This selection of Case represent the breadth and depth of work that the Museum Development Programme is involved with, from smaller one-off projects on collection care, through to larger governance related work. The Case Studies here are all from the ACE-funded period of 2012 onwards.
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Isle of Wight Hidden Heroes - partnership in action
See what museums and arts partners can achieve when they get together.
Digital Creative Industries Networking project: Museums Hack Day and The Lightbox VR Project
A project bringing museums, digital and creative industries together to address common museum sector challenges.
Effective Collections - Disposals Project at Elmbridge Museum
Elmbridge Museum undertook a comprehensive collections review a few years ago, leading to disposal decisions. However, very few items were phyically disposed of. A SEWS Development Grant in 2016-7 has given the Museum the capapcity to undertake the final re-homing and disposal of over 400 items.
SEWS CPD bursary 2016-7
Training in 'MODES Complete for Client and Admin' - for Littlehampton Assistant Curator.
Teaching children about history through animation at Sandwich Guildhall Museum
Sandwich Guildhall Museum was privileged to host the well known children’s author Faye Beerling, as part of their ongoing development to engage new and existing audiences.
Trustee Recruitment at the Weald & Downland Museum
The Museum was looking to refresh the present Trustee body to fill existing and future gaps in the skill base of Trustees, to recruit individuals capable of taking on leadership roles in due course and to broaden the gender and ethnic diversity of the Trustee body.
Moving Stores at Littlehampton Museum
Staff at Littlehampton Museum had to move collections to a temporary store in one of the on-site meeting rooms at short notice, due to unplanned building work. Find out what they accomplished using materials from the conservation resource bank.
Building Engagement: Cranbrook Museum's Learning Offer
Development of Cranbrook Museum's learning offer following support from SEMDP's 'Building Engagement' Programme
Learning Offer Development at Dover Transport Museum
MDO Micro-Consultancy support to Dover Transport Museum's development of a new Education Room and resources
Cranbrook Museum - Energy Audits for Kent & Medway Museums
Free energy audit designed to reduce energy utility use and costs
Carisbrooke Castle Museum ‘Island Memories’ Oral History Project
Developing an archive of oral testimony of older people on the Isle of Wight
Environmental Monitoring at Arundel Museum
Arundel Museum have been borrowing some environmental monitors from the South East Museum Development Resource bank. Find out what they have achieved.
Care, Cleaning and Display of Military Uniform at the KSY
Volunteers at The Kent & Sharpshooters Yeomanry (KSY) Museum receive practical training after the museum reopens in a new site.
Dealing with Mould at The Historic Dockyard Chatham
Staff and volunteers at The Historic Dockyard in Chatham receive training on how to deal with mould after it was discovered there was an outbreak in one of their stores.
Petersfield Museum - Interpreting heritage through dance
Working in partnership with Dance Up, Petersfield Museum produced an innovative and unusual approach to heritage interpretation through dance, in addition to the more conventional exhibitions on offer at the museum
Carisbrooke Castle Museum - Developing an outreach service for elderly people in our community
Carisbrooke Castle Museum used museum resources (objects, pictures, and the skills and knowledge of staff) to enhance the quality of life of older people living in residential and nursing care
Fort Nelson Staff and Volunteers Experience Crime Scene Technology Training
Royal Armouries staff and volunteers were recently awarded a Training Bursary to learn how to use a portable X-ray fluorescence analyser (XRF), to enable the collection of forensic evidence from the collection of Artillery held at Fort Nelson. Conservator Matthew Hancock tells the story.
Mary Rose Museum partners with British Museum Knowledge Exchange Programme
The Mary Rose Museum was a 2014 partner in the British Museum Knowledge Exchange Programme, having found out about the opportunity via the Hampshire Solent Museum Development newsletter. The British Museum selected to host Clare Barnes, Learning Officer, from the Mary Rose Museum and in return the Mary Rose Museum selected Stacy Addison from the British Museum Events Team.
Sea City Museum making improvements, saving time and money with Lean Systems Thinking
After taking part in a one-day 'Lean Systems Thinking' workshop in March 2015, Southampton City Council's Sea City Museum bid for the opportunity to have a day's intensive in-house support from consultant Debbie Brown, which took place in June. The management team chose to split the consultancy day in to two; utilising the morning for an objective and impartial review of the Front of House service; leading to a feedback and training session in the afternoon. Overall their aim was to ‘gain an understanding of where there may be opportunities for improvement at the point of delivery within public venues; whilst challenging the thinking and working methods of the team.’
Hampshire Cultural Trust making improvements, saving time and money with Lean Systems Thinking
After taking part in a one-day 'Lean Systems Thinking' workshop in March 2015, Hampshire Cultural Trust bid for the opportunity to have a day's intensive in-house support from consultant Debbie Brown, which took place in June. A cross section of staff from the two museums came together as part of Lean Systems Thinking workshop to understand how the change methodology could be used to improve their retail process.
St Edward’s School Western Front Living History Project: Highclere Castle Living History Project Link
St Edward’s is a Roman Catholic BESD (Behavioural, Emotional and Social Difficulties) boys' school in Hampshire. The school's Western Front Living History Project uses a unique and extensive collection of First World War artefacts to to empower the boys to attend to their learning with renewed confidence. The project is now Working Towards Accreditation. Head of History Stephen Whelan took part in a South East Museum Development Programme supported networking event. This opened up an exciting, multifaceted partnership with Highclere Castle that is having lasting benefits.
Petersfield Museum participation in GEM Conference 'People Power: Realising the potential of volunteers, communities and partners'
Back in 2013, Amanda Harwood of Peterfield Museum was awarded a Training Bursary to take part in Group for Education in Museums (GEM) annual conference ‘People Power: Realising the potential of volunteers, communities and partners.’ Find out how this has delivered lasting benefits to the museum 18 months on, with better utilisation of volunteer support and increased partnership working with local schools and community groups.
Training Bursaries: MA 'Sorted' Seminar
In September 2013, staff from four Hampshire Solent Hampshire Solent museums were awarded training bursaries to attend the Museums Association seminar ‘Sorted: New approaches to collections rationalisation.’ We've updated this case study with information from a long-term evaluation carried out in May 2015. Find out how the Training Bursary recipients are continuing to make a difference 18 months on.
Good Governance Consultation at the Spitfire & Hurricane Museum
Find out how the Spitfire & Hurricane Museum reviewed their governance and as result, have now improved their policies and plans and have moved to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO).
'Emergency Preparedness' Peer Development Group
Five Hampshire Solent museums with a common interest in Emergency Preparedness worked together to learn more about it. The members identified a common starting point: as Accredited museums they all had Emergency (or Disaster) Plans, their key focus was to ensure that these plans are live documents, owned and understood in their organisations, rather than something that sits neglected in a drawer.
'Bringing Clay to Life' at Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum
Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum took part in the Artswork SE Bridge & South East Museum Development Programme 'Arts Award in Heritage Organisations 2014' initiative. The museum worked with Totton College and The Butterfly Fx on a Claymation project, delivering Explorer Arts Award and producing two short films that interpreted its collection to young people.
'Collections Care' Peer Development Group
How a group of Hampshire Solent museum staff and Trustees set out to work together to learn more about a topic of common interest. The group learned about Collections Care through a series of study visits to members’ museums, attendance at a Collections Trust seminar and a visit to Novium, Chichester.
‘Audience Development’ Peer Development Group
How five Hampshire Solent museums created a structured, supportive community of people with a common interest in Audience Development so that they can work together to learn more about it. The group learned about Audience Development through a series of study visits to members’ museums and a commissioned a successful training session ‘How to create an effective Audience Development Plan’.
Hampshire Solent museums’ ‘Orphan Collections’ project in partnership with Portsmouth University’s School of Law
In 2013-14, the Hampshire Solent Museum Development Programme brokered an opportunity with the University of Portsmouth’s Masters in Corporate Governance and Law programme, whereby postgraduate students volunteered in museums, working with staff and trustees work to identify priority collections with unclear ownership or loan arrangements, to conduct relevant research to establish title, and to help the museums to fully understand the legal parameters and their possible courses of action in relation to their orphan objects.
Adlib Designer Training for Collections Staff at Maidstone Museums
Collections staff at Maidstone Museums attedend Adlib Designer Training to improve sustainability and management of the collection and CMS by having skills in house.
The Spitfire & Hurricane Museum at the Managing Safely Training Course
Matt Demedts from the Spitfire and Hurricane Museum describes his experiences on a RoSPA Managing Safely (IOSH) Course.
SEWS CPD Bursary: Clore Leadership Short Course - Lucy Hockley
In November/December 2014, Luck Hocley, Schools Services & Project Manager at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, near Chichester, attended the Clore Leadership Short Course, funded through a SEWS CPD Bursary.
Attendance at Museums Association Conference 2014, Sue Shave
In October 2014 Sue Shave, Director of Chiltern Open Air Museum attended the sector conference of the Museums Association.
Environmental monitoring, Royal Engineers Museum, Kent
In August 2013, the Royal Engineers Museum borrowed from the Conservation Resource Bank 5 Hanwell dataloggers to record the temperature and humidity levels within thier display and storage spaces.
Conservation Materials and Archives, Chatham Historic Dockyard
Chatham Historic Dockyard recently used some conservation material from the Conservation Resource Bank to help them complete an inventory project, which was vital in being able to display the collection in a new exhibition.
LAInet digital technology research trip to the Museum of London
LAINet members organised a research trip to the Museum of London to learn about simple, cheap and effective digital technology that can make a museum gallery, or education workshop interactive.
Environmental monitoring, Fishbourne Roman Palace
Staff at Fishbourne Roman Palace borrowed equipment from the Conservation Resource Bank in order to monitor environmental conditions around the mosaics. The hope was to correlate changes in environmenal conditions against the distribution of moss and algae growth occuring on the mosaics.
Packing Collections, Tangmere Military Aviation Museum
In July 2013 volunteers from the Tangmere Military Aviation Museum requested some material from the Conservation Resource Bank in order to help them implement recommendations on the care and storage of the museum's archive and library.
An Energy Audit for the Guildhall Museum, Rochester
Guildhall Museum in Rochester has implemented a range of initiatives to monitor and reduce utility consumption and spend, following an Environmental Audit by the Sustainable Business Partnership CIC funded by the South East Museum Development Programme.
A Vision for Sittingbourne?
Swale Museums Group created a sub group, ‘Sittingbourne Heritage Steering Group’, to develop an options appraisal and vision in relation to the allocation of the Section 106 funds to the heritage organisations of Sittingbourne.
Geology and Palaeontology Curatorial Training
Placement at the Natural History Museum enhancing standards of care, display and documentation at Dinosaur Isle.
Unpicking The New Curriculum - BOBLI Network
The BOBLI Group was supported by the BOB MD South East to deliver a one day conference on the new curriculum.
A Review of REMLA's Interpretation
Staff and volunteers at the Royal Engineers Museum received a welcome visit and advice from interpretation consultant Kate Measures. Find out how they got on here.
Natural History Collections Review at Maidstone Museum
As the current Museum team does not include a natural historian, specialist skills were required to identify the significance of specimens and to highlighting areas of duplication as part of the museum's wider Collections Review.
Big Animal Health Check at the Powell-Cotton Museum
See how the Head of Collections and a specialist undertook a full conservation assessment of as many of the Museum’s historic taxidermy specimens as possible in 2 of the museum's galleries.
National Arts Fundraising School residential course: Worthing Museum and Art Gallery
A week-long residential course attended by the Curator of Historic Collections at Worthing Museum and Gallery, with the aim to increase knowledge of different funding sources, including major donors, trusts and foundations, individual giving, sponsorship and legacies.
Clore Leadership Short Course: Towner, Eastbourne
A residential leadership development course attended by the Head of Contemporary Programmes at Towner.
National Arts Fundraising School residential course: Pallant House Gallery
A week-long residential course attended by Head of Development at the Pallant House Gallery, with the aim to increase knowledge of different funding sources, including major donors, trusts and foundations, individual giving, sponsorship and legacies.
Re:Fresh Project Rye Castle Museum Case Study
Find out how the Re:Fresh Project run in the Surrey, East & West Sussex sub-region is improving the quality of design, interpretation & the visitor experience in 11 Museums.
Re:Fresh Project Museum of Farnham Case Study
Find out how the Re:Fresh Project run in the Surrey, East & West Sussex sub-region is improving the quality of design, interpretation & the visitor experience in 11 Museums.
Sustainable Volunteering at Brook Agricultural Museum
An overview of the specific outcomes achieved by Brook Agricultural Museum as part of the wider Kent Sustainable Volunteering project which took place between July 2013 and February 2014.
Sustainable Volunteering at Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery
An overview of the specific outcomes achieved by Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery as part of the wider Kent Sustainable Volunteering project which took place between July 2013 and February 2014.
Sustainable Volunteering at the Royal Engineers Museum
An overview of the specific outcomes achieved by the Royal Engineers Museum as part of the wider Kent Sustainable Volunteering project which took place between July 2013 and February 2014.
Sustainable Volunteering at the Powell-Cotton Museum
An overview of the specific outcomes achieved by the Powell-Cotton Museum as part of the wider Kent Sustainable Volunteering project which took place between July 2013 and February 2014.
MODES for Chiddingstone Castle
Find out how Chiddingstone Castle upgraded their MODES cataloguing software and received training for staff and volunteers in order to make the collection better catalogued and to improve access.
The Historic Dockyard Chatham: Inventory and Storage
The staff at The Historic Dockyard Chatham are currently undertaking a storage project - check out what they got up to!
Documentation and Collections Management at King John’s House
Delivering significant improvements to collections management at King John’s House and Heritage Centre, a small museum in Romsey, Hampshire.
Income Generation at the Royal Engineers Museum
This project was designed to review of the Roal Engineers Museum's current retail situation and to seek advice on how these could be improved, as part of the wider 'Income Generation for Museums' prorgamme of work in Kent & Medway.
Isle of Wight museums’ access audit peer network development
Establishing a skilled, well-resourced peer network of Isle of Wight museums for mutual support with access audits.
Titanic Study Exchange
Study exchange between Titanic heritage venues focuses on commercial operations, including retail, catering, and visitor income.
Guildford Museum: Environmental Monitoring
Guildford Museum borrowed some environmental monitoring equipment from the Conservation Resource Bank - see how they got on and what impact it had on their collection.
Disaster Recovery training at The Beaney!
Craig Bowen, Museums and Galleries Development Manager (Collections):
An excellent day's training that created a lot of enthusiasm amongst staff that will help in further in-house work on disaster recovery.
Pendon Museum - Preparing for a mobile world
This micro-consultancy enabled Pendon Museum to install and trial digital interpretation methods in the museum.
New Technology for Tom Brown’s School Museum
This micro-consultancy provided advice, support, training and new equipment in order to raise collections management and interpretation standards at Tom Brown's School Museum
A Digital Presence for Amersham Museum
This micro-consultancy enabled Amersham Museum to improve their on-line presence through the website and social media.
Slough Museum Sustainability Project
This micro-consultancy supported Slough Museum to develop a coherent and workable business plan in times of transition.
REME Museum Fundraising Development Project
This micro-consultancy enabled REME Museum to increase the their capacity and ability in raising income through fundraising.
Income Generation at Tunbridge Wells Museum
This project was designed to review of Tunbridge Wells Museum's current retail plans and methodologies and to seek advice on how these could be improved, as part of the wider 'Income Generation for Museums' prorgamme of work in Kent & Medway.
Regional Sustainable Volunteering Project
This project aimed to give museums significant learning about good practice in volunteer management; increased knowledge, skills and understanding of key individuals able to influence change; volunteers are aware of the museums’ focus on the importance of involving and recognising their contribution.
National Arts Fundraising School residential course: Amberley
A week-long residential course attended by Curator and CEO of Amberley Museum and Heritage Center, with the aim to increase knowledge of different funding sources, including major donors, trusts and foundations, individual giving, sponsorship and legacies.
National Arts Fundraising School residential course: Towner
A week-long residential course attended by Towner's Outreach and Participation Manager, with the aim to increase knowledge of different funding sources, including major donors, trusts and foundations, individual giving, sponsorship and legacies.
National Arts Fundraising School residential course: Canterbury
A week-long residential course attended by Canterbury Museums & Galleries with the aim to increase knowledge of different funding sources, including major donors, trusts and foundations, individual giving, sponsorship and legacies.
World Stories South East
Strategic Support Funding: To support up to 10 museums from across the South East to each develop a project that explored collaborative working with young people aged 14-25 years old to help them develop work-based skills.
The Relocation of Britain at War
The Winston Churchill, Britain at War Museum, Toolley Street, London Bridge closed on 6th January 2013 and Railtrack is currently redeveloping the site. St Margaret’s Bay Museum agreed to acquire the collections and to move it from London to Kent.x
Remedial Conservation Needs Assessment
To evaluate and map the remedial conservation needs for museums of all sizes across the two sub-regions and follow up with site specific practical advice and intervention. To establish a long-term support network for collections care so that the skills and expertise developed by the project can be retained and shared.