Applications Open: The Marsh Volunteers for Museum Learning Award 2016

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The British Museum and The Marsh Christian Trust  have announced that applications are now open for this year’s Volunteers for Museum Learning Award.

The award celebrates the contribution of volunteers in museums, galleries and heritage sites all over the United Kingdom, recognising their achievements and dedication as well as the innovative ways they are engaging with the visiting public.

There will be twelve regional winners, each of whom will receive a £500 cash prize. Additionally, an overall national winner will receive a further £2,000. The awards will be presented at the British Museum in September. Last year’s national winners were The Museum Volunteers Team at The Museum of Nottingham Life, Brewhouse Yard.

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There is a simple application form to complete with some supplementary information. The closing date for applications is Tuesday, 12 July 2016.

If volunteers are too modest to apply themselves, museums are very welcome to apply on their…

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Museums Association Conference & Exhibition 2016 7-9 November – Glasgow

News of the Museums Association Conference & Exhibition, which is the largest event of its kind in Europe for museums and heritage professionals.  Over 1,500 senior staff discuss the latest issues, discover new practice and meet the world’s leading suppliers and consultants.


The themes this year are People and Places, Being Brave and Health and Wellbeing. Delegates will have the opportunity to debate and discuss big ideas with colleagues from around the UK and internationally. Keynote speakers include Jackie Kay, national poet for Scotland and Oonagh Aitken, chief executive of Volunteering Matters. Another keynote will be delivered by two representatives from the Museum of Tomorrow in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

There are a host of other sessions, practical workshops and training – all developed to facilitate fresh thinking. The social events will give you the opportunity to network with colleagues at Kelvin Hall, Riverside Museum and Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA).

There will also be a third day to conference this year with a programme of special events, exhibition tours, expert talks and behind-the-scenes visits to Glasgow’s museums galleries and cultural venues all included in the price.

Conference is a vital forum for debate, exchange and networking – join us for the biggest event of its kind in Europe and help shape the future of museums.

Early bird booking ends on 5 August 2016. For more information and to book your place go to



 Apply and don’t miss the chance to profit from the visibility and networking opportunities offered to your museum by taking part in the European Museum Academy Awards. Hundreds of museums have already done so in more than 20 years of activity of the Micheletti Award.  Candidates also have the opportunity of running for the DASA Award. Candidates will be visited by EMA qualified experts and presented at the Annual EMA Meeting.


The Luigi Micheletti Award is focused on contemporary European history and its scientific, industrial and social heritage. You may apply if you are a museum of 20th-century history (military political or social), a museum of science, technology or industry, a science centre, an ecomuseum, or an interpretation centre on these subjects and emerging crucial issues of contemporary society.

 The DASA Award

The basic criterion of this award is the quality of learning opportunities, in a comprehensive perspective: the museological concept, the quality of the storyline, the creativity of the exhibition design and the programme of educational activities . Specific attention is also given to personal mediation, the interactive participation of the public and an effective mix of education and entertainment.

This Award is open to all kinds of museums.

To download the entry form, please visit:


Another round of the highly successful ‘Giving To Heritage’ programme has now been announced 

HLF sponsorship of the GTH programme means that workshops are offered at the highly – subsidised rate of £20 per person. There are 12 to 15 places available at each workshop. Booking is available at

In-house workshops are also available for organisations who would like a GTH training subject delivered exclusively for them.

(M) indicates a Masterclass. These workshops are suitable for more experienced fundraisers and delegates as well as those who have already attended the same workshop subject earlier in the GTH programme.

How and When to Apply for Social Investment Funds  –  NEW

27 September 2016, London, Stephens House & Gardens

1 November 2016, Manchester, International Anthony Burgess Centre

2 February 2017, Bristol, SS Great Britain

May 2017, Birmingham

June 2017, London


How To Set Up a Community Shares Project –  NEW

9 December 2016, The Theatres Trust, London

April 2017, Manchester


Structuring Your Heritage Organisation for Fundraising – NEW

 8 December 2016, London, The Theatres Trust

June 2017, Manchester, Elizabeth Gaskell’s House


Crowdfunding for Heritage Organisations and Utilising Your Networks for Fundraising – NEW

4 October 2016, London, Stephens House & Gardens

7 February 2017, Manchester, International Anthony Burgess Centre


Measuring, Communicating & Sharing the Impact of Heritage Organisations to Funders – NEW

19 October 2016, London, Kelmscott House

18 May 2017, Bath, Museum of Bath at Work


Creating a Case for Support for Your Heritage Organisation                                     

27 June 2016, London, The Theatres Trust

23 February 2017, Newcastle, Live Theatre


Heritage Fundraising Planning: Putting Your Strategy Into Action

15 September 2016, York, National Railway Museum

22 November 2016, Bristol, SS Great Britain (M)

1 February 2017, Birmingham, The Coffin Works (M)

15 March 2017, Telford, Ironbridge Gorge Museums

23 June 2017, London, The Theatres Trust (M)


Understanding Fundraising: The Roles and Responsibilities of Trustees in Heritage Organisations

14 September 2016, Birmingham, The Coffin Works

27 April 2017, Bristol, SS Great Britain


Legacy Fundraising for Heritage Organisations

1 July 2016, Museum of Bath at Work

26 January 2017, Cambridge University (M)

9 May 2017, London, Kelmscott House (M)


Major Donor Fundraising for Heritage Organisations                                                                  

21 June 2016, Manchester, Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

3 November 2016, London, The Theatres Trust

7 December 2016, Manchester, Elizabeth Gaskell’s House (M)

9 March 2017, Oxford Castle (M)


Securing Support for Your Heritage Organisation from Grant-Making Trusts & Foundations

10 November 2016, Coventry Transport Museum

18 January 2017, London, Kelmscott House


Digital & Social Media for Heritage Organisations

6 October 2017, Leeds, Thackray Medical Museum

5 April 2017, Derby Museum


Corporate Partnerships for Heritage Organisations

21 June 2016, London, Kelmscott House

2 December 2016, Woking, The Lightbox (M)

2 March 2017, London, The Theatres Trust (M)

June 2017, Birmingham, The Coffin Works (M)



National week of celebration to thank the UK’s volunteers

AIM Blog for independent museums and heritage sites

Organisations across the country are holding events to thank volunteers for their dedication and contribution. Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the millions of volunteers who give up their time in the service of others. Events are taking place across the UK from 1-12 June to mark Volunteers’ Week, which this year is running for an extra five days to coincide with the Patron’s Lunch on 12 June.

Karl Wilding, director of public policy and Volunteering at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, which coordinates Volunteers’ Week in England, said:

‘Volunteers’ Week is always a fantastic opportunity for a big celebration of the great work of volunteers across the UK. This year’s longer event, culminating with the Patron’s Lunch on the Mall, will allow even more people to take part in this special thank you to those who give up their time in the service of others.

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