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Arts Connect WM Film and Digital Arts Project for Museums, Heritage Sites and Libraries


Arts Connect WM Film and Digital Arts Project for

Museums, Heritage Sites and Libraries


Placing the creative vision of artists and arts organisations at the heart of this project Arts Connect will invite artists across all art forms to respond creatively to heritage collections and sites and/or library collections and venues. Inspired by the collections and venues you care for the artists will propose imaginative film and digital art installations created by, for and with children and young people.




Inspired by the work of artists we aim to create closer working partnerships between libraries, museums, heritage sites and film / digital artists, to encourage the use and integration of digital technology to broaden the reach of their work attracting more young people to explore their venues and their collections.




The project will:


  • Create digital interpretations of the collections through exploring  the themes of the collections in new and exciting ways
  • Integrate digital arts and film into the collections / venues and not as a standalone piece
  • Build the skills of venue staff and artists in digital arts and filmmaking within the wider cultural context to support sustainability
  • Engage young people in the venues and the collections as co-collaborators supporting the vision and direction for digital engagement and sharing.


What do we need you to do?


At this stage we are looking for a group of museums, libraries and heritage sites who are interested in working with artists to explore the digital arts. We want your creative vision to inspire how your museum, heritage site or library can bring your collections (books, local history, art, landscape, artifacts, ideas) to new audiences through multi-platform production (accessed through mobiles, tablets and computers).


When we put out a ‘call for artists’ we will provide them with a list of venues and sites who have expressed an interest in this project. Artists will be invited to respond with their own creative vision to the historical and contemporary collections within an individual museum or library or across a group of heritage sites and or libraries.


We will shortlist 3 artists/arts organisations or partnerships to work up their initial proposals and then select one to take forward and commission.


If you are interested in being put forward as a venue who would welcome artists and would like further information about what it would involve please contact Susan Goodwin on



An Afternoon with Jenny Lind: Saturday 20 July

An Afternoon with Jenny Lind

The Swedish Nightingale (1820-1887)

By Arthur Candenquist


On Saturday 20 July, 2pm The Infirmary, Jenny Lind Chapel

University of Worcester, City Campus, Castle Street, Worcester WR1 3AS

T: 01905 542540 F:

FREE  ENTRY, please book, Donations Welcome

Museum mentor support and training event

Museum mentor support and training events


Friday 12th July – Birmingham 10.30 – 4.00pm. Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, the AV room

This workshop seeks to bring Museum Mentors together to share knowledge, offering a structured workshop with the aim of supporting Mentors in understanding:

  • The Mentor role in relation to Museums Accreditation
  • The Accreditation Standard, and how this is applicable to smaller, as well as larger museums
  • The role of the Accreditation Assessor, and how the assessment function works


As well as looking at these 3 issues there will be a workshop session on consultation with users and non-users run by audience development specialist, Susie Fisher


Booking – please fill in the attached form to book a place. Deadline for bookings is Friday 28th June

Booking form Mentor training WM July 2013

Creative Approaches to Commissioning Workshop

(9 July 2013, at the MAC, Birmingham, 9.30am – 4.30pm)

Arts Connect WM have commissioned this event for artistic directors, learning managers, development officers, individual artists, heritage learning consultants and cultural freelancers to address these questions:

• How do we bid for new commissions without losing our identity?

• When the commissioners’ needs change, do we need to redefine our creative offer?

• What can we do to build partnerships that bring out the best in all of us?

The day will combine:

• joint exploration of case studies and experiences of change

• creative activity

• group discussion and reflection

During a day-long workshop, Manchester Camerata will provide you with a creative opportunity to explore, reflect on and learn about these testing aspects of the commissioning process; and try new approaches to tackling commissioning bids and developing enriching partnerships. The workshop will be facilitated by Nick Ponsillo, Head of Learning & Participation, and colleague Chris Pearson, from Manchester Camerata, with musicians, a composer and visual artist. There are 20 places available.  Refreshments and lunch will be included and the workshop will take place in the airy English Studio overlooking the park.

There is no charge to attend, but we will charge a penalty of £75 if you book a place and don’t turn up.

To book a place, contact Nick Ponsillo at Manchester Camerata by phone – 0161 226 8696 – or email

Please click here to download pdf of details: Creative Approaches to Commissioning_INFO_13-07-09

The Collections Care Healthcheck

The Collections Care Healthcheck is a free, on site evaluation delivered directly to museums in the West Midlands Region.


A site visit is carried out by Jane Thompson-Webb (Collections Care Officer, Birmingham Museums) who will work with you to develop solutions that suit your resources.


We will help you to identify key collection care issues and produce a report giving tailor-made, practical advice and support to your museum.


You can use this report to initiate in-house solutions to collections care problems or to support funding applications.


You can request a Healthcheck to look at specific or more general aspects of Collections Care including; light, storage, relative humidity, emergency planning, pests, handling, display conditions and materials and monitoring.



How to apply


This year there are a limited number of Healthchecks available until March 2014. All museums interested in receiving a Healthcheck are being asked to submit a brief application. These will be assessed by an MDO together with Jane Thompson-Webb. Priority will be given to those museums who have not received a Healthcheck in the last 2 years.


Successful applicants will be contacted to arrange a suitable time for the Healthcheck to take place. All successful applicants are asked to commit to addressing some of the actions outlined in the Healthcheck by March 2014 (funding permitting). Evaluation of this work will form part of the criteria for the Healthcheck.


If unsuccessful, applicants will be contacted directly to see how they can be supported in other ways – for example directly by their MDO, through the Making Collections Count Programme or through other advice.


If demand for the scheme is high we hope to extend the deadline for Healthchecks until April 2014.


In the interim if you would like further support for your organisation around any element of collections care please contact your MDO who can advise you of the different options available.


Please complete the application form and return it to your MDO no later than 30th June 2013.  Please download from link below:


Collections Care Healthcheck 2013 -Expression of Interest

Consultant needed for Elgar Birthplace Museum

The Elgar Foundation wishes to appoint a consultant to conduct an Options Proposal/Appraisal and Feasibility Study for a significant proportion of The Elgar Birthplace Museum.

This is a pivotal time in the development of the Museum which should be exploited to secure its financial future.

The Elgar Foundation is seeking consultants with proven experience of successfully
delivering this type of work and who will think creatively.

This project forms the first phase of a two phase process.

It is envisaged that Phase Two will be commissioned in the autumn of 2013.

Phase Two will form a separate tender brief.

Tender documents with full project details are currently available by sending an email to

Deadline for receipt of completed quotes is
Friday 28 June.
Tenders will be assessed by Friday 12 July and The Elgar Foundation will confirm the successful consultancy by Friday 19 July.

Main contact: Cathy Sloan, Museum Director

Catherine Sloan
Museum Director
The Elgar Birthplace Museum

The Elgar
Birthplace Museum,
Crown East Lane,
Lower Broadheath,
Worcester WR2

01905 333224

Job Opportunity for Ashmolean at Broadway

A great opportunity in a beautiful village, see documents below for further information


Tudor House Manager Job Description Ver 3.0

THBT House Manager Job Application Form Ver 2.0

Making the Most of …Raising Funds from Individuals

Making the Most of …Raising Funds from Individuals

People love museums …. but are you doing enough to make them give you money?

26th June 10.15 – 3.30. Birmingham (venue tbc)

This session, run by Judy Niner of Development Partners, leading museum fundraisers and strategists, looks at the whole ladder of individual giving, from donation boxes & on-line giving to legacies; what to expect, how to make the most of them and how to get things started – or keep them effective. …

Development Partners’ wide experience enables them to bring forward examples from across the heritage and other sectors. The event is suitable for all sizes of museum; fundraisers, trustees, directors and front of house will find practical and strategic inspiration.

The session also includes site-specific discussion and one-to one advice (on appointment)

Free .Places limited Booking (for main session and one-to ones) opens 3rd June

Download word doc here: Making the Most of…. fundraising from individuals

Make online bookings here:

The new West Midlands MDOs

After lots of change round, people moving on and people taking some time-out, we finally have a full team of 6 to support the museums of the region.

Back from left to right: Charles Singleton (Shropshire), Glynis Powell (Warwickshire), Sue Knox (Herefordshire)
Front from left to right: Helen Johnson (Staffordshire), Gemma Dhami (Worcestershire), Rachel Lambert-Jones (Conurbation)


2012 in review: Museum Development for Worcestershire Blog

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,500 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.