Coming To AIM National Conference? Grants & Support Available

It won’t be long now until AIM National Conference 2016 takes place from the 23 – 25 June at the beautiful Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh. The planning and organising behind AIM National Conference 2016 is going well and we are very excited about the speakers and social events this year too.

The schedule reflects the conference theme of ‘The Elements of Success’ and you can now view the full speaker list, plus the latest version of the conference brochure online here AIM National Conference 2016 Schedule, Speakers and Events

We want to enable as many of our members as possible from across the UK to attend, so if you are planning to come to AIM National Conference this year, there are several ways to help you reduce costs.



AIM National Conference 2016 is in beautiful Edinburgh


*Be An Early Bird

The Early Bird offer for AIM members closes on 24 April. Prices start at £45 a day and this offer is for AIM members only. More details about this offer can be found on the Conference 2016 Booking page.

Not an AIM member? You can find more information about how to join us here: AIM Membership Information

*AIM Training Grants

You can now apply for an  AIM Training Grant of up to £300 all year round. AIM Training Grants are available to support member museums in developing the skills and expertise of their workforce (paid or voluntary).

The purpose of AIM Training Grants is to promote best practice by supporting attendance at conferences and training courses – including AIM National Conference.  Applicant museums must be AIM members and priority will be given to smaller museums receiving less than 50,000 visitors p.a.

If you are applying for an AIM Training Grant to attend conference, the closing date for applications is Friday 13 May at 5pm.

*Grants For Welsh Museums

The Federation of Museums & Art Galleries of Wales is offering grants of up to £250 maximum per person to contribute towards conference fees, travel, the conference dinner and two nights’ accommodation. Priority will be given to independent museums (staff and volunteers), museum mentors and museum development officers.

Please contact John Marjoram, Federation Development Officer:

*Free Places For North West Members

Museum Development North West have announced that they are offering two free places at this year’s AIM Conference. These two opportunities are open to all museum professionals in the North West, except members of staff of Major Partner Museums and National Museums. Please visit the Museum Development North West website for further information.

*Two Free Places For AIM National Conference From Museum Development Yorkshire

All museums in Yorkshire are being offered the opportunity to attend AIM National Conference 2016 for free thanks to Museum Development Yorkshire. One place is for Local Authority museums and one is open to all.

Two Free Places For AIM National Conference From Museum Development Yorkshire


*Lunch For Chairs

We will be hosting a Chairs’ lunch on the first day of conference which is kindly sponsored this year by Development Partners. The purpose of the event is to provide Chairs with an opportunity to meet, get to know each other and share ideas, as well as giving AIM the opportunity to meet you and hear your views about how we could support Trustees more in the future.

We are delighted that we will be joined by guest speaker, The Right Honourable Henry McLeish, who was the First Minister of Scotland from 2000 -2001. Henry is currently Chair of the National Mining Museum of Scotland and was recently Chair of a major review of Scottish football. He was also a member of the Broadcasting Commission and Chair of the Scottish Prisons Commission, both set up by the Scottish Government. Since leaving main stream politics, Henry has lectured widely, particularly in the United States, and published several books.

This lunch is free and for Chairs of Trustees of independent museums. The lunch will take place in the morning of Thursday 23 June from 11am – 1.30pm. If you would like more information and updates, please contact:

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AIM National Conference 2016 is kindly sponsored by Artelia.




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