The Impact of Charging Museum Admission: New AIM Research Survey

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AIM has just launched a sector wide survey which is the first part of vital research into the impact of charging for admissions on museums and heritage sites. Organisations across the UK are invited to take part now, to ensure that this ground-breaking research reflects the whole sector. The findings, case studies and resulting guidance will be announced at AIM’s national conference in June and published in the summer.

The research programme, led by DC Research and commissioned in partnership with Arts Council England (ACE) and the Museums Archives and Libraries Division (MALD), involves assessing the role of charging – or not charging – for visitor admissions, and comes at an extremely opportune time for many museums that are currently considering their future charging policy in light of reductions in other forms of funding.

All UK museums, heritage sites and galleries that charge – or don’t charge – admissions are…

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The Costume Society: Elizabeth Hammond Award 2016

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Elizabeth Hammond ARCA (1926-2011) was a Founder Member of the Costume Society and a former Trustee of The Costume Society. She was an embroiderer, textile artist, teacher and collector of textiles. Significant pieces in her collection were conserved and loaned to Museums for public display.

The Costume Society has set up an award in her name following a generous bequest from her estate. The award is intended to promote the conservation and display of clothing and textiles of all periods, styles and places of origin, held within the permanent collections of museums within the United Kingdom, which have annual gross revenues of less than £750,000.


 ©Historic Royal Palaces

This award is available to finance a wide range of textile conservation projects, from primary assessment to full conservation.  Awards can be made for any amount up to £10,000 in 2016 to one or more successful applicants. From 2017 onwards the…

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ABTEM member the Underfall Yard visitor centre, at the heart of Bristol’s Floating Harbour, is due to open this Easter marking a key milestone in an ambitious £4 million project. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) supported initiative is also securing the future of the historic industrial buildings and boatyard, with sensitive repairs and solar panelling.

Housed in the Grade 2* listed Power House, the visitor centre retells the story of Victorian engineering, which still protects the city from flooding today. It shines a light on the famous engineers linked with Underfall Yard – William Jessop and Isambard Kingdom Brunel – as well as the largely-forgotten John Ward Girdlestone who built the slipway and most of the beautifully-designed buildings.

Funding for the Underfall Yard Trust has come from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Biffa Award, through the Association of Independent Museums as part of the National Heritage Landmarks Scheme, The Wolfson Foundation, The Garfield Weston Foundation, The Headley Trust, The Pilgrim Trust, J Paul Getty Foundation and many other generous organisations and individuals, with support from Bristol City Council.

More information about this amazing project is available at: or follow @theunderfall on Twitter.


Working Collections Officer Vacancy – Abbey Pumping Station Leicester

Leicester City Council Arts and Museums are currently looking to recruit a “Working Collections Technical Officer” to work at the Abbey Pumping Station.

Details of the job can be found at:

The closing date is the end of the month.

Cause for Celebration: Two AIM Members Launch Biffa Award Funded Projects

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It was a double celebration yesterday, as two AIM members – Cromford Mills in Derbyshire and Underfall Boatyard in Bristol – both launched AIM Biffa Award funded projects. This funding started back in 2011 when AIM entered into a 3 year funding partnership with Biffa Award via their National Heritage Landmarks Partnership Scheme and has provided £1.5m investment for independent museums and industrial heritage sites across the UK. The investment has helped to transform derelict buildings and sites into inspirational resources, enabling the public to better understand the powerful tide of change brought about by our collective industrial past through the creation of a network of strategic projects that tell the stories of people, processes, industrial development and change.

At Cromford Mills in Derbyshire, the AIM Biffa Award, along with other major funding, has helped to provide public access to and the interpretation of Sir Richard Arkwright’s First Mill; this…

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A reminder that our latest seminar titled ‘Managing Archive Collections in Industrial & Transport Museums: What do you need to know and what do you need to do?’ will be held on Friday 18th March 2016.

The day will provide an introduction to archives and is mainly aimed at museums that may have archive material as part of their collections but no professional archivist.

The day has been organised following requests and feedback from members and attendees at previous seminars.

Speakers include Emma Chaplin, co-author of the AIM Success Guide ‘Successfully Managing Archives in Museums’ published in 2015 and Naomi Korn of Naomi Korn Copyright Consultancy. There will also be the opportunity to hear  case studies from museums dealing with archive collections.

The event is being held by courtesy of the Royal Automobile Club at its prestigious Pall Mall headquarters – places on the seminar are strictly limited so if you are still interested in booking a place, please visit the Eventbrite web site!

For further details and to book a place, please visit:

A limited number of travel bursaries are available for the seminar – see the blog page for details.

Ros Kerslake appointed Chief Executive of Heritage Lottery Fund and National Heritage Memorial Fund

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Ros Kerslake OBE has been appointed Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF).

Ros, who has been Chief Executive of The Prince’s Regeneration Trust since 2006, will join HLF in summer 2016.  She succeeds Carole Souter who steps down at the end of April.

Chair of HLF Sir Peter Luff said: “Ros Kerslake has a rich background in heritage and an impressive commitment to the role it plays in making people’s lives better.  She is the perfect choice to lead HLF and as a successful applicant for funding, she knows how the organisation feels to those who seek National Lottery support.

Ros will join HLF at an exciting time, delivering new schemes to support skills, young people and resilience in the sector.  She has the experience and enthusiasm to provide a clear vision and leadership for HLF’s highly dedicated staff, supporting…

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AIM Conservation Grants – Next Round Closes 31 March

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AIM members from small and medium size museums are eligible to apply to the AIM Preventive Conservation Grant Scheme and the AIM Conservation Grant Scheme. Both schemes are generously supported by The Pilgrim Trust and the next round of applications closes on 31 March 2016.

If you would like to improve your conservation skills or to chat to an AIM member of staff about our conservation grants, don’t forget that we are offering free collections care workshops funded by The Pilgrim Trust over the next couple of months. Details about these workshops can be found here: AIM Collections Care Workshops

Since these grant schemes started, hundreds of AIM member museums and heritage sites have benefited, and both schemes have been set up to help develop a more sustainable approach to the conservation and management of collections. To check your eligibility and for further information, please see the AIM website: 

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