Bath & North East Somerset

Stephen Clews (BANES) becomes Museums Association Benevolent Fund Trustee

Stephen Clews has joined the MA Benevolent Fund as a Trustee after its Chairman Brian Hayton stepped down.

Clews, the Roman Baths and Pump Room manager and public services team leader at Bath and North East Somerset Council, joins alongside Jonathan Wilson, the deputy chief executive of Black Country Living Museum.

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Posted March 1, 2017 at 6:13 pm

Digital Exhibition touring West of England to help Know Your Place

Have you ever wondered what makes a place the way it is now? Or wished you could travel back in time and discover how an area has changed?

KYPexplore is a cutting-edge digital exhibition which will tour across the West of England giving an insight into the history of the places where we live, work and visit every day.

KYP Exhibition installed Glass Box Taunton Library Nov.2016

For the first time in one place, the stories of the people who lived and worked in the varied landscapes of the West of England will be told together – from Miners in Radstock to Peat-cutters in the Somerset levels, Moonrakers of Devizes to Foresters in the Forest of Dean.
Historic and modern photos of familiar landscapes will show how places have transformed over time and where they have changed little. (more…)

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Posted November 11, 2016 at 4:52 pm

Old House Eco Course from The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings

SPAB-logoOld House Eco Course
Guildhall, Bath, 26 November 2016

A one-day course presented by The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB):

With rising energy bills and the wish to cut carbon emissions high on many people’s personal agenda, the need for sustainable, energy efficient buildings is increasingly urgent.

Join SPAB to learn how to make your home – whether it is medieval and timber-framed, Georgian, Victorian or Edwardian, detached or terrace – energy efficient and low carbon without devaluing the future sustainability or character of the building. (more…)

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Posted November 2, 2016 at 4:40 pm

Giving to Heritage fundraising workshops

giving-to-heritage-logoThere are several Giving to Heritage workshops coming to the South West in the next few months. Giving to Heritage is The Heritage Alliance’s exciting training programme for fundraisers in the heritage sector an is run in partnership with the Institute of Fundraising. (more…)

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Posted November 2, 2016 at 3:16 pm

HLF report shows overseas visitors to heritage are driving the UK’s tourism economy

Today’s report from Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) reveals overseas visitors to heritage are driving the UK’s tourism economy.

Overseas visitor spend on heritage trips totalled £7.4billion in 2015 – 42% of the total £17.5bn spend made by visitors to heritage attractions, which also included domestic overnight visitors (£4.7bn/27%) and day trippers (£5.3bn/31%). Since the last time HLF carried out this analysis in 2013, total heritage visits have been stable but spending is up by 9% having been boosted by an 18% increase in international visits.

South west highlights

The report details the heritage sector’s tourism impact at a regional level, finding that the south west hosted 20.5 million people who spent £1.7bn (11% of all visits and 10% of all spend) and that visits to the regions are more evenly distributed and less dominated by London for domestic day visitors compared to all visitors. (more…)

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Posted October 24, 2016 at 3:43 pm

AMA invites Museum Directors and CEOs to apply for Future Proof Museums


The AMA has opened applications for its intensive strategic change programme for museums.

Future Proof Museums is an intensive development programme proven to facilitate transformational change and significantly improve the resilience of museums across England.

FPM AMA web bannerThe programme explores why the museum is vital, what direction will drive a successful future and how to create the right culture over three stages: an in-house diagnostic session with your team, an intensive three-day residential for Museum Directors, and on-going facilitation with expert trainers.

The AMA is looking for a diverse groups of participants to take part in Future Proof Museums. The entire programme costs only £395 and includes a free 12-month membership of the AMA. The deadline for applications is 5pm on 24 November.

“Future Proof Museums resulted in tangible outcomes. The intensity, the dialogue, the strong tools and excellent support produced the practical outcomes most training programmes don’t deliver or that dilute very quickly.”

Tim Desmond, CEO, Galleries of Justice

More information and the application from can be downloaded from
For further details, please contact Verity Sanderson via email or phone 01223 578078.

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Posted October 20, 2016 at 3:11 pm

Kids in Museums: Get involved with Takeover Day on 18 November

Kids_in_Museums_logo_2010Earlier in the year, it was evident that cultural and heritage organisations in the South West learnt a lot from young people as they took over their Twitter feeds for Teen Twitter Takeover. They brightened up many feeds by running live interactive games, touring heritage sites, finding out information for people on request, and adding a touch of humour that even most social media agencies would only achieve by spending years in comedy school.

On the surface, this may seem like ‘just a really fun activity’ (and it is) but the achievements of the young people on that day was richer than that. Such an approach to social media can help organisations reach people who may not be able to easily access museums and galleries; raise awareness of organisations by promoting their work to digital audiences; encourage and empowers young people to consider future careers in the sector no matter what their background, and much more. Young people have skills and new approaches that should be valued, encouraged and nurtured – getting involved in this year’s wider ‘Takeover Day’ will do just that. Takeover Day isn’t limited to just Twitter, so there are many roles that your organisation could encourage young people to participate in.

Takeover Day is a celebration of children and young people’s contributions to museums, galleries, arts organisations, archives and heritage sites. It’s a day on which they are given meaningful roles, working alongside staff and volunteers to participate in the life of the museum. You can get involved this year on 18 November 2016.

Philip Mould, President of Kids in Museums said: “Young people are the heartbeat of the arts – they contribute fresh ideas and new perspectives. Takeover Day is about further encouraging the pivotal contribution that they make.:

Register now for Takeover Day England 2016!

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Posted October 14, 2016 at 8:27 am

Archway Project receives £3.4m Heritage Lottery Fund grant

School children, local communities and visitors are set to benefit from a new Roman Baths Learning Centre and World Heritage Centre in Bath, thanks to a grant of £3.4m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Archway Project.

Nerys Watts, Head of HLF South West, said: “From displaying hidden Roman rooms to inspiring the next generation to get hands-on with Bath’s past, this is an incredibly exciting project and we’re proud to offer our support, thanks of course to National Lottery players.

“Today’s investment will transform the way the city’s story is told, provide unprecedented access to its heritage and play a key role in the development of this World Heritage site.”


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Posted October 13, 2016 at 12:04 pm

Know Your Place launched in Wiltshire, Bath & NE Somerset and Gloucestershire

Know Your Place project puts three more counties on the map

kyp-map-logo-with-wilts-bnes-glos-addedFor the first time, historic maps and heritage data of Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, and Bath and North East Somerset are now freely available online in one place, thanks to the latest expansion of Know Your Place West of England.

From Stonehenge to Swindon, Keynsham to the Cotswolds, Salisbury plain to the spa towns of Bath and Cheltenham – you can now discover how these places have transformed over time.

What this means for the West

Now covering more than 4360 square miles, Know Your Place allows you to explore some of the most famous landmarks from the region’s history, from the World Heritage sites at Bath and Avebury, to Wiltshire’s White Horses and the unique landscapes of the Forest of Dean and Severn Estuary that are the focus of other Heritage Lottery Funded projects.

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Posted October 13, 2016 at 11:43 am

Request for mannequins

The Helicopter Museum in Weston-super-Mare is looking for any mannequins which museums are disposing of to display non-collections costume for the various events throughout the year. If museums can help please contact Lee Mills the General Manager on

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Posted October 12, 2016 at 3:41 pm