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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.
South of England Museums and Mentoring Conference 2017 - open for booking
Join us at the third South of England Museums and Mentoring Conference, jointly with SWMDP, Inspiring a Culture of Philanthropy, Museums Association and Collections Trust.
Horniman offers free loans to South East Museums
Object in Focus: Free short-term loans from the Horniman Museum & Gardens
You are invited to contribute to this '5 ways to well-being' for museum staff - twitter campaign
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.
Museums learning from successful arts business models: get involved!
Expressions of interest to be partnered with a successful arts organisation through a peer-to-peer approach, supported with seed funding, are now open - closing at 9am on Monday 20 June 2016.
So you always meant to be a Mentor…
Many of the smaller, usually voluntary-sector museums in our region don’t have the resources to employ museum professionals. This is where Museum Accreditation Mentors come in.
‘Museums and Artists Working Together’ learning day in Kent
The ‘Museums and Artists Working Together’ learning day was a unique opportunity to bring two cultural sectors together for an open discussion about how they interact. The aim of the day was to create a set of rules (or manifesto), based on o
The Kent Museums Group wants your feedback
Kent Museums Group (KMG) has been serving museums and associated individuals since the late 1970's and is now undertaking a review of its role, which services it should now deliver, and a significant improvement in the benefits to its membership.
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.
Hampshire Solent Open Forum 2016 - ACE praises local museums for strong partnership ethos
The Forum took place on Monday, 1 February 2016 at Milestones Museum in Basingstoke. At the annual gathering of all museums in the sub-region, this was an opportunity to catch up with colleagues and peers, and find out about Museum Development plans for t
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.
Call for Papers - The 2016 Photographic Materials Working Group
The Rijksmuseum Amsterdam and the Photographic Materials Working Group of ICOM-CC are pleased to announce a Call for Papers for the 2016 Photographic Materials Working Group Interim Meeting, scheduled for 21 – 24 September 2016 in Amsterdam, the Ne
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
Voices of Culture: Call for Applications: Intercultural Dialogue Brainstorming Session
Voices of Culture is a process established to create exchanges between civil society stakeholders in the cultural field and the European Commission. Within the "structured dialogue between the European Commission and the Cultural Sector" cultural professi
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Heritage Lottery Fund launch new forum for ideas exchange
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has launched a new general online forum which will act as a mechanism for asking questions, exchanging ideas, discussing common issues, sharing learning and celebrating successes.
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 email@example.com.
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....
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.
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
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
We're funding a Hampshire Chamber of Commerce membership - apply now!
We are funding a one-year membership of Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, one of the biggest regional business networks in the country and Hampshire's leading business organisation, for a Hampshire museum.
Funded place for a Hampshire Solent museum at Business South 'Leisure and Tourism' Breakfast Briefing 12 June 2015
This month, we are working with Business South to offer funded place at a special Leisure and Tourism breakfast briefing in Southampton on 12 June.
LAINet news from Eileen Clegg: planning the future programme
News update from the Hampshire Solent museums Learning, Access and Interpretation Network. Get involved!
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.
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.
South Region Conservation Network visit to Royal Armouries Fort Nelson
The South Region Conservation Network chose 'Conservation for Military Collections' as the topic of its Spring 2015 meeting on 12 March, which was attended by...
The first Swale Heritage Forum gets off to a great start
On Saturday 7th March, over 50 people from across the district of Swale came together for the first Swale Heritage Forum, managed and led by the Swale Museums Group. Chair of Swale Museums...
Hampshire Solent Museums Open Forum: 'It was great to find out what was going on and meet lots of interesting people.'
There was a great turnout and a really friendly, sharing atmosphere at last week's Hampshire Solent Museums Open Forum.
Join the Hampshire Solent Museum Development Advisory Panel
Due to the relocation of one of our members out of the area, there is now a vacancy. We are looking for well informed and forward thinking individuals from the Hampshire Solent area. Anyone who has five years' recent museum experience as paid staff, volun
Opportunity for Kent museums to work with Belgium partners
Kent County Council, with their Belgium parnters, the West Flanders Regional Government, are looking to submit an application for European funding to develop a Great War project that brings schools and museums together through the use of digital technolog
Exploring 'Gateways to the First World War'
On Friday 16th January, over 50 of us gathered at the University of Kent to hear from the 'Gateways' team. We heard from Dr Sam Carroll, Community Heritage Researcher, who introduced the...
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.
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.
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.
Great discussions had at the Imperial War Museum's FWW ‘Lessons Learned’ Partnership Meeting
On the 23rd October IWM led a Partnership meeting at Chatham Historic Dockyard for members in the South East.
Meet HLF - find out about grants of up to £50,000 for your museum's work with young people
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...
South Region Conservation Network news from Karen Wardley: visit to Southampton City Art Gallery and SeaCity Museum
Karen Wardley, Collections Manager (Access and Care) at Southampton City Council Arts and Heritage and a member of the South Region Conservation Network, provides an update on the network's...
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...
LAINet news from Clare Barnes: 'Museums for All' seminar at Basing House
Clare Barnes, Learning Officer at the Mary Rose Museum and a member of Hampshire Solent LAINet (Learning Access and Interpretation Network) steering group, provides an update on the latest LAINet...
New Kent Museums Group website launched
The new KMG website was launched last month at the network's general meeting held in Ashford. The Chairman, John Harrison, presented the new website, giving members a demonstration of the...
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....
Gateways to the First World War - regional schedule of events
'Gateways to the First World War' is one of five Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded centres designed to enhance public engagement to mark the centenary of the conflict....
Open seats at Hampshire Solent Museum Development Advisory Panel meeting 8 October 2014
The next meeting of the Advisory Panel takes place on the morning of 8 October in Portsmouth.
Object in Focus: Free short-term loans from the Horniman Museum & Gardens
'Object in Focus' is a project funded by Arts Council England to proactively loan out objects to museums and non-museum venues. Its aim is to increase access to the Horniman's stored...
South & East Museum Federation AGM Update
Cambridge Study day — New Audiences, New Developments (Museum of Cambridge, Kettles Yard and the Cambridge Museum of Technology) Coming to the AGM? – Enough for many people to make their...
New Museums Association rep for the South East
We are delighted to hear that Janita Bagshawe, Director of the Royal Pavilion and Museums, is now the Museums Association representative for the South East. A note from Janita:...
Sharing good practice in Kent & Medway through Museum2Museum sessions
Opportunities to hear from your fellow museum colleagues from across the county.
LAINet news from Clare Barnes: Kids in Museums Takeover Day sharing event at the Mary Rose Museum
Clare Barnes, Learning Officer at the Mary Rose Museum and a member of the LAINet (Learning Access and Interpretation Network) steering group, provides an update on the Kids in...
University of Kent launches 'Gateways to the First World War' and want to hear from you
'Gateways to the First World War', is one of five Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded centres designed to enhance public engagement to mark the centenary of the conflict....
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...
Isle of Wight museums work together for sustainability
Partnership workshop develops plans for collaboration
Dover Museums & Arts Group 'Grants for the Arts' project application success
Dover Museums & Arts Group (DMAG) and Dover Arts Development (DAD) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded funding by Arts Council England and Kent County Council for a new project....
Peer Development Groups launched
Three groups underway. Still openings to join 'Collections care' and 'Display and interpretation'
Hampshire Military Museums Network plans for the future
Strong commitment to shared learning, events and collaboration
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...
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...
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. ...
Hampshire Solent panel welcomes new Chair and Vice Chair and looks back on a productive first year
Welcome Chair Paul Griffiths of the Mary Rose Museum and Vice Chair Corina Westwood of Isle of Wight Heritage Service. Warm thanks to inaugural Chair Emily Leach.
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...
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...
LAINet news from Clare Barnes: Hampshire Solent museums and the new Primary History curriculum
Clare Barnes, Learning Officer at the Mary Rose Museum and a member of the LAINet (Learning Access and Interpretation Network) steering group, provides an update on what LAINet has...
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...
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...
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...
Museum2Museum collection care session at the Powell Cotton Museum a great success
On Monday 17th March, 12 museum staff and volunteers from across the county joined the team at the Powell Cotton Museum for their first Museum2Museum sharing skills session. The day began with Sarah...
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....
Hampshire Solent 'Digital Narratives' project update
Put Monday 7 April 2014 in your diary if you'd like to be involved! We're delighted to announce that further to our request for proposals, Dhyaan Design have been appointed as providers...
Great networking and sharing opportunity had at 'Why Work With Artists - Why Work With Museums?' session
Held on Monday 17th February, the day saw staff and artists from Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery talk through their experiences of creative collaboration, from the commissioning...
The South and East Museum Federation announce their Feb-July 2014 programme
The programme includes visits to Letchworth Garden City, Oxford and Cambridge and a chance for you to see interesting developments in our region. These events are free to members. If you would like...
'Frontline Kent' Plans for commemorating the First World War Centenary in Kent are coming together
As many of you know, last March the Museum Development Programme in Kent & Medway held a First World War themed networking session (with a follow up held in November). ...
Thank you to all who took part in the Hampshire Solent Museums Open Forum
This week's Hampshire Solent Museums Open Forum drew nearly 50 people to Winchester's Guildhall. After a very thought-provoking keynote from our special guest David Anderson, director general...
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...
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...
LAINet working group first meeting in January
Learning, Access and Interpretation Network working group will plan 2014 programme
'Frontline Kent' - share your First World War plans with the nation
The Kent & Medway Museum Development Programme has been working with Visit Kent, Culture24 and the Imperial War Museum to devise a 'one stop' events form to capture all your plans for the...
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...
Can you help BBC South East Today?
BBC South East Today reporter, Sara Smith, is working on their coverage to mark 100 years since the start of WWI - and wants to hear from you. Sara is currently putting together a short piece on...
Call to Action: Share and update the Kent & Medway FWW timeline
Rob Illingworth, Service Development Librarian - Local History, from KCC Libraries, Registration and Archives, and his team of volunteers have been busily researching the archives to find...
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....
Fantastic turnout for First World War Centenary networking event
Over a hundred people from arts and heritage organisations across the sub-region packed Winchester's Guildhall for the Hampshire Solent Museum Development Programme's First World War Centenary networking event.
Successful networking at FWW in Kent & Medway update session
The Museum Development Programme for Kent & Medway held a successful First World War update session at the Royal Engineers Museum, Library & Archive on Monday 4th November. The session was...
Museums Association Conference & Exhibition 2013: Hampshire Solent In-Train Networking Special
Make the most of conference - build local connections before you even arrive
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...
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...
Sign up to the ‘FWW in Kent & Medway’ mailing list
In March, about 60 people from a variety of organisations, came together to start discussing their ideas for First World War Commemorations. Since then, we have established a Steering Group, 3...
Archaeology in Museums
On Friday 8th February, 16 delegates from museums, big and small, and from various archaeology trusts and societies, joined us at Maidstone Museum for a session on archaeology. Jennifer Jackson,...