Calendar

Dec
8
Wed
A partridge in a pear tree: how to deal with birds in your museum @ Online
Dec 8 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
A partridge in a pear tree: how to deal with birds in your museum @ Online

The third and final bite-sized MDEM Pest Network workshops in 2021 will be an introduction to preventing and controlling pigeons and other birds in order to stop them from damaging your site and collections and posing a health risk to your staff, volunteers and visitors. How to safely clean up nest materials, droppings and dead birds will also be discussed as will ensuring that the birds themselves are protected from harm.

You can sign up to join the MDEM Pest Network here but you don’t have to do this in order to attend the event.

Who should attend:

This event is for anyone interested in learning more about pest management in museums, or who would like to share their own experience in this area. It is for museums staff and volunteers from the East Midlands.

Please note by signing up to MDEM training you are agreeing to our terms and conditions.

MDEM is committed to providing all training in an accessible format and have a dedicated budget to enable this. Please indicate as part of booking if you require any further access support or clarification.

Users and their experiences – Accreditation @ Zoom
Dec 8 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

As support to all museums Working Towards Accreditation, MDEM are delivering a series of support sessions, covering all aspects of the Museum Accreditation scheme, enabling you to understand what the museum is doing well, where you may have development areas and how to develop a plan to ensure you make a successful Museum Accreditation application.

The sessions will be delivered via Zoom and there will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions, access resources and network with museums who are also working towards Museum Accreditation.

To book please email Sarah Hartshorne Sarah.Hartshorne@leics.gov.uk

If you or colleagues wish to attend any of the sessions, please book your places as soon as possible by emailing Sarah Hartshorne, MDEM programme officer, Sarah.Hartshorne@leics.gov.uk  with details of the session(s) you wish to book and the name of your museum.  We will provide joining information nearer the time.

You may also want to view the Accreditation Guidance in advance of the sessions – which is available here.

As additional support to museums, the UK Museum Development Network has provided a series of Museum Accreditation webinars, which are available on the MDEM website which cover:

  • Museum Accreditation Webinar: Getting started (and the technical bits)
  • Museum Accreditation Webinar: Organisational Health
  • Museum Accreditation Webinar: Managing Collections
  • Museum Accreditation Webinar: Users and their experiences

We will use the content of these webinars as a starting point for discussions in the sessions, so please take a look.

Heather Lomas, Accreditation Advisor is available to provide support and advice as you work towards submitting your application to the Museum Accreditation scheme and MDEM provides a range of support, grants, training and advice, which is open to all WTA museums. You can contact Heather here: office@heatherlomas.co.uk 

 

Dec
16
Thu
Trustees Supporting Income Diversification @ Online
Dec 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Good governance is crucial to the creation and enactment of any strategy, including income diversification. In this course, Cause4 CEO Michelle Wright will consider the roles and responsibilities of Trustees in supporting this area, including:

  • Compliance requirements in line with the Fundraising Regulator and Code of Fundraising Practice
  • Practical ways in which Trustees of small museums can support new income streams
  • Ways to consider and prioritise new income streams for investment in line with organisational vision and mission

This training is suitable for all existing or onboarding Trustees of museums, regardless of experience in fundraising or income diversification.

Who should attend?

This training session is for museums based in either the East Midlands or East of England and is being run jointly by MDEM and Share East. Museums can attend this session as a one off, however it is part of an 8 session training programme focusing on diversifying income.

Please note by signing up to MDEM training you are agreeing to our terms and conditions.

MDEM is committed to providing all training in an accessible format and have a dedicated budget to enable this. Please indicate as part of booking if you require any further access support or clarification.

Jan
11
Tue
Greener Museums: Taking Action Against Climate Change
Jan 11 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

This MDEM Special event will explore ways in which museums can become more environmentally sustainable.  The event will include case studies from our Greener Museums programme, the launch of the new Carbon Literacy Museums Toolkit and an introduction to the Roots and Branches Project and how you can get involved.

 

MDEM and partners are part of the Roots Branches project, a collaboration between The Carbon Literacy Project, Museum Development England and Manchester Museum, supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. It aims to train and certify 1,500 people from 300 museums as Carbon Literate over the next two years and give an opportunity for museums to converse, experiment, and test new ideas for a more sustainable future.

MDEM will be running our first Carbon Literacy training course in February 2022 and greener museums will also be one the themes of our Regional Collections Symposium in March 2022.

If you are interested in becoming certified through our Carbon Literacy Training, or would just like to know more about how your museum can take action against climate change then please do sign up to this free special event.

Who should attend?

This event is for anyone interested in learning more about greener practices in museums, or who would like to share their own experience in this area. It is for museums staff and volunteers from the East Midlands.

We recommend anyone considering signing up to our Carbon Literacy training to come along.

Please note by signing up to MDEM training you are agreeing to our terms and conditions.

MDEM is committed to providing all training in an accessible format and have a dedicated budget to enable this. Please indicate as part of booking if you require any further access support or clarification.

 

Jan
19
Wed
Engaging with Schools – East Midlands Catch Up January 2021
Jan 19 @ 10:00 am – 11:45 am
Engaging with Schools - East Midlands Catch Up January 2021

This short and informal online session is a chance for museum staff and volunteers across the East Midlands to come together to share what they have been doing with regards to school visits and outreach sessions.

Aims of the Session

  • A chance to informally talk to others in the region about the current situation with museum learning in schools.
  • Hear examples of what Creative Learning Services have been delivering to schools in the region.
  • An update from all about this current term.
  • Hear case studies from across the region (see below)

Case study focus: At this session we will hear about Project Enlightenment, funded by Arts Council England to enable the Leicestershire County Council-run 1620s House and Garden to engage with new artists and schools. The project helped these parties and the Council’s learning team to explore together the opportunities for the development and delivery of new inspirational and cross-curricular learning sessions at the historic site.

The project has been run in partnership with Charnwood Arts, who support a wide range of art projects around Leicestershire and beyond.

To develop potential content for a future formal and informal learning programme, the project has involved two main artist residencies, with other artists involved in an additional programme of work for schools and family audiences.

This session will be hosted by Programme Facilitator Mary Sibson – Creative Learning Services. It will be run on the online meeting platform Zoom and details of how to join the session will be sent to delegates the day before.

Who is it for?

This event is aimed at members of the Engaging with Schools network. This is a free to access network for museum staff and volunteers from Accredited museums and those working towards Accreditation in the East Midlands. New members are welcome, and you can simply join the network by visiting our website.

By joining an MDEM training session, you are agreeing to our terms and conditions.

Feb
1
Tue
Digital Storytelling with a Collections Focus
Feb 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Digital Storytelling with a Collections Focus

A short programme of three sessions run in partnership with MDEM and Culture24 supporting digital storytelling

Is your museum making the most of its digitised collections content online? Finding the right channel, tone, voice and techniques to reach and connect with audiences online isn’t easy. This course will explore the specific tensions and challenges that digital storytelling can pose and focus on the many advantages that museums and collections offer in this space.

We will explore both the practicalities and strategic considerations of digital storytelling with collections content, looking at content on websites and social channels. There will be examples from museums, galleries and beyond, giving you plenty of food for thought, practical tips and ideas to take away and try.

Please note that this programme consists of three online content sessions of 2 hours and you will be required to send attendees to all three sessions.

  • Session 1: Tuesday 2 November, 10 – 12pm
  • Session 2: Tuesday 9 November, 10 – 12pm
  • Session 3: Tuesday 16 November, 10 – 12pm

Who should attend?

This is for museum staff and volunteers based in the East Midlands from Accredited museums. Two members of staff from each participating museum should attend to ensure that they are able to enact and embed change more effectively within their organisation. This online course is aimed at anyone tasked with creating content for online platforms yet isn’t a digital content specialist.

Schedule

This online course will encourage active learning and plenty of discussion for a small group of up to 16 delegates. You will join three online content sessions, each lasting two hours and spread across a period of one month, with a small piece of self-led ‘homework’, designed to help you experiment with digital storytelling ideas in your own unique setting.

Learning objectives

By the end of this course you will:

  • Have an understanding of how to use your collections to create digital content
  • Be able to create an engaging story through your digital content
  • Be aware of the platforms that you can use to share your collections online
  • Understand the strategic considerations of digital storytelling with collections content
  • Have practical tips for creating engaging digital content using your collections
  • Be confident in how to use your collections to engage audiences online

Course leads

Richard Moss is editor of the award-winning Museum Crush and brings hard-learned and current practical experience of digital storytelling with collections. He also teaches and mentors museum colleagues around the UK, supporting them with digital content creation and reach.

Alec Ward is the Digital Skills Manager at Culture24. Alec’s career has focused on building capacity and confidence for smaller cultural organisations by providing digital skills and literacy support. He has extensive experience of developing training around practical digital skills development, from video editing to creating 3D digital models, and focuses that training through a wider organisational strategic context.

This course is provided as part of Culture24’s Arts Council England-funded Sector Support programme.

Please note by signing up to MDEM training you are agreeing to our terms and conditions.