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Last few days to apply for the M&S Energy Community Energy Fund

M&S Energy have up to £350,000 of funding to award to renewable energy projects around Great Britain. If you’ve got a not for profit project that wants to use renewable energy to provide community benefits, this is your chance to secure funding! Whether you’re a community energy group, a sports club or simply an organisation that wants to have a positive impact on the environment, we want to hear from you.

Last year’s winners in the South West were Exeter Phoenix Cinema and Hayle Swimming Pool.

This year, applications are open to projects who require a maximum of £12,500 within each of the 21 M&S regions. Read More…

Posted May 26, 2016 at 1:00 pm


Economic Sustainability – the SWFed Spring Forum Overview

IMG_5136SWFed Spring Forum 2016

Museums for the Future: Economic Sustainability in partnership with The Flourish Project

9 May 2016 10.00 – 16.45 at the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

31 people attended the SWFed Spring Forum 2016 with 5 speakers/facilitators held at and sponsored by the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol. The venue and exhibitions were introduced by Alison Bevan, Director and much enjoyed by all.

By attending this free Forum, it was intended that people would be able to learn from their experience about becoming financially sustainable through volunteering, membership, giving and legacies. Also, they would have the opportunity to discuss the topics with relevance to their own museum with experts and practitioners through questions to the panel, focused discussion in small groups and in workshops. Read More…

Posted May 26, 2016 at 9:00 am


Conference Workshop Spotlight: Caroline Marcus – Takeover Day Director, Kids in Museums

Caroline photoWe’d like to introduce all of the workshop hosts at our 2016 Conference & AGM on the theme of Visitor Experience. Next up is Caroline Marcus – Takeover Day Director, Kids in Museums.

Caroline will be hosting a workshop entitled What can Kids in Museums do for you?

“Kids in Museums is a charity that works with museums, galleries, archives, libraries, arts and heritage sites to make them more welcoming of young people, children and families – in particular those who haven’t visited before. Come to this session to learn how our resources, tips and widely supported Manifesto written by families can help your organisation improve the family visitor experience. Take this opportunity to share your successes and explore the challenges faced by your organisation and the sector.”

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Posted May 26, 2016 at 8:00 am


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SWFed Conference and AGM 2016

SWFed Conf 2016Join us at our conference and 85th AGM covering the theme of Visitor Experience, 6-7 July at the University of Exeter. Find all information, speakers and booking details here.

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