NATIONAL MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM TROPHIES STOLEN DURING BURGLARY – REWARD OFFERED

At around 11.00pm last evening (27/08) the inner foyer of the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull was broken into and a large amount of the Museum’s trophies & TT replicas stolen.

Each of the Museums trophy cabinets was smashed causing substantial damage to the displays.

Many of the trophies and TT replicas have little “scrap” value but are unique and irreplaceable as part of this countries Motorcycling Heritage.

Because of the historical importance of these trophies the National Motorcycle Museum will be offering a substantial award of £20,000 for information which leads to the safe recovery of these important artefacts.

Anyone with any relevant information is asked to contact West Midlands Police or the National Motorcycle Museum on 01675 443311 or e-mail Museum Director James Hewing james@thenmm.co.uk  

The Museum has re-opened as normal this morning.

 

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DATE OF SCOTTISH TRANSPORT & INDUSTRIAL COLLECTIONS SSN CONFERENCE ANNOUNCED

The date of the STICK (Scottish Transport & Industrial Collections SSN) Annual Conference has been confirmed as 18 October 2014.

Titled ‘The Scottish Diaspora:International Mobility of Industry, Technology, Ideas, Products, People’ the conference will be held at the McManus Collections Unit, Dundee
Speakers & topics will include:

Mark Watson, Historic Scotland, ‘Dundee Jute and the French Connection’
Dr Douglas Harper, ‘Bridges in Nepal: The Aberdeenshire Connection’
John Martin, ‘The Brewing Archive, Scottish Brewing: International Links’
Dr Miles Oglethorpe, Historic Scotland, ‘Glasgow Cranes: the Japanese Connection’
Meg Luckins, ‘Scottish Ironworking: the Russian Connection’

Refreshments, including a light lunch, will be served.
Ticket price: £12, payable on the day. Places must be booked in advance.
For further information contact: keeper@nationalminingmuseum.com
http://www.stickssn.org/
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Collections Trust holding “Going Digital” Conference on 17 November

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Going Digital Conference

[Update:  Delegate booking and sponsorship sales open for the Collections Trust’s Going Digital Conference. More info here  www.collectionstrust.org.uk/going-digital-conference. and for tickets going-digital-conference/delegate-booking )

  

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Part of the Collections Trust’s Going Digital Programme, this major one-day conference is specifically designed for those responsible for developing, managing and sharing museum collections with the public. It will help you build organisational resilience in your museums by improving the basic use of computers and the Internet.

The Going Digital Conference will be presented in partnership with Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums at The Great North Museum, Newcastle upon Tyne on Monday 17 November 2014. The event is supported by Arts Council England.

The conference programme is currently under development, and it will clearly identify the practical skills needed to “go digital”. Case Studies will show just how much can be achieved on a limited budget!

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More fundraising workshops in England and Scotland

More details of the excellent Giving to Heritage workshops.

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More dates for HLF Catalyst fundraising training have been announced in England and Scotland and dates will be announced soon in Wales.

England

Giving to Heritage has announced more dates for workshops on fundraising around England. All workshops cost £20 and are developed and delivered by the Institute of Fundraising and Heritage Alliance.

Making the heritage case to donors

  • Burgh House London, 9 Sept.
  • Burgess Foundation, Manchester, 11 Sept.
  • Newarkes House Museums, Leicester, 15 Sept.
  • Museum of Bath at Work, 16 Sept.
  • Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds, 24 Sept.
  • Hartleborough Castle, Kidderminster, 1 Oct.
  • Peterborough Cathedral, 16 Oct.

Community Fundraising

  •  Curious Minds, Burnley, 25 Sept.

Developing a heritage Fundraising Plan (repeat of the June/July workshops).

  • Action Stations Royal Naval Base, Portsmouth, 18 Sept
  • Hughenden Manor, Berks, 23 Sept.
  • Corn Exchange, Blandford, Dorset, 8 Oct.

Others will be added next week for the second half of October and November.

More information can be found at http://www.givingtoheritage.org.uk 

Scotland

In Scotland there is a similar programme – Resourcing Scotland’s Heritage – run…

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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:
http://www.1418now.org.uk/lights-out/
http://www.1418now.org.uk/lights-out/how-to-create-your-moment/

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LATEST PRISM FUND REPORT ISSUED

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:

http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/media/uploads/pdf/PRISM_fund_annual_report_2012_13.pdf

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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