Dates For Your Diary – Upcoming AIM Events

We have created this at a glance guide to all upcoming AIM events so you can see what events are right for you, and also how to book. If you need any other information about these AIM events, please email: sassy@aim-museums.co.uk

8 September 2016 – Cardiff

AIM Wales Events – UK Launch of AIM Admissions Research Report and AIM Hallmarks in Wales

UK Launch of AIM Admissions Research Report (morning session)

This morning event will launch the official report containing vital research into the impact of charging for admissions on museums and heritage sites, including results from the recent admissions survey. Attendees will receive copies of the summarised report before enjoying a buffet lunch.

AIM Hallmarks in Wales (afternoon session)

Attendees are invited to lunch followed by an afternoon session exploring the AIM Hallmarks of Prospering Museums. Guest speakers will reflect on their own leadership approaches and organisational development in light of the Hallmarks and there will be more information about the AIM Hallmarks programme. Thanks to funding from Welsh Government, AIM members in Wales are now eligible to apply for grants via the AIM Hallmarks Awards.

Attendees are welcome to attend either or both events with a buffet lunch included.

Further information and booking: AIM Wales Events  

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Wednesday 28 September – Birmingham

Monday 14 November – London

Reviewing Your Board For Succession Planning

Led by Joy Allen of Leading Governance, this seminar is for any board which needs to recruit new trustees or broaden its range of skills, this interactive workshop will provide practical tips for board succession planning, including how to conduct a useful skills audit and recruitment methods in practice.

Further information and booking: Reviewing Your Board For Succession Planning

Trustees 5Reviewing Your Board For Succession Planning will help any board that needs to recruit new Trustees – join us in Birmingham or London

Tuesday 4 October – London

Delivering Excellent Heritage Projects: Free AIM Biffa Award Seminar

If you are about to start a new capital heritage project or want to deliver a successful interpretation project, this seminar at the London Transport Museum will inspire you and give you the confidence you need. Museums and heritage sites embarking on a major development project will gain invaluable top tips on how to manage processes and planning, how to avoid pitfalls and recognise opportunities and how to manage communications and relationships with key stakeholders and volunteers.

Further information and booking: Delivering Excellent Heritage Projects

Cromford_Mills_-_General_001Museums and heritage sites embarking on a major development project will gain invaluable top tips at our Biffa Award funded seminar in London

19 October – London

Engaging Board Meetings

Led by Anne Murch and Gaby Porter, this workshop is for anyone who has ever felt that their board could be engaging with big, exciting questions as well as the routine oversight of their organisation. It will aim to answer questions such as “How do we engage board members in creative conversations and invite them to contribute their ideas with enthusiasm?” as well as enabling boards to ensure they bring their attention to what matters most for the organisation.

Further information and booking: Engaging Board Meetings

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This workshop is for anyone who has ever felt that their board could be engaging with big, exciting questions as well as the routine oversight of their organisation

 

AIM Conservation Grants – Next Round Closes 30 September

AIM members from small and medium size museums are eligible to apply to the AIM Preventive Conservation Grant Scheme and the AIM Conservation Grant Scheme. Both schemes are generously supported by The Pilgrim Trust and the next round of applications closes on 30 September 2016.

Since these grant schemes started, hundreds of AIM member museums and heritage sites have benefited, and both schemes have been set up to help develop a more sustainable approach to the conservation and management of collections. To check your eligibility and for further information, please see the AIM website: AIM Grant Schemes.

Please note that the typical grant awarded is £5,000 or under. If you have any questions about these grants, please email: justeen@aim-museums.co.uk

We like to showcase examples of successful applicants, so that anyone thinking of applying can see the type of conservation work that AIM has previously funded. The following is a report from the American Museum in Britain in Bath, who were awarded £5000 awarded for the purchase of an ELTEK environmental monitoring system.

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The American Museum opened in 1961 and is the only museum of American decorative and folk art outside the United States. Housed within a Georgian manor house and a modern exhibition gallery, the museum is surrounded by beautiful gardens and countryside.

As part of our mission to conserve and protect our objects, we monitor the environmental conditions throughout the whole Museum, including storage spaces.  Our old system consisted of five mechanical thermohygrographs.  They took a long time to manually calibrate and change their paper charts. They were also bulky and needed to be readily accessible for maintenance, which meant they couldn’t easily be used inside display cases.

We investigated many replacement monitoring systems, from standalone loggers such as the famous TinyTags to fully integrated systems with alarms and flood detection capabilities.  We also consulted other museums to learn from their experiences.  A wireless system was clearly an advantage and the principal reason for our decision to buy the Eltek system was its robust wireless communication – over a large museum site, the communications must work reliably and accurately.

The installed system is living up to our expectations and we are very grateful to AIM.  Thirteen Eltek GD10 sensors are spread throughout three floors and two buildings.  They feed data back to the base station and we have instant access to environmental information over our computer network.

Coupled with the lengthy battery life of the units, this has already meant a huge reduction in the time required to attend to each logging location.  That saving in curatorial time means we can have more loggers than before and, as a result, monitor much more of the museum. Most importantly, this new system is providing us with much better data about the conditions in the Museum, which, in turn, is providing us with the opportunity to pursue national loans.

Kate Hebert

Chief Curator, American Museum in Britain

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AIM Wales Events / Digwyddiadau AIM Cymru

This is a bilingual webpage / Mae hon yn dudalen we dwyieithog

 UK Launch of AIM Admissions Research Report

This morning event will launch the official report containing vital research into the impact of charging for admissions on museums and heritage sites, including results from the recent admissions survey. Attendees will receive copies of the summarised report before enjoying a buffet lunch. Twitter hashtag: #AIMCharge

11.00: Arrival and coffee

11.30: Introduction

An introduction to the AIM Admissions Research Report by Dr Matthew Tanner, Vice Chair of the Association of Independent Museums

11.45: Report presentation by Dr Stephen Connolly from DC Research with case studies from two participant museums, Tenby Museum and Bristol Museum and Art Gallery.

Stephen will summarise the main findings about the impact of charging, exploring the complexity and diversity of the picture around charging for admissions by museums. Kathy Talbot from Tenby Museum and Phil Walker from Bristol Culture will outline their recent experiences of changing their charging policy, including introducing free entry for children, and an innovative ‘pay what you think’ approach for some exhibitions. Finally, Stephen will summarise the key lessons for museums to consider when reviewing their own charging position.

12.30 Panel discussion with the morning’s speakers, and Carol Whitaker from MALD

1.00 – 2.00: Buffet lunch and networking

AIM Hallmarks in Wales

Attendees are invited to lunch followed by an afternoon session exploring the AIM Hallmarks of Prospering Museums. Guest speakers will reflect on their own leadership approaches and organisational development in light of the Hallmarks and there will be more information about the AIM Hallmarks programme. Thanks to funding from Welsh Government, AIM members in Wales are now eligible to apply for grants via the AIM Hallmarks Awards. Twitter hashtag: #AIMHM

2.15: Introduction to the AIM Hallmarks of Prospering Museums by Tamalie Newbery, AIM Executive Director

Tamalie Newbery will explain the thinking behind the AIM Hallmarks. The AIM Hallmarks set out to identify what it is about the way organisations operate that enables them to prosper. In particular, the framework aims to answer the question of why is it that organisations can have very similar visitor offers and business models, yet vary so much in terms of how successful they are. Tamalie will draw on the experience of AIM museums as well as recent research to suggest that what makes the difference is often a matter of a strong sense of purpose, a positive organisational culture and an open attitude to innovation and risk. Tamalie will reflect on the experience of museums using the AIM Hallmarks and consider what the Hallmarks have to offer museums in Wales in their current context.

2.30: Emmie Kell, Chief Executive of the Cornwall Museums Partnership

Emmie will speak about the experience of building the Cornwall Museums Partnership. She will reflect on how the partners have created a positive working relationship, bringing together museums of different scale, diverse themes and with different governance structures. Emmie will reflect on her experience in the light of the AIM Hallmarks and consider some key lessons for partnership working. How can collaborations best respond to distinctiveness? And what insights might the Cornwall Museums Partnership’s experience offer for museums in Wales?

2.55: Traci Dix-Wiliams, Director of Operations, Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust

Over the last few years the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust has made a concerted effort to engage all its staff in working creatively to support the development and improvement of its visitor offer and to better understand what its visitors want and expect. Traci will explore a number of the projects and activities the museum has undertaken to ensure all staff contribute to the museum’s visitor focus and see how their work links to the museum’s core purpose, two of the AIM Hallmarks.

3.20: Discussion with all three speakers

3.40: The AIM Hallmarks Awards: maximising your chance of success

Helen Wilkinson will offer hints and advice to museums considering applying for funding through the AIM Hallmarks programme in Wales.

4.00: Event closes

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Lansiad y DU o Adroddiad Ymchwil Mynediadau AIM

Bydd y digwyddiad bore hwn yn lansio’r adroddiad swyddogol sydd yn cynnwys ymchwil hanfodol i’r effaith o godi tâl ar gyfer mynediadau ar amgueddfeydd a safleoedd treftadaeth, gan gynnwys canlyniadau’r arolwg mynediadau diweddar. Bydd y bobl sydd yn mynychu yn derbyn copïau o grynodeb yr adroddiad cyn mwynhau cinio bwffe. Trydar: #AIMCharge

11.00: Cyrraedd a choffi

11.30: Cyflwyniad

Cyflwyniad i Adroddiad Ymchwil Mynediadau AIM gan Dr Matthew Tanner, Dirprwy Gadeirydd Cymdeithas yr Amgueddfeydd Annibynnol

11.45: Cyflwyniad adroddiad gan Dr Stephen Connolly o DC Research gydag astudiaethau achos gan ddwy amgueddfa sydd wedi cyfranogi, Amgueddfa Dinbych-y-Pysgod ac Amgueddfa ac Oriel Gelf Bryste.

Bydd Stephen yn crynhoi’r prif gasgliadau am effaith y codi tâl, gan archwilio cymhlethdod ac amrywioldeb y ddarlun o gwmpas codi tâl ar gyfer mynediad gan amgueddfeydd. Bydd Kathy Talbot o Amgueddfa Dinbych-y-Pysgod a Phil Walker o Ddiwylliant Bryste  yn amlinellu eu profiadau diweddar o newid eu polisi codi tâl, gan gynnwys cyflwyno mynediad di-dâl i blant, ac arbrofion mentrus ‘talu beth ydych yn ei feddwl’ am rai arddangosfeydd. Yn olaf, bydd Stephen yn crynhoi’r gwersi allweddol i amgueddfeydd eu hystyried wrth arolygu eu safbwynt codi tâl eu hunain.

Roedd Amgueddfa ac Oriel Gelf Dinbych-y-Pysgod yn addasu eu polisi codi tâl mynediad er mwyn cynyddu apêl yr amgueddfa i deuluoedd a phlant ac i wella safle ariannol yr amgueddfa – cynyddwyd cyfanswm yr ymwelwyr ychydig, wrth ymyl cynnal y nifer o ymwelwyr sydd yn talu. Roedd strategaeth brisio wedi’i symleiddio yn fanteisiol i staff yr amgueddfa ac ymwelwyr am ei bod yn haws i’w deall a’i chyfathrebu.

Amgueddfeydd Bryste – Newidwyd eu polisi codi tâl ar gyfer arddangosfeydd penodol/dros dro, gan symud o ddull gweithredu amrywiol i un fwy syml gan ddarparu mwy o gysondeb ac eglurder o gwmpas y newidiadau. Cyflwynwyd model mentrus ‘talu beth ydych yn ei feddwl’ ar gyfer arddangosfeydd penodol – ac arweiniodd y modelau codi tâl newydd hyn at gynnydd incwm sylweddol.

12.30 Trafodaeth banel gyda siaradwyr y bore, a Carol Whitaker o MALD

1.00 – 2.00: Cinio bwffe a rhwydweithio

Dilysnodau AIM yng Nghymru

Mae’r bobl sydd yn mynychu yn cael eu gwahodd i gael cinio ac yna at sesiwn yn y prynhawn sydd yn archwilio Dilysnodau Amgueddfeydd sy’n Ffynnu AIM. Bydd siaradwyr gwadd yn adlewyrchu ar eu dulliau gweithredu arweinyddol eu hunain a datblygiad cyfundrefnol yng ngoleuni’r Dilysnodau a bydd rhagor o wybodaeth am raglen Dilysnodau AIM. Diolch i gyllid gan Lywodraeth Cymru, mae aelodau AIM yng Nghymru yn awr yn gymwys i ymgeisio ar gyfer grantiau drwy Wobrau Dilysnodau AIM. Trydar: #AIMHM

2.15: Cyflwyniad i Ddilysnodau Amgueddfeydd sy’n Ffynnu AIM gan Tamalie Newbery, Cyfarwyddwr Gweithredol AIM

Bydd Tamalie Newbery yn egluro’r meddwl y tu ôl i Ddilysnodau AIM. Mae Dilysnodau AIM yn ceisio nodi beth am ddulliau gweithredu’r sefydliadau sydd yn eu galluogi i ffynnu. Nod y fframwaith yn arbennig, yw ateb y cwestiwn am sut y gall sefydliadau gael cynigion ymwelwyr a modelau busnes mor debyg, wrth amrywio cymaint o ran eu llwyddiant. Bydd Tamalie yn tynnu ar brofiad amgueddfeydd AIM yn ogystal ag ymchwil diweddar er mwyn awgrymu mai beth sydd yn gwneud gwahaniaeth yn aml yw synnwyr cryf o bwrpas, diwylliant cyfundrefnol cadarnhaol ac agwedd agored i fenter a risg. Bydd Tamalie yn adlewyrchu ar y profiad o amgueddfeydd yn defnyddio Dilysnodau AIM ac yn ystyried beth sydd gan y Dilysnodau i’w cynnig i amgueddfeydd yng Nghymru yn eu cyd-destun presennol.

2.30: Emmie Kell, Prif Weithredwr Partneriaeth Amgueddfeydd Cernyw

Bydd Emmie yn siarad am y profiad o adeiladu Partneriaeth Amgueddfeydd Cernyw. Byddai’n adlewyrchu ar sut y mae’r partneriaid wedi creu perthynas weithio cadarnhaol, gan ddod ag amgueddfeydd o wahanol feintiau, themâu amrywiol a gyda strwythurau llywodraethu gwahanol at ei gilydd. Bydd Emmie yn adlewyrchu ar ei phrofiad yng ngoleuni Dilysnodau AIM ac yn ystyried rhai gwersi allweddol ar gyfer gweithio o fewn parteriaeth. Sut y gall cydweithrediadau ymateb orau i wahanolrwydd? A pha fewnwelediadau y gall Partneriaeth Amgueddfeydd Cernyw gynnig i amgueddfeydd Cymru?

2.55: Traci Dix-Wiliams, Cyfarwyddwr Gweithredu, Ymddiriedolaeth Amgueddfeydd Ironbridge Gorge

Dros y blynyddoedd diwethaf mae Ymddiriedolaeth Amgueddfeydd Ironbridge Gorge wedi gwneud ymdrech fawr i ymgysylltu ei staff i gyd mewn gweithio’n greadigol i gynorthwyo datblygiad a gwelliant ei chynnig ymwelwyr ac i ddeall yn well beth yw dymuniadau a disgwyliadau ei hymwelwyr. Bydd Traci yn archwilio nifer o’r prosiectau a gweithgareddau y mae’r amgueddfa  wedi mynd i’r afael â nhw er mwyn sicrhau bod y staff i gyd yn cyfrannu at ffocws ymwelwyr yr amgueddfa ac yn gweld sut y mae eu gwaith yn cysylltu at bwrpas craidd yr amgueddfa, dau o Ddilysnodau AIM.

3.20: Trafodaeth gyda’r siaradwyr i gyd

3.40: Gwobrau Dilysnod AIM: macsimeiddio eich cyfle o lwyddo

Bydd Helen Wilkinson yn cynnig cyngor i amgueddfeydd sydd yn ystyried ymgeisio ar gyfer cyllido drwy raglen Dilysnodau AIM yng Nghymru.

4.00: Digwyddiad yn cau.

 

Booking Form: AIM Wales Events Booking Form

Ffurflen Archebu: Ffurflen Archebu Digwyddiadau AIM Cymru

Delivering Excellent Heritage Projects: Free AIM Biffa Award Seminar

Delivering Excellent Heritage Projects: Free AIM Biffa Award Seminar

Tuesday 4 October 10.45am – 3.00pm at the London Transport Museum

Lunch and optional tour of the London Transport Museum included

Free entry

If you are about to start a new capital heritage project or want to deliver a successful interpretation project, the upcoming free AIM Biffa Award ‘Delivering Excellent Heritage Projects’ seminar on 4 October at the London Transport Museum will inspire you and give you the confidence you need.

Museums and heritage sites embarking on a major development project will gain invaluable top tips on how to manage processes and planning, how to avoid pitfalls and recognise opportunities and how to manage communications and relationships with key stakeholders and volunteers.

The seminar will also provide inspiring ideas for new interpretation approaches through practical examples and case studies from organisations that have successfully won major capital grants from AIM Biffa Award or HLF and it will be especially useful to those thinking of applying to the new  AIM Biffa Award History Makers programme.

A range of speakers from different sized museums and Industrial Heritage Sites, who directly managed funding from the AIM Biffa Award National Heritage Landmark Projects Scheme which invested £1.5m in saving and interpreting industrial heritage sites, will be sharing their insights and tips throughout the day and during informal chats during lunch.

There will also be a chance to hear more about the new AIM Biffa Award ‘History Makers’ grant programme and potential applicants to the programme are encouraged to attend this seminar to learn about what the programme is looking to fund and what will make a good application. The closing date for the first round of History Makers is 31 October 2016.

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Photo: courtesy of the Arkwright Society at Cromford Mills

PROGRAMME

10.45 Registration and Coffee

11.15 Welcome: Gillian French, Biffa Award, Head of Grants

11.30 Bill Ferris, Chief Executive, Chatham Historic Dockyard

Bill Ferris, Chief Executive, Chatham Historic Dockyard will explain what makes for successful project management and will introduce three NHLPS funded projects; all complex schemes forming part of larger HLF funded projects. These are:

Postal Heritage Trust: Mail Rail – presented by Chris Taft, Head of Collections

Chatham Historic Dockyard: World Heritage Discovery Centre – presented by Artelia UK

Underfall Yard: Hydraulic Pump House – presented by Nicola Dyer, Project Director

12.45 Lunch and Market Place

13.30 Sarah Macleod, Chief Executive of the Arkwright Society at Cromford Mills

The second session will be led by Sarah Macleod, Chief Executive of the Arkwright Society at Cromford Mills, who will be looking at some new approaches to heritage interpretation with case studies from:

Newman’s Coffin Works: Self- Guided Works Tour – presented by Tonia Collett, Volunteer and Operations Manager

Cromford Mills: Interpreting Arkwright’s First Mill – presented by Sarah Macleod, Chief Executive

ss GB: Being Brunel – presented by Rhian Tritton, Director of Museum and Educational Services

14.45 History Makers Fund: Di Lees, Director Imperial War Museum and Tim Burge, History Makers, Project Manager

Tim will explain the aims of the programme and what you need to do if you are interested in applying

Q and A

15.00 Seminar ends.

Sam Mullins, Director of the London Transport Museum, will give an update on recent developments at the museum with the opportunity to visit the museum

 

How to book: Tickets are free and can be booked by using our Eventbrite booking

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/delivering-excellent-heritage-projects-tickets-26948718342

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Great Place Scheme Puts Culture At The Heart Of Local Vision In England

A £15m scheme to help put culture at the heart of successful communities was unveiled by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Arts Council England today. The Great Place Scheme – one of the flagship measures from the Government’s recently published Culture White Paper – will pilot new approaches that enable cultural, community and civic organisations to work more closely together.

The aim is twofold: to ensure that the considerable investment in culture made by organisations like HLF and Arts Council England has the maximum positive impact on jobs, economic performance, educational attainment, community cohesion and health and wellbeing; and to persuade civic organisations and local businesses to invest in and put culture at the heart of their thinking.

Grants of between £500,000 and £1.5m will fund a range of activities in 12 pilot areas, for example:

*New ways to include arts, culture and heritage in the provision of local education or health services;

*Research into the contribution made by arts, culture and heritage to local economies;

*Funding for people working in arts, culture and heritage to build networks and increase their skills;

*Exploring and piloting new ways of financing cultural organisations;

*Encouraging the use of existing powers that allow communities to support their local culture, such as the Community Right to Bid or listing local landmarks as Assets of Community Value; and

*Development of local strategies that turn conversations and creation of networks into action to maximise the community benefit that local arts, culture and heritage can deliver.

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“The Great Place Scheme will showcase just what can be done when you put culture at the heart of local plans and policies.” (Photo credit: Bath Abbey)

The Great Place Scheme, using funds raised by the National Lottery, will initially be piloted in 12 locations across England and is likely to include everything from a city-wide scheme to a group of rural or coastal local authority areas. HLF is in discussion with the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and the scheme is expected to open in those nations later in 2016-2017.

Funding comes from HLF and Arts Council England, each of which will contribute £7.5m for projects lasting up to three years. There will also be complementary support from other organisations where relevant, such as Historic England through its Heritage Action Zone initiative.

Heritage Minister Tracey Crouch said: “A strong heritage and cultural sector supports tourism, wellbeing and economic growth. By celebrating and preserving history, architecture and art, communities can transform their local area. The Great Place Scheme will showcase just what can be done when you put culture at the heart of local plans and policies.”

Applications must come from partnerships, which are likely to include: arts and heritage organisations; community/voluntary groups; social enterprises; businesses; local authorities; parish councils; local economic partnerships; and other public sector organisations. Single organisations cannot apply.

Potential applicants should first discuss their proposals with Arts Council England or the Heritage Lottery Fund.  The next stage is to submit an expression of interest by 6 October 2016. Online applications will be open from 1 November 2016 to 2 January 2017.

Website and further information: Great Place Scheme

 

 

AIM Event: UK Launch of AIM Admissions Research Report and AIM Hallmarks in Wales

This is a bilingual webpage / Mae hon yn dudalen we dwyieithog

Thursday 8 September 2016, The Glamorgan County Cricket Club, Cardiff

 11:00am – 4.00pm with lunch included

Free event for AIM members. AIM members are welcome to attend either or both events and enjoy lunch with additional networking opportunities

UK Launch of AIM Admissions Research Report

This morning event will launch the official report containing vital research into the impact of charging for admissions on museums and heritage sites, including results from the recent admissions survey. Attendees will receive copies of the summarised report before enjoying a buffet lunch. Twitter hashtag: #AIMCharge

11.00: Arrival and coffee

11.30: Introduction

An introduction to the AIM Admissions Research Report by Dr Matthew Tanner, Vice Chair of the Association of Independent Museums

11.45: Report presentation by Dr Stephen Connolly from DC Research with case studies from two participant museums

Stephen will summarise the main findings about the impact of charging, explaining the complexity and diversity of the picture around charging for admissions by museums. Two museums that have changed their charging policy recently will outline their experience. Finally, Stephen will summarise the key lessons for museums to consider when reviewing their own charging position.

1.00 – 2.00: Buffet lunch and networking

AIM Hallmarks in Wales

Attendees are invited to lunch followed by an afternoon session exploring the AIM Hallmarks of Prospering Museums. Guest speakers will reflect on their own leadership approaches and organisational development in light of the Hallmarks and there will be more information about the AIM Hallmarks programme. Thanks to funding from Welsh Government, AIM members in Wales are now eligible to apply for grants via the AIM Hallmarks Awards. Twitter hashtag: #AIMHM

2.15: Introduction to the AIM Hallmarks of Prospering Museums by Tamalie Newbery, AIM Executive Director

2.30: Emmie Kell, Chief Executive of the Cornwall Museums Partnership

2.55: Traci Dix-Wiliams, Director of Operations, Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust

Engaging all staff in your museum’s purpose

3.20: Discussion with all three speakers

3.40: The AIM Hallmarks Awards: maximising your chance of success

4.00: Event closes

To find out more about the AIM Hallmarks Awards in Wales please visit:

AIM Hallmarks Awards Round Two Now Open in England And Wales

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Visitors at The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (Image ©The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust)

 

Digwyddiad AIM: Lansiad y DU o Adroddiad Ymchwil Mynediadau AIM a Dilysnodau AIM yng Nghymru

Dydd Iau 8 Medi 2016, Clwb Criced Sir Morgannwg, Caerdydd

11:00yb – 4.00yh gyda chinio

Digwyddiad di-dâl i aelodau AIM. Mae croeso i aelodau AIM fynychu’r naill ddigwyddiad neu’r llall, neu’r ddau ddigwyddiad ac i fwynhau cinio gyda chyfleoedd rhwydweithio ychwanegol.

 Lansiad y DU o Adroddiad Ymchwil Mynediadau AIM

Bydd y digwyddiad hwn yn y bore yn lansio’r adroddiad swyddogol sydd yn cynnwys ymchwil hanfodol i’r effaith o godi tâl ar gyfer mynediad ar amgueddfeydd a safleoedd treftadaeth, gan gynnwys canlyniadau’r arolwg mynediadau diweddar. Bydd y bobl sydd yn mynychu yn derbyn copïau o grynodeb yr adroddiad cyn mwynhau cinio bwffe. ‘Hashtag’ Trydar: #AIMCharge

11.00: Cyrraedd a choffi

11.30: Cyflwyniad

Cyflwyniad i Adroddiad Ymchwil Mynediadau AIM gan Dr Matthew Tanner, Dirprwy Gadeirydd Cymdeithas yr Amgueddfeydd Annibynnol.

11.45: Cyflwyniad adroddiad gan Dr Stephen Connolly o DC Research gydag astudiaethau achos o ddwy amgueddfa sydd yn cyfranogi.

Bydd Stephen yn crynhoi’r prif gasgliadau am effaith codi tâl, gan egluro cymhlethdod ac amrywiaeth y darlun o gwmpas codi tâl ar gyfer mynediad i amgueddfeydd. Bydd dwy amgueddfa sydd wedi newid eu polisi codi tâl yn ddiweddar yn amlinellu eu profiad. Yn olaf, bydd Stephen yn crynhoi’r gwersi allweddol i amgueddfeydd eu hystyried wrth adolygu eu safbwynt codi tâl eu hunain.

1.00- 2.00: Cinio bwffe a rhwydweithio

Dilysnodau AIM yng Nghymru

Gwahoddir y bobl sydd yn mynychu i gael cinio wedi’i ddilyn gan sesiwn prynhawn yn archwilio Dilysnodau AIM o Amgueddfeydd sydd yn Ffynnu. Bydd siaradwyr gwadd yn adlewyrchu ar eu dulliau gweithredu arweinyddiaeth a datblygiad cyfundrefnol eu hunain yng ngoleuni’r Dilysnodau a bydd rhagor o wybodaeth am raglen Dilysnodau AIM. Diolch i gyllid gan Lywodraeth Cymru, mae aelodau AIM yng Nghymru yn awr yn gymwys i ymgeisio ar gyfer grantiau drwy Wobrau Dilysnod AIM. ‘Hashtag’ Trydar: #AIMHM

2.15: Cyflwyniad i Ddilysnodau AIM o Amgueddfeydd sydd yn Ffynnu gan Tamalie Newbery, Cyfarwyddwr Gweithredol AIM

2.30: Emmie Kell, Prif Weithredwr Partneriaeth Amgueddfwydd Cernyw

2.55: Traci Dix-Wiliams, Cyfarwyddwr Gweithredu, Ymddiriedolaeth Amgueddfeydd Ironbridge Gorge

Ymgysylltu pob aelod o staff mewn pwrpas eich amgueddfa

3.20: Trafodaeth gyda’r siaradwyr i gyd

3.40: Gwobrau Dilysnod AIM: manteisio ar eich cyfle o lwyddiant

4.00: Digwyddiad yn cau

I ddarganfod rhagor am Wobrau Dilysnod AIM yng Nghymru, gweler:

Rownd Dau o Wobrau Dilysnod AIM Hallmarks yn awr Ar Agor yng Nghymru a Lloegr

 Booking / Archebu

English:  AIM Wales Events Booking Form

Cymraeg: Ffurflen Archebu Digwyddiadau AIM Cymru

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AIM Hallmarks Awards Round Two Now Open in England And Wales

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AIM has today opened applications for Round Two of the AIM Hallmarks Awards. Grants will be available in sums of between £5,000 and £15,000 and we anticipate that the average award will be £10,000. The AIM Hallmarks Awards are supported using public funding by Arts Council England and the Welsh Government.

The awards support organisations in England and Wales by providing grants for museums to develop their work using the AIM Hallmarks of Prospering Museums. In Round Two £22,500 is available for museums in Wales and £50,000 for museums in England.  The Closing date for all applications is 7 October 2016.

The AIM Hallmarks of Prospering Museums identify what it is about how successful heritage organisations work that enables them to prosper and thrive and are intended to help museums begin to use the principles in the Hallmarks to improve the way they work.

This can involve organisational health checks using the AIM Hallmarks leading to developing new ways of working or using the Hallmarks to review areas of current activity to test how they can be strengthened.

Museums which have already identified development needs reflecting the principles of the Hallmarks can apply for funding to put their ideas into practice and progress programmes of work which will enable them to become more resilient and to prosper in the future.

Helen Wilkinson, AIM Assistant Director, said: “The Hallmarks Awards enable museums to test out good ideas or to review their work. We are really delighted to be able to offer these grants to support museums to find out how they can translate the great ideas in Hallmarks into practice.”

AIM is also running a Hallmarks event in Cardiff on 8 September, which will explore the ideas behind the AIM Hallmarks of Prospering Museums and explain the different opportunities to engage with the programme. If you are considering applying to the AIM Hallmarks Awards in Round Two, attending this session will help to inform your application.

AIM Hallmarks Awards Application And Guidance:

England: AIM Hallmarks Awards

Wales: Hallmarks of Prospering Museums in Wales

The AIM Hallmarks Awards Round Two closes on 7 October 2016

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Rownd Dau o Wobrau Dilysnod AIM Hallmarks yn awr Ar Agor yng Nghymru a Lloegr

Mae AIM heddiw wedi agor ceisiadau ar gyfer Rownd Day o Wobrau Dilysnod AIM, Bydd grantiau ar gael mewn symiau o rhwng  £5,000 a £15,000 ac rydym yn rhagweld y bydd gwobrau ar gyfartaledd yn £10,000. Mae Gwobrau Dilysnod AIM yn cael eu hariannu gan ddefnyddio cyllid cyhoeddus gan Gyngor Celfyddydau Lloegr a Llywodraeth Cymru.

Mae’r Gwobrau yn cynorthwyo sefydliadau yng Nghymru a Lloegr drwy ddarparu grantiau ar gyfer amgueddfeydd i ddatblygu eu gwaith gan ddefnyddio Dilysnodau AIM o Amgueddfeydd sy’n Ffynnu. Yn Rownd Dau, mae £22,500 ar gael ar gyfer amgueddfeydd yng Nghymru a £50,000 ar gyfer amgueddfeydd yn Lloegr. Y dyddiad cau ar gyfer pob cais yw 7 Hydref 2016.

Mae Dilysnodau AIM o Amgueddfeydd sy’n Ffynnu yn nodi beth am y ffordd y mae sefydliadau treftadaeth llwyddiannus yn gweithio sydd yn eu galluogi i ffynnu, a’u bwriad yw helpu i amgueddfeydd ddechrau i ddefnyddio egwyddorion y Dilysnodau i wella eu dulliau gwaith.

Gall hyn gynnwys gwneud gwiriadau iechyd cyfundrefnol gan ddefnyddio Dilysnodau AIM sy’n arwain at ddatblygu ffyrdd newydd o weithio neu ddefnyddio Dilysnodau AIM i arolygu meysydd o weithredu presennol i brofi sut y gallent eu cryfhau.

Gall amgueddfeydd sydd yn barod wedi nodi anghenion datblygu sydd yn adlewyrchu egwyddorion y Dilysnodau ymgeisio ar gyfer cyllid er mwyn troi eu syniadau yn arfer a datblygu rhaglenni o waith sydd yn eu galluogi i fod yn fwy gwydn ac i ffynnu yn y dyfodol.

Dywedodd Helen Wilkinson, Cyfarwyddwr Cynorthwyol AIM: “Mae’r Gwobrau Dilysnod yn galluogi i amgueddfeydd brofi syniadau da neu arolygu eu gwaith. Rydym wrth ein bodd i allu cynnig y grantiau hyn i gynorthwyo amgueddfeydd i ddarganfod sut y gallent gyfieithu syniadau gwych y Dilysnodau yn arfer.”

Mae AIM hefyd yn cynnal digwyddiad yng Nghaerdydd ar 8 Medi, a fydd yn archwilio’r syniadau y tu ôl i Ddilysnodau AIM o Amgueddfeydd sy’n Ffynnu ac yn egluro’r cyfleoedd gwahanol i ymgysylltu â’r rhaglen. Os ydych yn ystyried ymgeisio yn Rownd Dau Gwobrau Dilysnod AIM, bydd mynychu’r sesiwn hon yn helpu gyda’ch cais. Gwahoddir aelodau AIM i ginio gyda’r sesiswn hon yn dilyn yn y prynhawn i ddysgu rhagor am Wobrau Dilysnod AIM.

Canllawiau Ymgeisio Gwobrau Dilysnod AIM:

Lloegr: AIM Hallmarks Awards

Nghymru: Dilysnodau AIM o Amgueddfeydd sy’n Ffynnu yng Nghymru

Mae Rownd Dau Gwobrau Dilysnod AIM yn cau ar 7 Hydref 2016

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AIM Biffa Award: History Makers £1 million Funding Programme Is Open

The AIM Biffa Award funded  ‘History Makers – People who helped to shape our world’ £1 million funding programme is now open for applications and the closing date for the first annual round will be 31 October 2016. History Makers will fund museums to create new exhibitions that will inspire the public through the lives and achievements of extraordinary, historical figures who have made a significant impact on the industrial, scientific, commercial or social history of the UK, shaping the world we live in today.

The programme is a partnership between Biffa Award and AIM and it will run over three years, awarding grants to AIM member museums of up to £75,000. £300,000 will be distributed in the first round. It builds on the very successful collaboration between AIM and Biffa Award from 2012-2014, which saw £1.5m invested in National Heritage Landmark Projects, saving some of the UK’s most important industrial heritage. The programme is open to AIM members in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, whose sites are in geographic proximity to Biffa Award operations, as required by the Landfill Communities Fund.

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‘History Makers’ will enable the creation of new museum displays which will connect the public with the personal stories and achievements of both famous, and less-well known, historic figures. Through their lives, a new generation will be inspired by the qualities behind their successes, such as ingenuity, bravery, persistence, endeavour, imagination and insight. Many objects and collections will be displayed publicly for the first time to illuminate these stories.

“The AIM Biffa Award History Makers Programme will support AIM member museums by funding exhibitions and displays that will celebrate the achievements of the men and women that have helped to shape our history. This is an exciting opportunity for museums to tell the story of these extraordinary people and the Biffa Award funding will also enable museums to create online resources that can be shared globally,” said Tamalie Newbery, Executive Director of AIM.

“We’re thrilled to support such an exciting project with a grant from the Landfill Communities Fund. History Makers, will enable people to explore the personal stories behind some of the great figures of our past, and help to bring these fascinating chapters of our social history to life!” said Gillian French; Biffa Award, Head of Grants

 

How to apply

Please visit the AIM website for all information about the AIM Biffa Award History Makers Programme by clicking here: AIM Biffa Award History Makers Programme

If you have any questions or need help, please email Justeen Stone at:

justeen@aim-museums.co.uk

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Good News For English Museums From Arts Council England

Arts Council England have announced changes to the way it will approach its investment, from 2018. Funding for Museums and Libraries will be brought together with funding for the arts for the first time, with museums able to apply both to be National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) and for Grants for the Arts and Culture.

AIM’s new Chair, Richard Evans, Director at Beamish, has welcomed this news and writes here about the positive impact that these changes will have for AIM members in England.

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AIM’s new Chairman, Richard Evans, Director at Beamish, has welcomed the news today from Arts Council England

 AIM is really pleased to see the changes announced today by Arts Council England (ACE)  and we really welcome the new opportunities they will create for English museums of all shapes and sizes because for the first time, museums and libraries will be part of the Arts Council’s investment portfolio and funding agreements for the Arts Council’s National Portfolio Organisations will be lengthened from 3 to 4 years, to allow organisations more time to put their business plans in action.

AIM appreciates having been involved as the ideas have been developed – and we can see that ACE have listened very carefully to museums including the views of our members. The feedback has been used to inform the Arts Council’s investment process from 2018 and the new NPO applicant guidance and further details about Grants for the Arts and Culture, and strategic funds, will be published in October 2016.

In some senses this marks the moment when museums have finally become integrated into the work of Arts Council England. We particularly welcome the news that all museums will be able to apply to the Arts Council’s largest fund, Grants for the Arts and Culture. This is a bold move – and the right one we think – to help ACE deliver on its own goals and ambitions. Making sure their investment goes much further and reaches more people.

To slightly badly paraphrase the Arts Council’s strategy – we know museums deliver truly great experiences for everyone. AIM is confident these changes will help demonstrate that a broader portfolio of investment by ACE – reaching all types of museums across England including many more independent organisations – will create real and lasting benefits. Benefits to our museums and how they work – but most importantly of all perhaps – benefits to the millions of people we reach every year.

Our experience suggests that so often the greatest returns are created by modest investments in the right organisation, at the right time. We also know that sometimes the best ideas are to be found in the very smallest museums. Biggest does not always mean best.

It’s sometimes easy to forget that independent museums represent more than two thirds of all museums in England – and employ half of the sector’s entire paid workforce too. AIM looks forward to supporting independent museums to take up the opportunity presented by Arts Council’s new funding programmes, to generate some brilliant ideas and truly original projects, creating valuable experiences for people from all backgrounds to enjoy.

Other responses

AIM’s previous Chair, Dr Matthew Tanner, took part in an Arts Council England panel discussion about the changes to the Arts Council England investment process. He said “From a museum perspective, this is a radical change as it will allow innovation to grow in all sorts of places. We will see people seeding this opportunity all over the place – it’s very exciting.” You can listen to the discussion HERE

John Orna-Ornstein, Director of Museums for ACE described the change of Grants for the Arts to Grants for the Arts and Culture: “This major new fund will have a broad remit – to develop great art and cultural activity for everyone – and will typically support applications between £1,000 and £100,000. This is a significant new potential source of funding for museum activity and will open in January 2018.”

Welcoming the overall changes, he said: “I am confident that these plans are a strong, dynamic response from the Arts Council to the challenges and opportunities facing museums, as well as the wider arts and cultural sector. They will allow us to make strategic decisions about individual places and will support partnership-working across museums and the arts.”

The full announcement of the changes plus the downloadable ComRes Report on the sector consultation and the Arts Council’s recommendations on the investment approach can be found on the Arts Council England website here:

 Changes to Arts Council England’s 2018 investment approach

 

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The Research and Education Space: Improving Access To Public Archives Digitally

The Research and Education Space (RES) is a new partnership initiative between the BBC, Learning on Screen and Jisc which aims to make it easier for teachers, students and academics to discover and use material held in the public collections of broadcasters, museums, galleries, libraries and publishers.

RES comprises an open platform – built by the BBC – which searches, indexes and organises the digital collections of leading public organisations to make their content more discoverable, accessible and usable to those in UK education and research.

Richard Leeming, the RES External Relationships Manager told AIM:

“We’re building a digital platform that aims to makes it easier for teachers, students and academics to discover, access and use material held in the public collections of broadcasters, museums, libraries, galleries and publishers. We’re collaborating with dozens of major institutions and are very keen to involve smaller and independent institutions as well. The advantage for them is that because the RES platform searches for keywords, any search using RES will take you straight to the relevant item; so putting the smaller institutions on an equal footing with the bigger players”.

By indexing data across the collections, RES can collate and link together information it has indexed about a particular topic in a structured way that is easy to navigate. By making connections between information about the people, places, events, concepts and things related to items in the collections, users are provided with a much richer, fuller experience.

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The RES platform also enables educational software developers to create digital educational products that will inspire learners, teachers and researchers by using applications powered by the RES platform. This means that anyone can make use of the index data and interpret it to build useful products and services aimed at UK education and research.

Hilary Bishop, RES Project Director said:

“We have been working in collaboration with teachers, students and academics, curators of world class digital collections and educational product developers with one shared ambition – to inspire new ways of learning by improving the availability and discoverability of online resources for all levels of UK education that are relevant, authentic and reliable.

Our aim is to enable the production of products so that teachers looking to illustrate lesson plans will find a rich, carefully organised, properly licensed collection of relevant material; students wanting to illustrate their coursework will find it incredibly easy to find the exact photo or video they need; and academics will be able to engage with specialist audio-visual resources that have been hitherto inaccessible.”

The Research and Education Space is still in its infancy; development of the platform began in 2013. However, over time it is envisaged that RES will further develop and grow as more content is added and educational resources ‘powered by RES’ open up a treasure trove of digitised collections for teachers, academics and students to bring lessons, lectures and learning to life.

For more information, visit: http://res.space

RES Twitter: @RES_Project

For any questions or support with using/joining RES, please email Richard Leeming: richard.leeming@bbc.co.uk

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