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British Motor Museum Exhibitions Officer Vacancy – Closing date extended!

The closing date for this interesting vacancy has been extended until 26 October – details below:

Exhibitions Officer

(Part-time, 22.5 hours per week, fixed-term 18 months) 

Salary: £23,500 pro rata

In 2017, the British Motor Museum became part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio. The four-year programme funded by Arts Council will help widen the Museum’s audience through a range of activities working with communities and groups locally and regionally.

 

A key part of the programme will be the development and creation of innovative exhibition content at the British Motor Museum. This new Exhibitions Officer post will be an exciting opportunity to assist the Museum team in delivering a range of exhibition and audience content including, in particular, a new exhibition ‘The Car. The Future. Me’, due to open in June 2019.

The Museum is looking for an experienced museum professional who has worked on exhibition development and delivery. The role will include assisting in planning, procurement and project management as well as working with colleagues across the organisation, external partners and community groups to successfully deliver the exhibition.

Closing date: 26 October 2018

A full job description for this post can be downloaded here.

How to apply

To apply, please send a CV along with a covering letter or email giving full details of your experience and suitability for this position to tim.bryan@britishmotormuseum.co.uk

Details of Symposium at British Motor Museum announced

A day symposium focusing on the British car past, present and future is being held at the British Motor Museum at Gaydon in Warwickshire on 24th September 2016. The event will include presentations from an expert panel and is chaired by the Curator of the British Motor Museum Stephen Laing.

Topics include: • Car manufacture in Britain • The motor car as a design icon • Journalism and promotion of cars • A snapshot of Britain’s motor industry • The evolution of the historic vehicle movement • The motor car in its social context

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ADVANCE PRICES Adult: £25 Concessions: £20 Under 16’s: £18

More details and tickets are available from:

https://www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk/events/celebration-of-the-british-car-symposium

ABTEM AWARDED £47,645 in second round of Arts Council England Museum Resilience Fund

Arts Council England announced on Tuesday that 94 museums and organisations will receive a total of £12,271,676 in the second round of the Museum Resilience Fund.  The fund aims to support museums to become more sustainable and resilient businesses.

We are really please to announce that the Association of British Transport & Engineering Museums (ABTEM) has been awarded £47,645 and will use this investment to help support the preservation of historical collection across the country which tell the story of Britain’s important industrial and transport heritage. The grant will fund the production of a  new toolkit that will provide guidelines for the care and operation of larger and working objects. It will available as a free download with a hard copy option available via a print on demand service.  The toolkit will be an updated version of the MGC Standards in the Museum Care and Operation of Larger & Working Objects. Arts Council England funded a feasibility study undertaken by ABTEM in 2015 and this additional grant will enable the project to be completed by 2018.

The project will begin in October and more details will be available in due course.

Speaking about the fund, John Orna-Ornstein, Director of Museums at Arts Council England said: “The focus of our investment approach for museums in 2015-18 is on building a more resilient sector. The Museum Resilience Fund is a key part of that, providing vital support to museums right across the country. The fund responds directly to the challenges facing museums like those in Lancashire and Kirklees, and also supports major strategic initiatives such as the Museums Association’s Transformers programme.”

Karen Bradley, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, said: “We have a world-leading museums sector that protects and preserves our history, while also attracting millions of visitors every year.

“We want our museums to continue to thrive and this important fund will help them become more resilient and sustainable in the years to come.”

The programme complements the Arts Council’s investment in Major Partner Museums, the Museum development fund and national programmes, and will focus on any gaps (geographical or otherwise) or development opportunities across the sector.

In the last two rounds the Arts Council has awarded museums £30 million through the Museum Resilience Fund. A full list of successful applicants and further details can be found here.

 

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STILL TIME TO BOOK ON OUR ARCHIVE SEMINAR!

A reminder that our latest seminar titled ‘Managing Archive Collections in Industrial & Transport Museums: What do you need to know and what do you need to do?’ will be held on Friday 18th March 2016.

The day will provide an introduction to archives and is mainly aimed at museums that may have archive material as part of their collections but no professional archivist.

The day has been organised following requests and feedback from members and attendees at previous seminars.

Speakers include Emma Chaplin, co-author of the AIM Success Guide ‘Successfully Managing Archives in Museums’ published in 2015 and Naomi Korn of Naomi Korn Copyright Consultancy. There will also be the opportunity to hear  case studies from museums dealing with archive collections.

The event is being held by courtesy of the Royal Automobile Club at its prestigious Pall Mall headquarters – places on the seminar are strictly limited so if you are still interested in booking a place, please visit the Eventbrite web site!

For further details and to book a place, please visit:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/managing-archive-collections-in-industrial-transport-museums-tickets-21817858803?ref=estw

A limited number of travel bursaries are available for the seminar – see the blog page for details.

NEW ABTEM SEMINAR ANNOUNCED

We are please to announce details of our latest seminar titled ‘Managing Archive Collections in Industrial & Transport Museums: What do you need to know and what do you need to do?’ to be held on Friday 18th March 2016.

The day will provide an introduction to archives and is mainly aimed at museums that may have archive material as part of their collections but no professional archivist.

The day has been organised following requests and feedback from members and attendees at previous seminars.

Speakers include Emma Chaplin, co-author of the AIM Success Guide ‘Successfully Managing Archives in Museums’ published in 2015 and Naomi Korn of Naomi Korn Copyright Consultancy. There will also be the opportunity to hear  case studies from museums dealing with archive collections.

The event is being held by courtesy of the Royal Automobile Club at its prestigious Pall Mall headquarters – places on the seminar are strictly limited so early booking is recommended!

For further details and to book a place, please visit:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/managing-archive-collections-in-industrial-transport-museums-tickets-21817858803?ref=estw

A limited number of travel bursaries are available for the seminar – see the blog page for details.

The PRISM Fund 2015/16 is now open for applications

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The PRISM Fund, which helps to support the acquisition and conservation of heritage objects from the fields of science, technology, industry and medicine, has just reopened for applications.

The fund was established in 1973 in response to the growing concern that technological change was resulting in the loss of much of Britain’s industrial heritage. It has since gone on to help hundreds of non-national museums and preservation groups in England and Wales acquire or conserve thousands of objects of industrial or scientific importance. All fields of science and industry are eligible, including natural history, medicine, engineering and geology.

The maximum grant amount for projects is £20,000, with a match funding requirement of at least 10%. PRISM is open to museums, archives and charitable groups in England and Wales and supports a huge range of objects, including medical instruments, boats, steam engines, archives, trams, agricultural equipment and more.

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Industrial Heritage training day – focusing on Health & Safety

Helmshore Mills Textile Museum

Thursday 3rd July
10:00 – 15:30
FREE

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: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/industrial-heritage-training-day-focusing-on-health-safety-tickets-11914531685

PRISM FUND FOR 2014-2015 NOW OPEN

The  PRISM Fund 2014-15 is now open for applications.The fund, which helps to support the acquisition and conservation of heritage objects from the fields of science, technology, industry and medicine,  was established in 1973 in response to the growing concern that technological change was resulting in the loss of much of Britain’s industrial heritage. It has since gone on to help hundreds of non-national museums and preservation groups in England and Wales acquire or conserve thousands of objects of industrial or scientific importance. 

Recent recipients of the fund include

–           The UCL Pathology Collection, who received a grant of almost £18K for the conservation of the Whittington Hospital Teaching Collection. The specimens that make up the Collection were gathered during post-mortem examinations, and are irreplaceable. Using PRISM funding, this important and previously undocumented collection of pathology samples, were conserved and re-housed, enabling the creation of physical and virtual teaching resources of macroscopic pathology specimens and matching slides.

–           CHAMP (Community Heritage Arts & Media Project) used a grant of £5,400 for the acquisition of a 1914 Elswick Hopper Motorcycle to be housed at Baysgarth House Museum. From the 1880’s until the late twentieth century Elswick Hopper of Barton upon Humber produced some of the most sought after cycles and motorcycles for distribution all over the world. This motorcycle represents the growth of a town through the local industry. It is rare to find an Elswick motorcycle which has survived in such excellent condition without major restoration work.

The PRISM Fund can offer grants of up to £20,000, or 90% of the total project costs. More details can be found here.

For more information, please get in touch, or contact the Designation and Prism team onprism@artscouncil.org.uk

http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/news/arts-council-news/arts-council-prism-fund-now-open-applications/

ABTEM SPRING SEMINAR TARGETS VOLUNTEER DEVELOPMENT

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