MiC Projects

SWIM 2 – Strengthening the Workforce in Cambridgeshire Museums continued

Following the success of the SWIM project which ended in March 2016 (see ‘past projects’ below), MiC is delighted to be contributing £5,000 to a new phase of the project starting in October 2016 and running through to March 2018.

The project builds on the results of SWIM as described in the evaluation report and follows the same methodology. It is funded from the Arts Council England Museum Resilience Fund and this time there are 14 independent museum partners (there were 12 in SWIM), now including the Museum of Cambridge and the Stained Glass Museum in Ely. The main objectives are once more to recruit and train volunteers and trustees but there will be a stronger focus on increasing the diversity of the recruits. Watch this space for updates on the project!

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Memories in the Community
The Memories in the Community project was funded by HLF in 2015-2016.  Memories from elderly people living in their own homes were collected and from these the participating museums created personalised memory  which are now the property of the participants. The project was a wonderful collaboration between the museums, the County Council and Care Network Cambridgeshire and all the participants. The project allowed museums to develop fruitful new links with the County Council’s adult social care and volunteers in the care sector who had never had any previous working relationships. It captured the fascinating memories of many older people from around the County and the memory boxes are now making a real difference to their happiness and wellbeing.
Find out more about the project on the Memories in the Community blog.
Read an evaluation of the project.

Past Projects

Strengthening the Workforce in Cambridgeshire Museums
Strengthening the Workforce in Cambridgeshire Museums (SWIM) was a sustainability scheme for independent museums, which ran from April 2015 to March 2016. It’s main objective was to recruit and train volunteers and trustees for 12 museums across Cambridgeshire. The project, and employed two Museum Volunteer Co-ordinators.

Ranging from local history museums, to specialist collections, the group of museums included Chatteris, Ely, Prickwillow, March and District, Whittlesey, Wisbech, Burwell, The Cromwell, Denny Abbey and Farmland, Nene Valley Railway, St Neots, and Ramsey Rural. Each museum aimed to diversify their workforce to better reflect the community it serves. SWIM was funded by the Arts Council England Museums Resilience Fund, with partnership funding from Museums in Cambridgeshire.
Read an evaluation of the project.

Wide Skies
Nine Cambridgeshire Museums worked together to create learning programmes for local communities based on their collections, recruiting and training volunteers, creating printed resources and working with community groups and schools. This project was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Renaissance East of England.
Read an evaluation of the project.

Key Memories
Five museums from each of the Cambridgeshire districts worked with care partners to deliver reminiscence workshops for older people, and to develop resources that can be used by day care centres and residential homes. This project was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Renaissance East of England.
Read an evaluation of the project.