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Cornwall Council – Culture Revenue Grants Programme 2018-22

Cornwall_CouncilCornwall Council has developed a long term, strategic approach to cultural development in Cornwall. All investment in culture made by the Council will be in organisations, initiatives, capital development or programmes of work which contribute to the realisation of the five goals outlined in Cornwall’s White Paper for Culture Edition 2.

The vision is: “Cornwall, a leading international rural region for creativity and culture: where excellence is achieved by keeping in balance social and community engagement, high value creative industries and cultural distinction”

Cornwall Council seeks to establish a portfolio of arts and museum partners funded via Culture Revenue Grants who are able to contribute to the realisation of this vision and help lead the delivery of the White Paper for Culture Edition 2. Culture Revenue Grant partners will have the experience, capacity and scale to fulfil this role and will be major organisations whose continued well-being is crucial to the maintenance of a viable arts and museums infrastructure in Cornwall.

Cornwall Council is offering the opportunity for arts organisations and museums based in Cornwall to apply for Culture Revenue Grants with funding agreements for four financial years from 1st April 2018 – 31st March 2022. Culture Revenue Grants will replace our strategic client arts grants and museums revenue grant schemes. Applications will be assessed on a competitive basis.

For more information please click here.

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Posted November 14, 2016 at 4:47 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

Bath Abbey seeks help to secure funding for an innovative eco-friendly project

bath_abbey_logoBath Abbey’s Footprint project is seeking votes to secure funding from the M&S Community Energy Fund so that they can install a new eco-friendly heating system:

“Bath Abbey’s magnificent floor is collapsing. However, what at first seemed a total disaster for a centuries old, iconic building has become a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – and probably the most important church project in the country today – the Footprint project. Whilst lifting the 800+ enormous memorial stones to repair the floor, we can install an innovative, eco-friendly underfloor heating system that will harness excess energy from Bath’s natural hot spring waters to heat the Abbey.

Footprint will lead the way: there is no known precedent for a heat recovery system using natural hot spring waters in a medieval building – and Footprint will encourage other historic buildings to seek innovative ways of adapting and using modern technology to reduce their impact. Using the constantly available natural hot spring waters will significantly reduce the Abbey’s massive carbon footprint in a particularly sensitive location (UNESCO World Heritage Site and conservation area) and will sustain it for many generations to come.”

Click here for more information, and to vote:

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Posted October 3, 2016 at 5:02 pm

Places still available for current South West Museums Skills training sessions

SWMD_ProgThere are still a few free places available on upcoming South West Museums Skills programme sessions. Book now to avoid missing out.

What can documentation do for me?
14 November 2016, Dorset History Centre, Dorchester BOOK HERE

This workshop will explore the Accreditation requirement for documentation planning and retrospective documentation, and related SPECTRUM procedures. Delegates will look at tackling backlogs and the benefits of effective documentation planning, as well as the ways in which museum documentation can contribute to increased access and engagement with collections. The session will also introduce considerations for choosing a Collections Management System.

Rationalisation and Collections Review – Part 2
29 November 2016, Castle House, Museum of Somerset, Taunton

Collections rationalisation enables a museum to improve its understanding of a collection so that the collection can be used more effectively. This session will explore making recommendations and implementing decisions following a collections review, for example finding new uses for objects, deaccession and disposal procedures, due diligence and risk management.

Effective Succession Planning and Volunteer Recruitment
6 December 2016, Dorset History Centre, Dorchester BOOK HERE

This workshop will help delegates address a key question of ‘What do you do when a person who currently holds a key position or important skills is moving on or is no longer available?’
Find out how succession planning is as much about valuing current volunteers as engaging new volunteers. As ever, the only certainty is change, but this course should help you to face it!

Arts Council England LogoThe Museum Skills Programme is funded by Arts Council England through the South West Museum Development programme to provide free at the point of access training for museums or heritage organisations within Arts Council’s Accreditation Scheme. Individual and institutional members of the South West Federation of Museums and Art Galleries are also able to access the training as part of their membership benefits.

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Posted September 28, 2016 at 12:24 pm

Museums Funding Fair, Manchester – 22 September

Museums Funding Fair, Manchester
People’s History Museum – 22 September, 10:30 – 15:00

museum-development-north-west-mdnwMuseum Development North West will host a Museums Funding Fair in September. The event will give museums and arts professionals the opportunity to meet various funding organisations face-to-face. Attending organisations include Arts Council England, Arts Marketing Association, Association of Independent Museums, British Museum, Collections Trust, Curious Minds, Heritage Alliance, Heritage Lottery Fund, Institute of Fundraising, Museums Association, National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, NWFed, Science Museums Group and V&A. (more…)

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Posted July 25, 2016 at 4:23 pm

SW Museum Skills Programme 2016 – 2017 launches today!

SWMD_Proglogo-nlThe first South West Museum Skills programme sessions for 2016/17 have now been announced. Over 20 sessions will run from June 2016 until March 2017 and dates and bookings for the sessions will be released in three tranches during the year.

The following training for the first tranche will be delivered in June and July 2016.


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Posted May 27, 2016 at 1:25 pm

Arts Council England announce more than £2.4 million of funding for museums

Arts_council_LOGOArts Council England are making £2.4 million available to museums through the second round of the Ready to Borrow scheme.

This programme allows museums to borrow from national organisations, by helping them upgrade exhibition spaces. This will give more people around the country the opportunity to learn from and enjoy cultural objects.

The funds will be distributed by our nine Museum Development partners across the country as small grants. (more…)

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Posted May 27, 2016 at 10:00 am

Exciting Museum Mentor Opportunity with Tetbury Police Museum

SWMDP blueAn opportunity to become the Museum Mentor to Tetbury Police Museum has arisen.  The museum is mainly dedicated to the history of the Gloucestershire Constabulary.  A number of interesting displays of photographs and equipment show the history of policing. In the first floor courtroom there is a complete magistrates court with a display using models and depicting hearing, as it would have been in the late 1940s or early 1950s.

The museum has Full Accreditation.

Under the Accreditation scheme a Museum Mentor will provide the museum with professional advice and input into policy development and decision making. (more…)

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Posted May 17, 2016 at 1:00 pm

Training Offer! An Introduction to working with Natural Science Collections

SWMDP blueAn Introduction to working with Natural Science Collections

  • Monday 18 April, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery
  • Wednesday 27 April, Exeter Community Centre

These FREE day long introductory sessions on working with natural sciences collections are the first set of training sessions being delivered as part of the John Ellerman Foundation funded SWANS Project (South West and Natural Sciences Project) for museums and heritage organisations who hold publicly-available natural sciences collections in the South West.


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Posted March 7, 2016 at 3:00 pm

Small Grant Big Improvement: are you applying?

SWMDP blueThe Small Grant Big Improvement scheme is open for applications until Friday 29 April 2016. The Small Grant Big Improvement scheme is part of the South West Museum Development Programme funded by Arts Council England. The scheme provides funding (up to £10,000) to support museums across the South West to address a broad range of development needs in order to improve their services, strengthen their sustainability and build resilience.


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Posted February 26, 2016 at 9:00 am

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