Museum Skills 2015-2016

Intro_Caring_for_Costume_Bristol_Feb_12_051The current Museum Skills Programme for 2015 – 16 has now finished. Check back later in the year for 2016 -17 plans.

The South West Museum Skills programme is made possible through funding from Arts Council England distributed by the South West Museum Development Partnership (SWMDP) to the SW Federation of Museums and Art Galleries for its management and delivery.

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 programme. 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 meets the following criteria:

  1. works within an south west Accredited museum or National Trust property, or
  2. works within a south west provisionally Accredited or formally working towards Accreditation organisation, or
  3. is an individual or institutional member of the SW Federation of Museums and Art Galleries

Please see the membership pages to find out more about joining. For more information about the museum Accreditation scheme, please click here.

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 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.

The current Museum Skills Programme for 2015 – 16 has now finished. Check back later in the year for 2016 -17 plans.

Session Location Date  

Sustainable Organisation

An Introduction to Copyright and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) The Wilson, Cheltenham 23/09/15 Completed
An Introduction to DBS: Safeguarding Children and Young People in Museums STEAM, Swindon 06/10/15 Completed
A Practical Guide to Equality Action Planning Royal West of England Academy, Bristol 18/11/15 Completed
Visitor and Customer Care for Volunteers M Shed, Bristol 02/12/15 Completed
Understanding Governance The Holburne Museum, Bath 05/02/16 Completed

Sustainable Collections

Managing Photographic Collections Castle House, Taunton 09/09/15 Completed
Rationalisation and Disposal – a proactive and ethical approach RAMM, Exeter 15/09/15 Completed
Intermediate Collections Care Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, Chippenham 04/11/15 Completed
Introduction to Documentation Teign Heritage Centre, Teignmouth 11/11/15 Completed
Disaster Planning for Emergencies: 1. Writing the Plan Museum of Somerset, Taunton 27/11/15 Completed
Introduction to Documentation RAMM Meeting Room, Exeter 13/01/16 Completed
Packing & Handling including Archival Collections Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, Chippenham 03/02/16 Completed
Disaster Planning for Emergencies: 2. Using the Plan Somerset Heritage Centre, Norton Fitzwarren 10/02/16 Completed

Sustainable Communities

Building and Leading a Volunteer Team Gold Hill Museum, Shaftesbury 01/10/15 Completed
Social Media and its Use in Marketing Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Bristol 20/10/15 Completed
Engaging audiences online: a refresher The Museum in the Park, Stroud 15/01/16 Completed
Successfully Recruiting and Managing Museum Volunteers Museum of Dartmoor Life, Okehampton 20/01/16 Completed
Getting to grips with Audience Data M Shed, Bristol 27/01/16 Completed
Engaging audiences online – a refresher RAMM, Exeter 15/02/16 Completed

Upcoming Events

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