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News: December 2020

In this, our final newsletter of the year, the whole MDEM team would like to send our warmest wishes to you all for the festive season. We look forward to working with you in 2021, and we are excited to launch our forthcoming suite of support in the New Year.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us!
Museum Development Updates

MDEM Events

Other Events and Training

Funding News

Sector News

Jobs and Volunteering Opportunities

Museum Development Updates


Organisational Health Programme - Succession Planning

Succession planning is a crucial element of good governance and MDEM’s Organisational Health Check 2020 highlights succession planning as being a key developmental need for many museums.

MDEM are thrilled to be launching a range of support in this area, including an  introductory training workshop on the topic, and an intensive support programme.

Questions that this support will address include:
  • Have you considered how the board will manage if one of the trustees decides to leave?
  • Has the Covid-19 pandemic highlighted gaps on your board and the need for new expertise and experiences?
  • Do you know which skills, experience and attitudes are required to enable your museum to flourish and be sustainable?
  • Have you thought about the representation on your board; does it reflect a range of views, viewpoints and your audiences?
  • Are you fully up to date with your governing document and the rules and terms of office for trustees?

Diversifying your museum board – Introduction to Diversity and Inclusion - 12th January 10am - 12.30pm (online)

See the training section below for more information.

MDEM Intensive Support Programme:

This MDEM short programme will support museums to consider all elements of good practice in succession planning and enable you to develop a focused and realistic plan for the future. Facilitated by Heather Lomas, MDEM will provide a blend of intensive support to a cohort of museums.

This intensive support opportunity is available to six museums, who will be selected through a competitive 'expression of interest' process. Museums who highlighted succession planning as a priority in the Organisational Health Check 2020 are invited to apply. Your museum should have already received an invite by email if this is the case.
This programme aims to:
  • Support museums in developing plans for succession of trustees and boards
  • Champion diversity and encourage museums to have a range of people represented on their boards
  • Facilitate museums to develop effective plans and procedures for trustee recruitment.
  • Enable museums to develop equality action plans
  • Provide museums with peer group meetings, one to one support, resources and signposting
This opportunity is open to six museums in the East Midlands region. Direct invites to apply have already been sent to the 19 museums who highlighted this as an area of need in their Organisational Health check 2020. If you have not received an email but are interested in joining, please contact Sarah Hartshorne.

 MDEM Events and Programmes 


Diversifying your Museum Board – Introduction to Diversity and Inclusion
When: 12th January,  10am - 12:30pm

Join MDEM and museum boards from across the region for a focused training session looking at diversity and inclusive practice at a governance level.

Particular insight and focus will be given to the following topics:

  • Gain an understanding of the Equality Act 2010
  • Analyse and evaluate diversity strands outside of the Equality Act (Different types and categories of diversity)
  • Understanding the unconscious bias spectrum
  • What is microaggression and what are the types of microaggression?
  • Looking at best practices in other sectors and putting forward solutions

At the session, you will gain practical insights into how to move forward practice in this area for your organisation, as well as share your own experiences alongside museums from across the region.

Who is delivering the session?

This session is part of MDEM’s Organisational Health suite of training, focusing on good practice in all aspects of governance. It is being delivered by Inclusive Boards

Who is it for?

This session is aimed specifically at museum trustees from accredited museums across the East Midlands. We have 20 spaces available and 12 are specifically reserved for members of the ‘Succession Planning for Museum Boards’ programme 2020, run by MDEM. Please select the option to indicate that you are part of this programme when booking the session.

Object Labelling and Marking an Introduction
When: 20th January,  10:30am - 12:30pm

This bitesize online session will introduce the basic principles of object labelling and marking, including materials and techniques used for different types of objects. We will also briefly discuss how marking and labelling is linked to the Spectrum 5.0 collections management standard.

There is some preparation for this session:

The session is for:

Those new to the principles of safe object marking and labelling or in need of a refreshers of the basics.

To book your place please click here.

Other Events and Resources

Events, training and resources from other providers.

Welcoming families with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

When: 21st January 
Cost: Tickets start at £16 see below for bursary info

We know that two thirds of SEND families are keen to visit museums even with COVID-19 restrictions in place. Our recent survey also found that there are key improvements that museums can make to better support the needs of a SEND child within a family group once the pandemic is over.

During this virtual training event, we will:

  • understand the barriers SEND families face when visiting museums
  • explore examples of best practice in museums for welcoming SEND families
  • share top tips for how to start and embed work in your organisation.

Take a look at the full schedule.

This training event will be delivered virtually over two and a half hours (with a short break) by Sam Bowen, Special Needs Mum and Museum Development Officer.

Who should attend?

This training is aimed at staff who work in museums, art galleries and heritage sites who are interested in making their organisations more welcoming to families with SEND.

We have a limited amount of £5 or 'pay what you can' tickets for those who have been made redundant or are facing financial difficulties, please contact to book.

Bookmark our Events page to keep up-to-date with the latest listings.

Funding News

A selection of funding opportunities...
National Lottery Grants for Heritage
Applications Now Open

National Lottery Grants for Heritage are currently accepting applications for project grants from £3,000-£10,000 and £10,000-£100,000. They are looking for projects with emphasis on organisational resilience and inclusion.

Beginning 8 February 2021, applications for funding from £100,000-£250,000 and £250,000-£5m will be resumed. These are for projects which demonstrate that they're building long-term environmental sustainability and inclusion into their plans.

Find out more and see all funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund:

John Ellerman Foundation - Museums and Galleries Fund
Applications Now Open
8th January 2021, 5pm

The next round of museums and galleries funding is now open. Applications can be submitted via the online portal by 5pm on Friday 8th January 2021.  

Who can apply

The Fund is open to a wide variety of collection types. We have supported visual and decorative arts, archaeology, and social and natural history collections. Accreditation is not required, but applicants are expected to demonstrate:

- excellence in their field at a national level
- national significance, usually through a unique or high quality collection
- commitment to collaborative approaches, either as the focus of the request, or at a minimum with a strong track record of partnership working.

Click here to see full details on eligibility and how to apply.

You can also find out more about grants that have been awarded previously by clicking here.

ACE National Lottery Project Grants Reopened
National Lottery Project Grants supports thousands of individual artists, community and cultural organisations. Until April 2021, the fund will focus on the needs of smaller independent organisations and individual practitioners.

We're reopened the fund with a budget of £59.8 million available until April 2021. Grants range from £1,000 - £100,000

We have prioritised reopening this programme to help fund independent organisations, creative practitioners and freelancers as quickly as possible. 

What’s changed?

Our supplementary guidance outlines what has changed to make the fund more responsive to the needs of smaller independent organisations and individual practitioners during Covid-19. 

You can watch a video designed to help with Project Grant applications here. 

For more information, please click here.

Thriving Communities Grant Programme - Arts Council England
Applications Now Open
8th January 2021, midday
This funding is designed to increase social connectedness, and help communities cope with the impact of COVID-19.

By working with those communities most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including black, Asian and ethnically diverse communities, the projects we will fund will help to:
  • enhance collaboration and networking between local organisations
  • strengthen the range of social prescribing activities offered locally and enable social prescribing link workers to connect people to more creative community activities and services
  • Explore ways to make these partnerships and activities sustainable over time
The fund is now open and will close midday on 8 January 2021.
For more information please click here

Other News

News and updates from the East Midlands and beyond...
Ensuring Safe and Effective Volunteering During Coronavirus

This guidance was released in November and applies to all museums who are working with volunteers. It was informed by consulting with the Heritage Volunteering Group. It aims to help organisations and groups understand how to safely and effectively involve volunteers during the pandemic. 

You can read the full guidance here.

Museums & Digital Preservation – film series now online
A series of 13 films about digital preservation in museums is now freely available online. Recorded at the 2018 British Museum National Programmes conference, Museums and digital memory: from creation and curation to digital preservation, the films are intended as a useful resource for anyone working with digital content in museums and cultural heritage institutions, and thinking about how we safeguard both our digitized and born-digital material for the future.
Hosted in partnership with the Digital Preservation Coalition, the conference advocated for the value and importance of preserving museums’ digital content, shared practical case studies from organisations across the UK, and explored what the future might hold for museums in the ever-evolving digital age.
The films, all with optional subtitles, are available via the #MADM2018 playlist on the BM Events YouTube channel, while the full programme, further information and photos from the conference can be found at
East Midlands Museum Service - Notice to Previous Members

This notice is to formally acknowledge to previous members of the East Midlands Museum Service that the company has now been officially taken off the Companies House register.

This is the end of the process, which members were notified about in 2018. Thank you for everyone's support in this matter.

If you have any questions concerning this then please contact Sarah.
These news items only scratch the surface of our Regional News, find the stories we couldn't fit in on our News page and bookmark it to refer back to.

Jobs and Volunteer Opportunities

Jobs, contracts and volunteering opportunities from around the East Midlands...

Various - Creswell Crags
Salary: £19,000-£24,000
Closing date: 18th December (11.59pm)
Job Type: 37.5hrs, full time permanent

Click on each role to see full details:

The application process:
All potential applicants can find our relevant documents (job description and person specification) here on our website. Please submit CV and covering letter via email to Finance & HR Manager

If you require any further information regarding these roles do not hesitate to contact us via telephone on 01909 720370 or email

Closing date for applications is 11.59pm on Friday 18 December 2020, with interviews to be held w/c 11 January 2021.

Bramcote Old Church Tower Project
Deadline: 22nd January 2021

The Bramcote Old Church Tower community project is a NLHF project which began in October 2017 and will be completed by December 2021. The project has enabled urgent restoration work on the tower as well as a new build for increased facilities and through events and activities on and off site.

There are several posts now being advertised. Please click to see further information and how to apply:

Tenders should be sent to:
Ruth Buttery, Heritage and Community Officer,

Research Panel - National Lottery Heritage Fund
Salary: Voluntary
Closing date: 31st March 2021

At the National Lottery Heritage Fund, we’re working to improve how people apply for and manage their funding. To do this, we’re conducting research with a wide range of people to make sure our new designs are inclusive and accessible. Anyone who takes part in our research will be sent a voucher to thank them for their time.

If you would be interested in helping to improve these experiences, please fill in this form to join our research panel or email: if you have any questions or would like to learn more.

Trustees - Metheringham Airfield
Salary: Voluntary
Closing date: 31st January 2021

Metheringham Airfield are looking for potential Trustees who are willing to be actively involved in the Museum’s development, who share their passion and commitment, have an interest in military & aviation history and who have the knowledge and experience to support the work of the Museum.

Applications are welcomed from candidates with the relevant skills and expertise to undertake the role effectively, particularly candidates who have a background in one or more of the following:
Museum/heritage/charity management, marketing, events, education, volunteer management, retail, exhibition design or project management.

Applications of interest, consisting of a C.V. together with a supporting statement (maximum 2 sides of A4) and names of two referees, should be sent by email to

Facilities & Operations Assistant - Benington Community Heritage Trust
Salary: £10 - £11 per hour
Job type:  Part time, 2-3 days per week, fixed term 1 year
Closing date: 18th December 

We have a unique and exciting opportunity to join the team at the Beonna at All Saints as our Facilities and Operations Assistant. No two days will be the same in the role as you may be touching up the paintwork on one day, performing essential health and safety audits the next, and finishing the week helping to run the bar for a wedding celebration. We are looking for a multi-disciplinary and flexible person to fill the role, with plenty of strings to your bow and the willingness and drive to add more!

To find out more about this role, click here

Capital Project Manager 'Reimagining Greyfriars' - 
Heritage Lincolnshire

Salary: £30,000 (pro rata 20 hours per week)
Job type:  Part Time, 20hrs/wk
Closing date: 20th December 

Capital Project Manager - Reimagining Greyfriars: 800 Years of Stories in the Making (Part Time 20 hours p/w, Fixed Term for an Initial 12 month period with scope to extend for a further 24 months, £30,000 pro rata)

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of Heritage Lincolnshire's next building preservation trust project at Greyfriars in Lincoln. We are seeking an experienced project manager to manage the development of the capital works programme which has been funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

To find out more about this role, click here

Experienced Cultural Services/Economic Development Consultant - Focus Consultants 2010 LLP
Salary: £35,000 to £40,000
Closing date: 22nd December 

We are looking for an experienced Consultant to be based at our Nottingham Office (but with a mix of office and home working), to work within our Cultural Services or Economic Development team.

The successful applicant will be expected to lead projects and be the main client contact on a range of cultural, heritage, arts and economic development projects and, depending on experience, may also be expected to oversee a portfolio of projects being managed by other members of the team.

For further details and to apply, click here

Project Manager - Sharpe's Pottery, Heritage & Arts Trust Limited
Salary: £5,000
Job type: Temporary (less than 13 months)
Closing date: 18th December

This post is responsible for meeting the objectives defined in the project plan through the delivery of Securing the Future of Sharpe's Pottery Museum.

Key aspects of the role include:

Leading People 

Involving the team in creating a shared purpose to help them develop and achieve results.

Giving clear direction and providing effective people and performance management by setting objectives, agreeing outcomes, monitoring and measuring outputs and holding individuals and the team to account.

Ensuring that the project delivers its specified outputs within the agreed time, cost and quality tolerances.

Ensuring that the project delivers the outcomes/benefits that it was initiated to achieve.

Developing and maintaining strong relationships between the Trust and partner organisations involved in the project

Apply by sending a CV and Covering letter to:

Sharpe's Pottery, Heritage and Arts Trust Limited
23 West Street
DE11 9DG

Kim A Coe, Chair of Trust

Do you have a job, commission or volunteering opportunity that you would like to advertise? Email Laura with full details and your vacancy could appear on our website and in our next e-newsletter.
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