Training and Skills Development


The SWFed is delighted to provide a gateway for museum staff and volunteers in the South West to access a wide range of high quality, cost effective training and professional development opportunities.

This section of the website will help you find information about the fantastic training days happening in the region, which will equip you with new skills, and strengthen or update existing skills.

In addition, you can also use this section to access resources such as training handouts.

South West Museum Skills Programme

The South West Museum Skills Programme is publicly funded by Arts Council England and provides subsidised museum specific training in the region delivered by the South West Museum Development Programme. Thanks to this funding, training is offered to staff, trustees and volunteers working in and supporting museums within Arts Council England’s Accreditation Scheme in the South West at no or low cost.


An exclusive benefit for SWFed members is that members are able to access this training as part of their membership.

Below is a list of the 2016-17 Programme: Tranche 3 sessions. To book your place and for information on availability, please click here.

Introduction to Fundraising (Workshop)11 January 2017Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Bristol
Understanding Your Museum Audience18 January 2017Castle House (Museum of Somerset), Taunton
Rights management24 January 2017Truro Community Library, Truro
Fundraising from Corporates25 January 2017Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter
Effective Marketing for Beginners1 February 2017M Shed, Bristol
Developing Board Effectiveness7 February 2017M Shed, Bristol
Leading Success from the Boardroom (Part of Cornwall Museum Partnership Catalyst Skills Programme)8 February 2017Cornwall Regimental Museum, Bodmin
Developing Board Effectiveness9 February 2017Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter
Effective Marketing for Beginners1 March 2017The Salisbury Museum, Salisbury
What Can Documentation Do for Me?7 March 2017Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, Chippenham
Making the Most of Working with Young People and Schools9 March 2017Dorset History Centre, Dorchester

Below is a list of the 2016-17 Programme: Tranche 2 sessions with spaces still available. To book your place and to check availability, please click here.

Effective succession planning and volunteer recruitment6 December 2016Dorset History Centre, Dorchester

Other Regional Training

Training courses and events from around the region you might be interested in, click here for the full list. Please contact us if you would like to promote your own training event on this website.

CPD Opportunities

Training Handouts Online

Did you know a number of training providers and trainers choose to share their resources to benefit those working in the museum and gallery sector? You can view and download them by clicking here.

Request training

We are always interested in your ideas and suggestions for future training topics, so do get in touch via your MDO, county rep or contact the SWFed’s Training Rep.

Upcoming Events

Arts Council England
South West Museum Development Programme