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

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:

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)


Earth Heritage Trust: 1000 Years of Building with Stone


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 01905 542014


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 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: