Upcoming Events and Training

Heritage Supplement Launch (Tuesday 26th February Aston Hall Stable Block, Birmingham)

You are warmly invited to attend the launch of the Joint West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) and West Midlands Police (WMP). The ‘Heritage Supplement’ contains information for owners of guardians of heritage property or artefacts that is intended to help to keep the nations heritage buildings and their contents safe. After the presentations, there will be an opportunity for you to visit WMFS Safeside at Eastside educational facility, which is located close to the venue.

Refreshments will be provided by the Midlands Emergency Response Network.

Contact: Should you have any queries or questions, please contact Nick Hunt  BSc DipFM MRICS – Fire Safety Officer  West Midlands Fire Service 0121 380 6722 (Mobile) 07973 810887 nick.hunt@wmfs.net 


Wikipedia Event: March 4th, Black County Living Museum

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

To book your free place, please follow the link: http://wikishowcase.eventbrite.co.uk/

Museum and Heritage Group for Worcestershire: March 5th AGM, Museum of Carpet

This year’s AGM is free attendance as always, with an opportunity to find out about the new museums in our County and information from Birmingham Museums Trust about the move to trust status. Please let me know by February 22nd if you wish to attend. 

Places are booking up quickly, so do get in touch as soon as possible. Please click here for more details: AGM 2013 mailout, and email me for book you place gdhami@worcestershire.gov.uk

Lunch will be included, and places are free.

How are we commemorating the Centenary of WW1? Museums & Heritage sharing

(6th March, 10.30 – 13.30pm, The HerbertMuseum, Coventry)

2014 sees the centenary of the start of The First World War.Most of what we do in the museum and heritage sector is geared to helping people remember, enabling the continual exploration of meaning and supporting individuals and society to find, and to reassess, significance through the material and cultural past of which we are trustees. The First World War was one of those moments which resonated across all our communities. Museums and community groups are already planning activities, exhibitions and events to take place across the next few years. Some sites’ ideas are well advanced, for others the seed has yet to germinate. This event, held jointly with the Imperial War Museum’s Centenary Partnership is an opportunity to find out what else is already happening, what resources and funding might be available and maybe to find local partners for some of your plans.

Who is it for? Exhibition, event and curatorial staff in museums and heritage groups, parish and town event organisers and local arts and heritage freelancers.

This event welcomes people from the whole of the West Midlands and its adjoining counties.

To book visit http://ww1centenarywestmids.eventbrite.co.uk

Heritage Showcase Event: April 26th, Worcester venue tbc

Learning and Outreach Manager, Sue Pope, has organised the Heritage Showcase event (as funded by Museum Development grants on behalf of Arts Council England) on 26th April at The Hive. A combination of talks for teachers about the cultural sector and museum stalls promoting their offer directly to the schools. Teachers and school representatives from across the County (30-60) will attend this event to see what we, the museum sector, have in the way of a learning offer.

Speakers include Dr Nick Winterbotham (Chair of GEM) and Professor Mick Waters, and there will be focus on the role and importance of culture in learning. This event will be aimed at teachers and will be promoted at forthcoming Worcestershire Teacher Conferences.

Museums in the County will have the chance to book a stall and showcase their offer in the one-off chance to a large number of school representatives. There will be a charge of £20 per stall to cover stall, marketing and circulation of all museums information to delegates. If you struggle making this payment, but would still like to attend, please contact me and I may be able to support a number of museums.  

What we want you to do:

  • Contact Sue Pope to receive a booking form: spope@worcestershire.gov.uk
  • Consider what you could offer on the day at your stall, and any special offers you could have to get the schools to sign up there and then
  • Turn up on April 26th to promote your learning offer!

Remember! The Hartlebury Helpers Club is still offering a free Hartlebury Young Consultant visit to your museum. They are available to come over to any museum to provide feedback on plans, new exhibitions and developments from a young person’s perspective. Again, please contact Sue Pope for further information spope@worcestershire.gov.uk

Please click to download the booking form: Museums & attractions booking form

20 Ways to Improve your Visitor Experience: May 14th, (Worcestershire venue tbc)

A practical guide, by experienced trainer Kate Measures, to improving the visitor experience at venues, concentrating on quick and easy areas that will really make a difference.

This day long workshop takes delegates through:

  • simple ways to assess your current visitor experience
  • how to identify areas that need improvement
  • breaking down the visitor experience to focus effort on areas where it will make most difference to the visitor
  • 20 simple ways to improve the visitor experience at your property or site.

Lunch will be included, and places are free.

To fine out more please download the document here: 

Insurance Conference (25 April 2013, The British Library Conference Centre, London)

This new one-day event from the Collections Trust will focus on the insurance needs of UK museums. It will address why museums need insurance, the different types of insurance available, how to find policies which suit their needs, and the availability of bespoke policies to cover specific activities and collections items.
The event will be especially valuable to registrars, curators, collections managers, directors, exhibition managers and other collections staff. Venue for the conference is the prestigious British Library Conference Centre, and the programme will feature presentations from expert speakers, Case Studies, and Open Forum sessions so delegates can engage in discussion and debate with speakers. It will also provide extensive networking opportunities, including a conference reception at its conclusion.
Conference sponsors are Blackwall Green, a leading broker for museums and exhibitions, art dealers and private clients, and specialist insurer Hiscox London Markets, which underwrites internationally traded business in the London Market. Having the right insurance in place has never been more important. It is an essential part of good practice and a practical necessity. Many museums in the UK and Europe are either under-insured or entirely uninsured, so this initiative has never been more timely.
Here is the Collections Trust dedicated page. Booking can be made there http://www.collectionslink.org.uk/events/insuranceconf2013

Free workshops: Get more funding into your museum – Creative projects create new audiences (Tuesday 8th January 2013, Wolverhampton Art Gallery or Wednesday 16th January 2013, Leather Museum, Walsall)

• 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. After the workshops, 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 NaturalHistoryMuseum, 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.

Lunch and light refreshments will be provided. The dates and venues of the 8 workshops are:

  • Tuesday, 8th January 2013 at WolverhamptonArtGallery
  • Wednesday, 16th January 2013 at the LeatherMuseum, Walsall
  • Wednesday, 23rd January 2013 at Northampton Museum & Art Gallery
  • Wednesday, 30th January 2013 at Nottinghamshire Archives
  • Wednesday, 6th February 2013 at AshbyMuseum
  • Thursday, 7th February 2013 at GladstonePotteryMuseum, Stoke
  • Tuesday, 19th February 2013 at WorcesterPorcelainMuseum
  • Thursday, 21st February 2013 at Lincolnshire Archive

More details can be found at: http://emms.org.uk/news/read/creative_approaches_to_grant_applications_workshops_announced

Audiences Wales will run an updated Core Skills Programme and a new Enhanced Skills Programme of workshops in marketing training between October and February 2013.  They will be available in Carmarthen, Cardiff and Llangollen.  www.audienceswales.co.uk or contact@audienceswales.co.uk


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