1920’s Drummond Lathe offered for donation

ABTEM have been asked if they could help find a home for a Drummond ‘M’ type 3.5inch centre lathe.  It is a treadle lathe probably purchased in early 1920s.

It has been kept oiled and still turns and also has the tools that come with it along with it’s handbook and original receipt.

The lathe is being offered free of charge but would need to be collected from Colchester in Essex.

If anyone is interested in this opportunity, please contact ABTEM Chairman Tim Bryan (tim.bryan@britishmotormuseum.co.uk) 

Making your digital collections easier to discover

News of two training workshops being run by Jisc on the 3rd and 16th May.

Learn how to increase the reach of your digital collections, optimise them for discovery and evaluate the usage and impact of the assets they contain.

The workshops will equip you with the knowledge and skills to:

  • Increase visibility of your digital collections for use in learning, teaching and research
  • Encourage collaboration between curators and users of digital collections
  • Strategically promote your digital collections in appropriate contexts, for a range of audiences
  • Optimise your collection for discovery via Google and other search tools
  • Use web analytics to track and monitor access and usage of your digital collections
  • Evaluate impact and realise the benefits of investment in your digital collections

If your organisation has digital collections, or plans to develop them, our programme will help you maximise the reach of those collections on the web, demonstrate the impact of their usage and help you build for future sustainability.

The courses are aimed at anyone working in education and research, who manages, supports and/or promotes digital collections for teaching, learning and research. Those working in similar roles in libraries, archives and museums would also benefit.

The programme is focused on local digital collections that belong directly to the institution including digital archives and institutional repositories, rather than bought in resources such as commercial e-journal or e-book collections.

More details are available from: https://www.jisc.ac.uk/training/making-your-digital-collections-easier-to-discover


Data Protection and Charities: The new General Data Protection Regulation – Be Prepared

AIM Blog for independent museums and heritage sites

Trustees have particular responsibilities for data protection and trustees’ responsibilities are set to increase later this year, with the anticipated launch of a Fundraising Preference Service, following the establishment of the new Fundraising Regulator. Next year, from May 2018, there will be further new regulations, including changes to the way charities and other organisations have to obtain consent for holding personal data from visitors, donors and others they work with.

The following article is particularly relevant to larger organisations with a wide-range of fundraising methods and data-handling responsibilities. AIM will publish additional guidance for smaller organisations later this year, focusing on the elements of changes likely to be most relevant to the relatively simple data-handling processes of most museums.

Jackie Gray, a partner, and Emma Dewar, a solicitor, who specialise in data protection issues at Bond Dickinson LLP, have kindly written the following article for AIM members on ‘Data Protection…

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AIM Hallmarks Awards: Final Round Now Open For Applications

AIM Blog for independent museums and heritage sites

The third and final round of the AIM Hallmarks Awards is now open for AIM members in England and Wales with applications closing on 15 May 2017. Offering grants of between £5,000 and £15,000, the AIM Hallmarks Awards help AIM member museums and heritage sites to begin to use the principles in the AIM Hallmarks to improve the way they work.

This can involve either review and planning, or taking forward new ways of working. For example, in Round 1 of the AIM Hallmarks Awards, The Lightbox Museum and Art Gallery in Woking used their grant to work more effectively with millennials, which you can read about HERE. Organisational review projects funded include one for Amgeudffa Pontypool Museum.

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The Lightbox Museum and Art Gallery in Woking used their grant to work more effectively with millennials (Photo credit: The Lightbox)

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News of a symposium being run by the British Motor Museum on Saturday 25th March titled The British motor industry; what is the road ahead? 

Appealing to anyone who has a passion for motoring, this day of short lectures will draw on Britain’s motoring history to address topics including; how advances in vehicle technologies will shape the future of manufacturing, how the profile of car ownership will change in the coming years and how media exerts an increasing influence over the selection and design of vehicles.

Delegates will hear from a selection of high profile and influential speakers including; Professor David Morris, Dr. Jason Begley, Sir Greg Knight PC, MP, Professor David Greenwood and Steve Cropley as they present a world view of the automotive industry and share opinions on how the United Kingdom will be influenced by new trends and whether British motoring has a future and how it might appear.

The Museum is offering you a special discounted price of £18 per person on advance booking using the code ‘ABTEM17’ to all ABTEM members. All tickets include lunch, refreshments and time to explore the Museum.

To book a place, please visit the website at www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk  or to find out more information a please contact museum@britishmotormuseum.co.uk or call 01926 927823 (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm).


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