AIM’s analysis of how the 2015 Spending Review could affect independent museums.
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 Launches New Guidance for Museum Archive Management
*AIM Hallmarks and Investing in Independence Programme – Updates
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*News about Holocaust Memorial Day, Trustees Week and Arts Marketing Association
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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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com to book a place.
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.