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AIM Launches New Website For The UK Museum And Heritage Sector

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The Association of Independent Museums (AIM) has just launched its new website with free resources and publications, a section for heritage trustees and event listings. The website includes AIM’s own online content combined with new and useful sections such as case studies from UK museums and heritage sector news and has been designed to be viewable on mobile phones and tablets so you can stay in touch with AIM on the move. It can be found at

www.aim-museums.co.uk

AIM’s website has long been a valuable hub of information for the museum sector, but the new version has been designed to make AIM updates and resources much easier to find by bringing together resources on similar topics in the same pages. The Latest News section which will cover hot topics, grants, jobs and events from across the sector to help keep AIM members and other heritage organisations updated on the latest…

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Want to work differently? A grant from the AIM Hallmarks Awards can help you

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Now open for applications, the latest round of the  AIM Hallmarks Awards will make grants totalling around £70,000 in England and just over £20,000 in Wales.

Funded by Arts Council England and supported by Welsh Government, the AIM Hallmarks Awards offer grants of between £5,000 and £15,000 to help AIM member museums and heritage sites to begin to use the principles in the AIM Hallmarks to improve the way they work.

So, what type of project has been previously funded and how can you ensure you are successful? We talked to Catherine Allan, Chair of Trustees and Co Director from Rhayader Museum & Gallery in Wales who were successful in Round 2 to see how the Awards have benefited them – and what tips they could share to help your application.

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AIM:Hi Catherine, thanks for taking the time to talk to us. Can you explain why you decided to…

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

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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

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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)

Work funded by an AIM Hallmarks Award must be demonstrably…

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AIM Launches Collection Care Audit Scheme For Smaller Museums

News of a great initiative by AIM – please circulate!

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AIM has just launched a new scheme in partnership with Icon to enable small museums to undertake a basic, professional collections care audit. The audits will be carried out by an accredited conservator to help smaller AIM members (museums with up to 20,000 visitors a year) identify key issues and priorities for their museum.

Funded by the Pilgrim Trust, the scheme will support museums to care for their collections more effectively and efficiently in the long-term, to meet the standards required for Accreditation and will give museums the option to undertake an audit before making a full application to the AIM Collections Care Grant Scheme.

warehouse-at-the-factoryPart of the collections at The Coffin Works, Birmingham 

The funded support will be £1,050 (£350 per day) plus travel and VAT if necessary to cover the costs of the accredited conservator undertaking the audit. Grants will be paid in full to the museum on…

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Grants For AIM Conference From The Federation Of Museums & Art Galleries Of Wales

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The Federation of Museums & Art Galleries of Wales is offering grants under its Training and Conference Grant programme to enable museum staff (paid or volunteers) in Wales to attend the Association of Independent Museum 2017 Conference.

The 2017 AIM Conference will be held at The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, from 24 – 26 June; details here: AIM National Conference 2017

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AIM National Conference an ideal opportunity to mix with other staff and volunteers from independent museums

*Grants are available up to 90% of cost per person to contribute towards conference fees, travel, the conference dinner and two nights’ accommodation.

*First come first served (limited funding available)

*Priority to independent museums, and museum mentors / museum development officers

*Not normally more than 2 per museum (in addition to a museum mentor)

*Early bird discounts on conference fees for AIM members before 28 April. The Federation of Museums & Art Galleries of Wales expect you…

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What Does Access Mean To You? Take Part In Disabled Access Day 2017

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In an ideal world, Disabled Access Day would technically be every day; society would be step-free and barrier-free for everyone, all the time. But we are not there yet and until a day of total inclusion arrives, Disabled Access Day showcases what can really be done when we strive for that reality.

Museums have always proactively led by example and the team at Disabled Access Day would like independent museums and heritage sites to become involved this year. Disabled Access Day 2017 will take place 10 – 12 March and there are many ways to join in.

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Tennis at Leeds Museum for Disabled Access Day

The idea for Disabled Access Day came from Paul Ralph, a powerchair user who lives in Edinburgh and it was the outcome of his going along to a ‘try it out’ day at his local bus company. He had the chance to explore a stationary bus –…

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