Coffee and Chatter

Your networking opportunity

Join the WMMD team at 10.30am for a half hour of Coffee and Chatter.

Grab your morning cuppa, exchange ideas and catch up with some friendly faces. It’s your chance to share what’s happening at your museum, learn what your colleagues across the sector are doing in their heritage organisations, ask the WMMD team for advice and hear about the latest sector guidance and news.

Details of this month’s guest will be added soon.

Zoom details:

https://zoom.us/j/99254865285?pwd=R2xiUlUzOFdWMGJFQXpyL0E4cHpNQT09

Meeting ID: 992 5486 5285
Password: 579046

Coffee and Chatter will be auto-captioned.

Coffee and Chatter

Your networking opportunity

Join the WMMD team at 10.30am for a half hour of Coffee and Chatter.

Grab your morning cuppa, exchange ideas and catch up with some friendly faces. It’s your chance to share what’s happening at your museum, learn what your colleagues across the sector are doing in their heritage organisations, ask the WMMD team for advice and hear about the latest sector guidance and news.

Details of this month’s guest will be added soon.

Zoom details:

https://zoom.us/j/99254865285?pwd=R2xiUlUzOFdWMGJFQXpyL0E4cHpNQT09

Meeting ID: 992 5486 5285
Password: 579046

Coffee and Chatter will be auto-captioned.

Coffee and Chatter

Your networking opportunity

Join the WMMD team at 10.30am for a half hour of Coffee and Chatter.

Grab your morning cuppa, exchange ideas and catch up with some friendly faces. It’s your chance to share what’s happening at your museum, learn what your colleagues across the sector are doing in their heritage organisations, ask the WMMD team for advice and hear about the latest sector guidance and news.

Details of this month’s guest will be added soon.

Zoom details:

https://zoom.us/j/99254865285?pwd=R2xiUlUzOFdWMGJFQXpyL0E4cHpNQT09

Meeting ID: 992 5486 5285
Password: 579046

Coffee and Chatter will be auto-captioned.

Coffee and Chatter

Your networking opportunity

Join the WMMD team at 10.30am for a half hour of Coffee and Chatter.

Grab your morning cuppa, exchange ideas and catch up with some friendly faces. It’s your chance to share what’s happening at your museum, learn what your colleagues across the sector are doing in their heritage organisations, ask the WMMD team for advice and hear about the latest sector guidance and news.

Zoom details:

https://zoom.us/j/99254865285?pwd=R2xiUlUzOFdWMGJFQXpyL0E4cHpNQT09

Meeting ID: 992 5486 5285
Password: 579046

Coffee and Chatter will be auto-captioned.

Benchmarks in Collections Care

Do you regularly review the care and management of your collection? Do you know what you are doing well and what might need some improvement?

Benchmarks in Collection Care 3 is a self-assessment checklist, developed by The National Conservation Service. It has been designed to support museums to assess and plan their collections activity. It identifies areas of achievement in collections care and gives an indication of where improvements may be needed. Benchmarks is a practical framework for measuring risk towards collections and directly supports the 2018 Accreditation Standard.

West Midlands Museum Development is offering support for up to five museums in working through the Benchmarks toolkit, together with funding of up to £800 towards making identified improvements. The museums will then work through Benchmarks again after 12 months to demonstrate the development and improvement to their collections care.

Please contact helen.johnson@staffordshire.gov.uk by 31 July for further information about this project.

Successful museums will also complete the Museums Organisational Health Check as a condition of participation.

Dialect & Heritage Project: Oral History Workshop

Are you interested in interviewing people and recording their voices for posterity; for heritage or community projects?

The Dialect and Heritage Project has a number of opportunities for volunteers to conduct interviews that could become part of the Leeds Archive of Vernacular Culture. This training session is for anyone who might like to take part and develop valuable skills that will enhance projects across the West Midlands.

This self-contained course, organised jointly by the Heritage Lottery Funded Dialect and Heritage Project and Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings aims to be an informal and practical introduction to oral history interviewing.

This training course covers the following areas:

Find out more and register

Carbon Literacy for Trustees

Our second round of Carbon Literacy training is now open for bookings and is for Trustees across the Midlands.

West Midlands Museum Development (WMMD) and Museum Development East Midlands (MDEM) are partnering to deliver several rounds of training, using the Carbon Literacy for Museums Toolkit developed by Museum Development and the Carbon Literacy Trust as part of the national Roots and Branches project.

What is a Carbon Literacy course? The Carbon Literacy course will give you an understanding of what climate change is, the scale of its effects, and how museums fit into the global, national and local picture to address climate change. You become Carbon Literate by making an individual pledge, and an organisational pledge to take back to your museum, of what you can do, and is in your power to achieve, to make a significant difference to your carbon impact.

The course is made up of four modules – the first module is pre-recorded and there are three Zoom sessions.

Attendees will be certified as Carbon Literate once they’ve successfully completed the course. Therefore, it is essential you are able to attend all three Zoom sessions.

Maximum two trustees per organisation. Priority will be given to trustees from non-NPO and non-National museums in the East Midlands and West Midlands which are Accredited or officially Working Towards Accreditation.

Accessibility
This event will be auto captioned through Zoom. If you would benefit from other forms of access support, including live captioning, please answer ‘yes’ to the access requirements question on the booking form and email the WMMD team as early as possible stating the support you require. 

All participants will receive an email containing a Zoom link to the training prior to the event. The email will be sent to the email address used for booking. If you have not received an email the day before the event please contact us.

Click here to book.

If the booking page doesn’t appear these training sessions are fully booked. Please email wmmd@ironbridge.org.uk to join the waiting list.

Reset Grant Open for Applications

Apply for £500 – £5,000

The Reset Grant is part of the West Midlands Museum Development Programme (WMMD), funded by Arts Council England (ACE) with additional funding from Art Fund continuing the successful partnership and collaborative response between Art Fund and MDUK to the Coronavirus pandemic started in 2020.

The Reset Grants aim to support museum to develop and use their collections in new ways, engage audiences, and/ or build organisational resilience following the impact of the Covid-19 crisis.

WMMD is committed to its role in developing an inclusive sector. We will prioritise funding for activity which seeks to improve representation within the organisation, the work it produces and the audiences it engages.

Museums can apply for £500 to £5,000.

The deadline for applications is 9am, Monday 8 August 2022.

We are pleased to offer a small number of 1:1 bid writing support with Jenni Waugh to help you prepare your application. These are available on a first come first served basis. To book a session please email wmmd@ironbridge.co.uk.

Eligibility

Please read the Guidance and contact a member of the WMMD team before completing the Application Form.

Please note:

Creating Family Friendly Interactions

This training session from Kids in Museums is designed to support Front of House (FOH) staff and volunteers to create family friendly interactions with visitors.

During the training, delegates will:

Maximum two delegates per organisation. Priority will be given to delegates from non-NPO and non-National museums in the West Midlands which are Accredited or officially Working Towards Accreditation.

The presentation for this event will be live captioned through StageText and MyClearText. If you would benefit from live captioning in break out room activities or any other form of access support, please answer ‘yes’ to the access requirements question on the booking form and email the WMMD team​​​​​​​ as early as possible stating the support you require.

All participants will receive an email containing a Zoom link to the training prior to the event. The email will be sent to the email address used for booking. If you have not received an email the day before the event please contact us.

Creating Family Friendly Interactions
Tuesday 11 October, 10am-12.30pm
Online

If the booking button isn’t visible this training session is fully booked. Please email wmmd@ironbridge.og.uk to join the waiting list.

Carbon Literacy for Trustees – Sessions 2 and 3

Our second round of Carbon Literacy training is now open for bookings and is for Trustees across the Midlands.

West Midlands Museum Development (WMMD) and Museum Development East Midlands (MDEM) are partnering to deliver several rounds of training, using the Carbon Literacy for Museums Toolkit developed by Museum Development and the Carbon Literacy Trust as part of the national Roots and Branches project.

What is a Carbon Literacy course? The Carbon Literacy course will give you an understanding of what climate change is, the scale of its effects, and how museums fit into the global, national and local picture to address climate change. You become Carbon Literate by making an individual pledge, and an organisational pledge to take back to your museum, of what you can do, and is in your power to achieve, to make a significant difference to your carbon impact.

The course is made up of four modules – the first module is pre-recorded and there are three Zoom sessions.

Attendees will be certified as Carbon Literate once they’ve successfully completed the course. Therefore, it is essential you are able to attend all three Zoom sessions.

Maximum two trustees per organisation. Priority will be given to trustees from non-NPO and non-National museums in the East Midlands and West Midlands which are Accredited or officially Working Towards Accreditation.

Accessibility
This event will be auto captioned through Zoom. If you would benefit from other forms of access support, including live captioning, please answer ‘yes’ to the access requirements question on the booking form and email the WMMD team as early as possible stating the support you require. 

All participants will receive an email containing a Zoom link to the training prior to the event. The email will be sent to the email address used for booking. If you have not received an email the day before the event please contact us.

Carbon Literacy for Trustees
Tuesday 9 August, 10am-12.30pm
Thursday 11 August, 10am-11.45am and 1pm-2.45pm

Click here to book.

If the booking page doesn’t appear these training sessions are fully booked. Please email wmmd@ironbridge.org.uk to join the waiting list.