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Accreditation Briefing Session
What’s new in Accreditation? Come and find out in this briefing session on the new Accreditation Standard with Sarah Brown from Collections Trust and Kate Hebditch, SEMDP Accreditation Adviser.
50 More Years of Egham Museum
The Egham Museum Trustees are delighted to announce that The Egham Museum has received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £93,000 for an exciting heritage project
Hampshire Cultural Trust visit the House of Lords for round table discussion on Arts, Health and Wellbeing
Charlotte Slinger, Community Projects Manager for Hampshire Cultural Trust, was invited to the House of Lords on Monday 25 February, along with Helen Dove from partner organisation Hampshire Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services
Chiddingstone Castle's Photography and Interpretation Project Update
Chiddingstone Castle have started the process of digitising their diverse collection as part of their Photography and Interpretation project.
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.
The Royal Sussex County Hospital Heritage Project
As part of their National Lottery Heritage Funded project, Royal Sussex County Hospital: A People’s History from 1828, The Royal Sussex County Hospital are looking for volunteers to support the project.
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
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
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.
Museums accredited this month!
Whether they have been re-accredited or newly accredited, we list the museums accredited this month
Year of the SE Museum Trustee, 2019
All SE museums’ trustees are invited to sign up to a programme of monthly local news alerts and governance-related training, tailored to meet your museum’s needs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Applications for the 2019 Oxford Cultural Leaders programme are now open
Applications are now open for Oxford Cultural Leaders 2019, the residential leadership programme designed and delivered by Oxford University’s Gardens, Libraries & Museums in partnership with the Saïd Business School.
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.
School of the Wild - Special Offer 10% off for Museums
School of the Wild is one of the South East's leading nature connection schools.
Arts Council England (ACE) Free Toolkit: Self-Evaluation
ACE have produced a free toolkit for self-evaluation!
Funding opportunity: John Ellerman Foundation - Museums and Galleries Fund
Aiming to help strengthen regional museums and galleries in the UK.
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.
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
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
Hampshire Solent Museum Development Advisory Panel need you!
We are looking to recruit 2 new panel members from Hampshire Solent and Berkshire
Museums + Heritage Awards 2019
Applications to the Museums + Heritage Awards 2019 are now open. There are 14 categories open for applications!
ACE “What is Resilience Anyway?”
Arts Council England commissioned Golant Media and The Audience Agency to carry out research seeking answers to three questions.
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.
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.
Sustainable Business Partnership CIC, East Sussex
Grants of up to £1000 to cover 40% of the cost of an energy efficiency project, such as LED lighting, insulation or heating controls are available to businesses, social enterprises or charities
Nesta launch 'Amplified'
Nesta are offering £10,000 of grant funding to cultural and creative organisations to develop digital ideas
Study Day - St Albans Museum and Gallery
Join the South and East Museums Federation to explore the newly opened St Albans Museum and Gallery.
Upcoming Arts Award training in Kent (2018/19)
Arts Award advisers are key to the success of Arts Award and they are offering courses throughout the year.
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.
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.
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.
Volunteering Opportunity: Do Some Time at the Old Police Cells Museum
Brighton & Hove’s very own police museum is looking for volunteers to help explore the area’s history of keeping the peace.
Can the University of Brighton help your organisation with consultancy/research resources?
The University of Brighton, the Brighton Business School now has a module that aims to help final year students develop their employability and consultancy skills through the completion of a business/consultancy project.
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.
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.
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.
Special Schools and Museum Toolkit
South East Museum Development are proud to launch a practical guide to accessible and inclusive museum experiences for special schools and SEND families
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!
Places of Science
The Places of Science scheme is providing grants of up to £3,000 to small museums.
A Manual of Maritime Curatorship
A new handbook by the Maritime Heritage Network provides a useful introduction to maritime curatorship!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
Tunbridge Wells Cultural & Learning Hub project has been granted £4.3 million funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund
The Heritage Lottery Fund to give grant for cultural and learning Hub in Royal Tunbridge Wells!
Free conservation equipment & environmental monitoring equipment available now for South East Museums
South East Museum Development has conservation equipment to loan and materials available for free! Only for South East Museums!
We're pleased to announce the publication of the South East Museum Development Programme's Cultural Partnerships Toolkit
Our 'Cultural Partnerships Toolkit' is now live and available to download from our resource Library, packed with useful tools, frameworks and event ideas, plus loads of links to further information/inspiration.
Artsmark Partnership Programme
Be part of an Arts Council England endorsed network of organisations who are devoted to bring great arts and cultural opportunities to children and young people.
Creative Genius - ideas, innovation and industry that changed the world. List your events and exhibitions for free!
What's in your collections that connects to Hampshire's contribution to design, scientific, technological and industrial innovation?
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.
Raise awareness of your tourism offer with English Tourism Week
Running from 17-25 March 2018, English Tourism Week celebrates the vibrancy and quality of England’s visitor experiences and our world-renowned tourist attractions.
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.
'Queer Legacies' Conference, Royal Pavilion & Museums in Brighton on 7 March 2018
There are now only three weeks left until the 'Queer Legacies conference' at Brighton Museum!
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.
Interreg France (Channel) England programme Brexit update: organisations can continue to apply for funding in 2019 and 2020
In December 2017 negotiators from the European Union and the UK government published a joint report stating that the UK would continue to participate in the current phase of Interreg programmes (2014-2020) until their closure.
Hampshire Big Theme 2018: Creative Genius - ideas, innovation and industry that changed the world. List your events and exhibitions for free!
What's in your collections that tells the story of the county's contribution to design, scientific, technological and industrial innovation?
International Travel Grant Scheme 2018 from ICOM UK and Heritage Without Borders
The scheme enables recipients to undertake an international visit to meet with international museum colleagues and mutually share skills, expertise and experience. Deadline Monday 5 February 2018.
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.
The Winchester City Council Cultural Innovation grant scheme is open for applications
The scheme is available for festivals, cultural events and art activities taking place in the Winchester District. Emphasis should be on creating new events or for bringing exciting and innovative content to existing projects.
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.
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.
Collections Trust Copyright
Collections Trust recently ran some training sessions in the South East on Copyright. You can find out more by checking out the slides from the day.
Collections Trust Documentation Backlogs
Collections Trust recently ran some training sessions in the South East on resolving your documentation backlog. You can find out more by checking out the slides from the day.
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.
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.
Hampshire Big Theme 2018: Creative Genius - ideas, innovation and industry that changed the world. Get involved!
You don't have to be in Hampshire to have collections relevant to the county's contribution to scientific, technological and industrial innovation. What stories can your museum tell?
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.
We are running a series of Civilisations Festival Digital workshops for organisations across the UK. It’s a collaboration, sharing the expertise of the BBC’s groundbreaking digital Research and Development teams.
National Motor Museum wins major collections management award
'Keep Calm and STEAM Ahead' project has won the 2017 Collections Trust Award for its Keep CALM and STEAM Ahead project.
Ready for your Rainbow Badge? Join in our pilot partnership project with Breakout Youth
If you are interested in finding out what young people from the LGBT community think about your museum and to start a conversation about how they can help you in the future, please join-in with this pilot partnership project with Hampshire-based Breakout
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
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.
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...
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
Young Leaders 2017: European Museum Leadership Programme
Four-day leadership conference in Slovenia for museums leaders aged up to 45. Call for applications: deadline 30 July 2017.
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.
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.
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.
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council Community and Voluntary Sector Grant Award Scheme
We want to fund clearly defined projects which can demonstrate that they will help to build communities where people thrive and feel they belong.
ViL Project 2017-18
This Surrey, East & West Sussex Museum Development funded opportunity continues with our aim to support museums to develop sustainable practices in volunteer management.
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...
South East Museum Development receives new round of Arts Council Funding until 2022
Museum Development is delighted to announce it's contiuned support to museums across the South East of England!
Museum Mentor wanted at Tenterden Museum
A new opportunity has arisen for a new mentor to support Tenterden & District Museum
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.
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,
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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!
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.
'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.
Opportunities from the British Museum
Call for Papers, workshops and partnership opportunities for museums across the region
Comic Relief Community Cash Fund is now OPEN
Online grant applications of between £500-£1,000, for groups across the whole of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight is now open.
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
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
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.
CALL FOR PAPERS – British Museum Conference 2017 “Get what you give? The value and benefits of proactively lending collections”
The British Museum are seeking proposals for this year’s National Programmes conference at the British Museum on 31 August 2017, which will explore the subject of lending museum collections.
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
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
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
Free elearning course: 'What is an EU project?'
Now's the time to make the most of the European funding opportunities still available. Find out how, with this free online learning module.
Museums Hack Day event: deadline for expressions of interest 9am on Monday 8 May 2017
Apply for a place at our ‘Museums Hack Day’ event, Friday 16 June 2017! Deadline for applications 9am on Monday 8 May 2017. Six South East museums will be selected to take part.
'Extraordinary art in unexpected places' open call for new ideas from @Artangel #artangeleverywhere deadline 30 April 2017.
'Larders not Cakes and thoughts on museums in an uncertain world'
A brief summary of the keynote speech by Ken Robinson CBE at Hampshire Solent Open Forum 2017
Museums in Hampshire: Host a 'Speak Out on Dementia' poetry film screening
Interested in welcoming new visitors to your museum? Host a film screening and Hampshire Healthwatch will promote the event to attract visitors.
Free vacancy listing service from Oxford University Careers Service
Do you have a vacancy in your museum? Advertise work opportunities directly to the Oxford University talent pool free of charge!
Final call: Erasmus+ funded interns from Greece
Expression of Interest deadline 12 noon on 15 March 2017. Your museum can define the work that the student will undertake during their internship. Each student funded by an Erasmus+ scholarship can access finance for their travel, accommodation and living
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
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
British Museum International Training Programme Blog
The British Museum's International Training Programme works to develop a sustainable global network of inspired museum and heritage professionals, through sharing knowledge, skills and experiences.
Cultural Protection Fund re-opens for applications up to £2m
Projects with local partners in one or more of the Fund’s target countries in the Middle East and North Africa region for projects focussing on the protection of cultural heritage at risk due to conflict.
Please complete this short survey: Museums and creative industries - mapping cooperation
NEMO survey open until 19 Feb: purpose is to advocate for the support of capacity building, impact research and funding for great pilot projects and creative initiatives in this sector.
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.
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
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.
‘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.
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...
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.
Free Touring Exhibitions available from Guildhall Library
Guildhall Library, a public reference library specialising in the history of London, has two touring exhibitions on the Great Plague of 1665 and the Great Fire of London that are available to hire for free.
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.
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
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.
Your Opportunity to join Hampshire Solent Advisory Panel
If you have 5 years current experience of working in museums either as a member of staff, volunteer or Trustee, then this is a great chance to join us as we discuss Museum Development projects and impact throughout Hampshire Solent.
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.
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,
International Study Visit to The Netherlands - Application Deadline 18 January 2017
Share your experience of creative commercial collections and visit two very different museums in the Netherlands that have inspiring practice in creative commercial collections: the Rijksmuseum and the Zuiderzee Museum.
Promote your museum as a location at Film Expo South 2017
Raise your museum's profile as a film location at the South's premier filmmaking event
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.
British Council announces projects supported by the Cultural Protection Fund
A new £30million fund set up in partnership with DCMS in order to safeguard and promote cultural heritage at risk due to conflict overseas gives details of its first projects
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!
Funding for charities to develop an effective web presence
The Transform Foundation has funding available to help charities to develop an effective web presence
Opportunity from Artswork - Arts Award Growth in Museums, and Heritage Organisations
Bids sought from museum and heritage organisations for up to £2500 to extend and embed the delivery of Discover or Explore Arts Award in the SE region. Deadline 10 February 2017
Creative and Cultural Apprenticeships at the Learning and Training Academy, Portsmouth
New programmes enable people who are already employed to take advantage of the Government funded as part of their Continual Professional Development, subject to terms and conditions.
Survey - Measuring the Intangible: Performance Management of Museum Employees
Take part in a survey which evaluates employee performance management systems in museum organisations
Museums + Heritage Awards for Excellence is now open for entries
Get recognition for your projects and apply now!
How the Diving Museum went to visit Russia
A brief, personal account by Kevin Casey, Museum Trustee at the Diving Museum, about their recent trip to Russia
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.
Expand your workforce in Summer 2017 with an Erasmus+ funded intern from Greece
Your museum can define the work that the student will undertake during their internship. Each student funded by an Erasmus+ scholarship can access finance for their travel, accommodation and living expenses during their internship period.
Bring your museum to life with the Streetspeare Schools Project
Host a live Shakespeare performance staged by schoolchildren.
Connecting with Culture
List your museum so simple way for schools and children & young people’s organisations can connect with you!
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?
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.
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
Museum mentors! Help shape our 2017 mentor CPD event
Please complete our short survey by 10 October to make sure the CPD offered meets your needs. Conference coming up in February 2017!
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...
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!
Culture 24 News
Museums at Night (Autumn festival) and Lets Get Real, a young audiences action research opportunity
European Museum Academy Awards deadline extended to 1 December 2016
Awards honoring contemporary European history, its scientific, industrial and social heritage, and great, diverse learning opportunities.
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
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
Horniman offers free loans to South East Museums
Object in Focus: Free short-term loans from the Horniman Museum & Gardens
Call to submit Challenges: Basingstoke Hack Weekend
The aim of the hack weekend is to bring together local digital creators to tackle business challenges and devise digital solutions.
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.
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.
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.
£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.
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,
Hampshire Big Theme 2017: Jane Austen - listing your museum's events
How to benefit from the overarching marketing campaign and have your events listed on the forthcoming janeausten200.co.uk website and Visit Hampshire portal
Arts Council England announce new funding approach
Arts Council England stakeholders shape new funding for arts and culture sector
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...
Are you interested in employing a Creative Apprentice?
Looking for new ideas, a pair of extra hands and a fresh perspective? An Artswork Creative Apprenticeship might be the answer Artswork are keen to hear from employers interested in employing Creative...
Call for papers: Culture, Health and Wellbeing International Conference in Bristol June 2017
Showcase inspirational practice, policy and the latest research in culture and arts in health and wellbeing. Deadline for submissions of abstracts 20 November 2016.
Grants update from Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation
New fund offers grants of £10,000 to £30,000 to organisations working in the Solent LEP area to enable individuals with complex barriers to move closer or into employment - plus other funds open
Opportunities to be a Museum Mentor
Being a Museum Mentor is a great opportunity to broaden your skills, develop new networks and add to your continuous professional development.
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.
Call for participation: Workforce Development Conference,30th November, Brighton
Colleagues working in museums, galleries and cultural venues are invited to put forward expressions of interest to participate in a day-long conference being held at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery...
Leverhulme Trust Artist in Residence Grants
Funding of up to £15,000 for museum/artist collaborations. Deadline 18 August 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.
ACE announce further funding to help South East museums
Major loans to smaller museums across the South East could be set for a boost with the opening of round two of our Ready to Borrow scheme.
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.
Opportunity to share your story as part of Royal Holloway University's 'Citizens' project
Does your museum, archive or historical society celebrate a local hero who championed liberty, justice or democracy? Is your town or village associated with a key event, movement or figure in a wider struggle for rights? If so, then Royal Holloway Univer
V & A Museum Professional Development Courses
The V & A Learning Academy presents a number of new short courses for the heritage and museum sector
How can arts and culture improve our public services?
'Commissioning for Outcomes and Co-production' report introducing models to help public sector work collaboratively with museums and others to deliver local outcomes
Young Leaders Training Programme - Call for Applications
A training programme for young museums and cultural professionals aspiring to become leaders in their institutions/sector and drive forward necessary change
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
Art Fund curatorial development opportunity: ICA Film Biennial
Bursary places for museum professionals at 2016 ICA Artists' Film Biennial
Giving to Heritage Programme continues for another 12 months
The Heritage Alliance has announce that it has been awarded £250,000 under the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Catalyst Umbrella programme to extend Giving to Heritage for another 12...
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
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.
Exciting Opportunity to Take Part in Production from BAFTA Award-Winning Artists Group
Be part of the cast for a site-specific immersive theatre production coming to Medway
Sharing learning from Share Academy: The Future of Collaboration II
Disseminating learning about museum:university partnerships.
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.
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.
Call for Papers - European Axiell User Conference 2016
Axiell are looking for presenters for each of the sessions. If you have something to share, that you think would be of value to other users - they’d like to hear from you.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hampshire Big Theme 2017: Jane Austen - listing your museum's events
How to benefit from the overarching marketing campaign and have your events listed on the forthcoming janeausten200.co.uk website
Where can I find European partners for my museum's international work?
Tools and resources to help you connect
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.
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
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...
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.
Museums from across Kent & Medway get together to hear Museum Development Plans for 2016-17
On Tuesday 8th March, we welcomed over 40 people to the Historic Dockyard at Chatham, for the 'Kent & Medway Museum Development Forum' looking at plans for 2016-17.
ArtFund sponsored bursaries to attend Symposium: Working Together – The Impact of Artists on Institutions
The Art Fund is offering 10 bursaries for travel and admission to East Contemporary Visual Arts Network's symposium exploring the dynamic relationship between artist, curator and organisation; looking at how collaborations on new projects and commissions
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.
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...."
Kent Community Foundation - Elderly & Vulnerable Adults Themed Fund
Grants of up to £5,000 (£7,500 in exceptional circumstances) are available for local projects that address the challenges faced by elderly and other vulnerable adults, supporting people to stay well, healthy and independent and, most importantly, co
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.
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
First look at the Annual Return survey for 2014-15
Background to the South East Museums Annual Return, where it came from, how it was developed, and read a summary of 2014-15 feedback.
Interested in exploring the potential of cross-cultural working in your museum? Read our Cultural Partnerships blog
Sharing good practice in museums' cross-cultural and international work, commenting on trends in the cultural sector and disseminating learning from our projects.
AIM Launches New Hallmarks Governance Programme
To support Trustees from AIM member organisations, AIM has just launched the first in a new series of development activities as part of its overall AIM Hallmarks Governance Programme. Supported by...
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.
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
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
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
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 Kent Creative Awards - judges announce the finalists
The judges had deliverated and have shortlisted 33 finalists out of 144 entries. An annual event, the Kent Creative Awards celebrate the best in arts and culture in Kent and those who help maintain and develop the creative sector in our county.
Specialised training for museums to work with 0-2 year olds and families is now available!
Open Sesame is an early years creative learning programme for young children working with early years settings, cultural organisations and artists
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
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.
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.
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
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
AIM Hallmarks learning programmes - last chance to apply
Two new training programmes will help participants use the principles of the AIM Hallmarks of Prospering Museums to strengthen the museums they lead or work with.
Preventive Conservation offer for Surrey, Sussex, Kent and Medway museums
A new year's message from our Preventive Conservation Officer, Emily Nisbet-Hawkins, offering lots of support, advice, training and resources for museums in Surrey, Sussex, Kent & 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
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
A tribute to Sir Christopher Wallace
Lt Gen (retd) Sir Christopher Wallace was commissioned into 2nd Green Jackets (Kings Royal Rifle Corps) in 1962. In 1966 this Regiment was amalgamated into The Royal Green Jackets with whom...
Invite the Hampshire Poet to your museum
If you'd welcome a poet's fresh take on your collections, or would like to arrange an event to attract writers to your museum, this could be the opportunity for you.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
Study visit to 'Mythology' exhibition at Brading Roman Villa
Interested to learn more about successful collaboration between museums and artists? Then join us on Monday 18 January 2016 for an exclusive study visit to the exhibition 'Mythology' at Brading Roman Villa on the Isle of Wight.
Kent Creative Awards
The event will reward contributions to the cultural world of Kent from individuals and organisations that embrace creativity and will highlight the variety of creative works, projects and events created across the county that add value to local economy an
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.
Flag up your interest in attending a Mental Health First Aid course in Kent
The aim of these courses is to give everyone the knowledge and confidence to recognise signs of mental health problems, encourage someone to seek the right help, and to reduce the stigma around mental illness.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Kent County Council - Combined Members Grants
In 2015/16, each Kent County Council Member has £25,000 to allocate for community grants. These grants can support a lot of different activities.
Paul Hamlyn Foundation Arts-based Learning Fund
Grants are available for charities, community or-ganisations, social enterprises and not-for-profit companies active in the arts and working in part-nership with educational institutions.
Paul Hamlyn Foundation Access and Participation Fund
Grants are available for not-for-profit, formally constituted organisations to widen access to and deepen participation in the arts. Applications will be considered for projects that challenge ine-quality of opportunity in access to and participation in t
Postcode Community Trust Grants available for applications in January 2016
Grants from £500 to £20,000 are available to grassroots organisations, registered charities and to non-profit community businesses in England for projects that help to regenerate communities.
Contribute to the Kent Cultural Strategy
Unlocking Kent’s Cultural Potential - A Cultural Strategy 2010-2015 is coming to an end, and it is time to focus on the next chapter to secure Kent’s creative future. The proposal is to create a ten year vision for the development of arts an
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.
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
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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 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
Call for Papers: 'Objectively Speaking - the value and practice of object based teaching'
A free conference and debate to be held at the British Museum, is now looking for papers.
Collections Trust – Usability testing
The Collections Trust is currently in the planning stages of redeveloping their website and they need your input.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
Call for Papers: Selection, De-selection and Rationalisation
Day conference hosted by CIfA Archaeological Archives Group and including the AAG AGM
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.
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...
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.
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.
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
'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
'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.
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
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
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
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
Remembering Lord Montagu
Lord Montagu of Beaulieu, who died on 31 August at the age of 88, was a central figure in the changes that took place in Museums, Heritage and Tourism during his lifetime. He was a pioneer of the “Stately Home” business and independent Museum
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.
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.
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
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
Association of Independent Museums: conservation grants
Only a few days left to submit your AIM conservation grant application. Closing date is Wednesday 30th September.
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.
National Alliance for Museums, Health and Welbeing Survey
Take part! A museum & hertiage sector survey which maps existing practice around health and wellbeing activities
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.
Local authority interactive tool (LAIT)
The tool presents information in interactive tables and charts with the local authority’s rank and position in England.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Art Fund relaunches its Edible Masterpieces as competition
Edible Masterpieces challenges the public to create tasty treats inspired by their favourite work of art or cultural icon in order to raise money for museums and galleries.
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
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.
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
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.
Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson shortlisted in the national Association for Heritage Interpretation 2015 Discover Heritage Awards
Light Fever, Painting the Fort with Light project involved the creation of an exhibition of stunning images and accompanying soundscape by a group of young people from Portsmouth Autism Support Network (PASN).
Take part in our annual museum survey
We need museums to help us gather evidence to demonstrate the importance of museums both locally and regionally, to funders and stakeholders. Complete your survey now!
Display your objects at 'Blast from the Past' 21 and 22 November 2015 at Dinosaur Isle
A great opportunity to display fossils, artefacts and finds. Museums and heritage groups on either side of the Solent are invited to take part.
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.
BRAVE STEPS with Open Sesame
Host museums and cultural venues are currently being sought for Autumn 2015 for the BRAVE STEPS Development Package.
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
The Hockey Museum gains International Recognition
New partnership between The Hockey Museum & FIH Foundation
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 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.
Swale Council's WW1 Centenary Project Grant Scheme 2015-16
Swale Borough Council continues to support local community organisations, Parish and Town Council’s across the area deliver WW1 commemorative activities and projects. So far eight applications have been received in this financial year and six gra
HeadStart Kent, 'Pay if Forward' grant opportunity
Kent County Council has been piloting a project over the last year called HeadStart which has been funded by the Big Lottery. The project is designed to help equip young people to deal better with difficult circumstances in their lives and build resilienc
British Gas Energy Efficiency Fund
The British Gas Energy Efficiency Fund offers up to £5,000 (plus VAT) of energy efficiency measures at small businesses / organisations, including new boilers, LED lighting and insulation. Non-public sector run museums across the South East region shou
Funded places for Hampshire Solent museums at 'Dance and Museums' Bristol 15 September 2015
The Cultural Partnerships Officer role in the South East Museum Development Programme in Hampshire Solent enable the wider cultural sector to connect and benefit from the collaborative projects.
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
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.
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...
Help map participatory governance of cultural heritage
Help map all cultural heritage related projects, organisations and initiatives that genuinely involve the audience in its operations, management or logistics, either physically or digitally, in Europe!
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.
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
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
HLF 'First World War: Then And Now' funding strand
The First World War affected millions across the globe and shaped the world we live in. The Centenary is a chance to understand the war better, uncover its stories and explore what it means to us today.
Hampshire Solent museums: apply for funding to take part in Visitor Finder or Visitor Verdict
As announced at 'Getting to Grips with Audience Data' 5 grants of up to £100 to help your museum improve use of audience data. It's first come, first served!
Four new funding programmes from Arts Council England
Arts Council England announce that four new funding programmes have opened for applications.
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....
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
New Kent Heritage Resource Centre to open at Smarden
A new resource Centre for regional heritage groups is being established at Smarden as a result of a partnership agreement signed last week by Smarden Local History Society and Kent Archaeological Society.
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.
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.
Do you have a story for the Kent Life magazine?
If you would like to promote your museum or heritage site through a tailored article in the Kent Life magazine, written by a professional journalist, then read on.
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
International learning exchanges, webinars and more from NEMO
NEMO would like to announce the second round of capacity building activities for its members and museum professionals!
Support for your museum from Community Action Isle of Wight
New free funding search portal and help with DBS checks
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.
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.
The Kent-based 'Wheels of Time' family passport is looking for more museum participants
'The Wheels of Time' family passport is the perfect family fun activity for children to do over the summer holidays. Children and their families will be invited to pick up their passport from one of Kent's participating museums or heritage sites. They w
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
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.
Future Proof Museums
Museums of all types and sizes are invited to join this intensive change programme designed to significantly improve resilience. This programme is offered to 20 museums by Arts Marketing Association and funded by Arts Council England. Apply by 6th July.
John Ellerman Foundation Regional Museums and Galleries Fund
The Fund aims to help strengthen regional museums and galleries in the UK. The John Ellerman Foundation want to help organisations enhance and sustain curatorial development to attract a broader public.
Kent Museums and Student Volunteers networking event a great success
On Tuesday 2nd June, the Museum Development Programme and the University of Kent's School of History hosted staff and volunteers from around twenty local museums and heritage organisations in Kent. It is hoped this is the first of an annual networking an
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.
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
South East museum people recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours
Kate Arnold-Foster from Reading University, Jenny Kilbride-Roberts of Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft, Perdita Hunt, Director of Watts Gallery and Vicky Dawson of South West Fed amongst those honoured.
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
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).
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.
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.
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
PRISM Annual Report now out
Arts Council England have published their latest annual report on the PRISM fund Annual Report 2013-14.
Research and development opportunity - Creative Museums
Creative Museums are offering six museums (with less than 9 staff) a fantastic research and development opportunity to enrich experience for their audiences, regenerate their programmes and venues and develop new business opportunities.
Hampshire Big Theme 2017: Jane Austen. Get involved!
There are numerous ways to celebrate Austen’s life and writing, describing the life of people in Georgian and Regency Hampshire, and in subjects covered in her books, such as the Navy, the Church, music and dancing, food and transport!
Cultural Education Profile tool from Arts Council England updated
The Cultural Education Profile tool on the Arts Council England website has been updated. It is designed to provide organisations with easy access to a wide variety of data that will...
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.
Young Leaders – European Museum Leadership Programme
After a successful leadership pilot project 2014 in Ribnica funded by the Culture Ministry of Slovenia, an intensive leadership programme will bring together 16 young museums professionals from different countries in Europe.
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’.
Anything to feed back to the Museums Association reps meeting?
Message from Janita Bagshawe, SE Representative to the Museums Association: "There is a MA rep meeting on 26 June. If you have any news you would like to be passed on or any issues or...
Haslemere Museum volunteers awarded Queen's Award for Voluntary Service
Haslemere Educational Museum wins another award.
Complete the 2015 WIRP (Working Internationally Regional Project) survey and win a workshop place and travel bursary
Help WIRP understand the motivations that regional and local museums have for working internationally, and the barriers and challenges faced when doing so. Your information will help shape the WIRP programme of support to meet the needs of the sector.
Friends of Brading Roman Villa awarded Queen's Award for Voluntary Service
The museum, on the Isle of Wight, is supported by an active corps of volunteers from the Friends group who work to increase public awareness by promoting, supporting and assisting in the preservation and presentation of the villa, an Accredited museum.
Mary Rose Museum receives 'Special Commendation' at European Museum of the Year Award ceremony
Mary Rose Museum was the only UK museum to receive ‘Special Commendation’ following the European Museum of the Year Award 2015 announcement
Mary Rose Museum shares retail practice at US Museum Store Association conference
The Museum Store Association is an international organisation with the mission of advancing the nonprofit retail industry and the success of the professionals engaged in it by encouraging high standards of knowledge and professionalism.
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.
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.
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
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.
The Royal Opera House Bridge Annual Survey
The Royal Opera House Bridge has been providing support and advocacy for cultural learning in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Essex and North Kent since 2012. Building on the success of the first three years Arts Council England has renewed its support for t
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.
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.
Help shape the future of Kent's Community Mental Health and Wellbeing service
Kent County Council (KCC) is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of the people of Kent and to improve public health outcomes particularly in Kent’s most deprived communities.
How was Museums at Night for you?
Culture24 would love to know what your experience of Museums at Night has been like.
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.
Transformers application deadline extended to 27 May 2015
Apply now for Museums Association's Transformers programme
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.
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.
Campaign for Good Curatorship – launch and call for Committee members
The Campaign for Good Curatorship celebrates the fact that great museums need good curators.
Sign up now for a FREE 1:1 Support and Consultancy Sessions from Heritage Giving
The aim of the sessions is to assist those at all levels of heritage fundraising through tailored support and guidance from a fundraising expert. On 23rd June the fundraising expert also happens to be our digital expert so any digital queries or follow up
Museum partners sought for Kathakali and Carnival heritage project
Kala Chethena Kathakali Company, Southampton and The New Carnival Company, Isle of Wight are already on board, museum partners sought for a potential joint HLF application for a project to highlight the extraordinary heritages of Kathakali and Carnival.
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.
Changes to Accreditation advice and support mechanisms
Arts Council England is making changes to the way Accreditation advice and support are delivered to museums across England, and we are delighted to announce that museums in the South East region will...
Invitation to Lunch for Chairs of Independent Museums
AIM is inviting Chairs of Trustees from Independent Museums to a lunch event on Thursday 18th June 2015 from 11am to 1.30pm at Brunel’s ss Great Britain, Bristol. There is no charge to attend the lunch as it has been sponsored by Development Partne
LAINet news from Eileen Clegg: planning the future programme
News update from the Hampshire Solent museums Learning, Access and Interpretation Network. Get involved!
Apply to the RAISE Challenge Fund
The RAISE team is excited to be evolving the way it provides support to voluntary and community sector organisations across the South East. We are making a step change in our own approach to delivering support to help you to make a difference to people.
Kent County Council Combined Members Grants now available
Every year, Kent County Council (KCC) help community projects across Kent by using the Combined Members Grant to fund them.
Hampshire Big Theme 2016, Royal Blood. Will you take part?
The 2016 Royal Blood Big Theme is a fantastic opportunity to interpret in a creative way our links with Royal power and history in Hampshire.
Training for Arts and Cultural Professionals - Survey
Artswork would like to hear from you! As Arts Council England's Bridge Organisation for the South East, Artswork works to better connect children and young people in the region with the best possible arts and cultural experiences, in and out of school.
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
Pioneering investment fund brings social finance to the Arts and Museums
£7million Arts Impact Fund brings together public, private and philanthropic investment - new funding model will bring social investment to the Arts
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.
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.
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.
Mary Rose Museum raising profile at home and abroad
We're delighted to announce that Dr Eleanor Schofield, conservation manager at the Mary Rose Museum and coordinator of the South Region Conservation Network, has been chosen as one of...
Museums Association's Transformers programme now open for applications
The Museums Association (MA) is encouraging applications to the second year of its Transformers programme, funded by Arts Council England, which supports participants to work with their peers to test out ideas to make their organisation more resilient.
How do you welcome autism into your museum?
In a special guest blog written for AIM, Claire Madge, shares three low cost things you can do to make your museum autism friendly and welcome autistic visitors and their families and carers into your museum.
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.
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.
Cultural Property Advice
The migration of the Cultural Property Advice website into the Collections Trust's website has begun.
Museum Designation Scheme re-opened
On Wednesday 15 April the Designation Scheme was re-opened to applications.
Funded places for Hampshire Solent museums at AIM conference 2015
UPDATE 17 April 2015: All five funded places have been allocated. Conference tickets are still available from AIM. The museums sector is vibrant and well-networked, with a variety of membership bodies providing high quality conferences, seminars and train
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.
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."
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.
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.
The People's Postcode Trust - Small Grants Programme Open to Applications in the South of England
Grants range from £500 to £20,000 for organisations South East England (Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey and West Sussex).
Opportunity for Kent & Medway museums to participate in a new family friendly passport scheme
'The Wheels of Time' is the working title for the new family and children's passport scheme to encourage more visitors to your museum.
Final conference of the EU Comenius Regio project EASIER
Within the scope of the EASIER project, partners from Kent (UK) and West Flanders (Belgium) have developed a script and guide for secondary school teachers planning cross border exchanges on the theme of WWI. Kentorganisations now have the opportunity to
Third Age Creatives Meeting and Commissioned Experiments fund for Swale & Medway, Kent
On the 22nd April 2015, Ideas Test (the Arts Council funded Creative People and Places programme Swale and Medway) will hold a Third Age Creatives meeting to bring together multiple individuals and organisations who work with older people.
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
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
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.
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.
Connecting Collections Conference - Exploring digital cultural learning together
A new conference about digital cultural learning
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...
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...
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
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.
Kent museums discuss Going Digital with Nick Poole from the Collections Trust
Thirty people from across Kent & Medway museums, ranging in size, collection type, and previous digital experiences and skills, came together to hear Nick Poole, CEO of Collections Trust, talk through their new strand of work, Going Digital.
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
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.
Opportunity for museums to work with French partners
French organisations from Pas-de-Calais, Northern France, which would like to set up a cross border project within the Interreg France (Channel)-England programme.
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
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.
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).
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.
Hampshire Culture Conversation Roadshow
These are exciting times for culture and we want you to be a key part of it. Have your say on the future of Hampshire’s art, heritage and culture.
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...
‘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
LAINet news from Eileen Clegg: 'Maker Movement in Museums; practical way to bring technology into museums'
This time Fort Nelson was host to LAINet’s latest training event. Paul Clifford demonstrated how cheap electronics can make anything interactive, including fruit. Helen Sinnamon demonstrated Lego Mindstorms, programmable Lego robots.
Catalyst: Inspiring a Culture of Philanthropy - join Cohort 2!
Develop fundraising skills through training, mentoring, practical activities, peer support and shadowing opportunities. Learn how to build relationships with the philanthropic community and understand how to raise the profile of the museum and showcase th
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
Museum + Heritage Awards - vote for Haslemere Museum
Vote for the only museum in the south east to be shortlisted!
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!
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.
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
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.
South East Museum Development Programme launch this year's Annual Return data collection
This year, we have teamed up with other Museum Development providers in England, adopting a shared approach that will help demonstrate, and prove, the social and economic importance of museums both locally and regionally, to funders and stakeholders.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
The Warwick Commission's final report: Enriching Britain: Culture, Creativity and Growth
The Warwick Commission's final report: Enriching Britain: Culture, Creativity and Growth was launched this week. The report is the result of a one-year investigation undertaken by a diverse group...
Open for applications: Museums & Resilient Leadership Programme 2015 – 2016
A unique course designed to develop you as a new kind of leading museum professional.
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
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.
Event Expenses Fund: £50 - £200 for your group to support Voluntary Arts Week events in Kent
Voluntary Arts Week is an annual celebration of cultural creativity across the UK and RoI. It is run by Voluntary Arts who provide local, regional and national press and media support and social media campaigns featuring events listed as part of the week.
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?
Last chance to book! FREE Heritage Lottery Fund one to one advice sessions
Free one to one advice sessions for potential applicants in Portsmouth, Havant and Gosport at Portsmouth Guildhall. So if you have a project idea – get in touch!
Petersfield Museum purchase historic police station for expanded museum and tourism hub
The Police Station together with the Courthouse, which currently houses the Museum, to create a unique Victorian Justice Heritage Site, in which will be displayed the Museum’s existing collections together with those from Hampshire Constabulary H
National Museum of the Royal Navy welcomes LIBOR funding towards restoring D-Day veteran vessel
The National Museum of the Royal Navy is in receipt of part of £1M from the fines levied on banks for manipulating the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) financial benchmark. The funding will go towards restoring LCT 7074, the last Second World War
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
Museums from across Kent & Medway 'create a school workshop'
On Tuesday 3rd February, a group of staff and volunteers from across Kent & Medway museums and heritage sites got together to find out how to create an effective and enjoyable workshop for schools.
Museums Association announces discount on AMA fees
£50 off AMA registration fees paid before 28th February 2015.
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
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
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...
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
Mary Rose Museum nominated for European Museum of the Year 2015
Prestigious international award aims to recognise excellence in the European museum scene and encourage innovative processes.
A great year for the Hampshire Solent training bursary scheme 2014-15
Bursaries totalling over £9,000 awarded, 96 individuals trained in more than 20 organisations
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...
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...
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...
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.
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
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 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.
Preventive Conservation assessments and training available for Surrey, Sussex and Kent museums
Opportunity to request a bespoke in-house training day or audit to support your collection care needs.
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
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.
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.
Welcome to Excellence - customer service training for employees and volunteers
Welcome to Excellence is a suite of high impact nationally available courses covering a range of customer service topics.
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...
The Kent Arts Investment Fund application and guidelines for the year April 2015 – March 2016 now available
The Arts Investment Fund helps organisations in Kent by funding projects that will develop a range of high quality arts and cultural activities. This will boost the local economy by improving arts...
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
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
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...
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...
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...
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...
Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Programme
Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Programme now open to museums
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...
South East museums' resounding success at Beautiful South awards
It was a fantastic night for South East museums at Tourism South East's Beautiful South Awards for Excellence last week. The Mary Rose Museum,...
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...
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.
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
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.
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.
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...
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...
AIM Conservation Grant success for Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum
We're delighted to announce that the Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum in Winchester is one of 10 museum to benefit from grants in the latest round of the AIM Conservation Grant...
Museums find out how to fund work with disadvantage young people
Last week, four Hampshire Solent museums joined other arts organisations at a fundraising seminar and networking lunch focusing on how to fund work with disadvantaged young people. When applying for...
Could you be a fundraising mentor?
Mentors are currently being identified for Catalyst: Inspiring a Culture of Philanthropy and will be offered the opportunity to attend a free training course early next year.
Portsmouth-based museum ship to play leading role in Gallipoli commemoration
HMS M.33, the only surviving ship from the Gallipoli campaign in the first world war, to be opened to the public for the first time
Museums pick up tips on how to work with schools
On Thursday 20th November 2014, a group of museum staff and volunteers came together for the 'Working with Schools' training day (as part of the Kent-wide 'Building Engagement' Programme).
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,...
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...
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...
Hampshire Solent museum and arts centre wins national award for voluntary organisation governance
The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre in Havant, Hampshire, has been declared winner of the Winifred Tumim Memorial Prize, awarded annually by the NCVO.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Kent and Sharpshooters Yeomanry Museum raise £275,000 for new museum
The Kent and Sharpshooters Yeomanry Museum will march into new, purpose-built facilities next year after reaching its £275,000 fundraising target
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.
Kent's Big Weekend
Visit Kent has announced dates for the 2015 My Kent Big Weekend and is calling on the county’s tourist attractions, venues and destinations to get involved.
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...
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...
Catalyst ‘Inspiring a Culture of Philanthropy’ update - development of Cohort 1 training programme
Based on the findings of the Philanthropy Audits, we are now putting together the training and development programme for Cohort 1. And the Cohort 1 museums are looking forward to their launch event...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
Fundraising workshops from Giving to Heritage
Giving to Heritage is The Heritage Alliance’s exciting new training partnership with the Institute of Fundraising for fundraisers in the heritage sector. The programme includes 99 one-day...
Mary Rose Museum wins Hampshire Business Award for RBS Management Team of the Year
Portsmouth’s Mary Rose Museum has won the Hampshire Business Award for RBS Management Team of the Year, in competition with companies from across the county. The ceremony took place at an...
Time is running out to apply for a Hampshire Solent Museum Development Training Bursary
There’s a wealth of relevant, high quality development opportunities out there for museum staff, trustees and volunteers. Just take a look at the training calendar section for a taster,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
£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...
Heritage Grants launched by Swale Borough Council
Swale Borough Council has launched a new Heritage Grant Fund to support community projects aimed at celebrating Swale's rich past. A sum of £10,000 has been set aside to support...
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...
Kent museums find out how they can support the health & wellbeing agenda
On Tuesday 30th September, delegates from across the county came together to hear how museums and heritage organisations can play a vital role in supporting the health and wellbeing ageda....
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...
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...
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...
Catalyst ‘Inspiring a Culture of Philanthropy’ project update
Project to be officially launched in October in Winchester...
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,...
South East Museum Development Programme receive ACE grant
It was announced today (Thursday 25th September 2014) that the South East Museum Development Programme, led by the Royal Pavilion & Museums, has been awarded one of 9 museum development grants...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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....
Designation applications will reopen in 2015
The revised Designation scheme, currently in pilot phase, will reopen for applications in spring 2015. Following a consultation, Arts Council England (ACE) is to refocus the scheme on its...
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...
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...
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....
Isle of Wight museums: grab your share of £80,000 grant funding
Isle of Wight voluntary and community groups are being reminded that time is running out for applications for a share of £80,000 under a new grant scheme launched in July by the Isle of Wight...
Poetry meets archaeology meets museums in Kent
Four Kent & Medway museums, (Dartford, Rochester Guildhall, Maison Dieu and Canterbury Roman Museum) are all key stopping places for poet Dan Simpson when he sets out later this month. Dan...
Add your learning offer to a new website initiative
Developed in partnership with the South East Grid for Learning, the Royal Opera House Bridge, and the South East Museum Development Programme, the 'Engaging with Museums' website aims to...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Small Experiment & Community Catalyst funding available for Swale & Medway
The next deadline to apply for a Small Experiment or Community Catalyst grant is Monday, September 15th at 12 noon. What is a Small Experiment? This is an opportunity for anyone to experiment with...
Catalyst ‘Inspiring a Culture of Philanthropy’ update - Cohort 1 museums complete philanthropy audit
Audit evaluates five key skill areas: philanthropic fundamentals; understanding the fundraising environment; leadership; relationship management; and capacity building.
URGENT PRESS RELEASE: National Motorcycle Museum Trophies Stolen - Reward Offered
At around 11.00pm on the evening of 27th August 2014, the inner foyer of the National Motorcycle Museum was broken into and a large amount of the Museum’s trophies & TT replicas...
ACE and MA offer subsidised Cardiff 2014 places to smaller museums
50 places for smaller museums to celebrate the MA’s 125th anniversary
Introducing Lucy Footer, Centenary Partnership Programme Officer for English Regions, IWM
Lucy Footer has taken over from Josie Gale as the Centenary Partnership Programme Officer for English Regions until March 2015.
Winchester Small Grants Scheme
Small grants to help organisations with projects that benefit the residents of the Winchester District. Deadline 5 September 2014.
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...
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...
#AskACurator Day - global event on 17 September 2014
#AskACurator is an all day event on 17 September 2014 and offers people a way to talk to curators and people who work in cultural venues they normally don’t have access to. #AskACurator is...
Work with an artist on a Museums at Nightclub!
The Museums at Nightclub will be an artist-led, touring event series produced by a consortium of venues in conjunction with Culture24, taking place in areas with low engagement in the arts. It...
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.
LAINet team work at Secondary teachers' conference
LAINet members from four museums and heritage sites collaborated to present the Hampshire Solent museum offer to at the Hampshire and Wessex Secondary History Leadership Conference on...
Training in reminiscence arts in dementia care
2-day training course and 4-month traineeship in reminiscence arts in dementia care
Arts Award costs and funding update
Trinity College London have announced changes to the cost structure for Arts Award from this September. If you are currently budgetting for Arts Awards, you can find the new cost information in the...
Make money from your out-of-hours events with Culture24's Activity Superstore partnership
If you took part in Museums at Night, regularly run after-hours events, or are simply interested in generating income for your organisation, this is your last chance to join Culture24’s...
Working Internationally Regional Project: regional workshops announced
ICOM UK in partnership with the British Council, the National Museum Directors' Council, the Association of Independent Museums and Heritage Without Borders is pleased to announce the...
Display your objects at 'Blast from the Past' 15 and 16 November 2014 at Dinosaur Isle
Be part of this unique event on the Isle of Wight. Celebrate the rich and diverse ancient heritage of the Island and surrounding mainland counties - a great opportunity to...
Don't miss out on this year's Hampshire Solent Museum Development Training Bursary Scheme
There’s a wealth of relevant, high quality development opportunities out there for museum staff, trustees and volunteers. Just take a look at the training calendar section for a taster,...
More speakers announced for SHOWCASE conference
The venue is Brooklands Museum and the big day is Monday 10 November. Note the date in your diary - opening for registrations soon! As well as our superb keynote speakers Tony Butler and John...
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...
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...
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...
The Kent Charity Awards
A new awards scheme covering the whole of Kent, has been launched. The aim of the awards is to showcase and reward the hard work and perseverance of charities/voluntary groups and their staff; all...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Fareham Museum wins 'Safer Place' award
Does your museum maximise its social impact by offering a warm welcome to vulnerable people? The 'Safer Places' scheme aims to provide vulnerable people, and particularly those...
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...
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...
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...
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:...
Annual Return benchmarking reports on their way to participating museums
Our simple Annual Return is designed to help understand the profile and needs of museums across the region. We use it in our team to make sure that our services meet the needs of the museums we...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
EOI sought to lease Sheerness Heritage Centre, Kent
Sheerness Heritage Centre – Rose Street, Sheerness, ME12 1AJ Expressions of Interest to lease the Grade 2 listed building and manage the Heritage Centre to promote the Island’s culture...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Reviewing and Rationalising: 'Interesting, practically helpful and relevant from start to finish'
Consultant Emma Chaplin, provided a really useful and enjoyable one-day workshop in Winchester last week. 'Reviewing and Rationalising - steps to making the most of your...
Sharing good practice in Kent & Medway through Museum2Museum sessions
Opportunities to hear from your fellow museum colleagues from across the county.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Open seats at Hampshire Solent Museum Development Advisory Panel meeting 8 October 2014
The work of the Museum Development team in the Hampshire Solent are is informed and guided by an Advisory Panel of individuals drawn from the local museum community. You can find out more about the...
Hampshire Big Theme 2015, Dinosaurs! Will you take part?
Joint marketing and promotion opportunites to benefit museums in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight
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....
Kent & Medway in the First World War timeline now live!
Volunteers using the archives at the Kent History and Library Centre have created this fantastic resource which is now live on Kent County Council's website. It is part of a...
Heritage Lottery Fund investment to transform MERL
The Museum of English Rural Life has received a confirmed award of £1,798,200 for the Our Country Lives project from the Heritage Lottery Fund. You can read the official announcement from the...
Successful Forward Planning workshop in Southampton
Vicky Dawson, Accreditation Technical Adviser, provided a really useful one day workshop at SeaCity Museum in Southampton last week. 'Planning for the Future: Easy Steps to a Forward Plan'...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Hampshire Solent funding deadlines approaching
Funding deadlines for grants in Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton
Petersfield Museum on ITV
Museum's discovery helps family to find out what happened to their relative who has been missing for 96 years.
AIM Visitor Verdict benchmarking scheme – places available, and a seminar day in London
Places are still available for this year on Visitor Verdict - AIM's new visitor research and benchmarking scheme. Eighty new places have been made available, with the scheme also now open...
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...
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...
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...
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...
SPECTRUM Housing Group community fund
SPECTRUM Housing Group is inviting community organisations that benefit neighbourhoods across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to apply for a share of a £75,000 fund. Charities, not-for-profit...
Isle of Wight museums work together for sustainability
Partnership workshop develops plans for collaboration
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...
Small Experiment & Community Catalyst funding available for Swale & Medway
What is a Small Experiment? This is an opportunity for anyone to experiment with innovative methods of planning and shaping projects and involving local people in activities. You could put on a...
Funding opportunities for museums serving the South Downs National Park
Community Infrastructure Levy available from summer 2015 to support cultural heritage projects
LAINet first winners in the 2014-15 Training Bursary scheme
Innovative partnership bid funds study visit and fuels wider learning
Digital Narratives workshop 2: in five words, it was inspiring, intriguing, busy, warm and fun
Second project workshop builds capacity to run storytelling campaigns on social media, using five words, five sentences technique
Comic Relief Local Communities Programme - Hampshire and Isle of Wight
Funding to address economic and social deprivation.
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...
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...
The South East Museum Development Programme bid to ACE has been submitted
The South East Museum Development Team is pleased to say that the regional bid to the Arts Council England for funding covering the 2015-18 period, has now been submitted. Thank you to everyone who...
A successful start to the 'Building Engagement with Schools' project in Kent
The official launch day of the Building Engagement with Schools project, a collaborative project between the SEMDP, the ROH bridge and the SEGfLA kicked off on Wednesday 21st May at the Royal...
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...
Accreditation Update, May 2014
Updated guidance documents and CDP Template from Elaine Sansom, Accreditation Adviser (London and the South East) A new version of the Disposal Toolkit and additional guidance on financially...
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...
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...
South East Hampshire HLF Priority Development Area
HLF actively encourage applications from the South East Hampshire area, including the local authorities of Gosport, Havant and Portsmouth - or 'Young Roots' applications from anywhere
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...
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...
'Inspiring a Culture of Philanthropy open for Expressions of Interest; Project Director starts 15 May 2014.
We're excited to be able to tell you that it's full steam ahead with 'Catalyst: Inspiring a Culture of Philanthropy'. The project is now underway and you have until 21 May to express...
Key Hampshire Solent population statistics to help you with service planning, advocacy and funding requests
Whether you are updating your forward plan, creating a marketing campaign or submitting a funding bid, it's essential to have good information about the population that your museum serves....
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...
Be part of the 'Time Travelling on the Isle of Wight' tourism campaign
Important information for Isle of Wight museums about Visit Isle of Wight’s summer campaign from David Thornton, CEO of Visit Isle of Wight LTD. Deadline to respond Tuesday 20 May 2014
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. ...
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...
Emergency Salvage Kit now available to Kent Museums
While we hope it should never be needed, the emergency salvage kits, materials and equipment are now ready for museums to use should the unthinkable occur. Everything is being stored at the Historic...
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...
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...
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...
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.
New 'Kent Salvage Group' launched
In February this year,14 people from across the county's museums and heritage sites gathered at the Historic Dockyard in Chatham to find out how to manage in the aftermath of an emergency led...
Shared Harwell's Priority User Agreement for Kent museums?
In February this year,14 people from across the county's museums and heritage sites gathered at the Historic Dockyard in Chatham to find out how to manage in the aftermath of an emergency led...
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...
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
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...
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...
ACE director of museums visits the Isle of Wight
Arts Council England (ACE) director of museums John Orna-Ornstein visited the Hampshire Solent area last week, where he was made very welcome by Trustees, staff and volunteers in...
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...
Petersfield Museum HLF bid success
Petersfield Museum has received £100,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project to understand and conserve the prehistoric barrow cemetery on Petersfield Heath. Led by a...
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...
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...
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...
Light monitoring at Royal Holloway Picture Gallery
The Hanwell Lux and UV monitors, which are a recent addition to the Conservation Resource Bank, are already being set to work at the Royal Holloway Picture Gallery. The staff at the gallery are using...
New Accreditation technical advice provider announced for South West Museums including Hampshire Solent
The South West Museum Development office, Bristol Museums Galleries and Archives, has been announced as the new provider for the Accreditation technical advice service for museums in the South West,...
Partnership investment - open call from Artswork
Artswork, in its role as the South East Bridge organisation (exept the Kent districts of Dartfort, Gravesham, Swale and Medway), is looking to develop and support strategic and...
Hampshire Solent funding deadlines approaching
Funding deadlines for HIWCF grants in Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton
New programme to support collaboration between arts and cultural organisations and Teaching Schools
New scheme offers museums and other cultural organisations to secure investment from Artswork to develop new and innovative business models with Teaching School Alliances.
National Museum of the Royal Navy celebrates 100 years of untold stories with the opening of new £11.5M visitor attractions
Three major new attractions at The National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth, opened for the first time yesterday.
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...
Accreditation advice for Hampshire Solent museums: new arrangements
The new arrangements for Accreditation advice for Hampshire Solent museums have now been confirmed. The new provider for Accreditation advice for museums in Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Arts Award in Heritage Organisations 2014 - project funding available
Closing date: 28 April 2014. Artswork, in its role as the South East Bridge in collaboration with the South East Museum Development Programme (SE-MDP) is supporting Arts Award in Heritage...
Useful funding digests for Hampshire Solent museums
Online signposting to help you find the funding your project needs
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
New programme to support collaboration between arts and cultural organisations and Teaching Schools
New scheme offers museums and other cultural organisations to secure investment from Artswork to develop new and innovative business models with Teaching School Alliances.
Everyone mucks in to help with a practical exercise in salvaging wet collections
On Wednesday 26th February, 14 people from across the county's museums and heritage sites gathered at the Historic Dockyard in Chatham to find out how to manage in the aftermath of an emergency....
Renaissance strategic support funding for Jane Austen's House Museum
Project to develop programming for the low season
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...
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...
Add your activities to the Hampshire1914 website
New web form makes promoting your museum's centenary exhibitions and events easy
Hampshire Solent Digital Narratives project - get involved!
Hampshire Solent Digital Narratives project: intensive support package offering new pathways to discover cultural heritage
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...
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...
ACE: This is England
Arts Council England has published their This is England report in response to concerns about the regional breakdown of...
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...
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,...
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....
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...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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...
Author's ring on display at Jane Austen's House Museum
Successful fundraising campaign saves ring from export
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...
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...
Invitation to consider surplus electrical museum objects
Rationalisation of collections of former Museum of Electricity in Christchurch, Dorset
Preventive Conservation Training Days for Museums in Surrey, Sussex, Kent and Medway
New Year, New training days. The three sessions below are an idea of the type of training available to your museum absolutely free of charge through the Museum Development Programme. ...
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...
Over £700,000 in grants go to South East museums
£4 million awarded to English museums from DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund
'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). ...
Thanks for completing your Annual Return
Data from 80 museums - beginning to build the evidence base for the region's museums
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...
Services from Hampshire Archives and Local Studies
Helping local heritage organisations to care for documents, photographs and maps
Lottery funds for St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery
Initial development funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) towards a £2million major upgrade of facilities
Hampshire School for Social Entrepreneurs
Hampshire social entrepreneurs to receive funding to fuel ideas - 2014 Applications to the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme will be opening soon…
Brading Roman Villa develops partnership with the British Museum
New secure gallery space enables loan of important Roman objects
Trenches for Teachers!
'Trenches for Teachers' networking conference at St Edward's School, Sherfield English, Hampshire
The BBC wants to cover your 'Museums at Night' event
Culture24 is close to reaching an agreement with the BBC to broadcast coverage of the 2014 Museums at Night festival on national & local television, radio and online. At this stage they are...
Hampshire Solent training bursary scheme 2013-14 now closed
Bursaries totalling over £12,000 awarded, more than 100 individuals trained
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 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...
Zurich Community Trust in Hampshire
If your museum is based in Hampshire or near one of Zurich Insurance Group's offices in Whiteley or Farnborough, and if you help disadvantaged people move from dependence to...
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...
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...
Digital heritage articles - free online
Routledge have made a few of their articles on digital heritage from various journals freely available. Worth a...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
UK Web Archive: The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Collection
Helping our collections in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight remain fully representative of community life today.
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...
Hampshire Solent Museums - need assistance to clarify ownership of items in your collection?
Our student volunteering project in partnership with the University of Portsmouth Masters in Corporate Governance and Law can help. Expression of interest deadline 30 January 2014
LAINet working group first meeting in January
Learning, Access and Interpretation Network working group will plan 2014 programme
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...
Hampshire Solent Training Bursaries - deadline extended to 31 January 2014
Bursaries of up to £1000 for workforce development activities.
Kent County Council's Art Investment Fund now open
Kent County Council invests in the arts because it values the contribution Arts and Culture bring to the wellbeing of the county and its potential to grow the Kent economy. It is recognised...
Hampshire Solent Museums Forum open for booking
The Hampshire Solent Museums Forum is taking place on Monday 3 February 2014 at Winchester Guildhall. It's an open event for all staff, volunteers and trustees of museums in the Hampshire...
Calling all Kent Coastal Towns - contribute to Screen South's World War 1 website
Screen South are the successful recipients of a Heritage Lottery Fund grant to develop a website to promote the history and events across 19 coastal towns in Kent. The website will contain location...
Ford Britain Trust large grants deadline 17 January 2014
The Ford Britain Trust offers grants to schools or charitable organisations for projects focusing on education, environment, children, the disabled, youth activities and projects that...
'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...
First World War Centenary: ACE announce new funding programme
14-18 Now: Artists from around the world to mark the First World War Centenary
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...
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...
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
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Help BBC Radio Solent to share 'WW1 At Home' stories
BBC Radio Solent is seeking local stories for broadcast on local radio and online, deadline Thursday 21 November!
Inspired by My Museum: Writing Competition - British Council India
This writing competition was launched at the Museums Association Conference in Liverpool in November. Entries can be poems, short stories or reports - up to 400 words long - inspired by a visit...
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...
Improve your energy efficiency!
Hampshire Solent environmental sustainability project: intensive support package
Pitch for a Connect10 artist!
What's the Connect10 competition about? Museums at Night is the annual after-hours festival showcasing the arts and heritage sector, which each year offers great audience development...
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...
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...
Hampshire Solent museums - apply for a Training Bursary
Bursaries of up to £1000 for workforce development activities.
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...
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...
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...
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....
Basingstoke and Deane Leisure Initiatives Fund
Grants of up to £2000 for projects which contribute to leisure activities in Basingstoke and Deane Borough
Something unusual is happening in Kent libraries...
Lose yourself in a fictional frenzy of paperback puppetry, Scale the shelves with a chorus of thesaurus, Discover dance in the romance and mime in the crime (section). The Faversham based...
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.
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...
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
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...
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:...
Arts Council England launches updated strategy
Arts Council England has launched a refreshed version of its 10 year strategic plan, Great art and culture for everyone, bringing together its remit for the arts with that for museums and libraries...
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...
Hampshire Commemorates: First World War and D-Day Grants
Grants available to groups and organisations for commemoration projects, activities or events
Could a Traineeship help your museum?
Find out about the Government's new scheme, with Highbury College Portsmouth
Museum Learning - Call for proposals
The Artswork Bridge would like to invest in partnerships between the cultural sector and schools that can help change the pattern of school engagement with museum learning and ensure that...
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...
New rounds of ACE funding now open
Arts Council England have launched new rounds of funding for Renaissance Strategic Support Fund & Designation Development Fund
Looking for art and craft materials for your museum’s activities and events?
Southampton Scrapstore collects waste materials for use in the community for arts and craft projects and events.
Military museums' First World War interactives collaboration
AMOT museums collaborating to create First World War interactives
Artefact loan collections from the Hampshire History Centre
Hampshire History Centre has engaging teaching packs for sale and also loan ‘artefact collections’ for most major historical periods and topics.
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...
Museum Mentors event cancelled
We understand that the ACE Accreditation Team are now planning a fuller programme of Museum Mentor support for the new financial year. This means that the SE...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
Accessible Interpretation: SMOG testing and Access Advisory Groups
On Monday 2nd September, the Kent & Medway Museum Development Programme ran a training day looking at ‘Accessible Interpretation’, kindly hosted by the Powell-Cotton Museum. ...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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,...
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...
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...
An exciting opportunity for museums in Swale & Medway
The Creative People and Places (CPP) programme (see: http://creativepeopleplace.info/) and the University of Kent are working together with a group of Music and Performance students at the university...
Potential ‘Voices of the First World War’ book for Kent
Do you know someone who is researching and writing the history of the First World War in your local area? If so, then this may be a great opportunity for them to contribute to a county-wide...
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...
Opportunity to participate in University of Kent's Careers Fair
The University of Kent has kindly offered a free stand at this year's Careers and Employability Fair to museum representatives in Kent & Medway on 5th November 2013. Information about...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
£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...
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...
‘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...
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....
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
The National Heritage Landmarks Partnership Scheme
AIM, the Association of Independent Museums, has announced the opening of the Year 2 Applications. AIM entered into a 3 year funding partnership with Biffa Award which will provide a £1.5m...
ACE film: A Credit to Britain
ACE recently launched A Credit To Britain film (Demonstrating the value of public investment in arts and culture), which can be found on their website ACE have also created an advocacy toolkit which...
Museums + Heritage Awards - Application Deadline
Looking to apply for the Museum + Heritage Awards, apply by the 1st February 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!
Now in it's eleventh year, MuseumNext is firmly established as a must attend event for those shaping the future of museums.
Behaviour Management with Young People in the Arts and Cultural Sector (Artswork)
This is essential training for anyone working directly with young people. Undertaking practical workshops and activities requires a broad understanding of youth culture and the issues surrounding young people’s lives.
Review and Recruitment for Your Museum Trustee Board
Getting the right people on your board can be a challenge for many small and medium-sized museums and charities. This workshop will help you face that challenge, to ensure you have the right people on your board now and in the future