AIM National Conference 2016: Booking Now Open

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‘The Elements of Success’

23 – 25 June 2016 at The Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh

We are pleased to announce that the booking system is now open for the AIM National Conference 2016 which takes place this year in Edinburgh from 23 – 25 June at The Royal College of Surgeons.

Prices for conference are in line with last year’s fees to enable as many AIM members as possible to attend, plus you can take advantage of the special early bird rates which start at just £45 per day.

The 2016 AIM National Conference schedule is packed with examples of how independently spirited organisations are combining positive attitudes with good practice, to engage with visitors and deliver great experiences, within sustainable business models.

We are delighted to be back in Scotland this year and the schedule of speakers, social events and activities will all reflect the theme of this year’s conference which is ‘The Elements of Success’.

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Conference this year is at The Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh

Some of the confirmed speakers for this year include: Sir Peter Luff (Chairman, Heritage Lottery Fund); Dr Gordon Rintoul CBE (Director, National Museums Scotland); Chris Henry (Director of Heritage, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh); Bob Downie (Chief Executive, The Royal Yacht Britannia) and Daniela Wellnitz (Industrial Museums Scotland).

Optional social events include:

*Drinks followed by a three course dinner in the impressive surroundings of the Prince Phillip Building at the Royal College of Surgeons.

* An evening at ‘The Scotch Whisky Experience’ in Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. Sample a dram of Scotch whisky and learn about the history of whisky production on a tour of this five star attraction followed by a buffet and socialising.

*A tour of the Royal Yacht Britannia, The National Mining Museum of Scotland and Rosslyn Chapel.

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 The beautiful Rosslyn Chapel features on the AIM study tour

The schedule and conference information will be continuously updated over the coming months, so please keep checking back for news and further details. We look forward to seeing you in Edinburgh in June.

Conference Information:

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2016 AIM Conference Brochure

AIM National Conference sponsors this year are Artelia UK

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Scottish Festival of Museums gets ready for 2015

Scotland’s 2015 Festival of Museums fund open for applications

Workshops available

Dates for the 2015 Festival of Museums are 15-17 May 2015. Following on from their success last year, Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) are running a series of workshops in October and November 2014, which will include information on submitting a Festival of Museums funding application.

The closing date for applications to the fund is 5 pm on Friday 21 November. Any Accredited museum in Scotland can apply for between £300 and £1500 to support them to deliver ambitious events that will be part of the Festival of Museums 2015 programme.

MGS can also support staff training costs where the training is helping to build skills in the areas relevant to event planning, marketing, PR and sponsorship.

For further information and to download an application form, please visit the MGS website.

If you are interested in attending a workshop, they will be taking place in the following locations. Please click on the links to book a place.
Perth, 15 October 2014 – Perth Museum and Art Gallery
Inverness, 22 October 2014 – Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
Edinburgh, TBC November 2014 – MGS Offices, Waverley Gate
Glasgow, TBC November 2014 – GoMA

Further information can also be found on the MGS website.

If you have any questions do contact MGS at

Two events for Trustees in Scotland

Thank you to the Trustees Week Newsletter for information about these two events for Trustees in Scotland in November. Trustees Week is 10-16 November 2014 across the UK. It will be launched with a conference in London on 10th November. 

Trustees Network Conference, from SCVO – 8th November 2014, Edinburgh

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) is holding a Trustees Network Conference, to provide a unique learning and networking opportunity trustees from charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations of all shapes and sizes.

The conference will help trustees to develop their knowledge and understanding of governance, and make new connections to assist them in their roles.

Date: 8th November 2014
Time: 10am – 3.30pm
Location: Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DW

For more information about conference content, and to book, click HERE. The early bird rate ends on 30th September!

Excellence in Trusteeship: Developing Trustees in Scotland – free event from Scotland’s Third Sector Leadership Forum, Dundee, 14th November 2014

Targeted at past, present and future trustees, this conference is an opportunity to share Scotland’s collective experience of working as, and with, trustees, highlight the great work that trustees are currently doing and present opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference.
In honour of the vital role charity trustees play, Scotland’s Third Sector Leadership Forum is proud to present this flagship event celebrating their work across the country.

Date: 14th November 2014
Time: 9.30am – 4.30pm
Location: Queen’s Hotel, 6/7 Nethergate, Dundee. DD1 4DU
To book, or for more details on the agenda and discussion topics, as well as on location and parking, click HERE.
This is a free event with lunch provided.

Applications open for Gordon Fraser Charitable Trust’s Paper Conservation Fund

Gordon Fraser Charitable Trust has announced an increase in the percentage funding available to projects applying to their Paper Conservation Fund.

The Gordon Fraser Charitable Trust’s Paper Conservation Fund aims to help accredited museums in Scotland, in particular small and medium-sized independent ones, to work with conservators to undertake projects that conserve their collections of works on paper.  Projects can be treatment, surveys, training courses and skills development workshops.

The fund awards £6,500 a year in two rounds, and aims to support up to 6 projects a year with awards available from 80 – 100% of project costs. The Trust is particularly keen to fund at least one training day annually which will be funded at full cost.

The next deadline for applications is Friday 28th November 2014. Email for Applicant Guidance and an Application Form.

Three Industrial Heritage Events Coming Up in October

Asset Transfer for Industrial Heritage

The Ironbride Gorge Museum Trust – Saturday 18th October – FREE

This event, organised by Ian Bapty, Industrial Heritage Support Officer for England will be a practical overview, very much focussed on the particular issues and challenges of industrial heritage sites, and is intended for both relevant local authority staff and members of groups who may be considering taking on such assets. Speakers include Sir Neil Cossons and Ian Morrison (HLF).

For further information about this event please contact Ian Bapty

STICK Annual Conference 2014 (Scottish Transport and Industrial Collections Subject Specialist Network)

The Scottish Diaspora: International Mobility of Industry, Technology, Ideas, Products, People

18th October 2014  – McManus Collections Unit, Dundee – £12.00

Speakers & topics will include:

  • Mark Watson, Historic Scotland, Dundee Jute and the French Connection
  • Dr Douglas Harper, Bridges in Nepal: The Aberdeenshire Connection
  • John Martin, The Brewing Archive, Scottish Brewing: International Links
  • Dr Miles Oglethorpe, Historic Scotland, Glasgow Cranes: the Japanese Connection
  • Meg Luckins, Scottish Ironworking: the Russian Connection


A message from E-FAITH – the European Federation of Associations of Industrial and Technical Heritage

2015 is approaching very fast, and the European campaign to promote the industrial heritage in the course of next year is already coming at cruising speed, kindling with enthusiasm a lot of associations and volunteers in many countries.
Please see the first briefing note about this campaign, which we would like you to forward – if possible – to other associations and to local authorities and press in your region, thus spreading the message.

Please also do note the meetings which already have been announced for the Autumn:
– a second workshop on factory chimneys, to be held in Roubaix (France), on August 29th and 30th – registration is open now
– the annual E-FAITH industrial heritage weekend is going to take place in Lyon (France), October 24-26th
At the end of the Summer we will send out a second briefing with updates.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you do have any question or if you would like to receive additional information !

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Applications Open for Enterprising Museum Award Scotland

Arts & Business Scotland Awards 2014 – Enterprising Museum Award – applications now being taken.

Applications can now be made for the Enterprising Museum category sponsored by Museums Galleries Scotland. The award will be made to an innovative or entrepreneurial project that has delivered an ambitious high-impact museum related experience.

Projects must have taken place throughout 2013 or 2014 and must be complete or near completion by the application deadline Monday 4 August 2014.

The award will be judged by a panel of representatives from Museums Galleries Scotland and Arts & Business Scotland. In judging the winner, they will consider how innovative or entrepreneurial the project was, its impact and how well it meets the aims of Going Further – The National Strategy for Scotlands Museums and Galleries.

You must be a Scottish museum in order to apply.Please download the application form below and send your completed form to

Deadline for applications: 5pm, Monday 4 August 2014. The shortlist will be announced by the end of August 2014.

The winner will be presented with a specially commissioned Award piece in front of an audience of over 300 guests from business, the arts and the media at an Awards ceremony and party at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow on Friday 24 October 2014.  Winners will also receive a one year membership of Arts & Business Scotland.

For further information about Museums Galleries Scotland please go to

For further information about Arts & Business Scotland please go to

For queries about the Awards ceremony contact

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Resourcing Scotland’s Heritage – fundraising training events

The first Resourcing Scotland’s Heritage training events are taking place in July and August.

Resourcing Scotland’s Heritage is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and is a partnership project lead by Arts & Business Scotland with Archaeology Scotland, Built Environment Forum Scotland, greenspace Scotland and Museums Galleries Scotland.

Make it Happen‘ is a one-day training course which introduces participants to fundraising for heritage organisations and projects from private sources.  The event costs just £20 and travel bursaries are available to enable you to attend.

The first four events are taking place as follows:

.Tuesday 22nd July – Old Parish Centre, Cupar, Fife
.Wednesday 23rd July – City Art Centre, Edinburgh
.Wednesday 30th July – Dower House, Kilmarnock
.Thursday 7th August – Culloden Visitor Centre, Inverness

To book your place please visit the Resourcing Scotland’s Heritage website

Future ‘Make it Happen’ courses will take place in Dundee, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Dumfries & Galloway in January and February 2015.

You can follow Resourcing Scotland’s Heritage on Facebook and Twitter

A strategy for sustainability: Museums Galleries Scotland

“In order to work towards sustainability [museums] need to have clarity of vision − to get the right plans in place before moving forwards. We must not be afraid to start conversations that matter.”

So states Joanne Orr, Chief Executive of Museums Galleries Scotland, in a recent article in Arts Professional, where she reflects on why the Scottish approach to building sustainability has been so successful. She also talks about how adaptability and innovation are key to museums’ success and the importance of engaging with communities as one of the things that underpins sustainability. All this needs to be supported and enabled by a strong and engaged board of Trustees.

Read more of her thoughts in the full article, A strategy for sustainability: Museums Galleries Scotland | ArtsProfessional.