The British Motor Museum is organising a free seminar on Wednesday 7 March, titled ‘The Open Road’: Resilience, Participation and Engagement: learning and sharing good practice’.
The event is a day giving people the chance to see how the Museum has benefited from Arts Council Museum Resilience funding and see what it has achieved since 2015.
Inlcuding a keynote from Wendy Parry, the Museum’s Relationship Manager at Arts Council England, presentations will include sessions on the introduction and use of costumed interpreters in a museum setting, community engagement activities and lessons learned from the Museum’s lifelong and formal learning programmes as well as how the visitor experience has been enhanced.
Participants will also have the chance to see the Museum and its award-winning displays.
Travel bursaries of up to £100 are available and lunch is provided!
Places can still be booked at:

Industrial Heritage Support Officer Role Advertised:

The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, in Shropshire, is one of the World’s most entrepreneurial independent museums and an international leader in the field of industrial heritage conservation & interpretation.

In partnership with English Heritage, the Association of Independent Museums and the Association for Industrial Archaeology, applications are invited for the following position of Industrial Heritage Support Officer.

Salary £c.27k, until 31 March 2020, Fixed Term Post, based at Coalbrookdale, Shropshire

The post-holder will deliver a national strategy providing England-wide support to improve the capacity, sustainability and conservation standards of preserved industrial sites with public access. They will maintain and create networks of relevant stakeholders and grant providers that is sustainable beyond the life of the project.   They will identify support mechanisms and sources of funding along with community groups & volunteers who could be engaged with the long-term care of the identified sites. The role would suit a graduate, museums or heritage professional who has experience of either the conservation, management or operation of heritage sites, ideally industrial in focus, knowledge of appropriate funding streams and experience of setting up support networks.

 Applicants for this position must hold a full driving licence and have access to their own transport.

 Applications are by covering letter and application form, closing date Tuesday 6 March 2018, 9:00am.

 To request a Job Description and application form please contact Roger Clark, HR Officer at the e-mail address below.  Please note that it is Museum’s policy not to accept CV’s.

Roger Clark, HR Officer, e-mail:

The IRONBRIDGE GORGE MUSEUMS Coach Road Coalbrookdale Telford Shropshire TF8 7DQ. Tel:  01952 435900



The Association of British Transport & Engineering Museums (ABTEM) are proud to announce that the ‘Guidelines for the Care and Operation of Larger and Working Historic Objects’ will be launched at a special event at the Manchester Museum of Science & Industry on Thursday 15th February 2018.

The event marks the culmination of a four-year project to produce new guidelines for museums, volunteer groups and private collectors with larger and working objects. The guidelines will cover stationary engines, industrial machinery, road vehicles, aircraft, railway vehicles, ships, boats and other working items.

The new document will update and complement standards first published by the former Museums & Galleries Commission first published in 1994 that have been used widely by specialists and non-specialists alike but after two decades of experience needed updating.


The Guidelines are the result of considerable consultation and collaboration with the sector both through a scoping study undertaken by consultant Rob Shorland-Ball in 2015 and the work with others in the transport and industrial heritage world as the final document was produced by the International Railway Heritage Consultancy (IRHC) in 2017.

Information about the project, and also about seminars being run to publicise the new document can be found at

The Guidelines are available in a number of formats:

A hard copy version produced in conjunction with the Collections Trust at a cost of £24.99 + postage. Copies can be ordered by visiting:

There is also a ‘Flipbook’ format book that can be viewed free of charge at:

A free downloadable PDF file (6.6mb) is available from



Museum of English Rural Life consultation on Intangible Cultural Heritage

 The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) at the University of Reading, is coordinating a project called Making, Using and Enjoying: The Museum of the Intangible. Funded by Arts Council England it explores the potential of intangible cultural heritage and creative and digital practice to improve research and understanding of our collections and to extend engagement. As part of the project MERL are developing a ‘toolkit’ to help museums and heritage organisations use the combination of intangible cultural heritage ideas and visual arts and other creative practices to engage and enrich the lives of new audiences.

There are many ways of understanding and interpreting the term ‘intangible cultural heritage’. UNESCO defines ICH as ‘the practices, representations, expressions, knowledge and skills – including the instruments, objects, artefacts and cultural spaces associated with them – that communities, groups and individuals recognise as part of their cultural heritage.’

To help develop this toolkit MERL would like the input from as many museums as possible. ICH ideas are relevant to all museums, and not just those with social history or ethnographic collections and have developed an online survey . The survey should take about 10-15 minutes to complete, and closes at the end of February 2018.

The link to the survey is: