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The Museums Money and Medals Network Collections

The Museums Money and Medals Network Collections Mapping is an Arts Council funded project that exists to build and develop relationships between UK museums with numismatic collections. The intention is to provide support where needed in terms of identification, storage and display of coins, medals, banknotes and associated objects. An important aspect of the project is collections mapping. Institutions are being contacted about their collections with a view to making this information publicly accessible on the Money and Medals website: www.moneyandmedals.org.uk Please contact hflynn@britishmuseum.org for further details, to get advice and get your collection on the map!

Please click here to download accompanying document: Medals and money mapping

How should be remember World War 1? Midland History Forum Conference

How should be remember World War 1? Midland History Forum Conference

Saturday 19th October 2013, School of Education, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT. £10 fee

How should we approach teaching World War I as its centenary approaches? What are its implications for the whole curriculum both in the classroom and beyond? Our next Forum will give the chance to consider the implications of these questions.

Museums can request a stall to have a presence at this conference, sharing their schools programme and/or loan box service

Click here to access PDF with further information: WW1 Conference

Creative projects create new audiences: Wednesday 17th July

– Creative projects create new audiences: Wednesday 17th July – 10am-4.30pm, The Commandery, Sidbury, Worcester WR1 2HU)
Do you want to increase your skills so your museum is awarded grants to do more creative work?
Do want to learn more about making great grant applications to non-heritage funders? Do you want explore how working with an artist may increase your audiences and funding sources?
Do you want some mentoring support to get your grant application right?
If you answer “Yes!” to any of these questions then one of these free workshops is definitely for you and your museum.
Funded by Arts Council England and designed particularly for independent and smaller public museums, these workshops will give you guidance on non-heritage funding sources and the “hands on” sessions will provide you with the tips and advice on how to put a great grant application together. The workshops will also explore how best to work with artists to create exciting programmes that could increase your audiences and grant giving partners, as arts activities can be supported through a range of open access grants and programmes.
Mentoring sessions will be available a few weeks after each workshop so you can talk through your grant application and get advice before you submit.
These workshops will be led by Fiona Mitchell-Innes and the artist Laura Baxter.  Fiona has worked in museums and arts organisations all her career, from small local museums to the Natural History Museum, and for Arts Council England.  She now works freelance for arts and heritage organisations and she delivers support for Accreditation in the West Midlands, South West and London.  Laura Baxter is a renowned contemporary artist, specialising in jewellery but also making large bespoke installation pieces for a number of museums across the country.  Between them Fiona and Laura will explore how you can best access money for creative projects and how you should work with artists to get the best results for your museums, your collections and your audiences.
If possible, two people from your museum should attend a workshop so that the creative approaches and the learning can then be acted on more effectively.
Places are limited, please book early to avoid disappointment. To book your place, please contact:
To book contact:
Sue Pope, Worcestershire County Museum, Hartlebury Castle, Hartlebury, nr. Kidderminster, Worcestershire. DY11 7XZ or email: spope@worcestershire.gov.uk
Lunch and refreshments provided.

 

Job: Head of Business and Marketing at Avoncroft Museum

Avoncroft Museum are currently advertising for a Head of Business and Marketing, please see the job description for details and if you are interested please complete the application form by Friday 28th June 2013. Avoncroft accept email, post or hand delivered forms. Email to officemanager@avoncroft.org.uk in the first instance. Interviews will be held week commencing 8th July 2013, if you do not hear from Avoncroft with regards to an interview please assume your application has been unsuccessful this time.

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Free Workshop: Get more funding into your museum – Creative projects create new audiences

     GEM West Midlands

Free workshop!

Get more funding into your museum – Creative projects create new audiences

At: The Commandery, Sidbury, Worcester WR1 2HU;

Wednesday 17th July – 10am-4.30pm

  • Do you want to increase your skills so your museum is awarded grants to do more creative work?
  • Do want to learn more about making great grant applications to non-heritage funders?
  • Do you want explore how working with an artist may increase your audiences and funding sources?
  • Do you want some mentoring support to get your grant application right?

If you answer “Yes!” to any of these questions then one of these free workshops is definitely for you and your museum.

Funded by Arts Council England and designed particularly for independent and smaller public museums, these workshops will give you guidance on non-heritage funding sources and the “hands on” sessions will provide you with the tips and advice on how to put a great grant application together. The workshops will also explore how best to work with artists to create exciting programmes that could increase your audiences and grant giving partners, as arts activities can be supported through a range of open access grants and programmes.

Mentoring sessions will be available a few weeks after each workshop so you can talk through your grant application and get advice before you submit.

These workshops will be led by Fiona Mitchell-Innes and the artist Laura Baxter.  Fiona has worked in museums and arts organisations all her career, from small local museums to the Natural History Museum, and for Arts Council England.  She now works freelance for arts and heritage organisations and she delivers support for Accreditation in the West Midlands, South West and London.  Laura Baxter is a renowned contemporary artist, specialising in jewellery but also making large bespoke installation pieces for a number of museums across the country.  Between them Fiona and Laura will explore how you can best access money for creative projects and how you should work with artists to get the best results for your museums, your collections and your audiences.

 

Please download booking and details document here:  GEM workshop booking form

23rd June at Hartlebury for National Gypsy, Roma, Traveller History Month

Travellers’ Tales:  Sunday 23rd June 11.00am-5.00pm

 

An annual celebration of Traveller Heritage at Hartlebury

 

  • See our fabulous collection of Gypsy Caravans in the Transport Gallery and Museum Volunteer Ced Lewis’ beautifully crafted ¾ scale model, “Bita Rawni”.
  • Enjoy performances by Folk MusicianAndy Casserley as he wanders around the site
  • Watch Falconry Displays from Hagley Falconry in the Carriage Circle at 12.30 & 2.00pm & 3.00pm
  • Join Storyteller Richard O’Neill for true Travellers Tales in the Saloon at 11.30am, 1.00pm, 2.30 & 3.30pm
  • Join in traditional crafts in the Orchard area and around the Cider Mill. Make a willow fish or Gypsy flower with Helen Munday and Ron Smart
  • Meet groups from the Worcestershire Gypsy Roma Traveller Partnership and friends in the Great Hall. Includes “Through a Child’s Eyes” – an exhibition from The  National Gypsy Traveller Federation
  • Join in a Craft Activity or two in the Great Hall courtesy of Worcestershire Children’s Services for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Children, Young People and Families

 

Refreshments are available in the museum cafe and Orchard area. Some activities may move indoors if the weather is poor.

 

 

Our Partners in the Great Hall:

 

West Mercia Police

Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service

Rooftop Housing

Vesta Community Trust and Wyre Forest Community Housing

Worcestershire Childrens Services for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Children, Young People and Families

Worcestershire Health Care & NHS Trust

National Gypsy Traveller Federation

West Midlands Ambulance Service

Stourport Primary School

Hartlebury Preservation Trust

 

 

Worcestershire County Museum would like to thank the following for their generous support and help in organising this event:

                                                                              

The Diocese of Worcester

West Mercia Police

Rooftop Housing

Vesta Community Trust and Wyre Forest Community Housing

The Rural Media Company

Members of Worcestershire Gypsy, Roma, Traveller Partnership

www.worcestershire.gov.uk/museums

Job Opportunity: Head of The Infirmary Medical Museum

We wish to appoint a creative and highly motivated individual to lead the sustainable development of The Infirmary Museum, a permanent exhibition gallery on medical history

This post becomes available through a unique partnership between the University of Worcester and the Charles Hastings Education Centre (CHEC), which was awarded a grant of £537,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2011 to establish an interactive exhibition and associated learning and outreach programmes.

The exhibition is located within a former hospital ward inside the beautiful Georgian Worcester Royal Infirmary, where the British Medical Association was founded in 1832, and which is now the centre-piece of the new city centre University campus.

The post holder will have overall responsibility for successful development to ensure the continued sustainability of the museum and programmes beyond the life of the HLF-funded project (which ends in October 2014).

After less than a year of operation, the Museum is already making a significant contribution to the University’s access and inclusion programme, and creating a diverse range of educational opportunities for children and young people. In addition, the Museum team work with academic staff at the University, using the collections imaginatively to support the undergraduate curriculum across a number of disciplines. Visitor numbers are increasing, and the Museum has become part of a vibrant heritage offer in Worcestershire, working alongside our partner, the George Marshall Medical Museum.

The successful applicant will be an outstanding communicator, with the vision and ambition to take the Museum forward into the next phase of development; and ensuring a sustainable future post HLF project funding. You will have a relevant post-graduate qualification, a minimum of 3 years’ experience managing a successful museum, or other relevant heritage sector experience, and knowledge and experience of curating, interpreting and managing social history collections.

Closing date: Monday 17 Jun 2013

To find out more and to apply, please follow this link: http://www.worc.ac.uk/community/job-vacancy-head-of-the-infirmary-medical-museum.html

Earth Heritage Trust: 1000 Years of Building with Stone

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PRESS RELEASE – 20th March 2013

1000 Years of Building with Stone – new stone heritage project underway in the two counties

Herefordshire and Worcestershire  Earth Heritage Trust is delighted to announce the award of £393,000 from The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a project to trace the history of stone buildings and forgotten quarries throughout Herefordshire and Worcestershire.   The Trust will be investigating “A Thousand Years of Building with Stone”, looking at a range of heritage buildings, everything from castles and bridges to local churches, village halls and homes. The project will trace where the stone for these buildings came from and is hoping to rediscover some forgotten local quarries.

The new team is now in post and will be running its first public event on 4th April at the Hereford Museum Resource & Learning Centre as part of the “Terrific Trilobites” family activity day, running from 11am to 3pm.  Come along to enjoy a building stone quiz, race a trilobite, find out more from the displays or chat to the team.

The project, which will run for three and half years, will recruit and train volunteers in new skills in order to work on research and organise events and activities.  Some will learn how to conduct guided walks, others will become ‘ambassadors’ to address community groups about the project. There will be workshops ranging from dry-stone walling to historical research methods.

The project will create a website with detailed geological information that will in future help home and landowners, local authorities and conservation bodies seeking to protect historic stone buildings in the future. Local interest groups, schools, community organisations, conservation agencies, and professionals will all be involved in the project.

A range of publications will be created as well as smart phone ‘apps’.  Educational materials will help teachers plan projects about the vital role that locally-quarried stone played in building until the early 20th century.

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust chairman, Dr Sue Hay, said, “There is a great variety of building stone across the two counties and the use of local stone has added beauty and a sense of place to communities.  The history of its use is a story waiting to be told.  We are grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for giving us the chance to do that.”

Reyahn King, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund West Midlands, said: “This project will recruit and train local volunteers to undertake vital research and take responsibility for a wide range of tasks helping to ensure that communities, and especially young people, will be able to learn about the buildings and the natural environment around them.”

The team can be contacted on building.stones@worc.ac.uk 01905 542014

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Photograph – team members visiting an old building stone quarry in Herefordshire,  a church doorway showing several styles of building with stone as a material

The project team comprises

Kate Andrew – Project manager (Wed and Thursdays only)

Beth Andrews – Community consultant (Tue-Fri)

Elliot Carter – Technical consultant (Mon –Thur)

For further information and a photo opportunity, please contact Kate Andrew k.andrew@worc.ac.uk or one of the above team members on the generic e-mail address.

Wikipedia Event!

Why museums are taking to Wikipedia

Still wondering about why and how?
Nearly 600 museums in the UK use wikipedia as a way of getting more exposure for their collections, buildings up a wider volunteer base and gathering more and more expertise and audience participation.
This event shows how some museums in the West Midlands have started to take this free resource more seriously. Over the last two years the West Midlands MDOs have been encouraging museums to build pages, run ‘backstage’ events and exploit all the benefits of this massive phenomenon.If you’re still unsure of the why or how, come along and hear what’s involved and how you can plan to make the most of the 38million wikipedians out there.
Monday 4th March, Black Country Living Museum, 1.30pm to 4.30 pm

Book your place here:

http://wikishowcase.eventbrite.co.uk/

Love Worcester

From 14th to 25th February 2013 Worcester′s Heritage Attractions will be holding special Love themed events.
The attractions hosting events include:
  • Elgar Birthplace Museum
  • George Marshall Medical Museum
  • Greyfriars House & Garden
  • The Commandery
  • The Infirmary
  • Worcester Cathedral
  • Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum
  • Worcestershire Museum of Freemasonry
View the Love Worcester 2013 events below or download and print the pdf leaflet Love_Worcester_Leaflet
Or, find out more at the Visit Worcester website