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.
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.
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/