Lights Out – 4th August – Join in with this commemoration of the start of First World War

A worthy way to reflect on the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War.

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Everyone in the UK is invited to take part in LIGHTS OUT by turning off their lights from 10pm to 11pm on 4 August, leaving on a single light or candle for a shared moment of reflection.

As part of the commemoration of the Centenary of World War 1 the organisation 14-18Now Art Commissions is inviting anyone and everyone to create a ‘moment’ on 4th August.

“The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime” Sir Edward Grey, British Foreign Secretary, August 1914

People can take part in whatever way they choose, marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War either individually or by attending one of the many events being organised around the country for a collective experience.

For more information about this simple and poignant commemoration visit:

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The PRISM fund (for PReservation of Industrial and Scientific Material) administered by Arts Council England has issued its annual report for 2012-2013. The fund awarded 22 grants worth £191,115 supporting the acquisition and conservation of some unique and important items of scientific, technological or industrial heritage.

in 2012/2013 73% of the awards were for conservation and some of the important projects supported included the  restoration of a First World War Hunslet steam locomotive,  a Black Country canal boat, two waterwheels and a stuffed Adelie penguin collected during Scott’s 1911 expedition to Antarctica.

Grants for acquisitions included one for the purchase of a Series 1 Land Rover for the Museum of English Rural Life and another towards the purchase of a rare globe of Mars by the Whipple Museum.

The report can be downloaded from the Arts Council web site at:

Launch of Museum Freecycle UK

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SHARE are delighted to announce the launch of Museum Freecycle UK: a brand new online network which allows museums to re-use and recycle temporary display materials and other museum-specific resources. The network connects museums that are discarding elements from their temporary exhibitions or other projects with those looking for new materials.
You may remember the Marketplace function on the old SHARE Museums East site – Museum Freecycle is a new, national version that anyone working in museums or related organisations can join.

The new Freecycle group has been set up by London-based architects and exhibition designers Urban Salon, who recently proposed the idea in an article for design website Design Week. Following the article’s publication, Urban Salon were contacted by Deron Beal, executive director of Freecycle, leading to the establishment of Museum Freecycle UK, the first ever industry-specific Freecycle group.

SHARE Museums East and Collections Trust are supporting the project…

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Applications open for 3rd round of AIM Biffa Award – The National Heritage Landmarks Partnership Scheme

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AIM is pleased to announce the opening of the Year 3 Applications of the AIM Biffa Award ‘National Heritage Landmarks Partnerships’ with awards of up to £120,000 available to support nationally significant industrial heritage projects.

AIM has entered into a 3 year funding partnership with Biffa Award which is providing a £1.5m investment into independent museums and industrial heritage sites across the UK.

The first two rounds in 2012 and 2013 saw awards of up to £120,000 each made to the following projects:

  • Birmingham Conservation Trust – The Newnam Brothers Coffin Works
  • National Mining Museum Scotland 
  • Brooklands Museum – The Barnes Wallis, Stratospheric testing Chamber
  • Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust – The Bedlam Furnace
  • Kew Bridge Engines Trust and Water Supply Museum – Project Aquarius The Babcock Room
  • Underfall Yard Trust – Revealing the Story of Hydraulic Power
  • Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust – Chatham Dockyard World Heritage Discovery Centre
  • The Arkwright…

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A reminder from the Museums Association  about their Conference & Exhibition 2014 being held on 9-10 October in Cardiff.

The Museums Association Conference & Exhibition is the largest event of its kind in Europe for museums and heritage professionals.  Over 1,500 senior staff discuss the latest issues, discover new practice and meet the world’s leading suppliers and consultants.

The theme this year is Museums Change Lives. This year we also have a resilience room which will feature content that helps museums become more sustainable, looking at partnerships, funding and the workforce. Keynote speakers include John Griffiths AM, welsh government minister for culture and sport, Antônio Vieira, director of the Museu da Maré, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and a keynote performance Mat Fraser’s Cabinet of Curiosities: how disability was kept in a box.

There are a host of other sessions, practical workshops and training – all developed to facilitate fresh thinking. The social events will give you the opportunity to network with colleagues at the Senedd and to see the Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales.

Book your place before 31 July to receive significant discount:


Industrial Heritage training day – focusing on Health & Safety

Helmshore Mills Textile Museum

Thursday 3rd July
10:00 – 15:30

The Museums Development North West and the English Heritage-funded Industrial Heritage Support Officer are facilitating three events in 2014 to support industrial heritage museums and sites in the North West. Following on from the first day at Quarry Bank Mill, this second event in the series will focus on health and safety at industrial heritage sites. The day will introduce introductory training and information on health and safety issues on industrial heritage sites. The day also includes a site tour, the opportunity to network and discuss common issues, and to find out more about “Stepping Up”, the report into the review of textile machinery in the North West.

Booking details are available at:


Congratulations to Motoring SSN member the Haynes International Motor Museum at Sparkford – the new £35 million redevelopment which includes a brand new entrance, cafe and exhibition spaces was unveiled at a special event on Wednesday 16th April.

More details about the museum can be found at: