The Association of Independent Museums (AIM) has been awarded the maximum grant of £900,000 over three years from Arts Council England’s Museum Resilience Fund, to enable them to support museums to prosper and thrive in changing times. The programme will help museums develop their purpose, governance, leadership and organisational culture – characteristics which are essential hallmarks of prosperous organisations – through a programme of practical support which includes Board Development, in-depth training, investment, self-help resources and a new national network of support for museum Trustees.
The Association of Independent Museums recognises that there are many issues affecting the independent sector today and that organisational strength and resilience is a fundamental to enabling its members to adapt and prosper. By prompting debate and by offering practical support, information, a new investment programme and self-help tools, addressing a range of issues relating to organisational health, AIM hopes that museums will gain a deeper understanding of how these factors affect their ability to be resilient and will support them in developing a stronger sense of purpose and the confidence to face any future challenges.
AIM has been developing eight ‘Hallmarks of a Prosperous Museum’, based on a report commissioned from Anne Murch and Gaby Porter that examined the characteristics that resilient museums share and what support museums need to help them develop these. This formed the basis of AIM’s successful grant application for the ‘AIM Hallmarks and Investing in Independence programme’ totalling £900,000, to Arts Council England’s Museum Resilience Fund.
“This grant will allow AIM to develop the Eight Hallmarks for a Prosperous Museum and deliver training and practical resources that will help all independent museums prosper in the coming years. AIM hopes to encourage an awareness of how focussing on the sense of purpose and cultivating an independent culture based on effective governance positively impacts on member organisations and on the sector as a whole. This grant will enable AIM to provide new resources for Trustees, introduce a new funding scheme for its members and to deliver events that will inspire innovation in the museum sector,” said Matthew Tanner, Chair of AIM.
“This funding from Arts Council England will enable AIM to deliver a series of projects and a new grant scheme, to help independent museums take proactive steps to safeguard their own futures. AIM wants to ensure that museums of all shapes and sizes are able to recognise and develop the characteristics that will help them adapt and prosper through changing times,” said Tamalie Newbery, Executive Director of AIM.
AIM website: http://www.aim-museums.co.uk/
Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2010 and 2015, we will invest £1.9 billion of public money from government and an estimated £1.1 billion from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.