Category Archives: Training

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


Making the Most of Retail: Free training sessions provided Museum Development

The Making the Most of Retail… series is part of a 3  year programme of seminars, opportunities for sharing, partnerships, training  and other support to increase skills and confidence across the sector to help museums learn to thrive in the rapidly changing economic, social and political landscape.

This series of practical workshops is supported and lead by the Association of Cultural Enterprises the organisation which promotes commercial best practice in the cultural, heritage and visitor attraction sector.

Each session is geared to providing practical knowledge for those starting out as well as those looking to refresh their ‘retail’ offer. Each is standalone, but some sites may wish to see the programme as a complete package of skills and knowledge for staff and management.

The sessions are complemented by other on-site analyses and support over the period of the programme, please contact your MDO for more information.

The workshops are free to museums and heritage sites in the West Midlands, the number of places on each workshop are limited and we may have to limit the number of places per site to 1 person.


Download the word doc. here to find out about the sessions and dates: Making the most of Retail

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:
Lunch and refreshments provided.


Vacancy: Loans Consultant Position

Position: Invitation to Tender
Organisation: Museums Worcestershire
Location: UK, England, Hartlebury nr. Kidderminster
Closing date: 18/01/2013 d/m/y
Job Type: Ct
Salary: consultancy fee of up to £9,950.00


Invitation to Tender
Museums Worcestershire

UK, England, Hartlebury nr. Kidderminster

Museums Worcestershire is looking for a heritage learning consultant to assist with the development of a new community object loans service. Following a fire in October 2010 that devastated our current service we are looking to develop a bigger offer in partnership with other museums and arts providers within the county.

Project Vision

The vision for The Phoenix Project is to develop a community loans service in the broadest sense that offers a variety of arts and museum/heritage resources to current and new audiences, drawing on and incorporating the skills and resources of new partners. Resources available can be informed by consultation with current service users, members of the public and potential partners.

Alongside this, we also wish to:

v  Revisit the costings of the service, including the collection/delivery offer, membership schemes and charging policy to ensure that we are delivering a sustainable service for the best value and able react positively to changing circumstances and user requirements.

v  Source new and replacement items to ensure the continued operation of our current loans service

v  Identify opportunities to develop facilitated outreach activities linked to newly developed resources in collaboration with partners

v  Identify opportunities to develop a broader range of learning resources related to the project and our partners, to potentially include costumed role-plays, trails (utilising social media and other mobile technologies), on-line resources and the commissioning of other resources.



We would in the first instance, like to see initial responses to suggested aims and outcomes plus:

  • An outline of how would you begin undertaking the scoping/consultation exercise
  • Given the inclusive nature of our thinking and linking in to current central and local government/health care initiatives/issues – suggest potential partners and provide supporting evidence
  • Outline avenues for match funding
  • Suggest a title and marketing angle for the new service



Funding has been secured for the development of this project in 2 stages:

  • Stage 1: Scoping and Business planning – Jan-March 2013
  • Stage 2: Development and Implementation –  March-July 2013

The consultant is requested to work to the fixed price budget below focusing on Stage 1 only.  An opportunity to apply for Stage 2 will be released in February 2012.

Initial Contract (Funding confirmed)

TOTAL: £9,950.00

Timetable: Stage 1

Submission of expressions of interest & initial ideas  18th January 2013

Short listing of consultants                                                      wc 21th January 2013

Interviews                                                                                30th January 2013

Appointment of consultant                                                      Feb 2013

Undertaking scoping exercise                                                Feb/March/April 2013

Collation and Presentation of findings                                    end April 2013



For further Information and to submit your expressions of interest please contact:

Sue Pope AND Gemma Dhami to receive the full brief.

The Commandery




Tel: 01905 361824

Please submit your expression of interest and initial ideas by post or email to the above contact, by 5.00pm on Friday January 18th 2013.

New Vacancies for Skills for the Future: Worcestershire

Many of you may remember the excellent opportunity offered by a number of sites in Worcestershire for a graduate traineeship funded by HLF. The traineeships were highly sought after, so have been funded again to start in April next year, with applications due on January 9th. Find out more about each vacancy and the site they are based at by following the links below:


The Infirmary and the George Marshall Medical Museum

University of Worcester Research Collections and The Hurd Library

The Elgar Birthplace Museum

Worcester Cathedral Library and Archive

Museum of Royal Worcester

West Midlands MDOs: The Group Picture

As you are all aware, us MDOs are busy bees and our whereabouts  isn’t always that easy to locate. To our surprise, yesterdays Spring Greens event at Winterbourne House and Garden created the rare moment when we were all in the same room (without it being for an intensely long meeting). This was a photograph opportunity we could not miss; unfortunately, the photos turned out a little blurry.

Can you match the MDO to the area? (Hint: bigger smiles do not necessarily equal lighter work load)

Nurturing Worcestershire’s Treasures Newsletter Issue 2

Those wonderful Skills for the Future trainees have done it again, and provided us with a wonderful newsletter about the things they have learnt, achieved and things they generally wish to share. Hope you enjoy!


Nurturing Worc’s Treasures Easter Issue 2

West Midland Museum Development Officers: Annual Report and ‘Catalysts for Change’

The West Midlands is home to six Museum Development Officers offering a wide range of guidance and advice. The two documents below show through case studies and analysis the ongoing help that we provide and how this has effected the museum, gallery and heritage sector in the West Midlands.

Catalysts for Change: West Midland Museum Development Officers

Museum Development Officers Annual Report 2010-2011

Worcestershire’s HLF Skills for the Future trainees: Newsletter

The five wonderful HLF funded Skills for the Future trainees that we have here in Worcestershire have put together their first of five newsletters. The five trainees we have are covering a wide variety of museum and heritage sites from the Hurd Library at Hartlebury Castle, to the Worcester Porcelain Museum.

Hear about what they’re doing straight from the source by having a read:

Skills for the Future Newsletter: January Issue 1


Accreditation Scheme: Step-byStep

Happy New Year to you all! It has been a while since I posted anything, as I’m sure is the same with everyone else, the start of 2012 has been a fairly busy one. Here I have created a 3 page document outlining the main changes between the new scheme and the old scheme, and also provided the timetable for the deadlines for your sites in Worcestershire. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me on

Follow this link my Accreditation documents