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Powell-Cotton Museum is undertaking an ambitious programme of projects, ‘Re-imagining the Museum.’ Inbal Livne, Head of Collections and Engagement, tells us what they’ve learnt so far and the lessons they can share with other AIM members looking to reinterpret their collections and work with communities and groups in new ways.
Attending GEM’s Heritage Interpretation Online course has transformed our approach to interpretation. It has changed the way in which I would naturally approach the creation of new interpretation and changed my perception of this being an academic practice to more of an art form.
The AIM Pilgrim Trust collections care audit offered the ideal opportunity to seek an evaluation of our current methods of collection care and the success of our application enabled Peter Meehan ACR to visit the museum and provide a report.
The object store was completely re-organised and a systematic approach to accessioning was developed, with young volunteers involved at every stage of the project.
The AIM grant provided crucial support by enabling the museum to improve both the storage of its collection and environmental monitoring capabilities.
How do you go about delivering transformational change during a pandemic? AIM spoke to Nikki Kirby, General Manager of Sudbury Hall in Derbyshire, about their project to develop the Children’s Country House.
Closed, locked down. Collection, locked in. Two of the toughest problems for the Foundling Museum to overcome, following national closures in March 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In response, Shared Stories, Shared Voices has created an innovative new digital experience that democratises the interpretation of museum collections and enables diverse voices to shape and narrate the Museum’s historic stories.
The grant has enabled the Trust to implement guidance issued as part of an earlier AIM Pilgrim Trust Collections Care Audit and preserve their priceless and irreplaceable ‘crown jewel’ pieces for future generations.
In 2019 it was determined that several objects in the Provisions for the Dead case were in urgent need of conservation in order to ensure their preservation and to better display them to the public. The case is one of the museum’s most popular exhibits, with the “food and provisions” activity featuring heavily in its educational programme.
The Ely Sedan Chair has been on public display for many years and has suffered some wear and tear. It was identified as part of a conservation audit as in urgent need of treatment. This project aimed to conserve the sedan chair to ensure its future stability and to allow the museum to display it once again when the museum re-opens.
Black Country Living Museum’s approach to Tik Tok has been a roaring success, garnering over a half a million followers and attracting headlines and attention across the world. But how do you get started? And how do you best sustain interest in your digital innovation? We spoke to Abby Bird, BCLM’s Audiences and Communications Manager to find out more.
Ilfracombe Museum have made a simple change to their financial management, which has had a massive impact in terms of putting the museum firmly in control of their finances. Val Gates joined the Board of Trustees at the museum a year ago and here she tells us how she’s introduced a dynamic model to manage the museum cashflow.
Since March 2020, London Jewish Museum have been undertaking a skills and diversity audit of the Board. This work is already paying off, transforming the museum’s strategy going forward. We spoke to Frances Jeens, Museum Director, to find out more.
The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology at the University of Oxford has harnessed passion amongst staff to put equality and diversity firmly on the Museum’s agenda. We spoke to Rachel Davies, Director of Operations and Emily Jarrett, Digital Communications Officer, to find out more.
This project has provided sound organisational structures, policies and systems to support the Trust’s aspirations for future development.
The impact on our organisation is huge. It made us re-examination our aims, objectives and values; we interrogated our outreach and community ambitions and established a new fundraising strategy.
The outcomes of the project are many: increased publicity and awareness of the Museum (needed more than ever due to the uncertainties caused by COVID-19), a fantastic new historical display, a significant historical object no longer languishing and deteriorating behind the scenes and an object which enables us to remind people that HM Factory Gretna was an Anglo-Scottish endeavour.
The aim of the collection move project has been to relocate material into a new purpose designed store, but also improve the long-term care and preservation of the collection, to gain a better understanding of the material that has been collected, and improve the cataloguing.
The AIM Pilgrim Trust grant will help enable public access to collection items that were previously not accessible due to their condition
The audit has confirmed the museum’s need for closer attention to the conservative needs of certain objects, particularly paper.
A 19th Century sketchbook has been cleaned and conserved so is now able to be handled, displayed and enjoyed without risk of being damaged in the process.
Making a café viable in a small museum can be a challenge, but London Museum of Water & Steam found a partnership solution that also helps young people with learning disabilities.
Art Fund’s crowdfunding platform Art Happens is designed to give museums and audiences the power to bring exciting projects to life together, help engage existing supporters in new ways a…
Remedial conservation – Conservation of Correspondence to William Cunnington I, 1799-1810 AIM grant: £4,750 The Wiltshire Museum is governed by the Wiltshire Archaeological and …
The objective was to stop further damage to the books and ensure the Library at Little Hall was safe again for visitors and volunteers
The audit process and the final report has achieved more than we expected
Conservation has re-awakened enjoyment of an historic artwork of local and national interest for public display and geological science – and revealed period social detail.
The AIM grant enabled the museum to tackle two issues; the need to take steps to reduce light levels and secondly the need to gain a better picture and understanding of the environmental conditions in the galleries.
Conservation of an Edwardian wedding dress
The AIM grant covered the cost of the initial assessment and all subsequent treatment to a 1960’s-era pommel horse and vaulting buck
The grant from AIM funded the purchase of dehumidifiers and packing materials, as part of a wider programme to relocate the collection to an off-site store.
Cynon Valley Museum Trust Securing our Trajectory Grant received: £5,986.57 “Securing Our Trajectory” funded by AIM Hallmarks in Wales brought immediate impact and has outli…
AIM Biffa Award History Makers Annie Besant & Jayaben Desai: History Makers on Strike – People’s History Museum What is your project about? PHM…
Addressing and resourcing collections care at the Holst Birthplace Museum The Holst Birthplace Museum shows what life was like for the composer Gustav Ho…
The Herschel Museum of Astronomy opened in 1981 and was taken over by Bath Preservation Trust in 2017. There is an administrator for the property and curatorial staff from Bath Preservation Trust a…
Jane Austen’s House is an independent museum sited in the house where Jane Austen lived from 1809 until just before her death in 1817. An accredited Museum and registered charity, the Museum pres…
Malton Museum’s main collections come from excavations that took place between 1925 and 1970. The Museum also holds archaeological material from subsequent, smaller excavations. These collectio…
The Cromwell Museum tells the story of the life and times of the soldier and statesman Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658) through the best collection of items relating to him. Founded in 1962 we are an in…
Audience analysis doesn’t have to be expensive or overly complex. We spoke to Malcolm Phillips, Collections Manager at the Narrow Gauge Railway Museum about how they went about improving th…
Tiverton Museum is a much-loved museum providing extensive displays on local history within the Mid Devon area, a schools’ programme and reminiscence service. The AIM Hallmark project buil…
Supported by a Hallmarks Award, Firing Line Museum of the Welsh Soldier undertook research to enable them to understand their visitors and non-visitors better, and to explore ways of building new audiences
Gilbert White’s House and the Oates Collections have been supported by the AIM Prospering Boards programme to help them refine the existing vision for the site and devise a more streamlined strategy, based on a clear organisational purpose
There can’t be many organisations that actively encourage their employees to pop to the shops during working hours for research purposes, but it’s an important part of The Lightbox approach to staying contemporary and relevant
In September 2016, AIM published new research to help museums understand the impact of charging for admission, or not, on all aspects of operating a successful museum
If you keep an eye on what’s happening in the USA Museum sector, you will have noticed Museum Hack. This …