Events and projects

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WMMD delivers a broad and varied programme of events and projects to support and inspire West Midlands museums.  Training opportunities cover subjects such as collections, audiences, resilience, fundraising, workforce development, children and young people, equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) and Accreditation.

All WMMD events and projects are free of charge for staff, volunteers and trustees of Accredited museums and those officially Working Towards Accreditation.

Bookings for non–NPO and non-National museums will be prioritised unless other stated.


WMMD events range from subject specific training and practical workshops, to annual events including WMMD conference and the West Midlands Volunteer Awards.

Events are promoted through our newsletter and can be found on our Events page.  New events are added to the calendar regularly, keep up to date by signing up to our newsletter at the bottom left of this page.


Below you will find a description of some of the regular projects that WMMD delivers.  New opportunities to take part in projects will also be promoted on our newsletter and updated on the News page.

Audience Champions – A two year programme, delivered in partnership with The Audience Agency, aimed at supporting museums to better understand their audiences through the collection of data.

Banish the Backlog – The Collections Trust work with museum delegates to decrease their documentation backlog through good planning and improved practice.

Diversity Champions – A professional training programme designed for managers, trustees and decision makers.  Diversity Champions receive training to support them in better understanding the legal, moral and business case for EDI and implementing strategic organisational change to become more inclusive.

Expert Eye – An annual programme providing participating museums with specialist collections knowledge and expertise.  Areas of focus are developed in response to the needs of the sector.

Open to All – The annual Open to All programme aims to support West Midlands museums to make their buildings and collections more accessible.  The project is delivered through training and audits of current provision in order to create tailored recommendations.  Previous Open to All programmes have focused on physical, mental health and neurodivergent accessibility.

Secret Museums – A ‘mystery shopper’ programme for museums designed to explore the visitor experience.  Secret Museums has previously focused on groups including young people, over 45s and family visits.

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