Firstly, please find attached the agenda for the Cambridgeshire Museums Forum to be held at Ramsey Rural Museum at 2pm on Wednesday 27 June, together with the minutes and other papers from the last meeting. You are welcome to arrive from 1.45pm and as it is the summer meeting there will be a tea party/social afterwards, so please bring strawberries or whatever you fancy to share. Please prepare written reports on your news as per the attached prompt, if possible, to save time in the meeting.
Secondly, I have received the ‘official’ photo of the Cambridgeshire volunteer nominees for the SHARE Volunteer Awards held at the Museum of East Anglian Life on 6 June. Please let me know if you would like me to send it to you (it is too large to attach to this email). It is free to circulate as everyone gave permission before the photo was taken.
Here are other items of museum news for this week:
- The Fitzwilliam Museum is advertising for the post of Director and Marlay Curator, closing date 5 July, at http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/17755/.
- The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is advertising for a Senior Assistant Curator in Archaeology, closing date 11 July at https://www.le.ac.uk/museumstudies/Jobs2/full_job_descriptions/52361.htm.
- IWM Duxford is advertising for a Curator, Art Specialism (Cold War), closing date 29 June at https://www.le.ac.uk/museumstudies/Jobs2/full_job_descriptions/52364.htm.
- An excellent new resource to support museums to help diverse their visitors is now live on this website: http://www.openupmuseums.com.
- ‘The Library Presents’ is an Arts Council England funded programme bringing arts activities into Libraries and is funded until 2022. The programme has an open call for expressions of interest, the next opportunity is in July 2018 applying for the Spring 2019 programme. Museums can contribute by submitting expressions of interest for programme activity, this could be something the museum already offers that you want to expand into libraries, activity or exhibitions to develop specifically for the programme, activity focused on working with a particular audience or activity or exhibitions working with a theme. Those selected for the programme have the chance to make contact with different user groups, as well as increase visibility through inclusion in printed and online publicity. I will include regular news on the programme in MiC News.
- My colleagues in ‘Learn Together Cambridgeshire’ are advertising small grants, closing date 29 June, for innovative projects to help literacy in young children. The relevant areas are Huntingdon, Chatteris, March, Wisbech and Northeast Cambridge. Details are at https://www.cambslearntogether.co.uk/early-years/community-literacy-project/community-funding-bid-information/.