Category Archives: Association of Independent Museums

Vacancy: Interim Editor – AIM Bulletin

Following the retirement of AIM’s long standing Bulletin Editor, Diana Zeuner, the Association is looking for an Editor to work with on an interim basis.

AIM are looking for a talented and creative Editor, preferably with knowledge of the museum and heritage sector, to work on a freelance basis to produce 5 issues, comprising the December 2018- August 2019 issues.

This would involve a start in early/mid September 2018 to begin work on the December 2018 issue

The Interim Editor will work closely with the AIM Staff team and Council members, in particular the Director, Emma Chaplin, and the Membership, Marketing and Projects Manager, Sassy Hicks, to maintain and develop consistent and complementary communications across digital and print.

For more information, please visit: https://www.aim-museums.co.uk/aim-vacancy-aim-bulletin-interim-editor/

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UNDERSTANDING GDPR – AIM Success Guide Issued

Museums and other cultural organisations that want to understand how they should be responding to current and forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) can now benefit from a free Success Guide from The Association of Independent museums (AIM) called Successfully Managing Privacy And Data Regulations In Small Museums.

The new AIM publication has not been created as a guide to everything in the Data Protection Act (DPA) – or the impending General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – but focuses instead on the most important areas for action now. The GDPR applies to the whole UK, so this guide is suitable for all AIM members and other heritage sector organisations across the UK.

AIM’s Executive Director, Tamalie Newbery said of its launch: “Lots of AIM members have been contacting us to find out what they need to know about the new GDPR regulations. This guide explains in a straightforward way, what museums need to think about and what they need to do to make sure they are complying with the current and new regulations. We hope that AIM members will find it helpful. Some of the things that museums need to do might take a while to put in place, so it’s important to assess where you are and what you’ll need to do now, so you have time to make any changes that are necessary.”

The AIM Success Guide is for trustees, senior staff and members of staff and volunteers involved in fundraising or marketing and the guide outlines the main data protection issues to help museums and cultural organisations carry out an audit of their current position and draw up an action plan and there is a useful action checklist included.

You can download the guide for free at: Successfully Managing Privacy And Data Regulations In Small Museums.

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AIM Launches New ‘Preparing to Prosper’ Publication At Winter Events

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Since 2015, museums across the UK have been using the AIM Hallmarks of Prospering Museums to make a big difference to their success. The ‘AIM Hallmarks of Prospering Museums’ are a framework to help museums and heritage organisations throughout the UK. The Hallmarks identify characteristics that are typical of successful heritage organisations and enable them to prosper and thrive.

At three events this winter in London (6 December), Birmingham (17 January) and Edinburgh (30 January), the Association of Independent Museums (AIM) is launching ‘Preparing to Prosper’: a new publication that will show museums how to use the AIM Hallmarks to benefit their organisation.

The new publication includes case studies, new insights and questions to help museum staff, trustees and volunteers think about the way they work.

The new publication distils the best ideas from museums that have used the AIM Hallmarks, so that museums can put them into practice immediately to see positive results quickly and event attendees will be able to get an exclusive hard copy before it is published next year.

Booking is now open for the AIM Preparing to Prosper events for both AIM members and non-members. Tickets cost £25 and full information can be found at AIM Preparing to Prosper.

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NEW ABTEM SEMINAR ANNOUNCED

We are please to announce details of our latest seminar titled ‘Managing Archive Collections in Industrial & Transport Museums: What do you need to know and what do you need to do?’ to 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 early booking is recommended!

For further details and to book a place, please visit:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/managing-archive-collections-in-industrial-transport-museums-tickets-21817858803?ref=estw

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

ABTEM TO CO-HOST INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE NETWORKING LUNCH AT AIM CONFERENCE

An industrial heritage networking event is being held on the second day of the Association of Independent Museums’ 2015 Annual Conference. The ‘sold out’ event runs from Thursday 18th to Saturday 20th June.

The lunchtime event on Friday 19th June will be hosted Hosted by Tim Bryan, AIM Council member & Chair of the Association of British Transport and Engineering Museums (ABTEM)and Ian Bapty, Industrial Heritage Support Officer (IHSO)

We are really looking forward to meeting colleagues from industrial heritage sites and museums and to hear more about how ABTEM and the IHSO can support your work.

The event will be a chance to discover more about ABTEM’s role as a subject specialist network representing museums and heritage groups from the transport and industrial museum sector.

ABTEM holds seminars and events at museums and heritage sites across the UK themed mainly around collections-based topics and its latest event is taking place at the Museum of Liverpool on 26th June 2015.

Don’t forget to check the ABTEM Twitter feed for updates: @abtemuseums

The Industrial Heritage Support Officer (IHSO) was established in 2012  support industrial heritage sites and museums at a time when many groups and organisations are facing increasing pressures on maintaining the viability of their operations. Funded by Historic England and managed by the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, the IHSO (Ian Bapty) provides advice, delivers and develops training, promotes the development of networks and partnerships, facilitates collaborative funding applications, and works with other partners such as AIM to maximize the value of existing support across the sector. Visit the blog at: https://industrialheritagesupport.wordpress.com/

For more information about the AIM Conference please visit: http://www.aim-museums.co.uk/content/annual_conference/

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AIM Member Workshops: An introduction to collections care

If you are an AIM member (and many ABTEM members are!) then these free workshops should be of interest.

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Why don’t objects last for ever? Why does it matter where watercolours are displayed? Why is it necessary to wear gloves to handle objects? If you have ever wondered why collections care matters – or even what it is – then this is the workshop for you.

Workshop Tutor, Jane Thompson Webb, will show you what the main agents of decay are and how they can damage objects. You will also be offered a range of practical strategies to help ensure that your collections will be accessible now and in the future.

Each workshop runs from 10am – 4.30pm and delegate packs with useful conservation items and lunch/refreshments will be provided.

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to spot the causes of damage in their own collections and introduce monitoring and/or mitigation strategies.

Taking part in collections care workshops is also a lot of fun and…

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More funds available through AIM Sustainability Grants

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AIM is pleased to announce the re-launch of the AIM Sustainability Grants, funded by Esmee Fairbairn Foundation. The new programme has revised grant criteria and a larger amount of funding to be distributed to small and medium sized museums. The key changes are detailed below.

The Sustainability Grants were first launched in 2006. Since then over 240 museums have benefited from grants of over £600,000 to help them improve their organisational sustainability. An independent evaluation of the programme earlier this year, found that in many areas there were no similar funding schemes available to museums and that there were over 300 eligible AIM members who had yet to benefit from a grant, indicating considerable, ongoing need for support. As a result the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation not only agreed to renew the scheme for a further three years, but also increased the amount available for grants from £60,000 p.a. to £75,000 p.a.

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