News from Kent & Medway...

The South East Museum Development Programme has now appointed a new Museum Development Officer for Kent & Medway. 

Many congratulations to Joanna Low who returns to the post full time after a number of years!  Joanna was the KM MDO from 2004 until 2010, combining latterly with Sam Bowen and a young Sarah Corn (and the rest is history).  There have been some evolutionary changes to the programme delivery at the national level since Joanna was directly involved but her experience in the role will be invaluable and she should settle in very quickly.

I will be handing over to Joanna in the next couple of weeks and stepping down as interim MDO.  Thanks to Sarah and the rest of the team for guiding me and the very best of luck to Joanna!

CT Scan to reveal ancient history

Thanks to Lottery money, the story behind an almost 3,000-year-old Egyptian whose mummified body is on display at Maidstone Museum is about to be unearthed as scientists plan to use a grant to reconstruct her face and discover more about her background.

The £78,000 grant will be used to create a new Ancient Civilizations Gallery at the Museum, including the mummy of Ta-Kush, believed to be a 14-year-old girl who died about 2,700 years ago. 

Learn more...

Place open to Kent & Medway museums

Kent museums with turnovers under £15,000 are very welcome to sign up for the Effective Retail in Small Museums workshop to be held on 9th September in Woking (see diary dates below).  Learn more...

Fundraising sessions from Hampshire Cultural Trust

These are being organised as part of the Inspiring a Culture of Philanthropy project in Hampshire. Each workshop has 4 spaces allocated to museums from outside Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Booking for the workshops will take place via their new website which will be available from mid-September.

  • Individual Donors – cultivating mid to high level giving: 4th October 10am-4pm, venue tbc. Led by Emily Jundi of Jundi Williamson Fundraising.
  • Fundraising from Corporates: Corporate Social Responsibility and Sponsorship: 16th November 10am-4pm, SeaCity Museum Southampton. Led by Michelle Wright of Cause 4.
  • Research – the people you want to reach and how to reach them: 24th November 10am-4pm, The Gurkha Museum, Winchester. Led by Leo Sharrock of The Audience Agency.
  • Understanding Full-Cost Recovery: 5th December 10am-4pm, Milestones Museum, Basingstoke. Led by Mairead O’Rourke of 3rd Sector Mission Control.
  • Fundraising from Legacies: 11th January 10am-4pm, venue tbc. Led by Claire Routley of Legacy Fundraising.
  • Digital Fundraising: week of 23rd January (date tbc). Further details to follow
Funded places + travel available

The South East Museum Development Programme is offering three funded places plus travel expenses for representatives of South East museums to go to 'Waving Goodbye to Victorian Dad' (see diary dates below) - a day for people working in the performance and museum sectors to explore how diverse performance can be used to explore and challenge the culture of museums.  Learn more...

New Grant Scheme from ACE: 'Ready to Borrow' Small Capital Grants

ACE has delegated a further £420,000 to the South East Region, split into two rounds, towards this new funding and we are delighted to launch the first round of £210,000 which is available to support Accredited and WTA museums ability to take loans from National or Major Partner Museums.

This could be for better display cases, correct lighting, increased security and even temperature control so that important objects and artefacts are looked after.

This scheme is an important way of ensuring more people across England have the opportunity to see, learn about and enjoy important objects from major collections.  Find out more...

Key dates for your diary

Upcoming events and training include:

  • Working with Older Audiences, British Museum, 8th September, London This is a peer-to-peer workshop for museum practitioners with experience of working with older people to build on their leadership skills, and develop good practice with other local museums.  Find out more...
  • Effective Retail in Small Museums, Friday 9th September, Woking.  Find out more...

  • Rights Management in Museums, 15th September, Worthing.  Collections Trust guide you through the complex world of copyright and intellectual property rights.  Find out more...

  • The Economics of Touring Exhibitions, 15th September, Brighton Touring Exhibitions Group will explore the economic and partnership models that venues can employ to tour in the UK, drawing from case studies and examples of good practice.  Find out more...
  • Waving Goodbye to Victorian Dad, 15th September, Bristol Part of the 'Doing Things Differently' Progamme, this is a day for people working in the performance and museums’ sectors to explore how performance can be used in museums to break out of the ‘Victorian Dad’ culture - the stereotypical and singular view of history - and use performance to engage diverse audiences, and challenge the traditional approach to how museums think about and present their collections. Contributors include performers, producers, curators and academics.  Find out more...
  • Artswork: Child Protection Policy Writing Review And Update Session, 22nd September, London  Find out more...
  • Caring for Natural History Collections, 27th September, Powell-Cotton Museum in Birchington  Find out more...
  • Developing International Partnerships, 5th October, London  Find out more...

  • SEMDP Showcase Conference, 31st October, Brooklands Museum, Weybridge.  Find out more...

  • Mentoring: the next creative generation, 16th November, Margate Artswork providing a one-day session on mentoring young creatives  Find out more...

Don't forget our current grant programme

As our Grant Programme is such an important part of the support we offer, I repeat a note in this newsletter.  The programme is open and awaiting applications to the 2016-17 budget. There are four strands:

  • Development Grants for 2016-17 have reopened with an online application process. The maximum amount available is now £2,000 per organisation or network.  Find out more...
  • Business Innovation Grants  The fund is to support something new at your museum that has the potential to increase your income or reduce your costs. £500 per application per museum each year. Find out more...
  • Digital Initiatives Fund will be a new regional fund to encourage projects that explore new ways of using digital technologies at your museum. Find out more...
  • Ready to borrow: Small Capital Grant Scheme is a new funding stream running until 2018.  Deadline for first round of grants is 19th September. Find out more...
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Job Opportunities
  • Join the Accreditation Committee The Accreditation Partners are seeking to recruit five new members of the Museums Accreditation Committee to take up positions for an initial three year term from October 2016. Download briefing pack and application form.  Closes 2nd September.
    £1.1 million towards charity's use of digital technology

    Big Lottery Fund awarded £1.1m grant to help charities use digital technology: the money has gone to the Centre for Acceleration of Social Technology, which helps organisations to use technology for social change.  The funding will support a three-year programme led by CAST to help charities develop new digital services and products and to increase knowledge of digital technology in the sector.  Learn more...

    Horniman Museum - Objects in Focus - artefacts available for loan

    Object in Focus is a simple loans programme funded by the Arts Council England which aims to improve access to our collections and strengthen museum partnerships by offering a range of objects for loan free of charge. These loans meet the same documentation, conservation and exhibition standards as our management support is provided throughout. This programme is available until March 2018 and aims to pioneer a proactive and accessible way of offering loans.  Learn more...

    AIM Conservation Grants - deadline 30th September

    AIM members from small and medium size museums are eligible to apply to the AIM Preventive Conservation Grant Scheme and the AIM Conservation Grant Scheme. Both schemes are generously supported by The Pilgrim Trust and the next round of applications closes on 30 September 2016.

    Since these grant schemes started, hundreds of AIM member museums and heritage sites have benefited, and both schemes have been set up to help develop a more sustainable approach to the conservation and management of collections. To check your eligibility and for further information, please visit: AIM Conservation Grants – Next Round Closes 30 September

    How commissioning arts and culture benefits wellbeing

    Watch a short video on YouTube from the Cultural Commissioning Programme that explains the role we can play in contributing to stronger communities and generic social outcomes.  The museums sector is taking a greater part in such programmes, also helping our advocacy as an integral and positive part of our communities.

    Watch the video here

    Safeguarding in museums

    SHARE East (the Museum Development service in East of England) and Community Action Suffolk have produced very clear guidance, specifically for museums, on who should and should not have a DBS check.

    Disclosure and Barring Service checks (DBS checks) replace the former Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks for people working with children or vulnerable adults.

    Download the guidance here.

    AIM Biffa Award: History Makers £1 million Funding Programme

    The AIM Biffa Award funded ‘History Makers – People who helped to shape our world’ £1 million funding programme is now open for applications and the closing date for the first annual round will be 31 October 2016.  Interested organisations are urged to send an Expression of Interest as early as possible.

    The programme is a partnership between Biffa Award and AIM and it will run over three years, awarding grants to AIM members in England, Wales and Northern Ireland of up to £75,000. 

    More details...

    Association of Independent Museums Trustee support

    Supported by ACE, AIM's Hallmarks Governance Programme is providing a number of free seminars, including three in London, to AIM Member museums.  There is also a free newsletter packed with advice, news and ideas for Trustees.  Find out more...

    Freezers in Kent

    Any problems with museum pests?  Our Preventive Conservation Officer has arranged a network of large freezers in Kent's museums who will help you.  Find out more...

    Conservation Support

    Now that summer has finally arrived and the sun is shining, light levels within collection spaces can change and increase. If you are worried about your light levels, there are Lux Bugs available to borrow from the Conservation Resource Bank, as well as some blue wool dosimeters for more discreet monitoring. Have a look on the Conservation Resource page of our website to download a request form.

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