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Curatorial vacancy at the Black County Living Museum

Details of a vacancy at the Black County Living Museum

Curator (Industry & Transport): Job Share: 15 hours per week

Salary: circa £25,000 per annum (pro rata)

 The Black Country Living Museum (BCLM) is looking to recruit a highly motivated individual to curate our designated industry and transport collections. With a background in an established museum or heritage environment, you will be instrumental in enhancing and developing our visitor experience as well as maintaining optimum curatorial standards in collections management and care.  To complement our existing team, you should have a strong background in industrial history or industrial collections.

The Postholder will work within the Collections Team, supported by dedicated volunteers, and expected to provide support and advice to colleagues across that organisation. There are a number of funded activities, including the delivery of industrial elements of BCLM: Forging Ahead, for the Curator to take the lead on.  Evidence of previous successful museum project management is essential.  Experience of working in an open-air museum or with operational industrial exhibits is desirable.

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Jonathan Wilson, Deputy Chief Executive (Collections, Learning and Research), .

For a job description and details of how to apply, please visit

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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



National Motor Museum – Items for disposal

The National Motor Museum Trust, Beaulieu would have two items that they would like to offer for sale:

1928 Bayliss Thomas

Bayliss, Thomas & Co manufactured motorcycles under the Excelsior brand from 1896. Cars were built between 1922 and 1929 using the Bayliss-Thomas name to avoid confusion with the Belgian Excelsior car. This car was bought new by Walter Haward in 1928 and used regularly in trials events until 1956. It was modified extensively over the years and incorporates a 4-speed gearbox, shortened chassis, smaller wheels and lightweight aluminium bodywork on an ash frame.

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1934 Hutchings Winchester Caravan in restorable condition.

The Winchester caravan was launched at the 1930 Motor Show by Bertram Hutchings Caravans Ltd of Winchester. The model popularised the streamlined caravan style which became favoured in the 1930s, succeeding the box-like cottage designs of the previous decade. Bertram Hutchings began building horse-drawn caravans in 1912 and by 1920 turned to manufacturing trailer caravans which were in growing demand from motorists. Winchester caravans were made to such a high standard that the company earned the title ‘The Rolls Royce of Caravans’.

If you would like more information about either object or would like to make an offer please contact Rebecca Town, Vehicle Documentation Assistant on 01590 614653 or

AIM Launches New Website For The UK Museum And Heritage Sector

AIM Blog for independent museums and heritage sites

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

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

AIM Blog for independent museums and heritage sites

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

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)

Work funded by an AIM Hallmarks Award must be demonstrably…

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