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Plans are in full swing for Kids in Museums’ 2014 Takeover Days this November, when young people across Wales and England will be taking over their museums and showing us all how it should really be done!

Taking Over Museums Day is a celebration of children and young people’s contribution to museums, galleries and heritage sites. It’s a day on which they are given meaningful roles, working alongside staff and volunteers to participate in the life of the museum.

In England Takeover day will be 21st November 2014. Last year over 115 organisations were involved across England and over 3,000 children and young people. They were museum directors, front of house, curators, conservators, tour guides, website designers and catering staff. In Wales it is on 13th November 2014.

Unfortunately Kids in Museums is not able to specifically support Takeover Days in Scotland this year, though they would love…

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The British Aviation Preservation Council is holding a Stop the Rot National Conference at the Rolls-Royce Learning & Career Development Centre, Derby on 4 October.

With the theme ‘Harnessing the power of volunteers to make the impossible possible’, the conference will include adopting best practice in volunteer management, case studies where volunteers have made a difference and fundraising to support aircraft preservation.  The fee is £30.   Contact

Free seminars from Collections Trust around England

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The Collections Trust Seminars

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The Collections Trust, with funding and support from Arts Council England, has developed a series of free seminars that will provide you with the know-how to improve the use of technology in your museum and assist you with your collections development strategy.

The first seminar will take place in London on 6 October 2014. Book your free place now!

Who should attend

The seminars are aimed at Collections Management professionals and volunteers who work in small and medium-sized UK museums that are Accredited or that are working towards Accreditation.

Benefits of attending

  • Receive practical advice and support
  • Benefit from the experience of others
  • Gain insights that will help with Accreditation
  • Discover a range of useful resources
  • Add to your CPD
  • Network with colleagues

Dates and venues

6 October 2014Science Museum, LondonBook…

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AIM is recruiting a Membership, Marketing and Projects Manager

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We are very pleased to announce that we are recruiting a new post of Membership, Marketing and Projects Manager, to start as soon as possible.

Membership, Marketing and Projects Manager

£28,000 to £30,000, Full-time, Working From Home

This is a rare opportunity to join a small, friendly team, in an interesting and varied role, making a practical difference to large and small independent museums and heritage organisations across the UK.

AIM’s membership is at an all-time high. You will be responsible for developing our communications with and services for members, including supplier members, and recruiting new members. You will be AIM’s marketing manager, responsible for all our online communications and the redevelopment of our website. You will also be responsible for developing and delivering some of AIM’s partnerships and projects.

Your strengths will be in building relationships, communicating, engaging people and delivering on commitments.

This is a new position. It will be…

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ABTEM’s autumn seminar ‘REVIEWING SIGNIFICANCE – AN INTRODUCTION’ will be held at the Brunel Museum in London on Wednesday 22nd October.

A very topical issue for industrial and transport museums, assessing the significance of our collections is increasingly being recognized as a key part of strategic collections management, and an essential  prioritising resources. Significance statements are also vital for applications for grant funding and for ensuring stakeholder support.

The seminar will discuss some of the tools available to help transport and engineering museums assess the significance of their collections, their current and potential use, and their care and preservation conditions and will also include relevant case studies.

To book a place at this FREE event, please visit:

This seminar is made possible by Arts Council England Subject Specialist Network funding.