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Places still available for current South West Museums Skills training sessions

SWMD_ProgThere are still a few free places available on upcoming South West Museums Skills programme sessions. Book now to avoid missing out.

Marking and Labelling
26 October 2016, Chippenham Museum BOOK HERE

This is a comprehensive session to help you with all aspects of labelling and marking a wide range museum objects from photographs to costume, steam engines to hairdryers. The day will be a mix of talks, discussions and practical activities.

What can documentation do for me?
14 November 2016, Dorset History Centre, Dorchester BOOK HERE

This workshop will explore the Accreditation requirement for documentation planning and retrospective documentation, and related SPECTRUM procedures. Delegates will look at tackling backlogs and the benefits of effective documentation planning, as well as the ways in which museum documentation can contribute to increased access and engagement with collections. The session will also introduce considerations for choosing a Collections Management System.

Effective Succession Planning and Volunteer Recruitment
6 December 2016, Dorset History Centre, Dorchester BOOK HERE

This workshop will help delegates address a key question of ‘What do you do when a person who currently holds a key position or important skills is moving on or is no longer available?’
Find out how succession planning is as much about valuing current volunteers as engaging new volunteers. As ever, the only certainty is change, but this course should help you to face it!

Arts Council England LogoThe Museum Skills Programme is funded by Arts Council England through the South West Museum Development programme to provide free at the point of access training for museums or heritage organisations within Arts Council’s Accreditation Scheme. Individual and institutional members of the South West Federation of Museums and Art Galleries are also able to access the training as part of their membership benefits.

Posted September 28, 2016 at 12:24 pm

Julie’s Bicycle release guide for developing environmentally sustainable capital projects

Over the last seven years, Julie’s Bicycle has been gathering evidence and data on how the arts in England are embedding environmental sustainability into their operations, business models, governance structures and work with audiences, art and artists. Bringing together an array of case studies, the organisation has created a guide for for directors and managers of arts organisations developing capital projects. Fit for the Future – Investing in Environmentally Sustainable Buildings “tells an exciting story of change for the better and resilience”.


The guide will help organisation to integrate environmental sustainability in capital projects from conception through to completion. It focuses mainly on larger capital projects and redevelopment of existing buildings and infrastructure, but is also relevant to smaller capital projects and new builds. Case studies cover a range of capital projects in terms of scale and type of investment, art form and location, and environmental solutions. It also provides an overview of environmental technologies and of key sources of environmental funding and finance of relevance for capital projects.

It has been developed with the support of Arts Council England, whose capital grants programme is a key strategic programme linked to its goal of “arts, museums and libraries which are resilient and environmentally sustainable”.

To read the guide, please click here.


Posted September 19, 2016 at 10:33 am

DCMS Review of Museums in England – call for evidence

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is seeking evidence to inform a review of the museums sector in England. The Museums Review will consider how museums and galleries across England can thrive and become even more inclusive. The Review will look at how the sector operates, the challenges it faces and the role of government-sponsored museums.

To help inform this review, are asking for feedback on museums through online calls for evidence:

  • From museums or sector bodies
  • From individuals, users and potential users of museums

The consultation closes on 31 October 2016. For more information, and details on how to submit feedback, please click here.

If you have any queries about the review, please contact DCMS at

Posted September 14, 2016 at 5:16 pm

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