Delegates attending ABTEM’s late spring seminar at the Museum of Liverpool on Friday 28th were provided with a fascinating and inspiring day. Dr Jo Reilly, Head of Participation and Learning at the Heritage Lottery Fund gave us a good insight into the process of researching and writing activity plans and weaving in community involvement to our projects. Claire Weston (National Motor Museum Trust) highlighted the work being done on the museum’s ‘Caravans and Charabancs’ First World War community project (http://www.nationalmotormuseum.org.uk/caravans_charabancs) and Sharon Brown outlined two community projects undertaken at the museum of Liverpool, the restoration of Liverpool Tramcar No.245 and the development exhibition content, research, collection knowledge and talks with the Retired Carters Association. Copies of presentations should be available in the next few months.



We are looking forward to our visit to the Museum of Liverpool tomorrow (26th June) for our seminar ‘Working with New Audiences in Industrial & Transport Museums’ and meeting delegates for what looks like being an interesting day!


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Speakers for ABTEM’S late spring seminar, being held on Friday 26th June at the Museum of Liverpool are now confirmed. The day, titled ‘Working with New Audiences in Industrial & Transport Museums’ will also provide delegates with the chance to see the award-winning displays at the museum.

  • Dr Jo Reilly, Head of Participation and Learning at the Heritage Lottery Fund, who will lead a session on activity planning and community consultation. Some ABTEM members have reported challenges in the process of activity planning and what is required. In this interactive session Jo Reilly, the lead on activity planning at HLF will talk through the HLF guidance, share others’ experience and good practice, and answer any questions.
  • Claire Weston from the National Motor Museum Trust at Beaulieu, who will speak about Caravans and Charabancs – Leisure Motoring after the First World War, commemorative project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and how she engaged a variety of community partners and worked with them to devise outreach activities around the project theme.
  • Sharon Brown from the Museum of Liverpool will outline the work the museum has done with a two partner groups – the Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society and the Retired Carters Association, and how the museum has undertaken restoration and developed exhibition content, research, collection knowledge and talks.

There is still time to book for this FREE seminar (lunch included) – please visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/abtem-late-spring-seminar-tickets-16934884696



An industrial heritage networking event is being held on the second day of the Association of Independent Museums’ 2015 Annual Conference. The ‘sold out’ event runs from Thursday 18th to Saturday 20th June.

The lunchtime event on Friday 19th June will be hosted Hosted by Tim Bryan, AIM Council member & Chair of the Association of British Transport and Engineering Museums (ABTEM)and Ian Bapty, Industrial Heritage Support Officer (IHSO)

We are really looking forward to meeting colleagues from industrial heritage sites and museums and to hear more about how ABTEM and the IHSO can support your work.

The event will be a chance to discover more about ABTEM’s role as a subject specialist network representing museums and heritage groups from the transport and industrial museum sector.

ABTEM holds seminars and events at museums and heritage sites across the UK themed mainly around collections-based topics and its latest event is taking place at the Museum of Liverpool on 26th June 2015.

Don’t forget to check the ABTEM Twitter feed for updates: @abtemuseums

The Industrial Heritage Support Officer (IHSO) was established in 2012  support industrial heritage sites and museums at a time when many groups and organisations are facing increasing pressures on maintaining the viability of their operations. Funded by Historic England and managed by the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, the IHSO (Ian Bapty) provides advice, delivers and develops training, promotes the development of networks and partnerships, facilitates collaborative funding applications, and works with other partners such as AIM to maximize the value of existing support across the sector. Visit the blog at: https://industrialheritagesupport.wordpress.com/

For more information about the AIM Conference please visit: http://www.aim-museums.co.uk/content/annual_conference/


I Love Museums – Campaign Launch

AIM Blog for independent museums and heritage sites

Today is the launch of I Love Museums, a new campaign led by the National Museum Directors’ Council (NDMC) to demonstrate the depth of support for UK museums by empowering the public to share why museums are important to them. 

Museums and galleries are more popular than ever – last year there were 66.8 million visits to the national and major regional museums in NMDC’s membership alone[1], and over half of adults and two thirds of children visited a museum[2].

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Museums play a vital role in the lives of individuals, families and communities across the UK, and make a key contribution to our society and economy.  But our museums are facing challenging times, with local and national governments making tough decisions about funding.  I Love Museums will show funders and policymakers how much museums matter by celebrating the UK public’s support for our wonderful…

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ABTEM’s latest seminar to be held at the Museum of Liverpool on 26th June will concentrate on developing and working with new, existing and hard to reach audiences and will include a session from Jo Reilly, Head of  Participation & Learning at the Heritage Lottery Fund who will give practical guidance on developing activity plans and public consultation.

The day will also include some case studies from museums including the National Motor Museum that have developed community and lifelong learning projects that will hopefully provide inspiration and ideas for museums and collections of all sizes. There will also be the opportunity to spend time looking at the award-winning displays at the Museum of Liverpool.

This seminar supported by funding from Arts Council England is FREE and places can be booked at: