80 specialist suppliers and a topical seminar programme. Regular e-news available.Get in Touch
Governance, Resilience, Sustainability, Succession Planning. Not sure what to do for the best? Call me, I can help you. Resilience workshops, strategic planning, governance advice from one of the UK’s leading authorities. Over 35 years’ experience managing and developing, sorting out and turning round. In 20 years as a consultant I’ve worked with over 100 organisations. Known for innovative thinking, imaginative but practical solutions. My mission is to leave you feeling positive and resilient.Get in Touch
Over 20 years’ experience of catering management in the heritage and wider hospitality sectors. We believe that in addition to delivery of profit to the site, a museum catering facility should also enhance the visitor experience and have synergy with the organisations’ core mission. Whether you are planning a new facility or have a well-established one we can help to maximise profitability and customer satisfaction. No fee on-site appraisal available.Get in Touch
Improving the visitor experience. We have over 20 years’ practice in improving the visitor experience, whatever the task or budget. We can help throughout a project or with specific stages: Auditing existing venues; Increasing sales/visits; Defining vision and concept; Developing the visitor offer; Creating content and Applying for funding.Get in Touch
Interpretation and development services for museums. “It’s been an outstanding success; beautiful, evocative and moving. It more than fulfilled the brief. Stephen and the team did a fantastic job” – Jon Carter, Director, jersey Heritage: The Story of jersey, a film by SFL. Other clients include: BBC, National Trust, Science Museum Group, Historic Royal Palaces, RAF Museum, Imperial War Museums, Luton Culture, Cornwall Council, Black Country Living Museum. Call me for a chat – I can help you with any stage of your creative or business project.Get in Touch
We specialise in supporting your Heritage Lottery Fund bid. We develop and write: Activity plans; Volunteering plans; Training plans; Business plans; and Options appraisals and feasibility studies. We celebrated four HLF bid successes in the last year.Get in Touch
Museum consultant and freelance curator. Practical down-to-earth curatorial support for projects of all sizes, including Accreditation applications and returns; Forward planning and organisational development, Collections management and emergency planning; project management and Training in all the above. 29 years’ experience including supporting museums in AMC and Renaissance roles. E-Mail: email@example.comGet in Touch
Over 20 years retail management experience in the high street and heritage sectors.Get in Touch
As the UK's leading industry event, The Museums + Heritage Show & Awards on 16 + 17 May 2018 brings together the latest products and services available, all under one roof at one time and is a must do for anyone working in museums, galleries, heritage or other cultural visitor attractions. It's the only sector event which offers free access to an extensive programme of seminars on hot button topics plus the very latest in new technologies, innovations and market insight. 16 + 17 May 2018, West Hall, Olympia, LondonGet in Touch
Blackwall Green are proud to have supported the Association of Independent Museums since 2001. We concentrate exclusively on art and museum insurance, and have acted as a specialist insurance broker for many AIM members as well as for other museums, art galleries, dealers and private collectors for over forty years. Our experience is dedicated to improving insurance for museums and providing an informed, responsive service to our clients, and advice to any museums whether existing clients or not. Please do feel free to contact us.Get in Touch
Reier showcases are cutting edge, museum grade, quality showcases. Manufactured with the highest quality materials. Reier showcases are designed to last several decades.Get in Touch
The guidebook specialist. Jigsaw has over 20 years’ experience in designing and publishing guidebooks, brochures, leaflets, calendars and stationery within the heritage market. Our talented team of photographers, editors and designers work from our two offices (Exeter and Norwich) to manage the entire process from concept to delivery. We can also help with point of sale materials and provide advice on the best ways to sell and advertise your printed products.Get in Touch
Museum and exhibition design. Visitor and heritage centre design. Permanent gallery displays. Interactive displays. Heritage site interpretation. Temporary events and exhibitions. Educational hands-on activities. Outdoor interpretation and signage.Get in Touch
Europe’s award-winning and largest creative design group specialising in museum and visitor attraction design – pushing the boundaries of existing practice and exploring new ways to interpret, present and connect with audiences. More than 170 major projects around the world.Get in Touch
Europe’s largest collection of conservation and archival supplies, now available online.Get in Touch
Award-winning accredited conservation company. Flexible and uniquely structured, combining heritage engineering with industrial and architectural conservation. Has an established profile and over 30 years’ experience within the museum and heritage sector. Practical collection care and industrial heritage consultancy.Get in Touch
The Interpretation Shop. Interpretation made easy. Self-contained, pre-built, simple solutions ideal for small and large museums: available online now! Audio players, video players, interactive kiosks, sound stores, speakers, indoor, outdoor, buttons, specialist screens, tour guides, audio signs, headphones, handsets www.interpretationshop.co.ukGet in Touch
Understand your visitors better. Join the UK’s No. 1 low cost visitor survey and benchmarking service for small and medium visitor attractions. Discover the seven advantages of using VisitorVerdict and join by contacting our websiteGet in Touch