Save Your Museum Money This Winter With The AIM Energy Action Group

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If you are keen to save your museum or heritage site money, then the free to join AIM Energy Action Group is a great place to start. Run in partnership with DTA Wales, the group can advise you on the best energy supplier, the correct tariff for your organisation and can add you to the AIM energy bulk buying basket to ensure you get the best deals on your energy costs.

UK gas prices are directly linked to the cost of oil and with nearly half of the electricity produced in the UK generated by gas, now is a good time to lock in energy contracts for the longer term. Overall, prices have risen by at least 10% since last March when we launched the very successful AIM Energy Action Group 2016 Basket so make sure you secure the best pricing while you can.

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Autumn Statement Brings Good News For Sector

AIM Blog for independent museums and heritage sites

AIM is delighted by today’s announcement in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement that the new museums and galleries tax relief will be expanded to include permanent exhibitions.

The new tax relief, which starts in April 2017, was originally only intended to be available for temporary and touring exhibitions.

However, AIM initiated a campaign to include permanent exhibitions in the relief, arguing that the majority of museums would not have been able to benefit from a scheme limited to temporary and touring exhibitions.

The campaign was given strong support by colleagues across the museum sector and we know that its success is down to the fact that the sector presented such a strong and united argument. AIM is very grateful to everyone in museums and support organisations who supported the campaign, writing to their MPs and responding to the consultation.

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Image: Exhibition at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery

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Items for Loan from Coventry Transport Museum

As part of a collections review Coventry Transport Museum have identified reserve items that could be offered to other museums on loan. Potential borrowers  need to be aware that the item must go on public display and loans must be for a minimum period of 2 years up to maximum of 5 years.

The vehicles available include: Austin, Daimler, Hillman, Humber, Jaguar Morris, Riley Rover and Triumph cars and commercial vehicles.

For a full list and further details on specific vehicles (as condition does vary from vehicle to vehicle) please contact: Elisabeth Chard-Cooper, Coventry Transport Museum, 02476234282 or email: elisabeth.chard-cooper@culturecoventry.com

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Martyn Heighton

ABTEM members will be sad to hear the news that the Director of National Historic Ships UK, Martyn Heighton passed away suddenly on Monday 7th November.

A stalwart of the historic ships and museums sector, he will be sadly missed and the association sends its condolences to his family and colleagues at NHS-UK.

More information is available at: http://www.nationalhistoricships.org.uk/data/files/2016/Martyn_news.pdf

All in the Same Boat: Sustainable Large Object Collections – Date of new ABTEM Seminar announced!

Following the success of the ABTEM autumn seminar, we are pleased to be supporting the National Waterways Museum in running an additional meeting on 7th December 2016 at Ellesmere Port.

Using the Canal & River Trust boat collection as a case study the day will focus on the realities and challenges of managing large object collections for the long term. Caring for large, industrial and operational objects in museum collections presents unique challenges and none more than boats in water.

Although the focus of the meeting will naturally be on boat collections, the day will be of interest to anyone facing challenges of managing large and working objects. It will look at approaches to conservation and how to decide which route to take. It will also be applicable to anyone who has to deal with the over-enthusiastic collecting of previous curators, and approaches to reviewing and rationalising collections that have become unsustainable.

To find out more, and book a place, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/all-in-the-same-boat-sustainable-large-object-collections-tickets-29079402275

 

Great Response to ABTEM Autumn Seminar!

Over 70 people attended our autumn event held at the Dana Centre at the Science Museum in London.

Titled the ‘Death of the Machine’, the meeting debated some of the issues surrounding the continuing success of museums with collections of machinery and how they might be sustained in the future.

As well as thought-provoking presentations from Oliver Green, Ben Russell, Laura Musgrave and Daniel Martin, there was also a lively debate discussing some of the issues raised in the meeting!

Thanks are due to the Science Museum for their support and to Lee Hutchinson for his help in organising the event.

ABTEM are also supporting another seminar at the National Waterways Museum on the 7th December – details to be posted shortly!