Seasons greetings from AIM

Congratulations to all AIM members, your dedicated staff, valued board members, and passionate volunteers for skillfully navigating yet another challenging year.

Whether you’re anticipating a serene Christmas or a bustling time at the museum in the weeks ahead, I wish you the energy required to carry you through until your next well-deserved rest.

AIM has had another eventful year.

In April, we were fortunate to kick off a new round of Arts Council funding, and we’re grateful to the Welsh Government, Pilgrim Trust, Department of Culture, Media and Sport, and Arts Scholars Charitable Trust for their generous support.

We delighted in another fantastic (and sunny) conference in Edinburgh; shared crucial new research; introduced new events such as Trustees 101; launched our Connected Communities programme; and added to our rounds of ReCollections, New Stories, New Audiences, Pilgrim Trust, and Brighter Day grants.

These initiatives, alongside all our core activities, underline our dedication to supporting you to be as good as you can be for your visitors. And we were pleased to see the positive feedback you gave us in our summer Members Survey tells us we’re on the right track.

Yet, we want to do even more. Like you, we strive for growth and improvement, all while judiciously managing the resources entrusted to us by you, and by our funders.

Looking ahead to AIM’s fiftieth birthday in 2027, the AIM Board and team have been diligently developing a strategic vision that emphasises partnerships, community engagement, and strengthening our collective voice. In 2024, we look forward to sharing these ideas and ambitions with you, including at our National Conference at the Black Country Living Museum in June.

Beyond the conference, we look forward to sharing exciting announcements and new events throughout the year, always rooted in your expressed needs. Do join us at these opportunities – we look forward to seeing you.

Wishing you all the joys of the festive season from the entire team at AIM.

Lisa Ollerhead, AIM Director