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/