SAVE THE DATE: ABTEM LATE SPRING SEMINAR ANNOUNCED

The next ABTEM seminar will be held at the Wheal Martyn Museum, Carthew, St Austell, Cornwall, on Friday 16 June.

 The seminar is titled ‘Overexposure – Caring for objects that have to stay outside’ and will deal with the trials and tribulations of looking after objects that sit outside museums

Full details and list of speakers will follow shortly, but there will be plenty of opportunity to network and exchange ideas and strategies, and to catch up on the progress with the Arts Council-funded revision of the Standards in the Museum Care of Larger and Working Objects project being undertaken by ABTEM and consultants IRHC.

The day will also include a Guided tour of Wheal Martyn.

Why not make a weekend of it?

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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.

Rhayader Museum & Gallery

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

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Larger & Working Objects Guidelines: Call For Interested Parties

cropped-cropped-thinktank.jpgABTEM has recently appointed the International Railway Heritage Consultancy (IRHC) to work with them on its ongoing project to produce new guidelines for museums 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 Standards first published by the former Museums & Galleries Commission have been used widely by specialists and non-specialists alike since they were first published in 1994, but after two decades of experience now need updating.

The project is supported by an award of £47,565 by Arts Council England in 2016 through their Museum Resilience funding stream that enables museums to become more sustainable.

We are looking for interested parties such as private collectors of transport, agricultural or industrial artefacts, national and regional museums with any large or working objects in their collections that would be able to feed into the process by either responding to questionnaires or submitting case studies that can illustrate the decision making process and conservation ethos of a particular treatment.

Selected case studies will be included in the new guidelines, available at the end of 2017. The guidelines will be widely publicised and promoted, including  a programme of seminars scheduled between October 2017 and March 2018.

For further information contact Efstathios Tsolis, Associate Consultant, email tsolis@efstathios.co.uk, tel. +44 (0) 7726419551

The main publications of Standards and Guidelines can be accessed online:

MGC 4 Standards in the museum care of larger and working objects

Larger & Working Objects – a guide to standards in their preservation and care

 

Mentoring for All – inclusive mentoring for the sector launched

News from the Museums Association:

Being able to access mentoring wherever you are in your career, however you contribute to the sector and whatever your aspirations.

Applications are now being sought for the pilot of Mentoring for All.  The closing date is 10:00 am 24 April 2017.

If you want an opportunity for challenge, reflection and personal and professional growth visit the MA website to find out more or participate in the scheduled Twitter chats on the 11 and 18 April between 13:00 – 14:00. #MentoringForAll

http://www.museumsassociation.org/professional-development/mentoring-for-all

For more information,  please contact Tamsin Russell, professional development officer, MA – Tamsin@museumsassociation.org

 

1920’s Drummond Lathe offered for donation

ABTEM have been asked if they could help find a home for a Drummond ‘M’ type 3.5inch centre lathe.  It is a treadle lathe probably purchased in early 1920s.

It has been kept oiled and still turns and also has the tools that come with it along with it’s handbook and original receipt.

The lathe is being offered free of charge but would need to be collected from Colchester in Essex.

If anyone is interested in this opportunity, please contact ABTEM Chairman Tim Bryan (tim.bryan@britishmotormuseum.co.uk) 

Making your digital collections easier to discover

News of two training workshops being run by Jisc on the 3rd and 16th May.

Learn how to increase the reach of your digital collections, optimise them for discovery and evaluate the usage and impact of the assets they contain.

The workshops will equip you with the knowledge and skills to:

  • Increase visibility of your digital collections for use in learning, teaching and research
  • Encourage collaboration between curators and users of digital collections
  • Strategically promote your digital collections in appropriate contexts, for a range of audiences
  • Optimise your collection for discovery via Google and other search tools
  • Use web analytics to track and monitor access and usage of your digital collections
  • Evaluate impact and realise the benefits of investment in your digital collections

If your organisation has digital collections, or plans to develop them, our programme will help you maximise the reach of those collections on the web, demonstrate the impact of their usage and help you build for future sustainability.

The courses are aimed at anyone working in education and research, who manages, supports and/or promotes digital collections for teaching, learning and research. Those working in similar roles in libraries, archives and museums would also benefit.

The programme is focused on local digital collections that belong directly to the institution including digital archives and institutional repositories, rather than bought in resources such as commercial e-journal or e-book collections.

More details are available from: https://www.jisc.ac.uk/training/making-your-digital-collections-easier-to-discover

 

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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