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Green Tourism – Silver for Wheal Martyn

Woodland WalksWheal Martyn Museum is excited to announce the achievement of a silver Green Tourism award for the second time which reflects its commitment to sustainable business practices.

The accreditation assessor noted several improvements since the last assessment in 2013 and commended the museum for its good use of LED lighting and for utilizing an air source heat pump and wood burning stove.  A number of recent improvements, supported by funding from Arts Council England through their Major Partner Museum programme, include low energy lighting, taps to reduce water usage and visitor recycling facilities. Wheal Martyn was also praised for the excellent range of local food, drink and craft products available from the café and gift shop and the historic grounds were recognised as a ‘haven’ for wildlife with specific wildlife refuges and nesting areas which have been created, serving also as an educational element.

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Posted May 4, 2016 at 8:00 am


Don’t miss your chance to input on what Museum Skills training is delivered in the south west

SWMDP blueThe South West Museum Development Programme survey to enable you to vote for what training you think the Museum Skills programme should deliver based on your training needs over the coming year is reaching its deadline for responses (Friday 6 May). Each year, SW Museum Development fund at least 25 museum specific training sessions across the region. This survey will directly inform the topic and location of this training.

The survey is multiple choice and takes between 5-10 minutes to complete. Make sure your training needs are taken into consideration please complete the survey before Friday 6 May.

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Posted May 3, 2016 at 11:00 am


Collections Trust Conference 2016: Who needs digitised collections?

Collections Trust Logo29 September 2016, London

Who wants our collections digitised, and why? Where should we focus our efforts? And what kind of content should we be creating in the first place?

Around the world, museums of all sizes are digitising their collections and making the results available online in increasingly joined-up ways. As the government here declares its ambition to ‘make the UK one of the world’s leading countries for digitised public collections content’, this year’s Collections Trust Conference steps back from data standards and technical matters – and considers users and their needs. It is not about how to digitise your collections, but rather why you might want to.

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Posted May 3, 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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WiltshireThis month we focus on Wiltshire. Look out for further updates in our latest news and find all of the news for Wiltshire on our county pages.

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