South Western Federation of Museums and Art Galleries

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Acquisition Offer Following Closure of the Balfour Museum

Sadly the Balfour Museum of Red Cross History in Hampshire is closing down and the collection is being dispersed.  They are therefore looking for new homes for the objects and archive. 

The collection consists of medals, badges, medica...

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New Software Comparison Service from the Collections Trust

An innovative, free online service which enables museum and arts professionals to compare the features of leading Collections Management Systems (CMS) has been launched by the Collections Trust. The new platform helps museums and galleries find the right...

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South West Organisations Awarded Strategic Support and Designation Development Funding by ACE

Arts_council_LOGORenaissance Strategic Support Fund

A total of 82 organisations will receive approximately...

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Welcome to the New Look Website!

The SWFed website has just been re-launched in its new and improved form! The new-look website now includes many features which people working and volunteering in the sector can use, including: The new Museum Skills 2012-13 programme, with free traini...

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An Opportunity To Lower Your Energy Costs

Arts Council England has just announced a new service to give arts and culture organisations access to lower energy costs via its energy buyer, Government Procurement Services. ACE hopes that access to lower energy costs will help the arts and culture sec...

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Local Government Finance Bill – The Implications for Charity Relief from Business Rates

The Association of Independent Museums(AIM) represents over half of the museums in the UK. These institutions are independent and run as charities for the public benefit, enabling service from ov...

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Changes to CRB regulations

A series of leaflets explaining changes to the Criminal Records Bureau checks that are coming into force in September 2012 are available on the Home Office website at  A new nationa...

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Your CPD: Join the Culture Professionals Network!

Eleanor Moore, Workforce Development Co-ordinator for the Regional Museums Development team, has recently joined the Culture Professionals Network.  It's free to join for e-newsletters, a first look at Guardian Culture jobs, freebies and discounts, and...

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HLF publishes Strategic Framework 2013-2018

The framework sets out plans designed to deliver long term and sustainable benefits in response to the newly emerging needs facing the heritage sector. As well as introducing new initiatives and changes to existing programmes such as Young Roots and Sk...

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Power of the Plough: New Interpretation Guide

ploughPreparing the land for sowing is a fundamental farming activity. Nowadays we tend to take this for granted; huge tractors make ploughing look effortless, a...

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