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Museum Skills 2015-2016

Intro_Caring_for_Costume_Bristol_Feb_12_051The South West Museum Skills programme is made possible through funding from Arts Council England distributed by the South West Museum Development Partnership (SWMDP).  

We are also extremely grateful to all those organisations who have hosted sessions free or at low cost and/or who have provided case studies as part of the progarmme. Thank you- this helps to make the funding stretch even further!

Who Can Attend?

From April 2015, the Museum Skills programme is FREE to everyone (paid staff, volunteer, trustee) who works within an Accredited museum/ National Trust property, those provisionally Accredited or those formally working towards Accreditation within the South West region 
OR who is a member of the SW Federation of Museums and Art Galleries (individual or organisation).

Please see the membership pages to find out more about joining at

For more information about the museum Accreditation scheme, please see

For those who do not fall into any of the categories above but would still like to book a place at one of these training sessions, a £50 fee will be levied for each person attending - which is the approximate direct cost of running the programme per delegate per year. 

How To Book

Please click the link on the right hand side of the session you are interested in, which will take you to eventbrite, an external booking website.

If the session is fully booked, it is worth adding your name to the Waiting List, as we often get last- minute cancellations and may be able to repeat popular topics if we can see there is a demand.

Cancelling your Booking

If you cannot attend once booked, please cancel as soon as possible so that somebody else may take your place - go back into your eventbrite booking to amend and edit via the same link or contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it direct so that we can post to our social media. 

The cancellation fee of £50 may still be applied to those cancellations without good reason less than 3 working days before session start, or to those who do not attend on the day.  

By booking a place, you are agreeing to comply with these terms.

Please see below for the first tranche-  further training sessions are being organised and will be open for booking from July.

Sustainable Collections

Session Location Date

An Introduction to Collections Care

Saltash Guildhall, Cornwall


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Rationalisation and Disposal- a proactive and ethical approach

Dorset History Centre

17/06/15 Book Now

An Introduction to Collections Care

The American Museum, Bath

24/06/15 Book Now

Sustainable Organisation

An Introduction to Copyright and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

The Wilson, Cheltenham 23/09/15

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Sustainable Communities

Volunteer Recruitment and Retention Wells and Mendip Museum  2/07/15 Book Now