At a time when museums are facing significant challenges and a difficult economic climate, the recruitment and retention of volunteers is vitally important for the sustainability of many organisations. ABTEM (Association of British Transport & Engineering Museums) is holding a seminar exploring current developments in volunteering titled: “Volunteers in a Changing Environment” to be held at STEAM: Museum of the GWR, Swindon on Wednesday 30th April. Topics to be covered will include: change management, legal issues, valuing volunteers, recruitment, training, and health & safety.

We look forward to sharing a day of good practice for volunteers working in museums with transport and engineering collections.

Limited travel bursaries will be available for this meeting through Arts Council England Subject Specialist Network Funding – details of how to apply are available at: https://abtemssn.wordpress.com/abtem-travel-bursaries-3/

Please visit http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/abtem-spring-seminar-volunteers-in-a-changing-environment-tickets-7913905705  to book a place at this FREE seminar


For further information please contact: events.abtem@gmail.com


AIM announces £479K grants for National Heritage Landmarks

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Biffa Award has pledged £1.5m over three years to AIM for the National Heritage Landmarks Partnership Scheme. Annual awards are allocated to projects that help transform derelict buildings and sites into inspirational resources that tell the stories of people, processes, industrial development and change.

The Scheme will create a high profile network of interpretation and education projects across the UK that will showcase the far-reaching changes in industrial development that have shaped our nation’s history. Commenting on the latest round of awards, Sir Neil Cossons, Chairman of the Advisory Panel, said: “The second round of this three-year award scheme, like the first, resulted in applications of the highest quality and has again demonstrated the significance of Britain’s outstanding industrial heritage. All four grants have been awarded to sites of national importance and will enable them to enhance access for the public and improve interpretation”.

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Hamleys in partnership with London Transport Museum

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AIM member, London Transport Museum hit the headlines last week for a partnership with famous London toy shop, Hamleys. The store has launched an interactive attraction based on the London Underground on the lower floor of its Regent Street store.

“We are delighted to be the only place in London where families can enjoy the experience of being in the driver’s cab of an underground train, making a trip to Hamleys all the more exciting,” says Ralph Cunningham, retail and brand director of Hamleys. “We look forward to continuing our strong relationship with the London Transport Museum.”

The new attraction includes an interactive tube station area and a 1970s train driver’s cab, thanks to the partnership with London Transport Museum. It also has other transport games, a Nerf tunnel target board and in-store entertainment.

Read more at Attractions Management.

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Coventry Transport Museum are looking to recruit a full-time Collections care Technician to join their team that conserve, prepare for display and transport the collection in support of the Museum’s objectives and ambitions. The job requires conservation of the static and display collections to museum standards and sympathetic maintenance of the running collection.

More details are available at: http://www.transport-museum.com/gettinginvolved/WorkAtTheMuseum.aspx