AIM Hallmarks Leaders and Enablers programme – further speakers confirmed

With the application deadline fast approaching for the next round of the AIM Hallmarks Leaders and Enablers programmes, we are delighted to be able to confirm more of our speakers. One of the programmes’ distinctive strengths is that they bring new insights, from the charity sector and beyond, to help people who lead and support museums think differently about the challenges we all face and we’re looking forward to a strong line up of speakers in the new round of the programme.

John Thompson is the Chief Executive, St Martin of Tours, a leading provider of community forensic mental health services in London. He also chairs the board of Wandsworth and Westminster Mind. Speaking to the Leaders programme in Round 1, he spoke about turning an organisation round by redefining the charity’s core purpose and focusing on doing one thing really well, and stopping other areas of service delivery. John helped the Leaders think through the reality of implementing a strategy which saved a failing organisation and delivered great public benefit but also necessitated some very difficult decisions and was personally extremely arduous. Although John’s world is very different to ours, the Leaders programme participants found his insights very powerful.

We’re also delighted to confirm Steve Wyler, who brings experience of supporting community-led organisations, as the former CEO of Locality and Martin Stott, who chairs the William Morris Society as well as having a distinguished career in local government. For more on our other speakers, including Janet Barnes and Sarah O’Grady, see last week’s blog.

The application deadline is Monday 16 January at 9am and full details of the programmes and how to apply are at If you want to discuss your application or find out more about whether the programmes are for you, please call Helen Wilkinson on 0771 966 7102, and Helen is happy to take calls over the Christmas and New Year break.

Increase Your Knowledge And Skills In 2017 With AIM

If you are looking to increase your professional knowledge and skills to enable you and the museums that you lead or support to flourish in 2017, then make sure you apply for the AIM Hallmarks Leaders and Enablers Programme which is now open for applications.

You might be a Museum Director who wants to build a supportive network of peers facing similar challenges – or to share ideas – or perhaps you are a Museum Development Officer or Consultant looking to extend your range of tools to resolve dilemmas and address complex issues. Whatever your role, the range of practical tools, ongoing support and new networks will inspire you with new ideas and enhance your confidence.

The AIM Hallmarks Learning Programme has been developed to address the needs of those who lead or support museums and is delivered on behalf of AIM by Ruth Lesirge and Hilary Barnard: highly experienced consultants with a strong track record of supporting chief executives from across the voluntary sector.


The learning programme is delivered over a series of short residentials to make it as easy as possible to fit in around work and personal commitments and participants in Round 1 commented that they appreciated the flexibility of the programme.

Each residential features expert guest speakers; usually one from the museum sector and one from the broader voluntary sector to offer a rich range of perspectives and we will be announcing our 2017 schedule of speakers very soon.

There are 12 places on each of the programmes for people working in or for museums in England, supported by Arts Council England. There are 2 places for museum leaders working in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, supported by AIM. If you work in a museum development role in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland and are interested in the Enablers programme, please contact us to discuss the possibility of a self-funded place.


Round 2 of the AIM Hallmarks Leaders and Enablers Programme is now open for applications with a closing date of 9 January 2016 and further information including the benefits of participating, scheduled dates for the residential and costs and eligibility are available to download below and from the AIM website:

Leaders – Programme Outline: Leaders – Programme Outline PDF

Enablers – Programme Outline: Enablers – Programme Outline PDF

Full information on the AIM website: AIM Hallmarks Leaders and Enablers Programme


Round 2 Of The AIM Hallmarks Leaders and Enablers Programme Is Now Open

The second round of the AIM Hallmarks Leaders and Enablers Programme is now open for applications. AIM’s development programmes support people who work in or with museums, with the aim of helping heritage organisations prosper.

The AIM Hallmarks Museum Leaders Programme provides practical tools, useful insights and a supportive peer network to equip museum directors to realise the full potential of their organisations.  Guest speakers from across the wider third sector will enable you to learn from successful charities, particularly focusing on organisational resilience and leadership. The programme will give you:

*Increased confidence, knowledge and skills

*The tools to increase the resilience and long term prosperity of your museum, strengthening its organisational culture and embedding the AIM Hallmarks

*A mutually supportive peer network

*A positive approach to problem solving

*Opportunities for reflection and review

“The AIM Museum Leaders course provides an invaluable opportunity to better understand and develop your own leadership skills, and offers a constructive and supportive environment to constructively review your Museum and gain new insight into how to implement change,” said Eleanor Pulfer-Sharma, Director, Bentley Priory Museum and a participant in Leaders Round 1.

“The programme is a worthwhile investment of your time and energy, to promote your development as a leader in the museum sector and to equip you and your organisation to be resilient in the face of the many challenges that lie ahead, particularly given the political and financial uncertainty of the next few years,” said Jason Semmens, Director, Army Medical Services Museum and a participant in Leaders Round 1.

There are 12 places for museum leaders in England, and 2 places for museum leaders from Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

Visit the AIM website for application information: The AIM Hallmarks Museum Leaders Programme

Applications close: 5pm on Monday 9 January 2017

Download: aim-hallmarks-leaders-enablers-programme-brochure-2017

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The AIM Hallmarks Enablers Programme is for people who support museums through their work, for example through Museum Development or as independent consultants. It aims to equip participants to support organisations more effectively. Participants will become part of a skilled group of enablers who can support museums to use the AIM Hallmarks, helping them prosper.

The programme gives you the chance to develop consultancy and coaching techniques and use them effectively to help organisations change. It will develop your understanding of how organisations work and of the challenges of leadership, with insight from senior managers and trustees.

Through the programme, you will have chance to build a dynamic portfolio of tools to use in your work with museums and become part of a peer network and share ideas and insights.

The programme will give you:

*High quality facilitation techniques to use with museums

*The opportunity to develop independent thinking and new approaches to complex issues

*A mutually supportive peer network

*A positive approach to problem solving

*Opportunities for reflection and review

“Engaging with the Enablers programme has allowed me to evaluate and strengthen my relationships with museums. It is helping me to develop more effective mentoring, advocacy and facilitation skills which are transferable across all areas of Museum Development delivery,” said Sarah Spurrier, Museum Development East Midlands and an Enablers Participant in Round 1.

“Taking part in the Enablers programme has helped me develop my skillset and learn from and share ideas with the excellent Hilary and Ruth as well as an inspirational group of consultants and Museum Development Officers. Knowledge I have developed on the programme has enabled me to better support museum staff and trustees to embed change at their organisations and make their organisations more resilient,” said Laura Crossley, independent consultant and an Enablers Participant in Round 1.

There are 12 supported places for people working in England. If you work in a museum development role in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, please contact us to discuss the possibility of a self-funded place. Consultants and freelancers are encouraged to apply.

Visit the AIM website for application information: The AIM Hallmarks Enablers Programme

Applications close: 5pm on Monday 9 January 2017

Download: aim-hallmarks-leaders-enablers-programme-brochure-2017


The Welsh VisitorVerdict Forum Fforwm VisitorVerdict Cymru

This is a bilingual message / Neges ddwyieithog yw hon

Customer feedback is vital for museums, heritage sites and visitor attractions as it enables them to improve the visitor experience, grow audiences and boost income streams. But gaining important visitor feedback on tight budgets and with limited time and resources can be tricky: this is where VisitorVerdict can help Welsh museums and visitor attractions.

In partnership with the Association of Independent Museums (AIM) and Welsh Government, VisitorVerdict will be hosting an inaugural forum for all Welsh visitor attractions on Wednesday 16th November at Wrexham Museum. The event will bring alive the world of visitor research and benchmark evaluation, inspiring you to weave it into the heart of your operation.

VisitorVerdict can support Welsh museums and heritage sites by informing them about their audiences and can help to address the lack of data about museum audiences as highlighted in the ‘Expert Review of Local Museum Provision in Wales 2015’. VisitorVerdict provides information about who visits, why they are there, what they do on their visit and how many local residents, schools and groups visit. Visitor attractions outside of the heritage sector are also able to access the bilingual VisitorVerdict benchmarking service and are welcome to attend this event.

In addition, Welsh Government have provided funding of £150 for the each of the first ten newly signed up Welsh museums that reach one hundred completed VisitorVerdict surveys. Your museum must be a member of AIM to be eligible and accredited or registered with the Welsh Government as being eligible to apply for accreditation.

Attend the event for:

*Analysis of 2016 visitor trends

*Top tips for data collection

*Live interaction with the web reporting

*Feedback from other attractions that use the service

Attendance includes a free lunch. Invitations are for maximum of two people per organisation.

“VisitorVerdict has been a bit of an eye opener. We have begun to really appreciate the depth built into the system that allows us to address our visitor challenges and experiences from a range of angles and perspectives.” Lucinda Middleton, Richard and Ann Mayou – Fund Curator at MOMA MACHYNLLETH

Further information and how to book: The Welsh VisitorVerdict Forum


 Fforwm VisitorVerdict Cymru

Mae adborth cwsmeriaid yn hanfodol i amgueddfeydd, safleoedd treftadaeth ac atyniadau ymwelwyr gan ei fod yn eu galluogi i wella profiad yr ymwelydd, tyfu cynulleidfaoedd a chynyddu ffrydau incwm. Ond gall gasglu adborth pwysig gan ymwelwyr gyda chyllidebau tynn a gydag amser ac adnoddau cyfyngedig fod yn anodd: dyma pryd y gall VisitorVerdict fod o gymorth i amgueddfeydd Cymru ac atyniadau ymwelwyr.

Mewn partneriaeth â Chymdeithas yr Amgueddfeydd Annibynnol (AIM) a Llywodraeth Cymru, bydd VisitorVerdict yn cynnal fforwm cychwynnol i atyniadau ymwelwyr Cymru i gyd ar Ddydd Mercher 16eg Tachwedd yn Amgueddfa Wrecsam. Bydd y digwyddiad yn dod â’r byd ymchwil ymwelwyr a gwerthuso meincnodi yn fyw, gan eich ysbrydoli i’w plethu i galon eich gweithrediad.

Gall Visitor Verdict fod o gymorth i amgueddfeydd a safloedd treftadaeth Cymru drwy eu hysbysu am eu cynulleidfaoedd, a helpu i fynd i’r afael â’r diffyg data am gynulleidfaoedd amgueddfa fel a amlygir yn ‘Yr Adolygiad Arbenigol o Ddarpariaeth Amgueddfeydd Lleol yn Nghymru 2015’.

Mae Visitor Verdict yn darparu gwybodaeth am bwy sydd yn ymweld, pam eu bod yno, beth maent yn ei wneud yn ystod eu hymweliad a faint o breswylwyr, ysgolion a grwpiau lleol sydd yn ymweld. Mae atyniadau ymwelwyr y tu allan i’r sector treftadaeth hefyd yn gallu cael mynediad i’r gwasanaeth meincnodi dwyieithog Visitor Verdict, ac mae croeso iddynt fynychu’r digwyddiad hwn.

Yn ogystal, mae Llywodraeth Cymru wedi darparu cyllid o £150 i bob un o’r deg amgueddfa cyntaf yng Nghymru i arwyddo i fyny o’r newydd, sydd yn llwyddo cyrraedd cant o arolygon Visitor Verdict wedi eu cwblhau. Rhaid i’ch amgueddfa fod yn aelod o AIM i fod yn gymwys ac wedi’i hachredu neu ei chofrestu gyda Llywodraeth Cymru fel bod yn gymwys ar gyfer achrediad.  Mynychwch y digwyddiad ar gyfer:

*Dadansoddiad o dueddiadau ymwelwd 2016

*Sïon sicr ar gyfer casglu data

*Rhyngweithio byw gydag adrodd ar y we

*Adborth gan atyniadau eraill sydd yn defnyddio’r gwasanaeth

Mae mynychu yn cynnwys cinio di-dâl. Mae’r gwahoddiadau ar gyfer dau berson ar y mwyaf o bob sefydliad.

“Mae VisitorVerdict yn agor eich llygaid. Rydym wedi dechrau gwerthfawrogi dyfnder y system sydd yn ein caniatau i fynd i’r afael â heriau a phrofiadau ein ymwelwyr o amrywiaeth o onglau a safbwyntiau.” Lucinda Middleton, Richard ac Ann Mayou – Curadur Cronfa Amgueddfa Gelf Fodern MACHYNLLETH

Rhagor o wybodaeth a sut i archebu lle: Fforwm VisitorVerdict Cymru



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:

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  

castle BlackJoin AIM in Wales on 8 Sept for the UK launch of the admissions research and the launch of the AIM Hallmarks in Wales

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


Dates for AIM Trustee Seminars Announced

As part of the AIM Hallmarks Governance Programme, AIM is launching a new series of in-depth seminars for trustees of museums, galleries and heritage organisations. These seminars build on the introductory regional workshops for trustees held in March and April and offer greater insight into some of the topics raised by attendees at those events.

All the seminars are free and open to trustees who are members of AIM or come from AIM member organisations. For further information about any of the seminars or to book your place please email:

Engaging Board Meetings, led by Anne Murch and Gaby Porter

Manchester, 7th July, 12.30 – 4.30pm or London, 19th October, 11.30 – 3.30pm

Strengthening the Chair/Chief Executive Relationship, led by Hilary Barnard and Ruth Lesirge

London, 15th July, 11.30 – 3.30pm or York, 12th December, 11.30 – 3.30pm

For this seminar, we strongly encourage Chief Executives and Chairs of Trustees to attend as a pair.

Reviewing your Board for Succession Planning, led by Joy Allen of Leading Governance

28th September, Birmingham, 11.30 – 3.30pm or 14th November, London, 11.30 – 3.30pm

There will be more information about all of these seminars in the first edition of the AIM Trustee e-Newsletter, published later this month. To sign up for this free new round up of information, news and opportunities of particular relevance to Trustees, please email: or visit

The AIM Hallmarks Governance Programme is supported by Arts Council England and sponsored by Development Partners.

AIM Museum Leaders And Enablers Programmes Get Underway

The AIM Hallmarks learning programmes are due to commence next week, with the first session of the AIM Hallmarks Leaders programme taking place from the 25/26 April in Birmingham, followed by the Enablers programme launch on 9/10 May. Both programmes will help participants to use the principles of the AIM Hallmarks of Prospering Museums to strengthen the museums that they lead or work with.

Led by Hilary Barnard and Ruth Lesirge – experienced consultants who bring insight from the broader voluntary sector, with a particular specialism in strengthening leadership and governance – each residential will have at least one speaker to share their experience and offer fresh perspectives. For the first Museum Leaders session, Richard Evans, Director of Beamish Living Museum will be speaking about how a strong sense of organisational purpose guided the changes he has led at Beamish and Janet Barnes, former Chief Executive of York Museums Trust, will be speaking more broadly about her own experience of leadership.

AIM has developed the programmes with a strong emphasis on equipping participants with practical tools that they can use in their daily work and has included a mix of approaches to encourage participants to learn from the broader cultural and charity sector. “What I am most looking forward to being in an environment where experienced facilitators, AIM staff, and other participants are all focused on developing skills to support organisational development,” said Elaine Sansom, the Museum Development Officer for Surrey, East & West Sussex, who is taking part in the Enablers Programme. “It is a real privilege to have this opportunity for intense and applied thinking with such experienced people!”

For Adrian Green, Director of Salisbury Museum, the Leaders Programme will provide the opportunity to learn more about managing change and the critical role of good governance ahead of major redevelopment at the museum. “The project will be about changing the way the museum develops its income, the services it offers and manages its operations,” he explained. “This will be a big leap for the board of trustees, staff and volunteers and I need to ensure I have the skills to manage this process, which will require reviewing the performance of board and staffing structure, understanding more about managing and reviewing risk and setting realistic targets that we can evaluate.”

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A lovely place to learn: Hillscourt, the venue for AIM Hallmarks learning programmes

The programmes have been supported by Arts Council England with additional funding support from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and AIM. AIM would like to congratulate all successful candidates taking part in both programmes. They are:

Enablers programme


 Elaine Sansom – SEWS

Heather Perry – SW (Wiltshire)

Kaye Hardyman – NW

Yvette Shepherd – London

Sarah Spurrier – East Mids


Fiona Mitchell Innes

David Bownes

Laura Crossley

Sally Fort

Paddy McNulty

Colin Mulberg

Heather Lomas

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Leaders Programme

Adrian Green, Director, Salisbury Museum

Alex Patterson, Collections, Galleries & Visitor Experience Manager, Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust

Amanda Hart, Director, Corinium Museum

Bryan Snelling, Chief Executive, Gordon Highlanders Museum

Colin Vallance, Managing Director, Wheal Martyn Trust and Heritage and Environment Director, South West Lakes Trust

Eleanor Pulfer-Sharma, Director, Bentley Priory Museum

Helen Bonser-Wilton, Chief Executive, the Mary Rose Trust

Isabel Benavides – Heritage and Interpretation Manager, Greenwich Heritage Centre

Jason Semmens – Director, Army Medical Services Museum

Jonathan Morton, Head of Operations, Tate St Ives

Katherine Lynch, Heritage Manager, Port Sunlight Village Trust

Mhairi Cross, Chief Executive, National Mining Museum Scotland Trust

Rhiannon Goddard, Palace Programme Sponsor, Historic Royal Palaces


There will be a second round of both training programmes in 2017, with applications opening in late 2016. Please subscribe to the AIM E – News  for future updates and announcements. 

You can also follow news and updates from the AIM Hallmarks learning programmes on Twitter using the hashtag #AIMHM and by following @Aimuseums






AIM Workshop: What’s Eating Your Collection?

AIM Workshop: What’s Eating Your Collection?

An Introduction to Integrated Pest Management (IPM 1)

Moths munching your textiles? Beetles in your carpets?  Learn how to spot the pests in your collections at this new workshop for AIM members. Funded by The Pilgrim Trust, this free workshop for AIM members will take place in Bodmin, Cornwall on 6 May 2016 at Cornwall’s Regimental Museum.

Staff, Trustees and volunteers from AIM member organisations can attend the workshop for free and it is suitable for anyone who has responsibility for collections that wants to ensure that they are not being damaged by insects.

This workshop aims to provide an introduction to insect pests in museums including recognising damage and monitoring. You will discover:

*Why are insects in museums and which ones are problems?

*What does insect damage look like?

*How can we find out if insects are present and where they are located?

*Where in buildings might problems occur?

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Participants will also learn how to monitor appropriately and how to assess a building for possible risk areas. At the end of the course the participants will be able to implement an IPM programme in their museum.

Run by Jane Thompson – Webb, the Conservation Team Leader at Birmingham Museums Trust, this fun and hands on workshop starts at 10.30am and runs until 4.30pm with lunch and refreshments included.

Excellent in content and presentation. Answered all of my questions and was a very practical session. It was also very entertaining!” Course delegate.

Book your free places by downloading the booking form: STR Booking Form CORNWALL

Interested in other AIM collections care workshops? Please see all upcoming events and venues here: AIM Collections Care Workshops 2016

AIM also runs grants schemes to help fund conservation projects. The next deadline is 31 March and information can be found here: AIM Conservation Grants




Free Workshops For AIM Members: An Introduction To Collection Care

Why is it necessary to wear gloves to handle objects? Why don’t objects last for ever? How does decay set in? If you have ever wondered why collection care matters or what it involves, then book yourself a place on our new ‘Stop The Rot’ workshops which are free for staff and volunteers from AIM member museums, galleries and heritage sites.

These fun and hands on workshops are led by Jane Thompson Webb, the Conservation Team Leader at Birmingham Museums Trust, and you will gain the skills and confidence you need to spot the main agents of decay and how they can damage objects in your collections. You will also learn a range of practical strategies to help ensure that your collections will be accessible now and in the future.

Funded by The Pilgrim Trust, the workshops include lunch, refreshments, collections care handouts and AIM Success Guides for you to use in your own organisation. If you work or volunteer in a heritage site or museum, these workshops will give you a greater understanding of caring for your collections, why objects deteriorate and what practical steps you can take to limit damage.

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AIM collections care workshops are always hands on and fun

Participants on previous ‘Stop the Rot’ workshops have said:

 “This has been a practical workshop and will allow me to revisit and reappraise the procedures we are currently using”

“This workshop was enjoyable, informative and very helpful and friendly”

“I really enjoyed the presentation and workshop delivery”

Each workshop runs from 10.30am – 4.30pm and you will also get the chance to handle some interesting objects, take part in a quiz and to walk around the collections at each venue. At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to spot the causes of damage in their own collections and introduce monitoring and/or mitigation strategies.

Jane Thompson Webb

Join AIM & Jane Thompson Webb to learn how to Stop the Rot!

Dates and Venues

 19 April 2016

10.30 – 4.30

National Museum Scotland, Chambers St, Edinburgh EH1 1JF

 Website: National Museum Scotland

 Directions: Directions to National Museum Scotland

6 May 2016

10.30 – 4.30

This workshop is called ‘What’s Eating Your Collection? An Introduction to Integrated Pest Management (IPM 1)’ and will provide an introduction to insect pests in museums including recognising damage and monitoring

Cornwall’s Regimental Museum, Castle Canyke Rd, Bodmin, Cornwall PL31 1EG

Website: Cornwall’s Regimental Museum

Directions:  Cornwall’s Regimental Museum

Booking early is advisable with a maximum of 20 places available at each workshop. You can book by completing the booking form below and emailing it to:

For further information, please contact:

Download the booking form: STR Booking Form 3

Download the workshop information sheet: AIM Conservation Workshops Information Sheet




Latest Events – Dates For Your Diary

This is a busy time of the year for the sector, with lots of events taking place that could help you or your museum, gallery or heritage site. We have rounded up some of the latest events to help our members – please see the list below for contacts, all details and how to book. If you have an event coming up and would like AIM’s help in promoting it, please email:


Free online webinar from Julie’s Bicycle is coming soon



Online Events

Julie’s Bicycle – The Resilient Museum

Free Webinar: Wednesday 27 January 11.00 – 13.00

What is a resilient museum? What can museums do as buildings, social spaces, and cultural institutions to embody sustainable practice – environmentally, socially and economically? This webinar is designed to provide a holistic overview of sustainability within museums and will include examples from the sector and transferable actions for improvement. Lucy Latham, Environmental Sustainability Coordinator at Julie’s Bicycle will be joined by Hilary Jennings, Director of the Happy Museum Project.

Julie’s Bicycle – The Resilient Museum WEBINAR



Culture24 – Museums at Night

East Midlands: Galleries of Justice, Nottingham, Monday 1 February 1 – 4:30pm

London & South East: Lighthouse Arts, Brighton, Wednesday 10 February 1 – 4:30pm

Culture24 are running two free workshops open to all staff and volunteers from museums, galleries, libraries, archives and heritage sites interested in taking part in Museums at Night.

They’ll cover how to plan and market a successful after-hours event, as well as offering guidance if you’re thinking of entering the Connect! competition, where your organisation can win £3000 and the chance to work with a top artist. Speakers include former Connect! artists, and people from winning venues. Tickets are free, but must be pre-booked:

East Midlands: Galleries of Justice, Nottingham, Monday 1 Feb 1 – 4:30pm

London & South East: Lighthouse Arts, Brighton, Wednesday 10 Feb 1 – 4:30pm


Sport in Museums Network Conference – The Impact of Sporting Heritage

Nottingham: 11 February

The Impact of Sporting Heritage will explore the role and value of sporting collections, offer ideas about how to measure your impact, focus on different agendas supported by sporting heritage such as health and wellbeing and education and provide a range of case study examples. Places are subsidised and cost just £25. Bookings close on the 4th February 2016.

Sport in Museums Network Conference – The Impact of Sporting Heritage



Museums Galleries Scotland – Developing Smart Sustainability Programme

Edinburgh: 3 & 4 February

Developing Smart Sustainability is an intensive 5 day business planning program delivered by the Social Enterprise Academy. It is an opportunity for museums and galleries across Scotland to develop and grow successful projects and sustainable organisations. It is a practical programme where you will use the time to enhance your core business knowledge and learn about tools and skills to help you to develop and sustain a thriving museum with a real impact in communities.  This programme is a 5 day programme, subsidised by MGS and SEA and costs £150

Museums Galleries Scotland – Developing Smart Sustainability Programme

For information on skills opportunities and upcoming courses please sign up to the MGS Skills Development Programme newsletter



Welsh Government – Making numbers work for you

Llandudno Junction: 28 January

This free course is provided by the Welsh Government and is open to staff and volunteers working in museums in Wales. It is suitable for those who want to develop a greater understanding of statistics and how they can be used by museums for evidence and advocacy. Run by Jonathan Durnin from DC Research, this is a half day course and training will begin at 13:30.

To book, Please contact: Seaneen McGrogan on or 0300 062 2261


The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales – Digital Past 2016: New technologies in heritage, interpretation and outreach

Llandudno 10 & 11 February

Organised by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, Digital Past is an annual two-day conference which showcases innovative digital technologies and techniques for data capture, interpretation and dissemination of the heritage of Wales, the UK and beyond. Bringing together individuals from the commercial, public, academic, third sector and voluntary sectors, the conference aims to promote learning, discussion and debate around a range of digital technologies in current use, or in development, to record and understand the historic environment. Registration cost for the two days is £89, including lunch and refreshments on both days.

Digital Past 2016: New technologies in heritage, interpretation and outreach