Museums in Cambridgeshire News no. 105 (22 September 2017)

Dear colleague


Here is this week’s news for Cambridgeshire museums:


  1. The next meeting of the SHARE Front of House Forum is at Epping Forest Museum on 10 October and is on the theme of using dance in museums! Sign up now at
  2. Burwell Museum has more items for disposal (see attached). If you are interested please contact Steve Crane on .
  3. The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is advertising for a Visitor Services Assistant, closing date 10 October, at .
  4. Ely Cathedral has a vacancy for a Learning Officer, closing date 13 October (see attached advert).
  5. This year’s round of small grants is now open (see attached guidance and application form). The closing date for applications is 30 October.


Museums in Cambridgeshire News no. 104 (1 September 2017)

Dear colleague


Here is this week’s Cambridgeshire museum news:


  1. The Fitzwilliam Museum has contacted me to pass on an offer of five display cases which are surplus to their requirements (see the attached photo and sketch) with a further five which are 100-200mm narrower. If you are interested please let me know and I’ll put you in touch.
  2. The SHARE training calendar opens for bookings today!
  3. This is just a reminder of the Discover and Explore Arts Award training at the Museum of Cambridge on 13 September. If you are interested and there are still places please book at
  4. IWM Duxford is advertising for a Collection Care Technician at, closing date 4 September.
  5. I attach the latest newsletter of the regional British Association of Friends of Museums.
  6. Waterbeach Military Heritage Museum are in need of a plan chest, so please contact me if you have one to spare.
  7. Kettle’s Yard has a vacancy for a Development Assistant, closing date 15 September, at
  8. The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology has a vacancy for a Technician, closing date 22 September, at
  9. The Museum of Archaeology has two vacancies, firstly for an Ethnographic Conservator, closing date 25 September, job no. 49400 at , and for a Workshop Tecnician, closing date 22 September, job no. 49399 both at the same website as in item 4 above.
  10. Finally you may have read about the theft of metal objects from Bergen University. Photos are available at
  11. Just a reminder that the MiC AGM is on the morning of 21 September at the Norris Museum. The agenda will be mailed very soon.

Finally, just to mention that I shall be on leave from tomorrow till 11 Sept inclusive.

Museums In Cambridgeshire News no. 103 (21 August 2017)

Dear colleague

  1. I have been sent draft ‘Guidelines for the Care of Larger and Working Historic Objects’.  Please let me know if you wish to see the draft which is currently out to consultation.
  2. The Fitzwilliam Museum is advertising for a Development Assist, closing date 4 September, at
  3. IWM London and Duxford is advertising for a Customer Experience Project Officer, closing date 29 August, at .
  4. Kettle’s Yard is advertising for a Curator/Lecturer, closing date 12 September, at .
  5. Arts Council England has commissioned a study entitled ‘Mapping of Museum Data in England’. As part of the this, a survey of museums across England is being carried out to ensure that the perspectives of individual museums and museums services form an important part of the consultation process.  The survey is available via and the deadline is Wednesday 23rd August 2017. 
  6. The Museums in Cambridgeshire AGM will be held on 21 September at the Norris Museum in St Ives and there will be opportunities to see the new displays there. An agenda for the meeting will be mailed separately to MiC members shortly.
  7. Please find attached an announcement for a ‘Specification of Display Cases’ course at the Museum of London on 3 November.

Museums in Cambridgeshire News no. 102 (11 August 2017)

Dear colleague


Here’s this week’s museum news bulletin….


  1. The next meeting of the SHARE Volunteer Coordinators Forum is at Gressenhall in Norfolk on 12 September. If you are interested please sign up at
  2. The deadline for submission of this year’s Benchmarking returns is 31 August which is ONLY TWO WEEKS FROM NOW, so if you have not already done so please ensure that your Museum’s details have been submitted as soon as possible. I know which museums have submitted and which are working on it, but there’s plenty in the County which haven’t started yet.
  3. The SWIM 2 project which is part funded by Museums in Cambridgeshire will be finishing in February 2018, so my thoughts are now turning to future projects of benefit to the County’s museums. Over the next few months I will be consulting MiC members to find out what MiC members see as the priorities for the next few years. This will help guide me as I approach potential funders in the knowledge that MiC is responding to the members’ needs. In the meantime if you have any strong views I would be delighted to hear from you.
  4. The Museum of Cambridge is currently advertising for a new Chair, closing date 24 August. For details please see
  5. SHARE has launched the next programme in its excellent ‘Understanding Museums’ series, intended for people who have only recently entered the sector. If interested, please see
  6. The Museum of Cambridge is advertising for a Project Assistant for the Tracing Traditions project, closing date 24 August. Details are at job no 49258 at .
  7. A reminder that the closing date for applications to the Esmee Fairbairn Collections Fund at is 6 September.


Best wishes


Museums in Cambridgeshire News no. 101 (2 August 2017)

Dear colleague

Here is this week’s summary of Cambridgeshire museum news:

By far the most important development is the re-opening last weekend of the Norris Museum in St Ives, following their HLF-funded redevelopment. It was a privilege for me to be invited last Friday to see the impressive new displays and to watch an excellent film about the Museum and the redevelopment. May I suggest that, it you haven’t already visited, you do so as soon as you can? For details go to

We also have great cause to celebrate that Ely Museum has almost reached its fundraising target for acquiring the fabulous Bronze Age torc from Cambridgeshire. For details see .

The Cromwell Museum is advertising for an interim Curator, closing date 14 August (see attached details).

Kettle’s Yard is also recruiting staff. I am aware of advertisements for Assistant to the Director at, Curatorial Assistant at and Venue Hire and Events Coordinator at closing dates 29 August, 23 August and 5 September respectively.

Finally I attach the latest regional newsletter of the British Association of Friends of Museums.

Museums in Cambridgeshire News no. 100 (21 July 2017)

Dear colleague

Here is the rather brief and very belated 100th MiC news for Cambridgeshire museums:

1. Firstly, congratulations are due to the Museum of Classical Archaeology for achieving Full Accreditation.
2. Secondly, I have been informed that although it is early days there seems to be a low response rate for this benchmarking exercise, see so please do make your return by 30 August. This is really important.
3. Burwell Museum has a new list of items for disposal (see attached). Interested contact the Museum or I can pass on your interest.
4. Museums with Islamic items in their collections might be interested in the opportunity at
5. The Stained Glass Museum in Ely is advertising for a Learning Officer (maternity cover), closing date 15 September, at

Museums in Cambridgeshire News no. 99 (30 June 2017)

Dear colleague

Firstly, I must congratulate Norfolk Museums Service and the University of Cambridge Museums on securing funding in the ACE National Portfolio from April 2018. This is tremendous news for both organisations, for Cambridgeshire’s museums and for the cultural life of the whole East of England, so well done to all concerned. Within the portfolio, SHARE Museums East, part of Norfolk Museums, will be a Sector Support Organisation to continue to deliver Museum Development.

I am also delighted to announce that the County Council will also be joining the Portfolio to deliver arts events and activities through ‘The Library Presents’ – this too can only be good for museums.

Other news this week:

1. There will be opportunities to input into the ACE Accreditation review (see later in the year but in the meantime if museums want to raise points which are relevant for the review please email me or
2. Congratulations are due to Cambridge Museum of Technology, the Stained Glass Museum (Ely) and Peterborough Museum on being awarded SHARE Collections Care and Rationalisation grants. Well done!