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).
Here are this week’s news items:
- There are just a few days left before the closure on Friday 25 May of the SHARE Training Needs Survey at http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/SHARE_Training_Needs_2018/. Cambridgeshire’s response rate so far is a bit behind some other counties, so please respond now if you have not already done so.
- SHARE’s benchmarking survey for 2017-2018 has now been launched at www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/EastofEngland1718. Last year’s survey had a very high rate of returns from Cambridgeshire and the survey has proved very effective for research and advocacy purposes, so please do make your return before 31 August.
- Apologies to Whittlesey Museum whose excellent project which addresses a range of museum environment issues is described in https://museumsincambs.org/about-mic/cambridgeshire-museums-small-grants-2017-18/. I accidentally omitted to list the project in last week’s News.
- Just one more (short) survey for you, this one being entirely optional! It is to inform some research on the impact of the loss of Accreditation and is at https://surveyhero.com/c/4c0161ff/b42729c274ba8ed6.
- The University Museums Conference is being held this year at the Zoology Museum in Cambridge on 3 July. The theme is international engagement. Book at click here.
- The Weston Anniversary Fund is open for applications for up to £150k for community facilities. For information click here.
- The Norfolk and Norwich Festival is advertising for a Project Manager, closing date 4 June, here.
Here are this week’s news items:
- The report on the small grant projects for 2017-2018 is now available at https://museumsincambs.org/about-mic/cambridgeshire-museums-small-grants-2017-18/. There were five excellent projects, at Burwell Museum, Ely Museum, St Neots Museum, the Stained Glass Museum and the Cambridge Museum of Technology.
- Burwell Museum has another batch of objects for disposal (see attached). As usual if you are interested contacted Steve Crane at email@example.com.
- The next meeting of the Cambridgeshire Heritage Engagement Group (CHEG) is at Kettle’s Yard at 2pm on 12 June. If you have attended previous meetings you should receive the details very soon, but if not let me know and we can add you to the mailing list.
- The Farmland Museum is advertising for a Marketing Consultant at https://www.le.ac.uk/museumstudies/Jobs2/full_job_descriptions/52068.htm, closing date 14 June.
- The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is advertising for a Collections Assistant (Asian Anthropology) at https://www.le.ac.uk/museumstudies/Jobs2/full_job_descriptions/52055.htm, closing date 10 June.
- The Museum of Cambridge is advertising for a Community Participation Coordinator at https://www.le.ac.uk/museumstudies/Jobs2/full_job_descriptions/52052.htm, closing date 4 June.
Firstly, I’m sorry to have to retract the announcement I made in MiC News no. 125 that the next Museums in Cambridgeshire meeting had been arranged for 15 June. No sooner had I mailed that date than I received details of the Museum Remix being held in Cambridge on 14-15 June (see attachment). To avoid this unfortunate clash, the date of the MiC meeting at Peterborough Museum has now been re-arranged to be on Friday 13 July. I must also apologise for omitting the word ‘Strategy’ from last week’s announcement; when I said that the meeting would ‘…review the Museum’ I meant to say the meeting would ‘…review the Museum Strategy’!
Secondly, please find attached an open letter to all museums which wish to subscribe to Museums in Cambridgeshire for 2018-2019. As you will see the subscription remains at £50 per museum. If you are not the person in your museum who normally deals with these matters, would you be kind enough to forward this letter to that person?
Here are this week’s other news items:
- I am pleased to announce a trustee muster open to trustees from all MiC member museums, to be held at Ely Museum on 19 July at 4pm. If you are a trustee and are interested in attending please let me know asap. I can then add you (or any other trustee who you know is interested) to my mailing list for the event, which will examine a range of issues of current interest to museum trustees.
- Sincere congratulations are due to Ely Museum and Ramsey Rural Museum on achieving Full Accreditation.
- SEMFed have a Study Day at the Roald Dahl Museum on 28 June. For details go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/semfed-study-day-roald-dahl-museum-tickets-45780728391.
I am pleased to announce that the next meeting of Museums in Cambridgeshire (MiC) will take place at Peterborough Museum on Friday 15 June. Please save the date, and I will circulate the agenda and timings etc in the next week or so. A key focus of the meeting will be to consider the MiC Activity Plan for 2018-2019 and to review the Museum Strategy (this is currently being updated with a view to a formal launch at the AGM in the autumn). We will also consider priorities for countywide museum projects.
I believe a few people may not have received MiC News no. 124 because the email attachments were too big. If you did not receive 124 please let me know and I’ll resend it without attachments.
Finally, may I mention the new website for Wisbech and Fenland Museum at http://www.wisbechmuseum.org.uk/index.php?