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Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme
The Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme (GASDS) allows eligible charities to claim top-up payments from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) on small cash donations that they receive. The scheme applies to cash...
Association of Independent Museums (AIM) New Success Guides – first batch uploaded
As part of AIM’s Resilience programme, the first batch of new practical guidance papers has been uploaded onto AIM’s website. The Success Guides take the place of FOCUS papers, and...
Are you an Industrial Heritage site? Ian Bapty has been employed as Industrial Heritage Support Officer based at Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust and will be providing information and support for...
ACE Strategic Touring Programme
The Arts Council funded Strategic touring programme is seeking applications from museums. The aim of the programme is for people across England having improved access to great art visiting their...
Experience History - New website promoting museums
Have you listed your museum on Experience History yet? Not only does this site promote museums, it also welcomes articles from professionals within the sector To get involved, email...
Still time to take part in ‘Hidden Treasures’
Collections Trust and The Independent newspaper have partnered for a second year to run Hidden Treasures, a national initiative to celebrate collections in UK museums and archives. Details of...
Google offers free products and advertising for UK charities
Google has launched a new initiative to provide nonprofit organisations in the UK with free products, including up to £6,600 a month in advertising credit and free access to Google Apps....
‘Treasure Plus’ funding available from the Art Fund
Last month, the Art Fund announced a new funding programme, Treasure Plus, supported by The Headley Trust. This programme is designed to help museums of all sizes deepen public engagement with...
New Arts Council England funding streams
Arts Council England has announced that applications are now open for four funding streams, likely to be worth more than £15m. The funding is intended for cultural organisations, libraries and...
£300,000 Fund available to Regional Museums
The John Ellerman Foundation has created a £300,000 fund for regional museums and galleries with a focus on visual and decorative arts, and social and natural history collections. The aim of...
Marsh Awards for Excellence in Gallery Education – Nominations now Open
Do you know someone doing excellent work in gallery education and learning? Engage and the Marsh Christian Trust are delighted to announce the Marsh Awards for Excellence in Gallery Education 2013,...
Join the Family Arts Festival
This autumn hundreds of arts organisations across the UK will present events in the very first Family Arts Festival which aims to help introduce more families discover the richness and value of the...
A Health Check for Numismatics
Do you want a ‘health check’ for your numismatics? The Money and Medals Network is an Arts Council funded project that exists to build and develop relationships between UK museums...
Intern, Employee or Work Experience?
Not knowing the difference between work experience and internship could prove costly as HMRC clamps down. Is it ever OK not to pay? This article on the Chartered Institute of Personnel and...
Arts Council England to combine key goals for museums, libraries and the arts
ACE is to combine its key goals for museums, libraries and the arts into one document this autumn, in time for the council’s next round of investment in 2015-18, which opens for applications in...
Changes in Accreditation: An update from Samuel Rowlands, (Accreditation Manager)
After a detailed review of the implementation of the revised Accreditation Standard and consideration of feedback received, changes are being implemented to the Accreditation returns programme. These...
The Friends of The National Libraries: Grants for acquisition of books, manuscripts, archives and collections
The Friends of the National Libraries (FNL) helps libraries, museums and record offices acquire books, manuscripts and archives. The FNL offer significant financial help to national libraries,...
Funding from the Foyle Foundation
Small Grants Scheme The Foyle Foundation Small Grants Scheme is designed to support smaller charities in the UK, especially those working at grass roots and local community level, in any field,...
Proposed copyright exceptions for museums, libraries and archives
A statement on proposed new copyright exceptions for museums, libraries and archives has been agreed by the whole museum sector and co-ordinated by the National Museums Directors Council for the...
British Council study tour to Brazil: an invitation to join
As part of the ‘Transform’ programme, which aims to develop the artistic dialogue between the UK and Brazil, the British Council will be running a study tour to Brazil from 26 October to...
Reminiscence Evaluation Toolkit
Since April 2012, Oxford ASPIRE has worked with Banbury Museum as a Delivery Partner on ‘Extending the Reach’, a three year project to expand their existing reminiscence programme across...
The Eridge Trust – small grants to museums & galleries
The Eridge Trust is a charitable trust whose overriding aim is to stimulate young people's enjoyment of art and kindle enthusiasms which we hope will enrich the rest of their lives. The Trust...
Creative Employment Programme – Open for Applications
The Creative Employment Programme offers part-wage funding to employers to create new apprenticeship and paid internship opportunities for 16-24 year olds. Funding is open to employers in Music,...
Renaissance Strategic Support Fund: Round 3
Arts Council England will be launching Round 3 of the Renaissance Strategic Support Fund on 3 October 2013. A one-year programme is planned, and funding can be requested for activities taking place...
Thomas Wall Trust Grants
Grants of up to £1,000 for registered charities undertaking educational or social welfare projects in the UK. Next deadline: 30th September 2013. For more information visit the...
The Hedley Foundation Grants
Grants focussed on Young people; their education, recreation, support, training, health and welfare, are the Foundation’s main objective. For more information and an application form,...
The Tesco Charity Trust Community Awards
The Tesco Charity Trust Community Awards Scheme provides one-off donations of between £500 and £4,000 to registered charities and not for profit organisations who are working on local...
New Philanthropy Capital’s Well-Being Measure
NPC's Well-being Measure is an online survey-based tool that measures how children feel. It has been fully validated. It's a practical way of quantifying your...
Cultural Commissioning Programme
Supporting arts and cultural organisations to engage in public sector commissioning At a time when traditional forms of grant aid are diminishing, the newly launched Cultural Commissioning Programme...
New National Curriculum for England Published
A new national curriculum for England to be taught in all maintained primary and secondary schools was published last week and will be effective from September 2014. The curriculum contains the...
Family Arts Standards: National Badge Scheme
From the Family Arts Campaign’s initial research, 79% of families and 75% of arts organisations felt that there was a need for a nationally recognised badge scheme for family friendly arts...
Understanding Disabled People as Audiences
Shape Arts have produced a new report, Understanding Disabled People as Audiences, which looks at the barriers to participating in the arts for this section of potential audiences. A major...
Arts Award resources for ‘Discover and Explore’ from Trinity College London
Trinity College, the assessing organisation for Arts Award, are delighted to see an increasing number of museums and heritage organisations offering Arts Award. New resources are available to support...
The future for museum learning
An Arts Council (ACE)-commissioned report, The Future of Museum Learning for Children & Young People, shows how creating effective partnerships will be important for young people’s learning...
New Crowdsourcing Platform to Match Nonprofits with Tech Experts
An innovative crowdsourcing platform that connects nonprofit organisations with technically skilled volunteers from around the world is expected to launch in 2014. The MakeaDiff.org platform, which...
Cheap Software for Charities
The Charity Technology Trust (CTT), in partnership with the not-for-profit technology capacity building organisation TechSoup, offers eligible UK-based charities the opportunity to buy at...
Energy efficiency audits and grants for East Sussex businesses
Energy Efficiency East Sussex is a two year programme, funded by East Sussex County Council, designed to help businesses in the county improve the energy efficiency of their premises and reduce...
Military museums' First World War interactives collaboration
AMOT museums collaborating to create First World War interactives
New rounds of ACE funding now open
Arts Council England have launched new rounds of funding for Renaissance Strategic Support Fund & Designation Development Fund
Business Survival Toolkit
Created by the Heritage Lottery Fund with other cultural organisations, the ‘Business Survival Toolkit’ website has practical tools to help organisations of all sizes and types to become...
ENUMERATE is an international initiative to build a better body of evidence about digitisation, digital preservation and the re-use of digital material in our sector. The aim is to provide...
Charity Commission updates CIO Guidance
The Charity Commission has been reviewing the application process for the recently-introduced Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIO) constitutional models, and made the following improvements:...
HLF announces new funding for anniversaries
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced that at least £10 million is being set aside over the next four years to fund projects marking some of the UK’s most important anniversaries...
From 2014, Creative Europe will replace the MEDIA, MEDIA Mundus and Culture programmes. With a total budget of €1.46 billion (2014 – 2020), Creative Europe represents a budget increase of...
New Islamic Art and Material Culture Subject Specialist Network
A new Subject Specialist Network for museum professionals responsible for collections of Islamic Art and Material Culture has been established, funded by Arts Council England for the first two years....
Home Atmospheres: Sensing and Feeling at Home - Call for Papers
The Histories of Home Subject Specialist Network, in collaboration with the University of Nottingham, is inviting papers for the sixth annual conference, to be held at the Geffrye Museum on Friday 28...
E-learning from the Museum of London
The Museum of London has some useful online learning covering the following topics: Emergency Planning Tool Handling Museum Objects Introduction to Museum Pests Packing Museum Objects for Storage...
The Happy Museum Project - Invitation to take part in National Wellbeing Research Programme
In 2013 the Happy Museum Project proved that museums make people happy, with evidence analysed by ‘happiness economist’ Daniel Fujiwara of the London School of Economics. It was shown...
The Happy Museum Project - publication of Learning and Evaluation Report
The Happy Museum Project have announced the publication of their first major Learning and Evaluation report. One of the principles of Happy Museum is to ‘measure what matters’, and the...
Free Digital Engagement Framework
Jim Richardson and Jasper Visser have developed a new digital engagement framework which is free to download. The Digital Engagement Framework has been developed to help with the design of...
What is the Future of Museum Learning?
In the summer of 2013 Arts Council England commissioned Sam Cairns to run an enquiry, 'Future of museum learning for children and young people', with the museum sector in England. The...
Advocacy Toolkit from ACE
Arts Council England are asking for help in making the case for public subsidy for arts and culture - by signposting you to their advocacy toolkit. The toolkit is a one-stop shop for useful...
Measuring the Impact of the Arts
How do you measure and evidence the impact of your work? A New Direction, Arts Inform, The Barbican, The Roundhouse The Lyric and The Royal Opera House, alongside London Transport Museum, The...
Short-term fellowships at The Yale Center for British Art
The Yale Center for British Art invites applications for short-term residential fellowships from Curators based in municipal and regional museums in the UK, beyond London, whose curatorial remit or...
Freelancers needed by Brunel's ss Great Britain Trust
The ss Great Britain Trust are seeking freelance support to deliver object-based formal education workshops and to contribute to the administration of their education programmes, to start in January...
Museums at Night 2014 - Children's Authors
Culture24 are offering museums the chance to host a children’s/young adults' author for Museums at Night 2014. Every year they collaborate with the Reading Agency to connect Museums at...
Get started with delivering Arts Award
Artswork has published a guide to help people working in the museums and heritage sector to get started with delivering Arts Award. Commissioned from Future Creative, the guide is based on real...
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard - best Large Visitor Attraction
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard has been awarded Gold for Large Visitor Attraction of the Year at the Beautiful South's Awards for Excellence 2013-2014
Museums + Heritage Awards for Excellence 2014
Something for everyone! There are 11 different categories to choose from, offering an opportunity for everyone, regardless of the scale or size of project and budget. Cost-effectiveness is at...
English Heritage to get extra £5 million funding to set up new charitable arm
Culture Secretary Maria Miller has announced a further £5 million funding – on top of the £80 million already committed - to create a new charity arm of English Heritage to manage...
First World War Centenary: ACE announce new funding programme
14-18 Now: Artists from around the world to mark the First World War Centenary
New major incident planning tool available for Christmas
Are you ever prepared enough for that emergency incident? Need help to risk assess your site, and define roles and responsibilities for key personnel? The essential tool is...
Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grants Programme
In 2012 Art Fund launched a new £50,000 annual funding stream aimed at helping maintain and develop curatorial expertise in UK museums. The Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grants...
Power to Change programme: Big Lottery Fund
On 6th December the Big Lottery Fund announced their new £150m Power to Change initiative to support the development of sustainable community-led enterprises across England. It will be...
Action on Energy
In a climate of ever increasing energy bills and a desire to operate environmentally sustainably, the not-for-profit organisation DTA Wales’ Energy Action Group is one avenue which museums can...
Accreditation Update, January 2014
From Elaine Sansom, Accreditation Adviser (East) Accreditation numbers (changes December 2012 to November 2013) 1,743 museums are now in the Accreditation Scheme. Some museums have exited the...
Have you registered with www.growingschools.org.uk - a national site for teachers looking for resources, advice and providers who can support learning outside the classroom in the natural...
Adult Learners' Week 2014 - don't miss the deadline!
The nomination deadline for Adult Learners' Week is 5 pm on Thursday 30 January. Nominations are open for individuals, projects and employers who have done something outstanding in learning...
Digital heritage articles - free online
Routledge have made a few of their articles on digital heritage from various journals freely available. Worth a...
AIM Grant Scheme Deadlines
Closing dates for the various Grant Schemes offered by AIM are as follows: Sustainability Scheme: 1 June 2014 and 15 January 2015 Conservation Scheme: 31 March 2014 and 30 September 2014...
Collecting Cultures is an initiative from the Heritage Lottery Fund which supports museums, libraries and archives to develop their collections through strategic acquisition projects. Grantees plan...
Free Journal offer!
Issues of the Journal of the American Institute for Conservation are free to download until 15th February 2014. The page also offers a wealth of content including videos, opinion pieces from experts...
The Digital Outreach Best Practices eBook
Improving communications can have an incredible impact on a public sector organisation's ability to achieve its mission. To be successful, organisations must be able to reach large audiences...
Free training opportunity from AMA
The Arts Marketing Association have launched their new small scale development programme - CultureHive - specifically designed for leaders (CEO, director, artist, producer, general manager) with...
New Expressions 3 (NE3)
New Expressions 3 (NE3), a national pathfinder project, has just been launched as a collaboration between contemporary visual artists, museums and historic places. NE3 explores, pioneers and...
Arts Award and the First World War
Over the next four years millions of children and young people will be taking part in projects that commemorate the First World War. Schools and museums, along with arts organisations and...
Launch of Arts Award Supporter
‘Arts Award Supporter’ is a way of linking arts, cultural and heritage organisations with young people doing Arts Award. ‘Arts Award Supporters’ are organisations or artists...
AIM Visitor Verdict benchmarking scheme - update
Over 120 museums have completed their registration for AIM’s new visitor experience benchmarking scheme, Visitor Verdict, and over 1,000 visitors have already been invited to share feedback...
Giving to Heritage - launching in May 2014
The Heritage Alliance’s (HA) Giving to Heritage programme, which aims to boost fundraising skills across England, is to launch in May. Supported by £500,000 from the Heritage...
British Archaeological Awards 2014
The 2014 British Archaeological Awards are now open, with a closing date of 28 February. One of the key events of the Council for British Archaeology’s Festival of British Archaeology,...
Treasure Plus: Information for Applicants
This programme, launched in 2013 by the Art Fund supported by The Headley Trust, hopes to deepen public engagement with items of Treasure, and related archaeological material, by funding...
NatSCA Evaluation Survey Report
NatSCA, the Natural Sciences Collections Association network, are pleased to present the findings of an Arts Council England funded study into the audiences of mixed discipline...
Object in Focus: free short-term loans from the Horniman Museum & Gardens
Object in Focus is a three year project funded by Arts Council England to proactively loan objects out to museums and non-museum venues. The aim is to increase access to stored collections, promote...
Next Funding Round for Strategic Arts Programme
Arts Council England is accepting applications to the next round of its Strategic Touring Programme. The Programme provides funding to help people across England have improved access to great art...
New British Museum Project: Teaching History with 100 Objects
We have some news about a programme the BM is currently developing. "The project aims to create a set of online resources based on objects to support teachers of the new history curriculum. The...
Trinity College announce the 'Artsbox' - your Arts Award space
Trinity College London has announced the national rollout of Artsbox, a brand new digital portfolio space for Arts Award. Artsbox enables children and young people working towards an Arts Award...
Coastal Communities - new round of funding
The next round of the Coastal Communities Fund opens in February 2014. The Coastal Communities Fund was set up to support the economic development of UK coastal communities by awarding funding to...
Government responds to the floods
Following the wettest winter since records began in 1910, the UK Government has announced a list of measures and schemes to help communities, businesses and farmers affected by the recent flooding....
National Funding Scheme’s DONATE goes national
DONATE, the digital and mobile giving platform designed specifically for the arts and heritage sector, has completed its pilot phase and is now available to any UK arts and heritage charity to help...
HLF Anniversaries funding – open for business!
The Heritage Lottery Fund’s (HLF) £10 million anniversaries funding scheme has now fully opened and is being supported by on-line guidance and expert advice for all potential applicants...
engage: Extend Leadership Programme.
The engage Extend Leadership Programme has just opened for applications for 2014-15. Extend is a cross-art form leadership programme for mid-career professionals working in learning and education....
Get your event in the Museums at Night brochure
Museums at Night is a national campaign led by Culture24, showcasing the UK's vibrant museums, galleries, heritage sites, libraries and archives. It is funded by Arts Council England,...
PRISM Fund reopens for applications
The PRISM Fund, which helps to support the acquisition and conservation of heritage objects from the fields of science, technology, industry and medicine, has now reopened for applications. The PRISM...
ACE: This is England
Arts Council England has published their This is England report in response to concerns about the regional breakdown of...
HLF anniversaries fund opens
Heritage Lottery Fund has opened the £10 million anniversaries fund for applications. The HLF has confirmed that its £10 million anniversaries funding is now fully open for business...
Archive and Conservation Award from The Textile Society Museum
The Society offers awards of up to £5,000 for a textile related project within the museum, archive or conservation sector. The Award is designed to support textile related projects within a...
Manuscript Conservation Grants
The National Manuscripts Conservation Trust offers grants for the conservation and preservation of manuscripts and archives, making previously inaccessible collections available for study and...
Changes to charities’ annual returns
The Winter issue of the Charity Commission’s online newsletter for trustees includes information about forthcoming changes to the annual returns for 2014. Following a consultation last...
CBA Festival of Archaeology 12 - 27 July 2014
The Council for British Archaeology (CBA) invites you to take part in the Festival of Archaeology 2014 runs from 12-27 July! Co-ordinated by the Council for British Archaeology, the Festival...
engage: the Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award Artist Residency
engage is currently inviting galleries, museums and visual arts venues throughout the United Kingdom to submit proposals to host the 2015 Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award (ARMA), Artist in...
People’s Millions - open for applications
The Big Lottery Fund and ITV have launched the People's Millions public voting competition for 2014. This year organisations can apply for up to £50,000 for projects that help communities...
Games for Learning - 'A waste of money'?
On Monday 24 March 2-5pm, the Digital Learning Network (DLNET) is hosting the second of its monthly series of surgeries, via the DLNET email list (anyone can join for free: instructions...
Commonwealth War Graves Commission - new resource for First World War Centenary
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) has announced the launch of an exciting new education resource to help teachers engage students in the Centenary of the First World War. Virtual Cemetery...
UK Disability History Month
UK Disability History Month runs each year - this year it will take place from 22 November - 22 December. The aim is to get disability history heard, seen, accepted and celebrated in the...
New Disposal Toolkit available from ACE
A new version of the Disposal Toolkit and additional guidance on financially motivated disposal from museum collections has been published. Arts Council England have worked closely on this with the...
Age Collective – Manifesto for Age Friendly Museums
Age Collective is a partnership project between the British Museum, Glasgow Life (Glasgow Museums), Manchester Museum and National Museums Northern Ireland. The Age Collective Manifesto for Age...
Collections Trust - Welcome to Collections
Collections Trust is an independent organisation that works with museums, libraries, galleries and archives to improve the management and use of their collections. It does this by providing know-how,...
Collaborate SE - the SE Network of Museums working with Young People
Lead by Royal Pavilion Museums, Collaborate SE have been successful in securing funding from the SE Bridge to support the development of the Network. The funding will enable the Network to developed...
Support for museum volunteering and charitable museums from NCVO
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) is the largest umbrella body for the voluntary and community sector in England. It was started in 1919 as a the National Council of Social...
Islamic Art and Material Culture: Subject Specialist Network
The Subject Specialist Network is now on Facebook and Twitter - please join and help them to spread the word! The hash tag #mapIslam is used for anything related to the mapping project and...
Knowledge Exchange Programme 2014 - British Museum seeks partners
The British Museum is looking for new partners for the 2014 Knowledge Exchange programme. They are keen to build on current relationships as well as forging new effective partnerships with...
The Prime Minister’s Holocaust Commission
‘I urge everyone to share their views with me on how the UK should commemorate and educate future generations about the Holocaust’: David Cameron, the Prime Minister. The purpose of the...
Have you signed up for Heritage Open Days?
If you’re planning to take part in Heritage Open Days this year, register NOW! And not just to get it done and out of the way – it can also make a huge difference to the profile of your...
Venues sought for CulturEuro Seminars in May/June
Euclid is seeking venues for its next series of CulturEuro seminars in May-June. If you can provide a venue (meeting room for 5-10 delegates), you get 2 free delegate places for your...
Museum Partners sought for Horizon 2020 Science programme
The Frederick University in Cyprus is looking for partners in science museums in order to submit a project proposal under the HORIZON 2020 programme - Science with and for Society - under the...
HLF Giving to Heritage programme
The HLF–funded Giving to Heritage programme delivered by The Heritage Alliance is up and running. A number of training workshops, webinars, and other learning activities are being designed and...
Mary Rose Museum: Finalist for the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2014
The new Mary Rose Museum that opened 31 May 2013 at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, is one of six finalists selected for the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2014. This prestigious award celebrates the achievements of the best UK museums and galleries
New copyright exceptions - do you know how they affect your museum?
CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) have launched a campaign to try and build support from across the sector for the proposed changes to the copyright laws. Read more...
Register your event for Children’s Art Week 2014!
Children's Art Week (16 - 22 June 2014) will shine a spotlight on the many organisations that create opportunities for children and young people to experience the visual arts together with...
Leadership & Management (Heritage) Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) - Worcester University
Worcester University have developed a new post graduate heritage course for those wishing to work in heritage but also develop management skills - it's designed so students can continue with an...
Funded Apprenticeships for the Creative and Cultural Sector
The Creative Employment Programme is a £15m fund to support the creative job opportunities in England for young unemployed people aged 16-24 wishing to pursue a career in the arts and cultural...
Visitor Finder is a new initiative funded by ACE and managed by The Audience Agency. The project’s objective is to support museums in understanding and using visitor data more...
Collections Trust: Collections on a Budget Award - Deadline extended to Friday 16 May
Despite record entries for the other Collections Trust Awards, response to this category has so far been disappointing. So the Collections Trust have extended the deadline to Friday 16 May. ...
Call for papers - Refloating the Ark: Connecting the public and scientists with natural history museums
Proposals for papers and presentations are now invited for this two-day meeting at the Manchester Museum 19–20 June 2015. Deadline for submissions is 1 October 2014. The meeting will...
AIM launches new Energy Action Group
The Association of Independent Museums has launched a new Energy Action Group at the Museum + Heritage show, providing a new way for museums and UK heritage organisations to reduce their energy...
Congratulations to the region's winning museums at the Museums + Heritage Awards
Held in London on the evening of Wendesday 14th May, staff and volunteers from museums across the country and overseas, attended the annual Museums + Heritage Awards. The South East Museum...
Community Ownership and Management of Assets - Capital Grants Now Open
Capital grants are now available to organisations ready to take the next step in acquiring a local asset under the Community Right to Challenge and Community Ownership and Management of Assets...
Free security and safety risk assessments
Security and safety risk assessments are being offered free of charge by Securitas Security Services for the arts and leisure sector. The security scans could be of use to museums looking to increase...
The Art Fund Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grants Programme
In 2012, the Art Fund launched a new £50,000 annual funding stream aimed at helping maintain and develop curatorial expertise in UK museums. The Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grants...
Arts Award: New edition Bronze, Silver and Gold adviser toolkit
The 4th edition of the adviser toolkit was made available at Arts Award training in March. If you trained as an adviser before March 2014, you will need to refresh your toolkit with the updated pages...
Cultural Commissioning - programme
The Cultural Commissioning Programme is working to strengthen the environment for cultural commissioning. Based on extensive research into opportunities for arts and cultural organisations to engage...
John Ellerman Foundation - Regional Museums and Galleries Fund (UK) - Open to Applications
Funding is available to help strengthen regional museums and galleries in the UK by helping organisations to enhance and sustain curatorial development to attract a broader public. The Foundation is...
Clore Short Course - applications now open
Short Courses offer the opportunity for ambitious and creative individuals to undergo a two-week intensive residential training course to help develop the knowledge and skills required by...
The National Museum Security Group have received intelligence suggesting that a man using the name "Henry van Norton" is purporting to be an "investigator" for the Rijksmuseum. He...
Museums at Night attracts new audiences
Over 500 museums and galleries across the UK opened their doors for the Museums at Night weekend and festival in May, with nearly 200,000 people visiting them over the three days for a...
AIM's new toolkit - can you help?
AIM has appointed DC Research to expand the successful and much-used AIM Economic Impact Toolkit (see under More AIM below) to include social and environmental questions. Supported by Arts Council...
British Council offers India travel grants
The British Council, through its Connections through Culture programme in India, is offering travel grants for non-national museums to travel to India. The aim of the scheme is to enable UK...
Guidance for Trustees - Conflict of Interest
The Charities Commission has published new guidance for Trustees on Conflict of Interest. It includes a revised definition of Conflict of Interest and also covers conflict between a charity and its...
Changes to Gift Aid
The rules around Gift Aid have changed with the new Consumer Regulations: museums using preticked Gift Aid forms will need to review their...
Social Enterprise Tax Relief Scheme
The new Social Enterprise Tax Relief scheme comes into force in July, designed to encourage individuals to support social enterprises and help social enterprises access new sources of...
New exceptions to Copyright will help museums, says expert Naomi Korn
New exceptions to copyright were implemented in early June 2014. Museums copyright expert Naomi Korn has written a helpful article explaining some of the ways in which museums will benefit from...
Arts Council England Investment Announcement 2015-18
Today Arts Council England announced details of their investment plans for the next three years. This includes new National portfolio of arts organisations and museums. Two Major Partner Museums...
2014 Telegraph Family Friendly Awards
Kids in Museums have published the list of twenty museums which ‘shone out’ as offering a fantastic family visit, as voted for by families themselves. Congratulations go to the Ashmolean...
The Big Draw - 1st October - 2nd November 2014
The Campaign for Drawing are a national arts education charity which works to promote the importance of 'visual literacy' with children and young people. Every October they run the nationwide...
Applications open for 3rd round of AIM Biffa Award – The National Heritage Landmarks Partnership Scheme
AIM is pleased to announce the opening of the Year 3 Applications of the AIM Biffa Award 'National Heritage Landmarks Partnerships' with awards of up to £120,000 available to support...
Parliament in the Making - get involved in 2015
There are opportunities for museums, libraries and arts organisations to get involved in the 'Parliament in the Making' initiative next year - especially those interested in politics, social...
New Environmental Sustainability Toolkit for small tourism businesses
Museums across the UK can now access an extremely useful and easy to use online toolkit for making small and medium size tourism destinations more environmentally sustainable (and thereby saving...
Victoria and Albert Museum Photography Curators' Training Programme
The V&A is seeking two regional museum partners with art photograph collections, but limited photography curatorial expertise, to join the above programme which is supported by the Art...
Accreditation update, July 2014
Arts Council England (ACE) has issued revised Accreditation guidance documents and Collections Development Template. The standard itself has not changed, the guidance documents are purely...
Working Internationally Regional Project – Development Survey
AIM is a partner in the Working Internationally Regional Project and has a place on the steering group. The project has launched a survey which gives AIM members an opportunity to describe...
UCL launches Museums on Prescription
A team of University College London (UCL) researchers has been awarded funding to explore the value of role of museums in social prescribing. The scheme will complement existing social prescription...
No Strings Attached - a grant scheme for young theatre-makers
No Strings Attached is a grant scheme delivered by Farnham Maltings to help young people make their first piece of theatre. Grants of between £500 and £1000 are available to young people...
Working Internationally Regional Project
The Working Internationally Regional Project (WIRP) is funded by ACE’s Renaissance Strategic Support Fund and led by ICOM-UK in partnership with National Museum Directors’ Council,...
Acceptance in Lieu scheme
The Arts Council has announced, through the Acceptance in Lieu Scheme, the availability of 40 works by the leading British contemporary artist Auerbach and additional works for allocation - live...
Culture24 - latest initiative for generating new visitors and income
It’s not too late to sign up to Culture24’s latest initiative for generating new visitors and income for museums and galleries, through this exciting new business model. In conjunction...
Foundation Course: Museum Learning - GEM
The course is intended for those in their first year or so of their museum education career; or for those already working in a different part of the heritage sector but wishing to take up an...
Battle of Waterloo - 200th Anniversary in 2015: objects sought
For the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, which falls next year, the National Army Museum, Waterloo 200, & Culture24 are teaming up to tell "the story of Waterloo in 200...
Euclid - new webinars
Euclid has announced 8 webinars covering different aspects of EU opportunities for the arts, culture, heritage and creative industries. These are listed below, and include pre-deadline workshops for...
National Life Stories Goodison Fellowship 2015
National Life Stories, the oral history charitable trust based at the British Library, is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the National Life Stories Goodison Fellowship...
Collections Trust - Going Digital
'Going Digital' is the Collections Trust's back-to-basics campaign to help museums develop their use of computers and the web. The Collections Trust will be running a Going Digital...
Pearls and wisdom - the Arts Council vision for the future of the Designation Scheme
Arts Council England has published Pearls and wisdom - our vision for future of the Designation Scheme for collections of national significance. Pearls and wisdom will provide the basis for the...
Age Friendly Museums Day
This October, in collaboration with Silver Sunday and Age UK, Age Collective brings you the UK’s first Age Friendly Museums Day. This is an opportunity for museums across the UK to join...
Mary Rose Trust - urgent request
The Mary Rose Archaeological Services (MRAS) are acting on behalf of Southend Museum Services to trace any artefacts which may have been lifted from the London 1656 (a designated wreck). The London...
Funding for Academic Collaborations with Museums & Galleries
Organised through the Association of Art Historians, the Museums and Exhibitions Group administers two bursary schemes each offering an award twice a year. Collaboration Award: The Collaboration...
Measuring Up and the Inspiring Impact Hub
Two recently launched free online impact-measurement tools for voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector organisations are estimated to save the sector more than...
Teen Twitter Takeover
Could you hand over your twitter feed for a day? Teen Twitter Takeover is a day is where teens help run an organisation’s Twitter feed, taking place on Wednesday 27th August. How to get...
ACE Accreditation Update - August 2014
Our regional Accreditation Advisor, Elaine Sansom, has forwarded the following news about Accreditation: The Accreditation online return and application system will be amended during the week...
The Big Draw: 1st October - 2nd November 2014
The Campaign for Drawing are a national arts education charity which works to promote the importance of 'visual literacy' with children and young people. Every October they run the nationwide...
Grants for conservation of manuscripts – deadline 1st October 2015
The National Manuscripts Conservation Trust offers grants for the conservation and preservation of manuscripts and archives.
How to Increase Donations - Study into Donation Boxes
The Design Management Group at the Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge, has been conducting a study into donation boxes. More participants are sought for the study and...
In a spin: new guidance launched to help archives
The National Archives has launched new guidance designed to help the archive sector make informed decisions about the future of their archive services and collections. In recent years, the trend...
Changes to the history curriculum - your views sought
Patrick Steel, Website Editor at the Museums Association, is researching a piece for the next issue of Museums Journal about the impact of the changes to the history curriculum. He would like to...
Working Internationally Regional Project
Booking is now open for all five Working Internationally Regional Workshops. These one-day workshops are for regional and local museums and galleries who are in the beginning stages of international...
Audience Development - research
Two consultants working in the museums and heritage sector are undertaking research about audience development to feed into a session they are running at the Museums Association Conference in...
Cultural Commissioning Learning Programme
The Cultural Commissioning Learning Programme is helping arts organisations, museums and library services to engage in public service commissioning, win contracts and deliver great outcomes. Phase 1...
Call for papers on culture, museums and wellbeing
Arts & Health, an international journal for research, policy and practice, is calling for the submission of papers related to research, theory, and policy for a special issue coming out in the...
Final round of Treasure Plus funding announced
The third and final round of the Art Fund's Treasure Plus funding programme is now open for applications. Treasure Plus aims to deepen public engagement with items of treasure and related...
The British Museum - Call for Partners for Learning Museum
The British Museum’s National Programmes team is pleased to announce a nationwide call for partner museums for Learning Museum, a HLF Skills for the Future programme which will provide young...
Enter the Museums + Heritage Awards 2015
The Museums + Heritage Awards 2015 are now open for entry! Download your copy of the entry criteria and be sure to submit your projects in time for the closing date of Friday 30 January....
Working with Young People in Museums - toolkit from the National Museum of Scotland
The National Museum of Scotland has developed a Tool-kit for Working with Young People in Museums which draws on their experience of a two year national project, Scotland Creates: A Sense of Place,...
SYNTHESYS3 - call for applications
The SYNTHESYS Office is pleased to announce the second call for applications of the SYNTHESYS3 project under the current European Commission's FPVII European-funded Integrating Activities funding...
Grow: Strategic Audience Development
Take your professional development to the next level! Need an audience development plan? The new CultureHive intensive programme Grow will guide you through the steps of writing and delivering your...
ACE's Museum Resilience Fund, 2015-18 has been launched
The new Museum Resilience Fund addresses the priorities set out in their mission, Great art and culture for everyone, particularly linked to Goals 3 and 4 of the mission: supporting a step...
National Sports Museum Online
The National Sports Museum Online has been launched. The aim of the website is to draw together information about all sporting collections in the UK, whether held in museums, archives,...
Arts Council England Museum Resilience Fund Now Open!
Arts Council England is the development organisation for English regional museums. At a challenging time for funding in the sector, the focus of our approach for 2015-18 is on building a more...
Arts Council England announces Museum Development funding
Arts Council England has announced announced the continuation of the South East Museum Development Programme led in the South East and Hampshire Solent by Royal...
New funding round for Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund
The Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund, administered by the Museums Association (MA), has announced its ninth round of funding, with grants of between £20,000 and £100,000 available...
£5,500 Creative Employment Programme Apprenticeship Grants
Find out about the Creative Employment Programme and the funding you could receive by clicking here... The Creative Employment Programme is a £15m fund to support the creation of opportunities...
Search is on for new generation of star curators!
The Art Fund has launched the New Collecting Awards, a new funding programme that will enable the next generation of curators to apply for up to £300,000 of acquisition funding. The scheme will...
How the Art Fund can support your museum or gallery
The Art Fund have just published a new brochure that gives a practical overview of the many ways in which they assist public collections in the UK through acquisition and curatorial grants,...
Collecting Cultures: success for two museums in the South East!
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced a £5 m funding package to a range of museums, libraries and archives across the UK. Through HLF’s Collecting Cultures programme, 23...
The British Museum - final call for Partners
The British Museum is making a final call for partners for its HLF Skills for the Future-funded 'Learning Museum' programme, ahead of the 15th October deadline. They are particularly keen to...
Sources of funding from AIM
AIM has published revised guidelines and eligibility criteria for the Sustainability Grants programme, which has been funded by Esmee Fairbairn Foundation since 2006. In addition to the grants...
Museums Alive! Exploring How Museums Behave Like Living Beings
The deadline to register for the University of Leicester two day conference Museums Alive! Exploring How Museums Behave Like Living Beings is Wednesday 15 October. This conference will explore...
Takeover Day 2014
It’s not too late to get involved this year! Please see below for some creative solutions that will let you get involved with the biggest national initiative of children and young people across...
Culture24 needs your opinions
Culture24 is constantly looking for ways to improve the services they offer to support the arts and heritage sector. To do this, they need to understand what you know about them, how you use...
Museums Association announces appointment of new Director
Sharon Heal has been appointed the new Director of the Museums Association. David Anderson, President of the Museums Association and Director General of Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museums Wales,...
Taking payments online: Making the most of digital donations
The Charity Finance Group is a charity that champions best practice in finance management in the voluntary sector. ‘Making the most of digital donations: A practical guide to selecting and...
Mind, body, spirit: How museums impact health and wellbeing
This new publication, born out of a year-long action research project, Museums, Health and Wellbeing, focused around the creation of a network of museums in the East Midlands region and funded by...
English Heritage is to be split into two organisations from 1st April 2015, it was announced by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on 14th October 2014. In a press statement released by...
Government responds to New English Heritage Model
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has published its response to the English Heritage New Model Consultation. 600 responses were received by the January deadline for this major DCMS...
Heritage at Risk Register 2014 launched!
6% (887 sites) of England's listed places of worship are at risk from neglect or decay, according to the Heritage at Risk Register 2014 published by English Heritage on 23rd October 2014. The...
Expert, free of charge, personalised help to get your fundraising project off the ground!
The Heritage Alliance have had lots of feedback from less inexperienced heritage fundraisers who have attended their workshops but who would like the additional help and encouragement that expert...
Bursaries from AIM and CultureHive on offer for Arts Marketing Association Retreat
AIM and the Arts Marketing Association (AMA) are offering one AIM member a £450 grant towards attending the AMA Marketing Retreat Level 2 on 2-5 March 2015, and a year's free membership of...
Accreditation Update - November 2014
There is a revised Accreditation form now live on the Arts Council England’s application portal for both new and returning applicants. They have designed it around changes...
Kids in Museums - takeover packs are available to order!
It’s great to see that so many organisations are registered for Takeover Day 2014 and they can still register by visiting the Takeover Day page. There are several free resources available to...
The Visitor Studies Group Conference - call for Proposals
Call for Proposals - deadline: 21 November 2014 The annual VSG conference is a two-day event which aims to provoke and stimulate debate on key issues in Visitor Studies. Each year it brings together...
Collaborate SE - skills development funding available
Further funding of amounts up to £200 is now available. The deadline for applications is 5 December 2014. Freelancers are able to apply for the funding opportunity if they can demonstrate...
Engaging with teenagers
The December edition of Museum Practice is looking at how museums can engage teenagers – from welcoming them in as visitors to developing learning and outreach programmes. Cases studies which...
Working with Volunteers: online Q & A with Museums Sheffield
Museums Sheffield are having an online Q&A about volunteering, in connection with their Arts Council Funded Cutting Edge...
Museums + Heritage Awards 2015 - which category will you enter?
The deadline for submissions for the Museums + Heritage Awards is 30 January 2015. To see all 10 categories please visit the Museums + Heritage website. Download your copy of the 2015 Awards...
International Jodi Awards for Accessible Digital Culture - Call for Applications
Applications for the Jodi Awards 2015 are now invited. The Jodi Awards recognise the best use of digital technology in widening access to information, collections, learning and creativity for...
Culture Grid - Collections Trust seeks views and ideas
Culture Grid is the UK aggregator for content from museums, archives and libraries. 2014 marks the 8th Birthday of the Culture Grid, and the Collections Trust are carrying out a review of the...
Our Future is in the Making: An Education Manifesto for Craft and Making
The Crafts Council has launched a national Education Manifesto for Craft and Making. It’s begun well, with this letter in the Times; please follow the link (or read below) for further details,...
Arts Council launches Create journal
On 18 November, Arts Council England launched Create: A journal of perspectives on the value of art and culture. The publication is part of the Arts Council's State of the Arts...
Adult Learners' Week Awards 2015
Have you started getting ready to nominate for the 2015 Adult Learners’ Week Awards? The deadline this year is very early, so don’t miss it! Nominations must be received by 5pm on...
Shout out for the value of your heritage!
This year’s Heritage Counts publication is now available and this is your chance to discover the real value of heritage.
Discover and share best practice in cultural marketing with CultureHive
CultureHive is a free resource to help you discover and share best practice in cultural marketing.
Cultural Innovation International Prize
The Cultural Innovation International Prize is a biennial competition organised by the Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona (CCCB) with the aim of incentivising projects that explore the potential cultural scenarios of the coming years through res
AAM Museums Connect: Building Global Communities
The Museums Connect program strengthens connections and cultural understanding between people in the United States and abroad through innovative projects facilitated by museums and executed by their communities.
Can you spare a few minutes to answer a museum storage survey?
Museums Studies student Paula Nichols from the University of Leicester is writing her dissertation on the issue of the future of collecting and lack of adequate storage space in museums. The...
Digital Research on Museum Income
Arts Council England is trialling a new digital research project called Insight which aims to help optimise the income stream of museums and other cultural attractions. The work is being...
Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Programme
Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Programme now open to museums
Diversity and the Creative Case, from Arts Council England
On Monday 8 December 2014, the Chair of Arts Council England, Sir Peter Bazalgette, gave a momentous speech during an event at Sadler's Wells signalling a ‘fundamental...
Contribute to the Social History Curators Group conference 2015
Plans are afoot for the Social History Curators Group (SHCG) next annual conference in 2015! The group will be visiting The Silk Mill, part of Derby Museums, and the Millennium Gallery...
Prince's Foundation Start Programme for Chidren and the Arts
The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts has announced that it is accepting invitations from UK-wide arts venues to take part in the Start programme, working to foster new...
Arts Council England - Strategic Touring Fund: key dates
The Strategic touring programme has six funding rounds for applications per year. You can submit your application at any time during the year and you will be informed by email of the date on which...
New Museum Accreditation Committee Chair announced
Hadrian Ellory-van Dekker, who is currently Head of Collections at the Science Museum and a member of the Science Museum Management Team, has been appointed as the Chair of the Museum Accreditation Committee. He brings a wealth of experience to the Commit
Art Fund Prize - Museum of the Year 2015 Open to Entries
The purpose of The Art Fund Prize (formerly the Gulbenkian Prize) for museums and galleries is to recognise and stimulate originality and excellence in museums and galleries in the UK, and increase public appreciation and enjoyment of all they have to off
The new Naturally Curious website is now live. This is part of a programme of activities to understand, celebrate and make good use of our collective natural history collections and...
Call for Papers for the Museum Ethnographers' Group Annual Conference 2015
The 2015 Museum Ethnographers Group conference will continue this theme. Those wishing to present papers will be asked to think about their work in relation to one of the key conference themes.
Travel bursaries available for the 2015 Working Internationally Conference in York
The Working Internationally Regional Project is pleased to announce that five travel bursaries of up to £200 each are available to support the cost of travelling to the 2015 Working Internationally Conference.
Are you signed up to KentCan?
The KentCAN website is a place for people and organisations working and volunteering in the Kent & Medway Voluntary, Community & Social Enterprise sectors. KentCAN is a Community Interest Company (CIC) creating connections between organisations and indivi
Museums at Night goes biannual
Culture24 has announced that Museums at Night, the UK’s annual after-hours festival of arts, culture and heritage, will now be taking place twice a year – in both May and October.
Culture24: Let's Get Real Phase 4
“The word digital means everything and nothing, focusing on it is the biggest distraction of a generation.” (Tom Goodwin writing in the Guardian.)
Museums & Resilient Leadership Programme 2015 – 2016
The Museums and Resilient Leadership Programme is a unique course designed to develop you as a new kind of leading museum professional. The Programme draws on a wealth of knowledge and insight about leadership in the cultural and commercial sectors. It pu
Arts Council announces two strategic programmes
The Arts Council has announced two major strategic programmes: Research Grants Programme to provide opportunities for the arts sector to engage in collaborative research and International Showcasing and Re:Imagine India promoting the best of English art.
AIM Advocacy Toolkit: Evidencing Social and Environmental Impacts of Museums
AIM has published a new Advocacy Impact Toolkit to support museums of all types in making their own cases for the many ways in which they benefit the public, their communities and society. The...
Call for Papers - 'In Gallery Engagement: Digital vs Analogue'
Conference: 22 July 2015, Oxford University Museum of Natural History Computer interactives, augmented reality, video screens and touchtables, digital is increasingly occupying gallery space as...
Travel bursary deadline extended for 2015 Working Internationally Conference in York
New deadline: Monday 16 February 2015 The WIRP has extended the travel bursary application deadline for non-nation museums and galleries in England attending the 2015 Working Internationally...
Have you VanGo'd yourself? Culture24 tells us how
VanGoYourself is a website that allows people to recreate artworks from museums and galleries around the world. VanGoYourself offers a unique and fun way for couple to celebrate Valentine’s Day, as well as gaining a new perspective and engagement w
Creative Employment Programme extended to 2016
Cultural organisations in England have been given an extra 12 months to apply to the Creative Employment Programme and secure funding to subsidise new apprentice and internship positions within the sector.
Giving Digitally Through DONATE
Set up in March 2013, DONATE is the mobile platform and the public-facing brand of the National Funding Scheme - a registered charity specifically set up to support the arts, heritage and culture sector.
‘AA2A Plus’ (Artists Access to Art Colleges) - pilot scheme
Expressions of interest from museums, galleries, arts centres etc. interested in hosting AA2A Plus placements from Oct 2015 - April 2016 are currently being collected.
Have you carried out a local or community history project with, about or for women?
Did your project participants produce a documentary, pamphlet, book, exhibition, artefact or event to share your findings? Was or will the project be completed between 1st of January 2014 and 31st May 2015?
Findings from a recent Donation Box Study are in!
Last year, Jayne Franck from the Institute of Manufacturing at the University of Cambridge ran an open survey for all museum and cultural organisation to share information about the performance of their donation box.
Kent connections with Magna Carta and its 800th anniversary
Kent has strong associations with Magna Carta (MC) and plans for the 800th anniversary commemorations are well developed, with a strong focus in Canterbury, one of the 5 Charter Towns in England; in Faversham, where the Town Council owns an edition dated
Open for applications: Museums & Resilient Leadership Programme 2015 – 2016
A unique course designed to develop you as a new kind of leading museum professional.
New Heritage Funding Helpline launched
New source of advice will enable you to pose a question to a fundraising expert, or gain help with reviewing an application and receive fundraising advice as and when you need it.
Who are the 2015 Connect! artists?
The annual Connect! competition gives people the chance to ‘win’ a leading contemporary artist to create a unique event at their local cultural venue during Museums at Night. The...
Object identification resources - available to borrow for free!
The SSN Social History Curators Group (SHCG) has designed a series of resources, Object Lessons, to help develop skills and confidence in identifying and caring for core materials found in social...
Leading professionals join the Collections Trust Board
The Collections Trust, the professional association for people working in collections management, has announced the appointment of six new Trustees to its existing Board following an open recruitment campaign.
Get Creative: a year-long celebration of British arts, culture and creativity
Get Creative is a BBC initiative that celebrates world-class arts, culture and creativity that happens every day across the UK - and they want you to get involved.
Museums with artefacts containing asbestos
The Health and Safety Executive has granted a class exemption to the museum sector to enable the loan / transfer of artefacts that contain asbestos, between exhibitions etc.
Good news for South East museums receiving Arts Council Resilience Funding
Today, Arts Council England announced the 108 organisations who were successful in applying to the first round of the Resilience Fund. These organisations are set to receive a total of over £17.5 million of investment between them.
New Arts Council publication, 'The Economic Impact of Museums in England'
Museums have a major impact to local and national economies. With continued support from Local Authorities, DCMS and other public and private funders, museums can play an ever more important role in our economy and communities. This report examines the ec
The AHI Discover Heritage Awards 2015 are now open for entry
The Association for Heritage Interpretation 'Discover Heritage Awards 2015' for excellence in cultural and natural heritage interpretation in Britain and Ireland are now open for entry.
Shortlist announced for Museums + Heritage Awards 2015
The hundreds of entries have been discussed, debated and deliberated by the M+H judging panel and the shortlist is now available to view!
Museum + Heritage Awards - vote for Haslemere Museum
Vote for the only museum in the south east to be shortlisted!
Apply for The Extend Leadership Programme 2015-16
Applications are invited from colleagues working in learning and education roles in the arts and cultural sectors to participate in the Extend Leadership Programme 2015-16.
Grants for conservation of manuscripts
Deadline: 1st April 2015 The National Manuscripts Conservation Trust offers grants for the conservation and preservation of manuscripts and archives. Since the NMCT was founded in 1990 it has...
Winning applicants receive £17.5m from Arts Council England
Arts Council England has announced the successful applicants in the first round of its Museum Resilience funding. It has awarded £17.5m to 108 organisations from across England, with the...
Sharing collections online with the ECK
Sharing collections information online through platforms like Europeana and Wikipedia is a great way to unlock the potential in your collections, which is why the Collections Trust have been working...
Trust and Values Survey
You are invited to participate in the data collection for a doctoral research project: Trust in the Museum – aligning the organisation’s values internally and externally. This research is...
‘Stop the Rot: An introduction to Collections Care’
The Association of Independent Museums will shortly be running five workshops funded by The Pilgrim Trust at different locations across the UK. The workshops are called ‘Stop the Rot: An introduction to Collections Care’ and the tutor is Jane
Connect! competition - deadline for entries extended
The deadline for submissions to the Connect! competition for museums to win a top artist & £3000 for their Museums at Night October event has been extended to Friday 27 March, to give everyone the chance to take part.
Find out what Lottery Grants have been awarded in your area
Find out about what organisations in your area have received Lottery grants and what the money was spent on with an online tool from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).
Schools & museums can make a documentary using free resources from 'Into Film'
Into Film is a film education charity that puts film at the heart of the educational and personal development of children and young people aged 5-19 across the UK.
Help the British Library create a directory of the UK’s recorded sound collections
The British Library's 'Save Our Sounds' project is working towards creating a national directory of the UK's recorded sound. The aim is to eventually have a comprehensive, searchable online database of UK sound collections to help plan their preservation
Online Giving: DONATE Case Study from the Battersea Arts Centre
Find out how DONATE from the National Funding Scheme (NFS) pulled in an astonishing £50,000 in mobile and online donations to support Battersea Arts Centre (BAC) after their devastating fire on Friday 13th March.
Taking Part survey data released - cultural engagement summary of key findings
Taking Part is a household survey in England. It looks at participation in the cultural sector. This report presents the latest headline estimates for the year from January 2014 to December 2014. The survey is now in its tenth year and was commissioned by
Heritage Lottery Fund - apply now for First World War Then and Now
Explore the heritage of the First World War with grants of £3,000–£10,000. This programme has a short application form, and is suitable for everyone, including first-time applicants.
Touring Exhibitions Group awarded Arts Council England funding for 'Economics of Touring Exhibitions: Models for Practice' research and training programme
The Touring Exhibitions Group (TEG) will receive a £40,000 investment from Arts Council England’s Museum Resilience Fund, to support the delivery of a two-year research and training programme that will explore the economics of touring. Support f
2015 Discover Heritage Awards
The Association for Heritage Interpretation has today launched the 2015 Discover Heritage Awards – for excellence in cultural and natural heritage interpretation in Britain and Ireland, sponsored by Geosho.
Heritage Lottery Fund - apply now for Young Roots
The Heritage Lottery Fund is enthusiastic about engaging young people with heritage. Getting involved helps them develop new skills and interests, connect with their communities and have fun. And...
Connecting Collections Conference - Exploring digital cultural learning together
A new conference about digital cultural learning
Culture24’s Let’s Get Real, Phase 4 project
Deadline extended to 16 April for this project that will provide participants the opportunity to take a deeper look at their content and how audiences can engage with them.
Museum Courses Guide 2015
From entry points to Museum Studies courses and work based placements, there are a range of articles offering guidance on the MA website.
Teaching History with 100 objects
Museums across the UK and the British Museum have been working on the partnership project to help equip teachers to teach the new national history curriculum in England through the provision of high quality resources
LiberTea - 800 years since the sealing of Magna Carta celebrations
To commemorate 800 years since the sealing of Magna Carta the Houses of Parliament – in partnership with the National Trust – are asking the nation to take a moment to celebrate, debate and reflect on their liberties by hosting a LiberTea on
Early Bird Discount for AIM National Conference 2015
The Association of Independent Museums (AIM) National Conference 2015 takes place this year from June 18-20 at the ss Great Britain in central Bristol. Take advantage of the special AIM early-bird booking rate which closes on April 17.
Object in Focus: Free short-term loans from the Horniman Museum & Gardens
Object in Focus is a project funded by the Arts Council England to proactively loan out objects to museums and non-museum venues.
10 Museum Sector Bodies Publish Statement on Unethical Sale from Museums Collections
"As a group of the key funding, development and membership bodies for the museums sector, we are seriously concerned about cases of unethical sale from museum collections and the targeting of collections as a source of income."
Uniques Project website goes live
Bexhill Museum (lead partner) and four other museums in the South East carried out an ethnographic collections review project in 2014-2015, funded by the Arts Council England’s Strategic Support Fund.
Museum Designation Scheme re-opened
On Wednesday 15 April the Designation Scheme was re-opened to applications.
Cultural Property Advice
The migration of the Cultural Property Advice website into the Collections Trust's website has begun.
OpenHeritage joins the Collections Trust SPECTRUM Partners Scheme
OpenHeritage, the Cape Town-based supplier of software to the heritage sector, is the latest company to join the SPECTRUM Partners Scheme, managed by the Collections Trust.
PRISM Fund 2015-16 now open
The PRISM Fund, which helps to support the acquisition and conservation of heritage objects from the fields of science, technology, industry and medicine, has just reopened for applications.
Summary of party manifestos: what they mean for arts, culture and creativity
This week the parties launched their manifestos for the 2015 General Election. Arts Council England have produced summarised the headline arts policies.
Museums at Night (May 13-16) is now less than a month away - have you registered your events yet?
A step by step guide to registering your event can be found on the Museums at Night website.
German museum seeking UK project partners
A German museum in North Rhine-Westphalia wants to set up a museum/school partnership around the theme of migration history.
ABTEM (Association of British Transport and Engineering Museums) to undertake scoping work to update MGC standards
Supported by Arts Council England (ACE) Subject Specialist Network (SSN) funding, ABTEM has recently commissioned museum consultant Rob Shorland-Ball to carry out a Scoping Study on the feasibility of developing and updating the MGC 1994 Standard 4: Stand
Volunteers Week - free resources from National Council for Voluntary Organisations
Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK – and it’s taking place from the 1-7 June 2015.
Campaign for Good Curatorship – launch and call for Committee members
The Campaign for Good Curatorship celebrates the fact that great museums need good curators.
Benchmarking Participation in Museums
Heritage sector professional Natalie James (@CulturewithaK) is working with the Collections Trust to develop a model for benchmarking participation and engagement as part of changing culture and practice in museums.
How was Museums at Night for you?
Culture24 would love to know what your experience of Museums at Night has been like.
Is your organisation registered for this year's Big Draw?
The Big Draw is the world's largest drawing festival with thousands of enjoyable, and mainly free, drawing activities which connect people of all ages with museums, outdoor spaces, artists, designers, illustrators - and each other.
Jonathan Ruffer curatorial grants from the Art Fund now available
This programme provides funding for travel and other practical costs to help curators undertake collection and exhibition research projects in the UK or abroad.
The British Museum across the UK
The British Museum is keen to work with museums and galleries across the UK. In true collaboration we look to our partnerships to help shape the programme and we invite colleagues to get in touch to let us know how the BM can work with you.
Booking opens for 'New Expressions’ field visit programme
Artists and museum staff with a professional interest in collaboration are being invited to experience some of the high points of the New Expressions LIVE season together. Hosted by three of the programme’s partner museums in Plymouth, York and Wa
Arts Council England announce four new funding opportunities
The announcement coincided with the first major speech of the new Chief Executive as called on Government to back culture and promised a funding shift outside London.
Strong showing by South East museums in Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Awards longlist
Four of 20 longlisted museums are from the South East region: Diving Museum, Gosport, Hampshire; Haslemere Educational Museum, Surrey; Milton Keynes Museum; River & Rowing Museum, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire.
Centenary Partnership and 2016
Are you a not-for-profit organisation marking the First World War Centenary? Join the Centenary Partnership to join 3,300 organisations and get involved with the ‘Year of the Film’.
PR deadlines to take part in Museums at Night in October
If you're planning after-hours events as part of the autumn Museums at Night festival (Friday 30 - Saturday 31 October) the first registration deadline is Friday 17 July.
PRISM Annual Report now out
Arts Council England have published their latest annual report on the PRISM fund Annual Report 2013-14.
The Inspiring Learning for All framework is back!
The Inspiring Learning for All framework helps the arts and culture sector to capture and evidence their impact by identifying generic learning and social outcomes for individuals and communities
Do you Love Museums?
I Love Museums is a new campaign led by the National Museum Directors’ Council (NMDC) to demonstrate the depth of support for UK museums by empowering the public to share why museums are important to them.
Happy Museum launches it's five-year plan
Since 2011 Happy Museum (HM) has brought together thinking around well-being and sustainability and investigated the particular role of museums in supporting individual, organisational and societal resilience.
Collections Trust Appoints Kevin Gosling as new CEO
Gosling is currently the Director of Communications at the Britten-Pears Foundation and has previously held roles with Lord Cultural Resources and the Museum Documentation Association (MDA).
Culture24 crowdfunder - VanGoYourself
Culture24 has launched a new crowdfunding campaign for VanGoYourself (VanGoYourself.com), which allows people to recreate paintings with their friends which they then share on social media. The aim is to spread the word about VanGoYourself and the value o
Arts Council launch the Ambition for Excellence fund
Ambition for excellence is a £35.2 million programme aimed at stimulating and supporting ambition, talent and excellence across the arts sector in England. The fund aims to realise significant impact on the growth of an ambitious international-facing a
Arts Council England's Large Capital Grants fund is open to applicants
Art Council's Capital investment programme supports organisations to develop resilience by giving them the right buildings and equipment to deliver their work, and to become more sustainable and resilient businesses.
An new animated Commissioning Toolkit has been launched
A new animated commissioning toolkit was launched on Tuesday 23rd June at the Gulbenkian Theatre in Canterbury. The event was well attended and received, with over 100 delegates from Kent, London and the South East.
AIM launches the 'Hallmarks of Prospering Museums' framework
The Association of Independent Museums (AIM) launched an important new initiative to help museums at its national conference this month. The “AIM Hallmarks of Prospering Museums” is a framework that helps museums and heritage organisations ide
Your opportunity to be a part of the 'Creative Museums' experiment
Creative Museums will give six museums a fantastic research and development opportunity to enrich experience for their audiences, regenerate their programmes and venues and develop new business opportunities.
Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund is open for applications
The Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund, run by the Museums Association, focuses on time-limited collections work outside the scope of an organisation’s core resources. Applications are now being invited.
The IWM Centenary Partnership and 2016
The Centenary Partnership led by Imperial War Museums is made up of over 3,400 not-for-profit organisations from 55 countries who have joined together to mark the First World War Centenary. Last year, members of the Partnership in the UK and Ireland repor
Collections Trust Conference 2015
The Collections Trust are pleased to announce that their flagship annual conference will be presented at the Natural History Museum on 22 September 2015 in London.
Complete the Economics of Touring Exhibitions Survey 2015 and win a Touring Exhibitions Group (TEG) workshop place and travel bursary
The Economics of Touring Exhibitions survey will take approximately 10 minutes or less to complete and will help TEG TEG develop the Economics of Touring Exhibitions: Models for Practice professional development training and toolkit.
Culture 24's 'Let’s Get Real – Young Audiences'
Culture 24's 'Let’s Get Real – Young Audiences' is brand new collaborative action research project to explore how arts and heritage organisations can get better at reaching and engaging young audiences with their digital content.
Shortlist for Family Friendly Museum Award 2015 Announced
This year’s shortlist for the Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award is a reflection of all the different sorts of museums in Britain, and how each one can offer a wonderful welcome to families.
AHI 2015 Discover Heritage Awards – Shortlist and Commendations Announced
The Association for Heritage Interpretation is delighted to announce the shortlist for the AHI 2015 Discover Heritage Awards – for excellence in cultural and natural heritage interpretation in Britain and Ireland – sponsored by Geosho.
Museums Association publishes its draft Code of Ethics document
The Museums Association has published its draft Code of Ethics document. The publication follows extensive consultation online and via a series of public events across the UK this year.
Are you registered on The Culture Diary?
The Culture Diary is a free worldwide events calendar of private, media, industry and public events produced by over 4,000 UK organisations covering every art form. A unique industry-only tool, The Culture Diary also features a business directory to conne
The Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy programme offer support for groups and networks
The Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy programme wants to encourage and support networks, collaboration and group learning in fundraising across England in the arts and cultural sector....
Four new funding programmes from Arts Council England
Arts Council England announce that four new funding programmes have opened for applications.
Culture 24's ‘Fit for China’ Digital Showcasing Project
Culture24 and the British Council, in partnership with Storythings, are excited to announce a new free collaborative project aiming to develop relevant and engaging UK online cultural content for international audiences with a focus on China. They are see
The Arts Marketing Association (AMA) announces museums selected for resilience programme
Future Proof Museums is a national project being developed by the AMA (Arts Marketing Association) funded by Arts Council England’s Museums Resilience grant. The programme is designed to significantly improve the resilience of museums across Englan
Paul Hamlyn Foundation launches new web resource
Paul Hamlyn Foundation, one of the UK’s largest independent grant-making Foundations, has launched a new web resource to support the embedding of participation in museums and galleries.
Making Digital Work - content and resources now live
Drawing inspiration from the projects supported by the Digital R&D Fund, this toolkit is a suite of downloadable resources, tips and articles aimed at arts and culture organisations who wish to...
Getting involved with the Association of Independent Museums
AIM would be pleased to hear from members who can help the organisation with up coming conferences and development. Contact AIM's executive director, Tamalie Newbery, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Heritage Lottery Fund - Major Grants The First 100 key findings
In HLF's latest research study, they focused on the impact of their largest grants – those of £5million or more. One hundred and seventy-three of these ‘Major Grants’ have now been made, and the first 100 of them are complete. Many
The Collections Trust Awards 2015 - nominations open!
Nominations are now open for the Collections Trust Awards, which will be taking place at the Collections Trust Annual Conference at the Natural History Museum in London on 22 September 2015.
Paul Hamlyn Foundation Grants available for arts projects
Grants are available for not-for-profit, formally constituted organisations to widen access to and deepen participation in the arts and who are active in the arts and working in partnership with educational institutions.
The Hockey Museum gains International Recognition
New partnership between The Hockey Museum & FIH Foundation
Art Fund New Collecting Awards
This funding programme enables promising and ambitious curators to pursue new avenues of collecting for their museums, and at the same time build critical professional
WIRP International Travel Grant Scheme
The Working Internationally Regional Project is offering a small number of travel grants to support non-national museums in England to work internationally.
Creative Museums opportunity (Small museums)
A research and development opportunity for small museums to enrich the visitor experience and develop new business opportunities has arisen.
Are you celebrating Age Friendly Museums Day?
If you are doing something for Age Friendly Museums Day and/or Silver Sunday on or around 4th October then don't forget to complete the Silver Sunday events form so it is promoted through their website and don't forget to mention Age Friendly Museums Day
Are you ready for 'Start Your Arts Award Day'?
On your marks... Hundreds of young people will start their Arts Awards on 1 October which marks the beginning of Arts Award’s 10th birthday celebrations. Centres across the UK - including schools, arts organisations, librarie
AIM VisitorVerdict: Discounted Rates until September 30 2015
Since October 2013, the Association of Independent Museums (AIM) in partnership with BDRC Continental, has run a free online visitor benchmarking survey service called AIM VisitorVerdict. This scheme...
The Museums Association launches its Cuts Survey 2015
The Museums Association (MA) has launched the Cuts Survey 2015, its fifth annual evaluation of the health of museums across the UK.
ArtsCard: the UK’s first employee benefits scheme for arts & culture
Managed by Creative United, ArtsCard are looking for arts and culture providers that want to increase earned income by encouraging a new diverse range of audiences who to date have not engaged with their programme.
Islamic Art & Material Culture SSN Specialist Support Scheme
This scheme aims to provide regional museums with a toolkit to help them unlock the potential of their collections of Islamic art and material culture, using them to engage with new and diverse audiences.
Apply for the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award
Every year, it honours the most outstanding heritage achievements from all over Europe. It recognises the excellence and dedication by architects, craftsmen, cultural heritage experts, volunteers, schools, local communities, heritage owners and the media.
Are you ready for Takeover Day on 20th November?
'Takeover Day' is an exciting and highly successful event with children and young people all over the UK taking charge of museums, galleries and heritage sites. This year the event will be taking place again on 20thNovember and you are invited to be part
Oxford Cultural Leaders - an international programme for museums, arts and heritage
Oxford University Museums, in partnership with the Saïd Business School, are delighted to announce that its highly successful residential programme, Oxford Cultural Leaders, will be running again in April 2016. Applications are now open.
Sign up to the Family Arts Campaign between 9 Oct - 1 Nov
The Family Arts Campaign aims to support organisations across the UK and across the visual and performing arts in providing high-quality activities for families and in growing and broadening the number of families taking part in the arts.
Museum Studies at Leicester 50th Anniversary Conference Call for Papers
The University of Leicester invites you to join their 50th anniversary conference and associated events, including a number of pre-conference trips, which takes place on 20-22 April 2016.
Paul Hamlyn Arts-based Learning Fund
The purpose of the Fund We want to encourage the development, use and sustainability of effective arts-based activities in education, through arts organisations working with schools, further...
Local authority interactive tool (LAIT)
The tool presents information in interactive tables and charts with the local authority’s rank and position in England.
Can you make a Fun Palace event combining art and science?
Anyone and everyone is welcome to make a Fun Palace. The Guidelines are that it is Free, Local, Innovative, Transformative and Engaging.
National Alliance for Museums, Health and Welbeing Survey
Take part! A museum & hertiage sector survey which maps existing practice around health and wellbeing activities
Visitor Finder merges with free Audience Finder database
Introductory scheme 'Visitor Finder' comes to an end in March 2016 and is now closed to new applicants. Museum can still join the broader Audience Finder programme free.
Association of Independent Museums: conservation grants
Only a few days left to submit your AIM conservation grant application. Closing date is Wednesday 30th September.
NatSCA's Bill Pettit Memorial Award is open
NatSCA is pleased to invite applications to this year’s Bill Pettit Memorial Award. Up to £1,500 of grant money will be made available to NatSCA members every year to support projects including the conservation, access, and use of natural scienc
V&A Innovative Leadership Programme 2015-16
The V&A Innovative Leadership Programme has been helping people develop new skills, new insights and new opportunities for more than a decade. This 10 month programme brings together seminars, workshops, action learning, individual coaching and online lea
Explore the Heritage Index for England
The Index is designed to stimulate debate about what is valued from the past, and how that influences the identity of its current residents. This can help a place achieve its aspirations to grow and prosper, socially and economically.
Share your ideas for a new cultural programme
News from the DCMS blog, authored by Ed Vaizey, invites you to share your ideas and support the White Paper.
The Huge History Lesson has been launched
On Tuesday, the British Museum and TES are launched the Huge History Lesson. This ambitious new partnership links the world’s largest network of teachers at TES with museums around the country. The Huge History Lesson is a unique creative competiti
Arts Council England launches Cultural Education Challenge
The Cultural Education Challenge was launched yesterday at the Barbican in London. It challenges sector leaders across the arts, education, local authorities, schools, higher education institutions and others to create new ways of working. It encourages t
ACE publishes independent report into funding of local authority museums
Earlier this month, Arts Council England published new research into the economic resilience of local authority museums. The independent report by TBR explores the challenges faced by museums across England following reductions to local authority funding
The Museums Association publish their 2014-15 report
The Museums Association has published their 2014-15 report. The main focus of this report is placed on the draft for a changed Code of Ethics for museums, which is to be voted on at The Museums Association's Annual General Meeting in Birmingham on Thursd
'How I See It' DVD winging its way to your museum
Keep an eye on your post in the next week as you’ll soon be receiving a copy of the How I See It DVD - A film made by teenagers about what they want to see in a museum visit. In their own words, hear is what the teens thought of the project.
'Museums Matter' advocacy document available to support your museum to 'make the case'
The National Museum Directors' Council's (NMDC) new document Museums Matters sets out the case for investment in museums ahead of the Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review. Museums Matter illustrates how public investment in museums of all si
New AIM Success Guide launched: Successfully Managing Archives in Museums
The Association of Independent Museums (AIM) has just launched a new online publication called 'Successfully Managing Archives in Museums' as part of its popular Success Guide series. Authored by Emma Chaplin and Janice Tullock and funded by The National
Trustees' Week 2015 is 2nd-8th November
Trustees’ Week 2015 is 2–8 November, and is being officially launched at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) Trustee Conference on 2 November 2015.
We think #culturematters, do you?
The Art Council's new film is a fast paced, show reel style film that celebrates arts and culture in England.
Artswork launch www.connectingwithculture.com
Connectingwithculture.com has been created by Artswork as a simple way for schools and children & young people’s organisations to connect with arts and culture. Artswork’s mission is...
NEMO publishes European-wide study on copyright and museums
In light of recent developments in the approaches to copyright on the European level, The Network of European Museum Organisations (NEMO) has recently published a European-wide study on the matter.
Call for Papers: Selection, De-selection and Rationalisation
Day conference hosted by CIfA Archaeological Archives Group and including the AAG AGM
Learning Museum Call for partners 2015
Open call for partners for the second phase of Learning Museum, the British Museum’s latest Skills for the Future programme, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund
AIM invites feedback on grant schemes
Asking members from across the UK to complete their grant schemes survey to better understand future funding needs for independent museums
Invitation to contribute to British Council online brochure
As part of an ACE-funded project to develop the capacity of museums to tour internationally, the British Council is producing a brochure to showcase the wealth of collections held by UK museums and to encourage approaches from overseas museums for touring
Webinars and training from the 'Giving to Heritage' programme
The national HLF-funded 'Giving to Heritage' programme is running a series of webinars and training up until March 2016 when the programme will finish.
Call for Papers: MuseumNext Dublin 2016
From 18-20 April 2016 museum professionals are invited to join discussions on the future of museums or initiate them by giving their own presentations.
Part funded Internships in the creative industries
Creative Access was founded in 2012 to provide opportunities for paid internships in the creative industries for young people of graduate (or equivalent) standard from under-represented black, Asian and other non-white minority ethnic backgrounds. They ai
Did you take part in October's Museums At Night?
Culture24 are currently collating feedback and visitor numbers, and you can help by encouraging the museums in your patch who took part by running an event to fill in their Venue Survey.
Museum + Heritage Awards for Excellence 2016 now open!
The awards continue to generate public recognition for the winners and shortlistees, and have been instrumental in helping many to secure funding and support from key stakeholders. Award winners have also enjoyed recognition both locally and further afiel
The online Grants for the Arts portal is changing
From 27 January 2016, all new applications for Grants for the arts will be processed through a new online portal. The main change you'll notice is that the application process will be more interactive. Once you've created an account, you can manage all y
Heritage Lottery Fund - An Update and Overview
Sir Peter Luff, the new chair of the HLF, announced a number of new initiatives at the Museum Association Conference earlier this month indicating the objectives for this crucial source of funding for museums nationwide.
A new 'Collections for All' website for natural sciences
'Collections for All' is a space for helping to connect people to natural science collections throughout the UK. They are doing this through sharing the values of natural science collections in relation to research, science, museum practice, engagement an
Researchers quantify the intrinsic value of culture
Researchers believe they have hit on a robust way of quantifying how much people’s lives are improved by arts and culture. They hope their techniques will help arts organisations to better demonstrate their value and policymakers to make better dec
The MA's updated Code of Ethics is released
This updated version of the Code of Ethics outlines ethical principles for all museums in the UK and was agreed at the Museums Association's annual general meeting on Thursday 5 November 2015, following an 18-month consultation process during 2014-15.
New research from VisitBritain: Role of social media in engaging international audiences
VisitBritain have released a new research report looking at the Role of Social Media in the Context of Holidays. The study focuses on four markets: the USA, India, Germany, South Korea and Germany and looks at how these populations use social media when p
Are you up to date with Cultural Education Data?
The Cultural Education Data Portal aims to bring together and provide easy access to a wide variety of data sources relating to children and young people, demographics, arts, culture and education.
Legal changes will affect charitable companies
The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 (the Act) which passed into law on 26 March 2015 makes some material changes to UK company law which will impact on companies of all sizes, including charitable companies.
People United launch their Schools Hub
This new site explores how the arts and creativity can bring people together, break down barriers, encourage empathy and inform the way that we view the world around us.
Collections Trust – Usability testing
The Collections Trust is currently in the planning stages of redeveloping their website and they need your input.
The Social History Curators Group call for papers for 2016 conference
The Social History Curators Group call for papers for 2016 conference, titled 'The Only Way Is Ethics: Social History and the 21st Century Museum'. The conference is taking place in June 2016, and the deadline for the call for papers is 29th January 2016
Copyright Law consultation
The Government has launched a consultation on the revised transitional arrangements for the repeal of section 52 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (“CDPA”). This new consultation follows the July 2015 revocation of the Government'
The Funding Challenge: Share and discuss your ideas on how to develop new or alternative sources of funding for the arts and culture
Arts, Cultural and Heritage organisations should be looking at new opportunities to diversify their income streams and raise additional funding from new sources. New or alternative sources of funding...
The ‘H’ word: Uncovering public perceptions on Heritage
On Wednesday 4th November, Katharine Peacock, ComRes Managing Director, presented exclusive research at the 7th Heritage Alliance debate to 180 professionals from the heritage sector looking at what the word ‘heritage’ means to the public.
Gift Aid declarations need to be updated from April 2016
HMRC have released new wording for the gift aid declarations which are compulsory from next April. It closes the gap in provision about whose responsibility it is to repay taxes if the Gift Aid donor does not pay enough taxes to cover their donation.
Copyright notice: digital images, photographs and the internet
The Intellectual Property Office has issued new guidance on copyright in the UK which addresses the common practice by museums (and others) of taking photographs and scans of out-of-copyright works and claiming copyright in the new surrogate images.
The Audience Agency's research on urban and rural audiences
The Audience Agency has reported on the differences between urban and rural audiences. There is strong loyalty to their local venues amongst rural communities and those who attend arts events go to them as frequently as urban audiences.
The 'Mentoring and Museums' Conference is back!
Calling all mentors! Join us in Salisbury on 25 February 2016 to diversify your skillset to support you and your mentees, network with other mentors and exchange good practice methods.
Museums + Heritage Awards for Excellence 2016 are open for entries
The Museum + Heritage Awards for Excellence 2016 are now open for entries for projects completed between January and December 2015. The awards continue to generate public recognition for the winners and shortlistees! Enter Now!
AIM Hallmarks Investment Fund - now open for applications!
The AIM Hallmarks Investment Fund is now open for applications. The closing date for the first round is 5 February 2016. The fund is open to AIM member, Accredited (or working towards Accreditation) museums in England and will make investments of between
MuseumsEtc and The Museum Blog Book - Call for Papers
The Museum Blog Book are currently inviting submissions for inclusion in an exciting new book which MuseumsEtc will be publishing early next year: The Museum Blog Book.
Free training to build on Volunteer Engagement
From January to March 2016 Tickbox are providing free support and training to a limited number of orgnanisations to create or build on their Volunteer Engagement. This is part of a Volunteer Makers pilot project to prove demand for Volunteer Makers befor
New NEMO Publication: Museums and Creative Industries: Mapping Cooperation
The collaboration of museums and creative industries is an important asset of museum work today. This newly published creative toolkit takes a closer look at the topic.
Culture24 announces the Connect! artists for 2016
Your museum, gallery or heritage site could take part in the "Connect!" competition to win one of these artists and a £3000 bursary towards your Museums at Night event. The deadline to complete the Connect! application form is Friday 11 March 2016.
AIM Museum Leaders Programme for UK Museums
The Association for Independent Museums (AIM) has recently launched the new UK wide Museum Leaders programme to support people who lead AIM member museums.
Has your museum got what it takes to win the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2016?
The Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year celebrates museums and galleries across the UK – annually awarding one outstanding winner £100,000. The Prize champions what museums do, encourages more people to visit, and gets to the heart of what ma
Museum and Resilient Leadership (MRL) 2016-2017 Applications Open
Led by the Black Country Living Museum, MRL is a unique year long programme designed to develop resilient and entrepreneurial leaders for the 21st Century. The MRL is looking for the passionately curious, the enquirers, those who are motivated to devel
ACE, Nesta and the AHRC publish annual Digital Culture report
ACE, Nesta and the AHRC have recently published the result of their annual Digital Culture survey as part of their Digital R&D Fund.
Behind the Scenes at the 21st Century Museum
'Behind the Scenes at the 21st Century Museum' is a free online course offered by the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester in partnership with National Museums Liverpool and FutureLearn.
Navigating the Art Market Professional Development Course
The Art Fund has announced a refreshed version of their Navigating the Art Market professional development course for 2016. Developed in partnership with Sotheby's Institute of Art, the course is designed to promote a practical understanding of the art ma
Arts Council's Museum Resilience Fund now open
The Museum resilience fund addresses the priorities set out in our mission, Great art and culture for everyone, particularly linked to Goals 3 and 4 of our mission: supporting a step change for the museums sector by enabling museums to become more sustain
The Museums Association members meeting comes to Brighton
On Thursday 14th January 2016, Museum Association members were invited to join MA colleagues at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton. Simon Stephens, the MA's Head of Publications and Events, welcomed members before President of the MA, David Fleming (Director
Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grants Programme
This programme provides funding for travel and other practical costs to help curators from museums large and small undertake collection and exhibition research projects within the UK or anywhere in the world; since its inception in 2012 the scheme has ben
Help improve SPECTRUM: the UK Collection Management Standard
The Collections Trust is consulting widely to check that SPECTRUM: the UK Collection Management Standard still meets the needs of museums large and small. This will inform the next revision, SPECTRUM 5.0, to be published in 2017.
South East museums through to next round of Arts Council's Capital Grants programme
Congratulations to the Story Museum in Oxford and Tunbridge Wells Museums & Art Gallery who are two of four arts organisations from across the South East invited to apply for £7.8 million in funding to support capital plans.
ACE re-opens the Museum Resilience Fund
On 14 January 2016, Arts Council England (ACE) have re-opened its popular Museum Resilience Fund (MRF) scheme. The funding is designed to help museums face challenging times by increasing their resilience and sustainability.
Learning from the Creative People & Places Programme
The Creative People and Places (CPP) fund focuses on parts of the country where involvement in the arts is significantly below the national average. The aim is to increase the likelihood that people will participate. In the South East, the Swale & Medway
Taking Part - Focus On: Wellbeing
Arts attenders claim to be ‘happier’ than non-attenders, according to a report released by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), based on its Taking Part survey findings over three years from 2010/11 to 2012/13. This new report
First National Museums and Wellbeing Week (29 February - 6 March 2016)
The National Alliance for Museums, Health & Wellbeing is coordinating the first annual Museums and Wellbeing Week will take place from 29 February to 6 March 2016. This will showcase the inspiring work museums across the UK are already doing in this field
British Association of Friends of Museums Travel Award Bursary 2016
British Association of Friends of Museums (BAFM) is an independent organisation established in 1973 for Friends, volunteers and supporters in museums, galleries and heritage sites representing more than 200,000 Friends and Volunteers across the UK.
Now and the future: review of formal learning in the museum sector
Arts Council England (ACE) has commissioned CapeUK to carry out a ‘state of the sector’ review of formal learning in museums in England – and we want to hear your views.
Research confirms that arts and culture help combat loneliness among older people
ACE reveals new research findings showing the positive impact arts and culture can have on older people
Online tool to help VCSEs improve performance
The Cabinet Office, supported by the Big Lottery Fund is launching an online tool aimed at helping voluntary, community, and social enterprise organisations improve their performance and sustainability.
The Extend Leadership Programme 2016-17
The Extend Leadership Programme is open to applicants working in learning and education roles in the arts, museums and libraries who meet the eligibility criteria. Now in its sixth year, Extend was developed in response to the under-representation of lear
Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing
In a unique project where older people were trained as co-researchers to look into the ‘age-friendliness’ of cities, sociologists from The University of Manchester have found social inclusion to be the secret to ageing well – while age
Arts Council England Consultation
ACE are consulting on proposals for the next funding period from 2018. They have published a set of proposals here and would like to engage as many people as possible in a conversation to help shape them further.
Big Lottery Grants - 'Reaching Communities'
Grants are available for projects which encourage voluntary and community organisations to identify their own local ideas for funding. It will support projects that improve the quality of life in communities across England, offering help where it is most
Deadline for Esmee Fairbairn Collections Fund is fast approaching... (23rd March!)
Grants of between £20,000 and £100,000 are available to museums, galleries and heritage or-ganisations for projects that include research into collections, conservation, collections review and initiatives to develop the use of collections.
A note from 'Heritage Insider' about their workshop tour
"We haven’t done it for a while, but we’re back on tour starting in May. Heritage Insider are travelling up the spine of the country through to September delivering our super new workshops and some of the old favourites too...."
Register with Culture24 for the next Museum at Night festival
The next Museums at Night event registration deadline ahead of the May 2016 festival is next Friday 18 March.
Museums + Heritage Awards for Excellence 2016 - shortlist announced
The deadline for the 2016 Museums + Heritage Awards for Excellence has now passed, and they received record breaking entries! The hundreds of entries have now been whittled down to a shortlist.
Art Fund offers more than acquisition grants
For over 100 years, the Art Fund has been helping museums and galleries purchase art for their collections. Now, it is also investing in curatorial support beyond acquisition grants. Here...
Have your say: What are the skills and attributes needed by the UK’s museum workforce in the future?
Arts Council England, together with Museums Galleries Scotland, the Museums Association and the Association of Independent Museums have commissioned BOP Consulting and The Museum Consultancy to undertake a major study that takes a forward look at the skil
Have your say: The Impact of Charging Museum Admission: New AIM Research Survey And Study
AIM has just launched a sector wide survey which is the first part of vital research into the impact of charging for admissions on museums and heritage sites.
Call for Papers: Risk and Reward: Enabling a Culture of Innovation
Oxford University Museums are looking for presentations from colleagues working in museums and cultural organisations on how they encourage their staff to be more innovative and take risks.
Cultural Education Challenge Resources
The Cultural Education Challenge is Arts Council England's call for the art, culture and education sectors to work together in offering a consistent, and high quality, art and cultural education for all children and young people.
Government launches strategy to help ensure the arts, culture and heritage are open to all
Ed Vaizey announces the Culture White Paper, which is the first strategy for arts and culture in more than 50 years.
Royal Society for Public Health call for papers for arts and dementia conference
The RPSH's call for papers for the first international research conference on arts and dementia to be held at the Royal Society for Public Health, 9-10 March 2017 in London.
Are you ready for Dementia Awareness Week?
This year's Dementia Awareness Week, 15 – 21 May, will encourage people who are worried about dementia to confront their worries by addressing dementia directly and coming to Alzheimer's Society for information and support.
The Elridge Trust offers grants to museums and galleries for school trips
The Trust makes a limited number of grants to museums and galleries for projects aimed at encouraging young people up to university age to enjoy and appreciate art. These grants may be up to some £5,000 a year for several years running.
Sharing learning from Share Academy: The Future of Collaboration II
Disseminating learning about museum:university partnerships.
Are you ready for Volunteers Week 2016?
Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK – and it’s taking place from the 1-12 June 2016.
Opportunity to join Museum Designation Panel
Arts Council England is seeking to recruit five new members of the Designation Panel to take up positions from August 2016
Art Fund curatorial development opportunity: ICA Film Biennial
Bursary places for museum professionals at 2016 ICA Artists' Film Biennial
Grants for School Trips
The Eridge Trust is offering grants of up to £3,000 for educational visits to museums & galleries - apply by 31st May 2016
The HLF Skills for the Future grant programme is back!
Skills for the Future is a grants programme for projects which provide paid work-based training placements in the heritage sector.
Leverhulme Trust Artist in Residence Grants
Funding of up to £15,000 for museum/artist collaborations. Deadline 18 August 2016.
How will the new Charities Act affect your Charity?
The Cabinet Office has published a timetable that explains when the different sections of the new Charities Act are going to take effect.
Collections Trust publish tips for increasing access to museum storage
On their blog, the Collections Trust publish regular updates and useful guidance on a wide range of subjects surrounding museum documentation. From an introduction to their outreach programme, which...
Arts Council England announce new funding approach
Arts Council England stakeholders shape new funding for arts and culture sector
Be part of Fun Palaces 2016: Year of the Maker
Fun Palaces is an annual, free, nationwide celebration of arts and culture, driven by localism,
£10 million Community Business Fund re-opens for applications
Open until 31 August awarding grants between £50,000 and £300,000 to help existing community businesses implement projects to make them more sustainable.
The Community Business Peer Network Programme
Are you an existing peer network that wants to help community businesses connect? The Power to Change Peer Network Programme is offering grants of up to £75,000.
Update from Creative Europe Desk UK on the outcome of the EU referendum
No immediate material changes to the current arrangements for those who have successfully applied, are currently being assessed, or are planning to apply for Creative Europe funding in 2016 and 2017.
HLF launches new funding schemes
The Heritage Lottery Fund is launching a new £8million annual investment programme to help organisations and partnerships build their resilience, and a £15million scheme to help put culture at the heart of successful communities.
AIM Biffa Award: History Makers £1 million Funding Programme Is Open
The AIM Biffa Award funded ‘History Makers – People who helped to shape our world’ £1 million funding programme is now
AIM Hallmarks Awards Round Two in England And Wales - Now Open
AIM has opened applications for Round Two of the AIM Hallmarks Awards. Grants will be available in sums of between £5,000 and £15,000
Culture 24 News
Museums at Night (Autumn festival) and Lets Get Real, a young audiences action research opportunity
The Big Draw invites you to get involved in this national campaign!
Find out how museums can take part in the world's largest celebration of drawing!
Muso: Singing Treasures To Life - a new show for museums from Impropera
Improvised opera company Impropera is seeking museum partners for its new Arts Council England-supported show Muso. Muso is an exciting new project that aims to inspire and develop a new level of...
Arts Marketing Association's Future Proof Museums
You are invited to apply for a place on the AMA’s intensive strategic change programme for museums. Apply by 24th November 2016
Jodi Awards: Call for Submissions.
The call for applications for the 2017 Jodi Awards is now open – the deadline for submitting an application is by close of Friday 27 January 2017.
Survey on the Governance Needs of Arts Organisations and Museums
What are the priority issues for Boards/Trustees of arts organisations and museums? What is working well? How might governance be strengthened?
Museums + Heritage Awards for Excellence is now open for entries
Get recognition for your projects and apply now!
Museums + Heritage Awards - Application Deadline
Looking to apply for the Museum + Heritage Awards, apply by the 1st February 2017
Survey - Measuring the Intangible: Performance Management of Museum Employees
Take part in a survey which evaluates employee performance management systems in museum organisations
Funding for charities to develop an effective web presence
The Transform Foundation has funding available to help charities to develop an effective web presence
MA Transformers 2017-18 applications now open
If you have an idea and want to influence change in museums and for yourself then Transformers could be for you!
Largest national programme on Future of Volunteering for museums launches
A two-year Arts Council England-funded programme to help museums attract the next generation of volunteers is launching with two regional seminars in London and the North West in January.
Venues sought for Euclid Seminar: Brexit and EU funding
Euclid is running an ongoing series of events combining an update of the background and likely options for Brexit,
RelevantNow: PR support, free for charities
Create your own media list, get help writing a release/social media post, and then distribute it fast and easily.
ACE to undertake light-touch review of Museum Accreditation scheme
During 2017, the Arts Council and our UK Accreditation Partners will be undertaking a light-touch review of certain aspects of the Museum Accreditation scheme.
The V&A Professional Development programme for Spring/Summer 2017 is now available
The V & A continue to share its expertise through their new season of training events
Apply for one of 30 funded places offered by the Art Fund
Following the success of their 2016 programme of training courses for curators, The Art Fund have once again teamed up with the Whitechapel Gallery to offer a new series of professional development courses to curators and museum professionals.
Apply for the Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grants Programme
This programme provides funding for travel and other practical costs to help curators undertake collection and exhibition research projects in the UK or abroad.
A free online short course,"The Art of Wellness: Visual Arts and Health" from the University of Tasmania
In “The Art of Wellness” students will learn how visual art practices are used in expressive therapies, community healthcare initiatives, and enhancing community health benefits. Central...
‘Navigating the Art Market course’ from Art Fund and Sotheby’s
Fully-funded places on this course which aims to develop a practical understanding of the art market.
Knowledge Exchange Programme 2017 Call for Partners
The British Museum is seeking five new partner museums to participate in its annual Knowledge Exchange programme for 2017.
Join The British Museum in marking the 20th anniversary of the Treasure Act
The British Museum’s Portable Antiquities Scheme is encouraging museums in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to mark the 20 year anniversary of the Treasure Act by celebrating a ‘summer season of Treasure’ in 2017
The National Alliance for Museums, Health & Wellbeing announce new events
Find out about the latest Health and Wellbeing Events, part of the Health and Wellbeing Week, 6 - 12 March. List your museum's events.
MA publishes Manifesto for Tolerance and Inclusion
The manifesto provides museums with a statement on ethical values and practical actions in a changing social and political landscape
ICOMOS-UK’s Intangible Cultural Heritage Committee secures ACE funding for its innovative project- ‘Exploring Intangible Cultural Heritage in Museum Contexts’
Selected South East Museums will benefit from ACE funded project looking at the intangible benefits of collections
'Extraordinary art in unexpected places' open call for new ideas from @Artangel #artangeleverywhere deadline 30 April 2017.
Call for Papers: Digital Learning in Museums, Oxford University Museums & Digital Learning Network Conference
Share your experiences on digital in terms of learning strategies and sustainability at this partnership conference!
National Trust Open million pound conservation studio at Knole House
Knole House, Kent will now be able to clean, repair and treat objects all year round at this state of the art facility
20 Years of the Treasure Act
2017 marks the 20th Anniversary of the Treasure Act, and also the advent of the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS). Although the Act was passed in 1996 it did not commence until 24 September 1997; it applies to archaeological finds fulfilling the definitio
Study conservation at West Dean College
West Dean College is part of The Edward James Foundation, a charitable trust which was set up to promote education in conservation and creative arts
CALL FOR PARTNERS – Object Journeys project 2017/18, The British Museum
The British Museum are currently seeking a new museum partner to work with us on the third community collaboration project Object Journeys, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Investment opportunity for Museums and Heritage organisations to develop, deliver and embed Arts Award
Artswork, the South East Bridge, is seeking responses from Museum and Heritage organisations to bid for up to £2500
Creative United announce that Prosper, a new, ACE funded business support programme for the arts, museums and libraries is now open for applications!
An opportunity for around 70 organisations to receive business advice, workshops, and masterclasses
Opportunities from the British Museum
Call for Papers, workshops and partnership opportunities for museums across the region
'Museums in the UK' report from the Museums Association
The report summarises details on museum finances, audiences, outreach, the museum workforce and the economic impact of museums, based on our recent survey of over 450 museums across the UK.
MA launch its ‘Mentoring for All’ scheme
Mentoring for All is a pilot mentoring scheme that will run across England and Scotland from June to November 2017.
Culture24 are looking for museums to help with research into after-hours events and extended opening
Does your museum have experience in opening late and can help feed into this research? If so please complete the short survey!
SPECTRUM 5.0 consultation draft
SPECTRUM is the UK collection management standard that is also used around the world. Here you can find a consultation draft of the next version – SPECTRUM 5.0. Please take a look and let Collections Trust have your comments and questions by Monday
ABTEM Larger & Working Objects Guidelines – Call For Interested Parties
The Association of British Transport & Engineering Museums (ABTEM) has recently appointed the International Railway Heritage Consultancy (IRHC) to work with them to produce new guidelines for museums and private collectors with larger and working obje
Bursaries available for the AMA conference 2017, 'The Value of Everything'
The Arts Marketing Association (AMA) conference 2017, 'The Value of Everything', will bring together 600+ arts, culture and heritage professionals to consider relevant emerging ideas, current trends and existing practice.
Bursaries available for the ArtFund's 'Art in the Public Realm' workshop
Bursaries available to museums to attend the Art Fund’s Curatorial Practice Workshop, led by Fatos Ustek, will bring together a range of arts and museum professionals to explore current issues facing art in the public realm. Applications are open t
Applications open for Future Proof Museums 3
Future Proof Museums is an intensive development programme proven to facilitate transformational change and significantly improve the resilience of museums across England.
Nesta Arts Impact fund available
The Arts Impact Fund brings together public, private and charitable funding to demonstrate the potential and impact of social investment in the arts
The a-n launch Exhibition Payment Guidance for Museums working with Visual Artists
Museums and visual artists are increasingly working together and it’s easy to see why: for artists museums provide a unique opportunity to engage with rich and unusual contexts, while museums benefit from the reinterpretation of their collections,
TEG Lending and Borrowing Survey 2017
Complete the TEG Lending and Borrowing Experiences Survey 2017 and win a Touring Exhibitions Group (TEG) Preparing to Borrow workshop place and travel bursary.
ACE Accreditation Review Update
Here is the latest update from the Arts Council England about the review of Museum Accreditation: 'In January this year we announced that we will be undertaking a review of certain aspects of the...
Better Community Business Network grant initiative Term 3 deadline: August 21st 2017
Launched in September 2014, BCBN’s Grant Initiative aims to provide small third-sector grant awards to empower charities and local community projects.
Postcode Community Trust Deadline: 28 August, for stage 1 expressions of interest
Communities are at the heart of Postcode Community Trust. PCT aims to fund projects that enhance community cohesion through activities that bring people together and enhance a community’s identity.
Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund first round deadline 14 September 2017.
A programme designed to provide regional museums and museum visitors with increased access to national museum and gallery collections.
HLF Skills for the Future: Digital Heritage Discovery skills survey
Deadline Monday 31 July. The Digital Heritage Discovery that if successful will invest in a new generation of diverse museum professionals to equip them with a dynamic understanding of digital data management, preservation and access practices relating to
Are you an example of good practice in the Care of Larger and Working objects?
ABTEM (The Association of British Transport and Engineering Museums) is pleased to inform you that they ave now completed the first draft of the revised Guidelines for the Care of Larger and...
Takeover Day is taking place on 17 November 2017, will you be taking part?
Kids in Museums to run two free events & takeover surgeries open to museums, galleries, archives or heritage sites.
Second sector-wide National Alliance for Museums Health and Wellbeing (NAMHW) survey
Take part! A museum & heritage sector survey which maps existing practice around health and wellbeing activities
Arts Award Access Fund
Grants of between £100-£1500 to Arts Award centres working on Arts Award projects with young people for whom access and inclusion is an issue. Deadline 20 October 2017.
MUPI Research Matchmaker project: please complete our short survey
Help to shape a new digital digital platform matching up academic researchers with curators of exciting but under-researched museum collections.
Britain on Film on Tour
Britain on Film on Tour is a brand new series of archive film programmes for your cinema, film club, museum, archive, or community space.
Call for papers: Second Arts in Health Conference and Showcase Deadline 30 November
Showcase your work at an event to provide healthcare professionals with inspiration about the power of the arts to improve people's lives.
Could you bag the prize at the Museums + Heritage Awards 2018?
These Awards celebrate best practice within the world of museums, galleries, cultural and heritage visitor attractions, attracting hundreds of entries which battle it out to win one of 11 prestigious awards.
New Interreg France Channel England Micro Project call opening in 3 months: €150 million still available!
Are you a local authority, SME, charity or other small organisation looking for funding? Partner up across the Channel to access this great funding opportunity.
Nominations open – The Emcees – Arts & Culture Awards for Excellence in Fundraising 2018
Designed to celebrate the outstanding efforts of arts and culture fundraisers, we need you to nominate the campaigns, partnerships, individuals and organisations that truly deserve to be recognised.
Arts Council announce museum & gallery exhibition tax credit briefings
In March 2018, ACE will be hosting a series of briefing events across England to support museums and galleries to understand and benefit from the Museum and Gallery Exhibitions Tax Relief.
Tate Announce 'Sharing Works of Art' Workshops for Museums
The training will be delivered across two days and will aim to explore a deeper understanding of the principles of collection management and how to bring judgement to their application.
Historic England launch a project looking at the sustainability of archaeological archives in museum storage.
They will be looking for people responsible for archaeological collections and charge for the transfer of archaeological archives to participate
A new guide is now available to help museums diversify their audiences
Open Up is a new collaborative platform which contains a step by step guide to broadening your audience!
Museums as spaces for wellbeing free online course
This course is aimed at providing advice, tools and guidance on the steps to take in order to develop, deliver and evaluate health and wellbeing work within a museum, heritage or cultural organisation.
Royal Society launches Places of Science fund for small museums
The Royal Society is launching a new funding scheme to enable small museums across the UK engage their communities in local science stories.
Historic England release Heritage and Society report
Heritage and Society is produced each year by Historic England on behalf of the Historic Environment Forum (HEF). This document provides the body of evidence demonstrating the importance of heritage to society.
A Manual of Maritime Curatorship
A new handbook by the Maritime Heritage Network provides a useful introduction to maritime curatorship!
Places of Science
The Places of Science scheme is providing grants of up to £3,000 to small museums.
Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund 2018 open for applications
The Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund has opened for its second round of applications!
Grants Of Up To £12,000 Now Available From The AIM Hallmarks Awards
AIM members in England can now apply for a grant of up to £12,000 through the new AIM Hallmarks Awards.
Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund
Museums, galleries and heritage organisations from across the UK can apply for a grant of between £20,000 and £120,000 for a project lasting up to three years.
Professional development at the V&A
The V&A are offering 20 courses between September and January, each led by expert V&A staff members.
The National Gallery Masterpiece Tour
The National Gallery Museum Tour offers the opportunity for three non-London venues to exhibit the Masterpiece as well as receiving a contribution towards related marketing and public programme costs.
Working together to protect museums and collections at risk
Yesterday (18 September) Arts Council England, with a group of key funding, development and membership bodies for the museums and heritage sector, published a joint statement on museums and collections at risk.
Introducing Beacon: a new programme for Chairs leading smaller charities
The Association of Chairs will soon be launching their ‘Beacon’ Programme, a new National Lottery-funded programme for Chairs and Vice Chairs of smaller charities (with an annual income of under £1 million) across England.
Nesta launch 'Amplified'
Nesta are offering £10,000 of grant funding to cultural and creative organisations to develop digital ideas
Audience Broadening Initiative – Art UK
Research commissioned by Art UK in 2016 aimed to test and capture the learning from different approaches to engaging 16- to 24-year olds and BAME users online. Their report has now been released.
Anim18: A Celebration of British Animation
Anim18 want to see your animations, whether you are a beginner or a pro, you can enter your animations and win a prize.
ACE “What is Resilience Anyway?”
Arts Council England commissioned Golant Media and The Audience Agency to carry out research seeking answers to three questions.
Museums + Heritage Awards 2019
Applications to the Museums + Heritage Awards 2019 are now open. There are 14 categories open for applications!
Ridge - Buildings Health & Safety Compliance Review Presentation
Facilities Management Peer Development Group was established for people working in museums who have specific responsibility for the maintenance and management of buildings and associated facilities
Arts Council England (ACE) Museums and Schools Programme Evaluation
An independent evaluation of the Programme, commissioned by Arts Council, provides an overview of its impact over the first six years of activity
New toolkit: Understanding your Audiences
Arts Council England (ACE) are now launching the Impact and Insight Toolkit, which will help you understand your audiences better and build a picture of your cultural impact over time.
Funding opportunity: John Ellerman Foundation - Museums and Galleries Fund
Aiming to help strengthen regional museums and galleries in the UK.
Arts Council England (ACE) Free Toolkit: Self-Evaluation
ACE have produced a free toolkit for self-evaluation!
OF/BY/FOR ALL Release Community Issue Exhibition Toolkit
OF/BY/FOR ALL are proud to present this toolkit to all who are interested in launching a project that ignites community action around a specific local issue.
Society for Museum Archaeology (SMA) Guidance for the Rationalisation of Museum Archaeology Collections
The SMA, with funding from Historic England, have now published new guidance on the rationalisation of archaeology collections.
Save the Date! Museum Hour by South East Museum Development (Monday 26 November at 8pm)
Our very own Samantha Bowen, MDO for Kent & Medway, will be running a Museum Hour on Twitter on all things SEND and Museums.
Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Teacher Development Fund
Each year, this fund awards around five grants or up to £150,000 each to partnerships of arts/cultural organisations and up to ten schools, who will work together for two academic years.
Art Fund, Museum of the Year Award
The Art Fund wants to hear more about the innovative and creative activities happening in museums across the regions.
Society for Museum Archaeology Resources and Training Project (SMART)
The Society for Museum Archaeology (SMA) has secured £49,413 from Arts Council England and will deliver a workshop and pilot mentoring programme in the South East.
Your chance to feed back on the Culture is Digital report!
As part of gathering evidence, the taskforce has created a short survey asking about digitisation
Art Fund and Association of Art Museum Curators Foundation Conference Travel Fellowship
The Fellowship will support eight UK-based curators to participate fully in AAMC’s 2019 Conference in New York City in May 2019, including significant additional funding to support follow-up activities
The Extend Leadership Programme 2019–20
The Extend Leadership Programme is open to applicants working in in learning and education roles in the arts and cultural sectors.