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SAVED! “100 years of Royal Navy Search & Rescue” at Fleet Air Arm Museum

100 years have passed since the first air rescue in 1915 by Richard Bell Davies of the Royal Naval Air Service.  Our new SAVED! Exhibition marks the end of an era as the Sea King is decommissioned from service replaced by the Agusta Westland Merlin EH101 Helicopter, and at the same time, the Search and Rescue Service comes to an end for the Royal Navy.

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Posted July 28, 2015 at 2:00 pm


Art Fund Announce New Collecting Awards

Art Fund LogoArt Fund are now accepting applications for the second round of the awards – the deadline is 4 September 2015.

New Collecting Awards help museums and galleries develop their fine and applied art collections by offering 100% funding for focused collecting that extends holdings into new areas, or deepens existing holdings in imaginative ways. The programme responds to the reality that excellent collections development requires curatorial vision and ambition – award recipients also receive a specific funding allocation dedicated to their own professional development, to spend on research, travel and training costs to support their proposed collecting plans, plus the ongoing support of a mentor, Art Fund staff and trustees.

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Posted July 28, 2015 at 11:00 am


More Than Tea and Cake – Volunteering in Museums Today #swfed2015

swfed2015 Conference delegatesOn Wednesday 8th July  Vicky Dawson (outgoing Chair of SW Fed) welcomed 78 delegates to Devonport Guildhall for a day of discussion on what volunteering in museums comprises today. Read more about the speakers from the day, and find their presentations, below.

Themes from the day: 

  • The intrinsic link between volunteering and museums
  • Define your offer to volunteers: how is it mutually beneficial?
  • Research: who are your volunteers
  • New ways of volunteering (e.g. microvolunteering, internships): diversify and innovate

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Posted July 28, 2015 at 8:00 am


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