Major prize with Mini for National Motor Museum visitor

Lord Montagu has handed the keys for a brand new Mini Cooper Convertible to the winner of the National Motor Museum Trust 2017 Prize Draw at Beaulieu.

NMMT raffle prize (l-r) Wendy Manley, Jim Manley and Lord Montagu

Jim Manley from Epsom, Surrey, and his wife Wendy were presented with the sporty white soft-top outside the Montagu ancestral home of Palace House. Auto electrician Jim, who bought his winning raffle ticket (number 20808) during a day out visit to Beaulieu, said: “When I got the call to say I had won, I really thought it was a wind-up, and it took a while before the penny dropped! This is absolutely brilliant.

The annual prize draw offers the chance to win a car for a £2 ticket and raises money for the National Motor Museum Trust, a charitable organisation which is dedicated to preserving and promoting motoring history.

For a chance to win the 2018 National Motor Museum Trust Prize Draw, tickets are going on sale at £2 for next year’s car which will be a stylish Fiat 500C TwinAir open-top city car. Runners-up prizes include a tour for three around the New Forest in a car from the museum collection, including a pit-stop at the Beaulieu Chocolate Studio for a demonstration and tasty treats, as well as a seat in a trust car in the 2019 London to Brighton Veteran Car Run.   For more information and terms and conditions see  www.nationalmotormuseum.org.uk/car_prize_draw.

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Job Vacancy: Industrial Heritage Support Officer

Details of a vacancy offered by the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust.

In partnership with English Heritage, the Association of Independent Museums and the Association for Industrial Archaeology, applications are invited for the following position:

INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE SUPPORT OFFICER

Salary £c.27k, until 31 March 2020, Fixed Term Post, based at Coalbrookdale, Shropshire

The post-holder will deliver a national strategy providing England-wide support to improve the capacity, sustainability and conservation standards of preserved industrial sites with public access. They will maintain and create networks of relevant stakeholders and grant providers that is sustainable beyond the life of the project.   They will identify support mechanisms and sources of funding along with community groups & volunteers who could be engaged with the long-term care of the identified sites. The role would suit a graduate, museums or heritage professional who has experience of either the conservation, management or operation of heritage sites, ideally industrial in focus, knowledge of appropriate funding streams and experience of setting up support networks.

 Applicants for this position must hold a full driving licence and have access to their own transport.

 Applications are by covering letter and application form, closing date Monday 15 January 2018, 9:00am.

 To request a Job Description and application form please contact Roger Clark, HR Officer at the e-mail address below.

Please note C.V.s are not acceptable. Previous applicants need not apply.

Roger Clark, HR Officer, e-mail: recruitment@ironbridge.org.uk

The IRONBRIDGE GORGE MUSEUMS Coach Road Coalbrookdale Telford Shropshire TF8 7DQ

Tel:  01952 435900 www.ironbridge.org.uk

We welcome applications from all sections of the community. Applicants with the appropriate skills and abilities will be guaranteed an interview if they have a disability.

 

AIM LAUNCHES ‘PREPARING TO PROSPER SEMINARS

The Association of Independent Museums (AIM) is launching ‘Preparing to Prosper’: a new publication that will help museums use the AIM Hallmarks to benefit their organisation, at seminars this winter.

The events are in London (6 December), Birmingham (17 January) and Edinburgh (30 January).

There is a great line up of speakers and lots of time for networking and discussion with colleagues. Refreshments are included. More information and booking: http://bit.ly/2xmod94

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UNDERSTANDING GDPR – AIM Success Guide Issued

Museums and other cultural organisations that want to understand how they should be responding to current and forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) can now benefit from a free Success Guide from The Association of Independent museums (AIM) called Successfully Managing Privacy And Data Regulations In Small Museums.

The new AIM publication has not been created as a guide to everything in the Data Protection Act (DPA) – or the impending General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – but focuses instead on the most important areas for action now. The GDPR applies to the whole UK, so this guide is suitable for all AIM members and other heritage sector organisations across the UK.

AIM’s Executive Director, Tamalie Newbery said of its launch: “Lots of AIM members have been contacting us to find out what they need to know about the new GDPR regulations. This guide explains in a straightforward way, what museums need to think about and what they need to do to make sure they are complying with the current and new regulations. We hope that AIM members will find it helpful. Some of the things that museums need to do might take a while to put in place, so it’s important to assess where you are and what you’ll need to do now, so you have time to make any changes that are necessary.”

The AIM Success Guide is for trustees, senior staff and members of staff and volunteers involved in fundraising or marketing and the guide outlines the main data protection issues to help museums and cultural organisations carry out an audit of their current position and draw up an action plan and there is a useful action checklist included.

You can download the guide for free at: Successfully Managing Privacy And Data Regulations In Small Museums.

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AIM Launches New ‘Preparing to Prosper’ Publication At Winter Events

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Since 2015, museums across the UK have been using the AIM Hallmarks of Prospering Museums to make a big difference to their success. The ‘AIM Hallmarks of Prospering Museums’ are a framework to help museums and heritage organisations throughout the UK. The Hallmarks identify characteristics that are typical of successful heritage organisations and enable them to prosper and thrive.

At three events this winter in London (6 December), Birmingham (17 January) and Edinburgh (30 January), the Association of Independent Museums (AIM) is launching ‘Preparing to Prosper’: a new publication that will show museums how to use the AIM Hallmarks to benefit their organisation.

The new publication includes case studies, new insights and questions to help museum staff, trustees and volunteers think about the way they work.

The new publication distils the best ideas from museums that have used the AIM Hallmarks, so that museums can put them into practice immediately to see positive results quickly and event attendees will be able to get an exclusive hard copy before it is published next year.

Booking is now open for the AIM Preparing to Prosper events for both AIM members and non-members. Tickets cost £25 and full information can be found at AIM Preparing to Prosper.

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National Motor Museum wins 2017 Collections Trust Award

The National Motor Museum Trust at Beaulieu has won the 2017 Collections Trust Award for its Keep CALM and STEAM Ahead project. The award recognises the achievements of those who manage museum collections – the teams who are often behind the scenes and whose work can go unnoticed.

This year the award celebrates projects that show what can be achieved when the governing body, staff and volunteers in a museum work collaboratively to tackle a collections management challenge. With the theme of Pulling Together, the award comes with a prize of £2,000 for the first time this year.

Generously funded by the Arts Council England Designation Development Fund, the Keep CALM project began in July 2016 and concludes in March 2018. It has provided a much-needed opportunity for the National Motor Museum to focus on aspects of stewardship, which had become a priority. Importantly, the project has been devised to create impact beyond collections management, providing new opportunities for people to engage with the collections, including activities for families, schools and colleges.

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Keep CALM has extended the use of the museum’s CALM collections management system and supported review and research on under-used parts of the collections. Improved documentation has enhanced collaboration between collections and strengthened team-working. Unlocking information and encouraging working across departments is supporting the development of new initiatives for visitors to Beaulieu. The project is building on the Museum’s Education Service by generating new programmes linked to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) in response to National Curriculum changes.

A creative take on STEAM has also been adopted, using the newly researched and recorded material to inspire a range of lively Automotive Steampunk-themed activities, which explore the collections in imaginative ways. Students from the Costume and Performance Design course at the Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) researched key cars and collections material to inspire the creation of nine Automotive Steampunk costumes. These striking costumes, which were on display in the museum until recently, have been viewed by thousands of visitors who were also able to dress up in Steampunk style with special clothing provided for photo opportunities. The project has also enabled the museum to make connections with the wonderfully creative Portsmouth And Southampton Time-travelling Steampunks (PASTS) group.

Andrea Bishop, Director of Collections at the National Motor Museum, said:

“The Keep CALM project has been aptly named, since it has challenged us to change the way we work and manage collections behind the scenes, standardising practice to improve exchange of ideas and information. We are now beginning to see the benefits of that legacy for our audiences and I am grateful to Arts Council England for having confidence in the value of this project for the museum and its users.”

To find out more about the Keep CALM and STEAM Ahead project, see http://www.nationalmotormuseum.org.uk/ACE_funding.