Here are this week’s news items:
- Just a reminder about the SHARE Children and Young People conference in Colchester on 8 February. There are still spaces at http://sharemuseumseast.org.uk/events/object-lessons-4-share-bridges-children-young-people-conference/.
- The deadline for applying for the Clore Fellowship is 29 January. For details see https://cloreleadership.org/fellowships.aspx.
- The results of the 2016-2017 benchmarking survey are now available at http://sharemuseumseast.org.uk/benchmarking/.
- The University Museum of Zoology is advertising for receptionist, closing date 1 February, at http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/16269/.
- The Zoology Museum is also advertising for a Manager, closing date 2 February, job no. 50675 at https://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/museumstudies/JobsDesk.
- The National Trust is advertising for a Senior Visitor Experience Officer, closing date 28 January, job no. 50702 at the same link.
- The Farmland Museum is advertising for a Visitor Services Assistant, closing date 28 February, job no. 50722 at the same link.
- Burwell Museum has another batch of objects for disposal (see attached). As usual if you are interested contact Steve Crane at firstname.lastname@example.org .
- The fabulous Bronze Age torc at Ely Museum has been voted the ‘Top Treasure’ of 2017. See http://www.elystandard.co.uk/news/ely-museum-gold-torc-1-5353883.
- Please contact me if you have surplus a table top case and a case that could take a bronze horse’s head. The table top case needs to be approx. 70cm high, 40cm deep and 120-140cm wide.
- The SEMFed have a study day at the Roald Dahl Museum on 1 March. See http://www.semfed.org.uk/events/study-days/for details.
- May I ask again for publishable quality photos for the MiC Strategy? My earlier plea has produced 4-5 photos and I’m very grateful to the museums which have supplied those, but we still need another 4-5 to provide a good choice.
A number of items of museum news have come in since the last update:
- SHARE are advertising for a Museum Development Assistant at https://tinyurl.com/y998uw69. The closing date is 15 January (currently advertised as Sunday 14th January). For an informal discussion regarding this post please contact Jamie Everitt, preferably by email in the first instance at email@example.com
- UCM are holding a collections 2 day
- The SHARE Volunteer Coordinators Forum’s next meeting, which promises to be a good one, is on the morning of 6 February at the Fitzwilliam. There may be some spaces left at http://sharemuseumseast.org.uk/events/stop-being-so-nice-influencing-trustees-and-managers-a-volunteer-coordinators-forum-event/ .
- Just a reminder that LGBT History Month is in February and that 2018 marks the centenary of (some) women getting the vote (#Vote100). Could you please let me know if you are planning any exhibitions or activities around these events, so that I might be able to promote them through the County Council’s communications?
- ICOM are offering travel bursaries of up to £700 for museum professionals to help travel to study at European museums and collections. The deadline is 5 February. For details visit
With best wishes for 2018
Last week I met Kate Carreno from the Fitzwilliam Museum and Richard Hunt from Vivacity, who have agreed to act as co-Chairs of Museums in Cambridgeshire now that Liz Hide has left the University of Cambridge Museums. Kate and Richard will help Kerry Wallis (our new Treasurer) and I to plan MiC’s next steps pending the election of a new Chair as early as possible in 2018.
Our first decision was to press ahead with the design and print of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Museum Strategy. Over the next two weeks I will prepare the final draft text, taking account of the points raised at the AGM in September and the latest benchmarking statistics, while we arrange for professional design of the printed version. We anticipate printing about 200 copies for distribution to key stakeholders and for that we will need to know how many copies MiC members will need for local distribution. One key step is to collect some publishable photographs to illustrate the excellent work that is being done by museums across the County. Please do let me know if you have suitable images – obviously we will want to show the full range of museum activity, from collection management to public activities.
We hope to launch the Strategy at MiC’s next meeting which at the moment we plan to hold in Peterborough sometime in the early summer. I will of course keep you posted with further details. In the meantime here is the last batch of news items for 2017:
- IWM Duxford are advertising for a Producer, Public Engagement and Education, closing date 4 January, at https://www.le.ac.uk/museumstudies/Jobs2/full_job_descriptions/50417.htm.
- The Sedgwick Museum is advertising for Shop Assistant, closing date 2 January, at http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/16039/.
- The Heritage Lottery Fund has announced changes to their grant programmes; see https://www.hlf.org.uk/about-us/our-strategy/changes-our-grant-making.
- Burwell Museum has another batch of objects for disposal (see attached). If you are interested contact Steve Crane as usual at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- I have been asked to circulate a request from the Arab Horse Society who are mounting an exhibition at the National Horseracing Museum, Newmarket, in March to mid July 2018. They would like to source two table style cases and/or an upright case. They have been offered items such as Arabian horse saddles and bridles which they will be unable to show without cases. They can collect and deliver back to you but will be unlikely to be able to afford to pay for the loan as the budget is very small. It’s an even longer shot, but does anyone have a mount in the style of a horse’s head that they could borrow to show a bridle?! Please contact Faith Carpenter, The Company Curator at email@example.com or 01367 241237 if you are able to help.
- Please note that the new improvement fund has been launched; see https://www.gov.uk/government/news/arts-minister-launches-4-million-dcmswolfson-museums-and-galleries-improvement-fund.
Finally, please let me wish you all the very best for Christmas and for a prosperous 2018 for yourself and for your museums.
Firstly, I would like to mention that Tim Knox, Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum, will be leaving to take up the post of Director of the Royal Collections Trust (see http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/news/tim-knox-leave-fitzwilliam-museum). It has been a pleasure to work with you Tim and Museums in Cambridgeshire wishes you all the very best in your new post.
Here is this week’s crop of other news for MiC members:
- The Scott Polar Research Institute is advertising for a Collections Coordinator at http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/15851/, closing date 18 December.
- Congratulations to the Polar Museum on achieving Full Accreditation.
- The next meeting of the SHARE Volunteer Coordinators Forum will be on the morning of 6 February at the Fitzwilliam Museum, with the excellent speaker Rob Jackson. Details will be available shortly.
- Plans for the BBC’s Civilisations Festival in March 2018 are rapidly taking shape. The Art Fund has grants of up to £1000 for activities, closing date 14 December (see www.artfund.org/civilisations). There will be various events happening in UCM museums and in Cambridgeshire libraries during the Festival and please let me know if you are planning anything.
- The Art Fund has a new toolkit called ‘Treasure Plus’, for museums with archaeological collections at www.artfund.org/treasure.
Firstly please permit me to mention that Liz Hide will soon be leaving UCM and will therefore be standing down as Chair of MiC. It has been a pleasure for me to work with Liz over the last five years and every member of MiC owes her a great deal for her leadership and constant promotion of our interests. Thank you Liz!
Now, here are some news items for your consideration:
- If you are interested in attending the launch of AIM’s new Prosper (Hallmarks) booklet in London on 6 December contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- SHARE has a maternity cover vacancy for an Museum Development Project Officer, closing date 3 December, here.
- SHARE has a training day on access audits at the Fitzwilliam Museum on 26 January at http://sharemuseumseast.org.uk/events/access-audit-training-for-museums/.
- SHARE’s annual collections care conference will be at Hughes Hall, Cambridge on 18 January, see http://sharemuseumseast.org.uk/events/4th-annual-share-collections-care-conference/.
- Click on this link to catch a webinar on the new GDPR on 30 November at http://advisor.museumsandheritage.com/news/advisor-webinar-general-data-protection-regulation-need-know/.
- The Fitzwilliam Museum is advertising some Front of House roles, closing date 4 December, at http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/15765/.
- The Museum also has a Procurement Facilitator opportunity, closing date 3 December, at http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/15779/.
- The Museum is also looking for a Senior Technician for prints and drawings etc, closing date 30 November, at http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/15821/.
- The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is advertising for a Clerical Assistant, closing date 8 December, at http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/15745/.
- IWM Duxford has a vacancy for a Conservator, job no. 50199, closing date 27 November at https://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/museumstudies/JobsDesk.
Here is this week’s museum news:
- The Fitzwilliam Museum is advertising for an HR and Workforce Development Manager, closing date 28 November (see attached).
- The Fitzwilliam is also advertising for a Development Assistant – Membership. See full details at http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/15609/, closing date 15 November.
- Kettle’s Yard is advertising for a Visitor Assistant. See full details at http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/15584/, closing date 4 December.
- Burwell Museum has another batch of items for disposal (see attached). As usual, if you are interested contact Steve Crane on email@example.com.
- Just a reminder that you can get involved in the BBC’s ‘Civilizations’ programme on Museum Crush. For details go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1jDXj23sqKg8w4p2MWvX9nV/civilisations-festival-how-to-get-involved.
- There will be a lot of museum-relevant archaeology being discussed at the Cambridge Antiquarian Society’s conference on 18 November (see attached).
- There is a worldwide Museum Shop event on 26 November. You will find more information about the event and how to get involved here.
- The Festival Bridge is running an Artsmark Support Session at The Junction on 29th November from 12 – 1. This is an opportunity for museums to meet schools.
- I have been told that a museum somewhere in the Country has been offering special advantages (return free visits) to visitors who used gift aid. Please note that this is illegal and that gift aid and non-gift aid museum visitors must be treated equally.
Here is the latest crop of Cambridgeshire museum news:
- The Cromwell Museum Trust is advertising for a Museum Manager/Curator (see attached advert and job description), closing date 30 November.
- Just a reminder of the SHARE session on capital projects with a chance to see the Norwich Castle redevelopment on 10 November; booking now at http://sharemuseumseast.org.uk/events/an-inside-job-the-lowdown-on-capital-projects/.
- I have been sent details of Britain on Film on Tour, a programme of archive films available to museums at very low prices. Please see http://www.independentcinemaoffice.org.uk/films/britainonfilm.
- The Imperial War Museum is advertising for a new Head of Volunteering and Engagement, closing date 22 November (see attached).