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Review of year one of the 2015 – 2018 West Midlands Museum Development (WMMD) programme, funded by Arts Council England; although the team only came into post in October 2015 it certainly made an impact.
In a four month period the team has delivered a range of programmes to help regional museums build resilience. These have included:-

  • How to Engage Young People with Museums
  • Broadening Digital Horizons
  • Collection Care training workshops
  • Objects of Significance – working with an artist on donation boxes
  • Expert Eye – working with specialists in ethnography, ceramics and agricultural collections
  • A series of ‘Training Together’ workshops to develop peer to peer networks
  • Dealing with Change programme for senior leaders within museums
  • Open to All – a programme to encourage diversity and equality within museums from Trustees, paid staff, volunteers and visitors

Key highlights:

  • 22 events attended by 161 individuals, representing 60 museums
  • ‘Fresh Perspectives’ a two day conference attracting 170 museum professionals
  • 14 museums participating in a Mystery Shopper programme
  • Two grants schemes distributed over £152k to 20 museums
  • Commissioned two separate reports into, Orphaned Collections within Local Authority Museums and the Need for Rationalisation within Archaeological Collections
  • Over 20 e-newsletters/ updates distributed (excluding Fresh Perspectives bulletins)
  • Team has networked with over 60 external partners
  • 98% feedback across all events and workshops rated as excellent (73%) or good (25%)

‘Fresh Perspectives’

 170 delegates took part in ‘Fresh Perspectives’ a two day conference part of Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust’s Major Partner Museum and Museum Development programmes to help build resilience.  Delegates participated in interactive workshops and listened to discussions on Fundraising, Diversity and Commercialising Collections.  Delegates represented approximately 24 accredited museums and 4 Major Partner Museums from across the region.
Conference Testimonials:

‘A very good mix of theory and practice. Thank you so much for making it affordable for us to be here’
‘Very useful and inspiring. (found a) sense of solidarity with current situation’
‘Useful guidance on fund raising and funding applications’
‘Really enjoyed the day and found it inspiring already thinking about new possibilities’
‘All speakers were engaging. Venue and hospitality was second to none’

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Future
Our approach will be slightly ‘calmer’ in 2016 – 2017 and we will be able to give you more notice for events and activities…. but we will still be busy!  Along with our core programmes of work we will be:-

  • Working closely with the Collections TrustPicture23
  • Launching a Volunteer Portal for the region
  • Involved in the National Museum Development Conference
  • Introducing a new ‘Dragon’s Den’ format
  • Opening the second Small Grant Scheme
  • Celebrating and recognising the hard work and commitment of volunteers with the launch of  West Midlands Museum Development Volunteer Awards
  • AND importantly we will respond to what museums in the West Midlands need, to help them thrive and flourish – so keep in touch with your Museum Development Team.

So over to you…
We are currently planning activity for April 2017-March 2018 and would like your museum to get involved.  If you have any specific training needs please contact wmmd@ironbridge.org.uk with your suggestions.


Newsletter Archive

18.08.16 Crisis Media Management – Book Now!
18.08.16 Crisis Media Management – Book Now! PDF Version

12.08.16 West Midlands Volunteer Awards 2016 – Finalists Announced!
12.08.16 West Midlands Volunteer Awards 2016 – Finalists Announced! PDF Version

05.08.16 Expression of Interest – Let’s get animated
05.08.16 Expression of Interest – Let’s get animated PDF Version

29.07.16 Practical ways to attract new audiences and the return of Expert Eyes!
29.07.16 Practical ways to attract new audiences and the return of Expert Eyes! PDF Version

21.07.16 Practical ways to attract new audiences! Book now
21.07.16 Practical ways to attract new audiences! Book now PDF Version

15.07.16 West Midlands Volunteer Awards – Don’t Forget to Nominate!
15.07.16 West Midlands Volunteer Awards – Don’t Forget to Nominate! PDF Version

08.07.16 Small Grants Scheme Deadline, July Events Update Last Chance to Book!
08.07.16 Small Grants Scheme Deadline, July Events Update Last Chance to Book! PDF Version

30.06.16 Kids in Museums Takeover Day 2016 Planning and Sharing Event
30.06.16 Kids in Museums Takeover Day 2016 Planning and Sharing Event PDF Version

27.06.16 July Events Update – Don’t Miss Out!
27.06.16 July Events Update – Don’t Miss Out! PDF Version

22.06.16 How Do I Look? Final Speaker Announced!
22.06.16 How Do I Look? Final Speaker Announced! PDF Version

17.06.16 How Do I Look? – New Speaker Announced!
17.06.16 How Do I Look? – New Speaker Announced! PDF Version

09.06.16 West Midlands Volunteer Awards 2016!
09-06-16 West Midlands Volunteer Awards 2016! PDF Version

06.06.16 June Events Update – Don’t Miss Out!
06-06-16 June Events Update – Don’t Miss Out! PDF Version

25.05.16 WMMD Small Grants Scheme Now Open!
25-05-16 WMMD Small Grants Scheme Now Open! PDF Version

13.05.16 Dates For Your Diaries – 13 May 2016 – 31 March 2017
13-05-16 Dates For Your Diaries -13 May – 31 March PDF Version

25.04.16 What’s Your Story – Media Training Available through WMMD
25-04-16 What’s Your Story – Media Training Available through WMMD PDF Version

20.04.16 Opportunities Update 20 April 2016
Opportunities Update – 20 April 2016 PDF Version

11.04.16 WMMD Update 11 April 2016
11-04-16 WMMD Update 11 April 2016 PDF Version

23.03.16 Survey for Museums Workforce – Deadline 31st March 2016
23-03-16 Survey for Museums Workforce – Deadline 31st March 2016 PDF Version

03.03.16 FRESH PERSPECTIVES – The Road to Resilience
03-03-16 FRESH PERSPECTIVES – The Road to Resilience PDF Version

25.02.16 FRESH PERSPECTIVES – Access to Fundraising Expertise
25-02-16 FRESH PERSPECTIVES – Access to Fundraising Expertise PDF Version

17.02.16 Digital Horizons – Things to Make and Do
17-02-16 Digital Horizons – Things to Make and Do PDF Version

08.02.16 Dealing with Change Workshops – Book Now
08-02-16 Dealing with Change Workshops – Book Now PDF Version

05.02.16 Regional Conference Thursday 17 and Friday 18 March
Regional Conference 17 and 18 March PDF Version

03.02.16 Engaging Young Persons Event: Working with FE Colleges
03-02-16 Engaging Young Persons Event Working with FE Colleges PDF Version

01.02.16 Don’t Miss Out: Engaging Young Persons Event Coming Soon!
01-02-16 Don’t Miss Out Engaging Young Persons Event Coming Soon! PDF Version

18.01.16 WMMD Update 18 Jan
18-01-16 WMMD Update 18 Jan PDF Version

23-12-15 Update Website, Commissioned programmes updates, Christmas office hours PDF Version

24-11-15 Reminder Loans training and meet the team PDF Version

30-10-15 Second Edition PDF Version

12-10-15 First Edition PDF Version

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