Arts Council England Welcomes Evidence Of Cultural Shift

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Arts Council England today launched its diversity data report Equality, Diversity and the Creative Case 2015/16 at their Power Through Diversity event in Manchester. The Report shows that there are signs of a cultural shift emerging around workforce, with more black and minority representation, but that more progress was needed, particularly in the area of disabled representation.

For the first time the Arts Council has collected and published data on the socio-economic profile of audiences. The report shows that those most actively involved in arts and culture tend to be from the most privileged parts of society. This adds to previous research from DCMS’s Taking Part surveys which looked at the diversity of audiences and revealed that Black, minority ethnic, and disabled audiences continue to be underrepresented.


Speaking at the event, Arts Council England’s Chief Executive Darren Henley said, “Our challenge is to remain focused on that mission – to…

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Increase Your Knowledge And Skills In 2017 With AIM

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If you are looking to increase your professional knowledge and skills to enable you and the museums that you lead or support to flourish in 2017, then make sure you apply for the AIM Hallmarks Leaders and Enablers Programme which is now open for applications.

You might be a Museum Director who wants to build a supportive network of peers facing similar challenges – or to share ideas – or perhaps you are a Museum Development Officer or Consultant looking to extend your range of tools to resolve dilemmas and address complex issues. Whatever your role, the range of practical tools, ongoing support and new networks will inspire you with new ideas and enhance your confidence.

The AIM Hallmarks Learning Programme has been developed to address the needs of those who lead or support museums and is delivered on behalf of AIM by Ruth Lesirge and Hilary Barnard: highly experienced consultants with a strong track…

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2015/16 Annual Report

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The MidFed 2015/16 annual report can now be downloaded here.

As well as information on the Fed’s activities for the past 12 months, the report highlights the challenges faced by the Fed as the sector itself responds to the numerous economic, social and political challenges faced.

As an independent and cross region organisation the committee firms believes that the Fed has an important role to play in the museum sector and will work hard to develop the organisation into a relevant body.

If you have any comments, suggestions or queries please don’t hesitate to contact the Federation at

AIM Launches New Hallmarks Governance Programme

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One of the Hallmarks identified by AIM as contributing to a Prospering Museum is Governance. Successful museums are those where Trustees and senior staff or volunteers understand their different ro…

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2015 Spending Review and what it means for AIM members

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AIM’s analysis of how the 2015 Spending Review could affect independent museums.

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There was good news and some surprises in George Osborne’s Autumn Statement and Spending Review announcements in the House of Commons on 25th November. Unusually, museums featured in his speech. The long-made argument that funding for culture is an investment appeared to have won through. He stated,

Britain’s not just brilliant at science. It’s brilliant at culture too. One of the best investments we can make as a nation is in our extraordinary arts, museums, heritage, media and sport. £1 billion a year in grants adds a quarter of a trillion pounds to our economy – not a bad return. So deep cuts in the small budget of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport are a false economy.

Although the Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) received a 20% cut in its administration costs, in an unexpectedly good settlement, funding for the national museums was guaranteed for the next four years at current…

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AIM October E-News Now Online

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The AIM October E-News is now available to read online – please visit the AIM Website: AIM October E-News.

News articles this month include:

* AIM Launches New Guidance for Museum Archive Management

*AIM Hallmarks and Investing in Independence Programme – Updates

*Funding opportunities

*Upcoming Conferences, events and seminars

*News about Holocaust Memorial Day, Trustees Week and Arts Marketing Association

catch up Catch up with the latest AIM news, funding opportunities & events

If you haven’t signed up to the AIM E-News and would like it sent direct to your inbox, please sign up here: AIM E-News Sign Up

If you have any news or events that you would like considered for inclusion in future editions, please email:

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MA offers discount rate to the 2015 conference for MidFed members

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To celebrate Birmingham hosting the 2015 Museum Association Conference, the MA has generously offered a massive 30% discount to MidFed members.

This discount is available on all the MA members rates and non-members rates, meaning that if you’re a lower paid member, an AMA member, or an unwaged member then you get the respective cheaper rate and then have the 30% discount applied to it.

So for bookings before the early bird deadline this means the costs are:


MA Individual, Institutional or Corporate Member:      

Single day        £ 175           Full conference        £ 259

MA individual member: income £24,000 or less, prospective AMA

Single day      £ 140            Full conference         £ 210

MA individual member: student, retired, volunteer or unwaged:

Single day  £ 94.50             Full Conference      £ 140

Non MA member:

Single day £ 231                 Full conference       £346.50

Read up on the conference here and find out how to join MidFed here. Email a member of the committee at to take advantage of this offer.

Mid Fed Council opportunities

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The Midlands Federation of Museums and Art Galleries is currently seeking applications for a number of key posts on its serving council for 2015-16. This is an exciting time for the Mid   Fed as it develops its business planning over the next few years to build a new website and implement a dynamic programme of events to provide an active network and effective professional development forum for people working in museums, galleries and heritage sites in the East and West Midlands.

The vacant posts are:

  • Honorary Secretary
  • Membership Secretary
  • Joint Meeting Secretary (East)
  • Joint Meeting Secretary (West)
  • Personal Member x 1

This is a fantastic CPD opportunity for museum, gallery and heritage professionals in the East and West Midlands. Benefits include:

  • Develop new skills, through training and experience, which will contribute to your CV, AMA or similar CPD plan.
  • Work as part of a team and meet a variety of people to build your networks.
  • Enable a successful organisation to continue to deliver its aims and objectives.
  • Gain an understanding of charity law and regulations.

Applicants should submit a brief CV, contact details and a 200 word summary outlining why you want to apply and what you think you could bring to the position. The closing date for applications is Sunday 1st March 2015. Decisions will be made at the Midlands Federation AGM at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum on 19th March. For further details on vacant posts please contact the Midlands Federation President Chris Kirby on 0247623 7555

Mid Fed Spring Workshop and AGM

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The Midlands Federation of Museums & Art Galleries’ Annual General Meeting and Spring Workshop will take place at The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum on Thursday 19 March. Sharon Heal, the recently appointed Director of the Museums Association, will present the keynote speech.

After the AGM will be the Spring Workshop: Creating Family Friendly Experiences. Making our museums family-friendly is essential in ensuring that we engage the next generation of museum visitor. Creating that memorable and positive experience for families can make the difference between gaining loyal supporters of our institutions and alienating a valuable part of our audience.

The workshop will include talks and interactive sessions from Mel Corner of The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, David Sheldon of the British Museum, and Dea Birkett, Director of Kids in Museums.

While we’re in the process of developing an easier booking system please contact Alexa Buffey to book a place.

MidFed on WordPress

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This is the first MidFed post.  We’re building a new MidFed website on WordPress, joining it with EventBrite and PayPal for subscriptions. Watch this space.