Training grant – AIM Conference 2022 – Verity Smith, Consultant

The grant allowed me to attend AIM Conference for the first time and meet many of the sector colleagues I’ve been working with remotely, especially over the last two years.   

There was ample opportunity to meet new people and I increased my network of contacts. I learned a lot from other AIM members across the two days and cemented current working relationships with AIM colleagues and organisations.   

The ‘Tackling Inequalities’ session with examples of diversifying audiences was a great reminder of my work with the Peace Museum and the progress they have made as an organisation. Learning about other projects has further equipped me to guide Royal Crown Derby through their development and facilitation of Collecting Home, part of the New Stories, New Audiences programme. This has encouraged me to encourage them to trial different approaches during the remaining months of their activity.  

The ‘Going green as a small museum’ session shared ambitions, best practices and the ways in which programming have responded to the climate crisis. I understood how the Carbon Literacy Project can enable museums to become more sustainable through use of the toolkit and undertaking training, benefitting individuals and organisations as a whole. 

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