Training grant – AMOT conference

Thanks to the invaluable support of the AIM Training Grant, the SCOTS Museum’s two staff members attended this year’s AMOT conference in York. It was the first time either had attended, and both left feeling inspired and invigorated by the events of the day.

As a support network for Army museums and collections across the UK, conference attendees came together from varied roles, backgrounds and organisational structures to see members present a series of project case studies. These included the development of a ‘star objects’ trail to improve museum accessibility, using oral history interviews as a means to capture contemporary history, and how to build an effective marketing plan.

The speakers highlighted how small museum teams like ours can carry out high-impact projects with realistic expectations and – most importantly – realistic budgets. Their enthusiasm, coupled with the opportunity to promote our own museum’s work during informal networking, has helped rethink ambitions to tackle similar projects of our own and we hope to secure a spot at future conferences to share our own ‘small team wins’. We also took advantage of our free time to visit the York Army Museum to compare approaches to telling stories of a current Regiment.

Allison Spark, Curator, Museum of The Royal Regiment of Scotland