South Western Federation of Museums and Art Galleries

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Help secure Museum Development funds for the South West

The SW Fed is co-operating with Bristol City Museums & Art Galleries to run a survey of museums in the South West to confirm and update their understanding of what museums value about Museum Development services as they enter talks with potential partn...

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SWFed Seeks Web Developer

The SWFED is seeking to engage a web designer, proficient in the use of Joomla to continue the development of the Fed’s website ( which was re-branded and designed last year. A budget of £3,000 (inc. VAT) is ava...

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Tips to balance the books

How to keep your head above water, ideas to save and to bring in the £££s, sharing tips and learning from others.  This will be the order of the day at the last of the Federation's forums in Bournemouth on 2nd March.  Can your museum afford not to be t...

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ACE announces Renaissance Major Funding Partners

Bristol CIty Museum & Archive Service and a consortium between the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery have been succesful in their bids for a 3 year funding settlement from Arts Council England.  The fund was created to ...

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Additional museum skills workshops by popular demand

If you missed some of the most popular workshops in this year's Museums Skills Programme, you are being given a second chance to catch one!  Thanks to the careful husbanding of resources by Sarah Lewis (training co-ordinator) and Clive Fisher (treasurer)...

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National Trust Collections Go Online

National Trust Collections

For the very first time, you can now access National Trust collections online!...

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Creative apprenticeships brought enormous benefits

Employers and apprentices benefited enormously from the Creative Apprenticeships programme 2009-11, the research study into scheme concludes.  The apprentices gained confidence, work-place and transferable skills, and attained a recognised qualificatio...

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Shaping The New Museum Development Offer

As we draw near to the announcement of successful – and unsuccessful – Major Grant applicants, more information about how Arts Council envisage the shape of Museum Development will be supported with the newer fund emerges.

There are only a couple of we...

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Museums Mourn The Passing of Shaun Garner

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Shaun Garner, the Collections Development Manager at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum. Shaun passed away on Wednesday 4 January after a battle with cancer, which he fought with great dignity...

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Mapped to Accreditation 2011