Sharing Experiences & Ideas: AIM Sessions For Heritage Trustees

It was a gloriously warm and sunny day that greeted us in Coventry yesterday for the latest AIM trustee session held at The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum. The session was the latest in a series of activities that AIM has created as part of the AIM Hallmarks Governance Programme to support trustees from AIM member organisations and across the whole heritage sector.

Funded by Arts Council England and sponsored by Development Partners, the session started with an introduction to the overall AIM Hallmarks by Trainer, Rachel Hunter, who outlined how clearer museum governance can help trustees to understand their collective and individual roles and responsibilities. Alongside the AIM Hallmarks, the AIM Golden Rules for Good Governance featured prominently as a useful guide to best governance practice.

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Session Trainer, Rachel Hunter, has been leading the sessions across England along with Marilyn Scott

Trustees from museums and heritage organisations across the Midlands and South West attended the session and the positive and upbeat atmosphere in the room matched the weather outside as they shared experiences and discovered practical ideas that they could put into place at their own museum. Some of the top tips from the participants included:

*Pose agenda items as questions – to help save time and to help trustees really understand what is needed

*Make time for away days – to give trustees time to think about overall governance and not only the day to day running of the organisation

*Put governance on the agenda – to ensure that it is discussed alongside organisational topics

*Write for digital – amend your annual report for the web and include images to help make a compelling story for your museum

*Advertise your trustee vacancies – if you need more trustees, advertise vacancies if possible. The AIM Trustee Portal is ideal for this

*Make your AGM work for you – use your AGM to meet and greet the public, local stakeholders and to aid transparency

*Keep updated on governance topics – sign up for the new AIM Trustee Newsletter to help stay on top of governance issues

There are still a few AIM trustee sessions left to run, so I asked Rachel Hunter why people should consider attending. “These sessions bring together board members from independent museums of all sizes and allow participants to learn from each other,” she explained. “The sessions give trustees the opportunity to step back and reflect on what they are doing and how they can make positive improvements and changes at their organisation.”


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Sharing experiences and exchanging ideas with other trustees gives chance to reflect

Upcoming AIM Trustee Sessions

 Seven Stories, Newcastle – 18 April 2016

Lime St, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2PQ

Website: Seven Stories

3pm – 5pm cake and refreshments included

Galleries of Justice Museum, Nottingham – 19 April 2016

High Pavement, Nottingham, NG1 1HN

Website: Galleries of Justice Museum

3pm – 5pm cake and refreshments included

Hughes Hall, Cambridge – 20 April 2016

Wollaston Rd, Cambridge CB1 2EW

Website: Hughes Hall

3pm – 5pm cake and refreshments included

Throughout this year and next, AIM will also be launching other new initiatives to support Trustees including workshops, a dedicated governance newsletter and board development programmes. If you would like to keep informed about these exciting new schemes, please sign up for the Trustee Newsletter or email:

 How To Book

Please download the booking form below and email it back to:

Booking Form: BOOKING FORM Trustee events 2

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