As the hot weather continues, here is the Cambridgeshire museum news for this week:
- As mentioned in MiC News no. 133 there will be a ‘trustee muster’ at Ely Museum at 4pm on Thursday 19 July. I don’t have many trustees on my mailing list, so could you please pass on this news to trustees and ask them to contact me if they are interested?
- Linked to the last item, in partnership with SHARE and AIM there will be a daytime training session for trustees on financial strategy, at Ely Museum on 15 November. Details will be available nearer the date, but you might wish to suggest that your trustees consider saving the date.
- The Cromwell Museum had a very successful ‘Civil War’ event in Huntingdon last Saturday. Around 2,000 people attended, mostly on the Town Square, and the Museum had around 200 visitors. The courtroom in the Town Hall was also standing room only for the 17th century trial held in there. Well done to all concerned!
- As introduced in MiC News no. 131, please find attached details of an upcoming opportunity to take part in The Library Presents Programme in libraries across Cambridgeshire for spring 2019. Please note the deadline for expression of interest is 1st August 2018.
- IWM Duxford is advertising for a Head of Masterplan, closing date 20 July, at https://www.le.ac.uk/museumstudies/Jobs2/full_job_descriptions/52625.htm.
- The New Hall Art Collection is advertising for an Art Assistant, closing date 22 July, at https://www.le.ac.uk/museumstudies/Jobs2/full_job_descriptions/52584.htm.
- Finally, a reminder that Museums in Cambridgeshire’s next meeting is at 10.30am on Friday 13 July at Peterborough Museum (see MiC News no. 133 and 134).
Enjoy the weekend!
Firstly, a correction. In MiC News no. 133 I said the MiC meeting will be at Peterborough Museum on Thursday 13 July. This should have been Friday 13 July as stated on the agenda! All other details are unchanged. Thank you to those who pointed out my error and I apologise for any inconvenience caused.
- SHARE’s grants of up to £3,000 for facilities improvements are about to be launched, to help museums receive significant loans. The deadline is 28 September and details are at http://sharemuseumseast.org.uk/funding-and-grants/safe-and-secure-grants/. SHARE will especially welcome applications from museums which have received ‘Ready to Borrow’ and ‘Small Scale Capital’ grants, of which there have been several in Cambridgeshire.
- This year’s Kids in Museums ‘Takeover Day’ is taking place on 23 November 2018. There will be a free planning and sharing event for this at Kettle’s Yard on 11 July, 11am-3pm. Details are at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/kids-in-museums-planning-sharing-event-at-kettles-yard-cambridge-tickets-45972750735.
- Heritage Futures are doing an interesting survey on contemporary collections at https://heritage-futures.org/contemporary-collecting-disposal-survey/.
- Just another reminder to start work on your benchmarking return, if you have not already done so, please.
Firstly, sincere apologies for sending you the wrong list of objects for disposal from Burwell Museum in MiC News no. 132 – the correct one is now attached!
Secondly, please also find attached the agenda for the Museums in Cambridgeshire meeting to be held at Peterborough Museum at 10.30am on Thursday 13 July.
Thirdly, a reminder to all museum trustees that there will be a ‘Trustee Muster’ at Ely Museum at 4pm on Thursday 19 July. Since I don’t have many trustees on the mailing list for MiC News, could you please pass on the news of the muster to your trustees for me and ask them to contact me if they are interested? I do need to create a mailing list of trustees who are interested in attending; some I know but most I don’t and they are usually personal email addresses, so I will need their permission.
Fourthly, I attach a marketing plan brief for the Norris Museum, closing date 15 July.
Here is this week’s crop of midsummer museum news from the County:
- Benchmarking for 2017-2018 is now live at http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/EastofEngland1718/. Please see the attached document for further details and let me know if you hit any problems. In Cambridgeshire we have a great record for a high response level so let’s keep our end up, so to speak! The deadline for completing the survey is 31 August 2018.
- The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology has a workshop on ‘Engaging 21st Century Researchers’ on 2 July 2018, from 12:30 – 6:00pm at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge (see attachment).
- Just a reminder that if your museum has not yet paid its MiC subscription please do so as soon as possible (we have so far received about one half). Please let me know if you have any difficulties with this.
- Another reminder that MiC members are automatically covered for disaster recovery services by our policy (Priority User no. PU 1018) from Harwell Restoration. Please let me know if you need details of what is covered. The emergency hotline is 01235 434373.
- Burwell Museum’s latest list of objects for disposal is attached. As usual if you are interested please contact Steve Crane at email@example.com.
- The Armed Forces Covenant Trust Fund has a new grant scheme aimed at communities seeking to commemorate the armed forces and WW1 around Armistice Day 2018. The closing date is 30 June so there is a tight deadline but the application process is very short and simple. For details see website.
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/.
There is a lot of news this week!
Firstly, hearty congratulations to all the volunteers from Cambridgeshire museums who did so well at last night’s SHARE Volunteer Awards: There were strong nominations across almost all categories, from Cambridge Museum of Technology, Chatteris, IWM Duxford, Kettle’s Yard, March, Peterborough, St Neots, The Cromwell, Wisbech and the Fitzwilliam Museum. I am delighted to say that The Logistics Team from the Cambridge Museum of Technology were Highly Commended in the “We Couldn’t Do Without” category! Details of the all the winners will be in the next SHARE Bulletin.
Secondly, congratulations also to Jo McPhee on being appointed to the role of Head of University of Cambridge Museums’ Programmes. Jo will be responsible for delivering the strategic leadership, development and oversight of UCM’s Arts Council England funded National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) programme.
- A reminder that the summer meeting of the Cambridgeshire Museums Forum at Ramsey Rural Museum on 27 June. The agenda will be mailed soon. CMF needs a new Secretary, now that Mark Copley has left the County, so if you fancy an enjoyable new challenge working with museum colleagues please don’t hesitate to let me know.
- The South and East Museums Federation’s next Study Day is at the Roald Dahl Museum in Great Missenden on 28 June. Tickets are available here. It is also the AGM and they are seeking nominations for Committee Members, Secretary and Vice President. See attached role descriptions here. Contact Lauren Ephithite at firstname.lastname@example.org for an informal chat and submit nominations by 22 June.
- A reminder that the next Cambridgeshire museums trustee muster to be held at Ely Museum at 4pm on 19 July. Do promote this to your trustees and since I don’t have a mailing list for trustees please let me know the contact details of those who may be interested, so that I can send them details nearer the date. Please check that they are happy for me to have these details and assure them that I will never pass them on without their express permission.
- Kettle’s Yard are advertising for Visitor Assistant staff at http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/17702/, closing date 20 June.
- The IWM Duxford is looking for a Curator in the American Air Museum, closing date 18 June, at https://www.le.ac.uk/museumstudies/Jobs2/full_job_descriptions/52281.htm.
- The Museum of Cambridge is seeking a Community and Visitor Engagement Officer, closing date 17 June, at https://www.le.ac.uk/museumstudies/Jobs2/full_job_descriptions/52188.htm.
- The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is advertising a collections contract, closing date 20 June, at https://www.le.ac.uk/museumstudies/Jobs2/full_job_descriptions/52187.htm.
- Two grants of £5,000 and £2,000 for digitisation by heritage organisations have been announced at https://www.townswebarchiving.com/twa-digitisation-grant/ , closing date 12 July.
- I have received an intriguing request for information in museums about Young Farmers’ Clubs trophies from Cambridgeshire. If you have any such things in your collections please let me know or contact email@example.com.
There are several news items this week:
- The Norris Museum is advertising for a Community Projects Officer, closing date 24 June. See the attached advert, details and application form.
- The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is advertising for a Collections Assistant (Museum Affordances), closing date 6 June at, https://www.le.ac.uk/museumstudies/Jobs2/full_job_descriptions/52133.htm.
- IWM Duxford is advertising for a fee-paid Retail and Admissions Assistant, closing date 8 June, at https://www.le.ac.uk/museumstudies/Jobs2/full_job_descriptions/52148.htm .
- The next meeting of the Cambridgeshire Museums Forum will be at Ramsey Museum on 27 June (details to follow).
- The SHARE Heritage Engineering Network’s next meeting is at Prickwillow Museum on 4 June.
- The Whipple Museum will be closing from 4 July 2018 until January 2019 for essential improvement works. The collection will still be fully accessible for research purposes. To set up a research visit or for general enquiries about the collection, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Learning and engagement work will continue in alternative venues. Check here for updates: http://www.sites.hps.cam.ac.uk/whipple/.
- There is an exciting opportunity which you may wish to circulate for volunteer archaeologists on the A14 excavations (see attached).