August news from MDEM
MDEM Update
Welcome to this mid-summer edition of the MDEM newsletter and let’s hope we get some more good weather as forecast. I hope things are going well for you during the school holidays and visitors are returning with some confidence. I know of a couple of small museums not opening at all this year as volunteers are in short supply and not everyone is feeling wholly safe or confident in dealing with visitors without masks/ social distancing; an issue no doubt for front of house staff/ volunteers everywhere.  This last month has seen the reopening of Northampton Museum Art Gallery after many years of refurbishment and expansion and at least two delayed re-openings.  The team have done a great job creating a museum that really demonstrates local pride of place, whilst the nationally significant shoe gallery has been given a make-over and is now sparkling with a focus on local makers and innovators complementing the outstanding collection. It’s great to see yet more ambitious development being realised in the East Midlands!

Claire Browne, Programme Manager MDEM
MDEM Research
Annual Museum Survey 2020-21 is open

A big thank you to the 76 museums who registered to complete this year's Annual Museums survey. This is our highest response rate to date and we're thrilled that the data and reports we generate will be reflective and sourced by so many of the diverse museums in the region. 
The data generated by this survey is critical for both museums and our sector as a whole. It informs strategy, benchmarks performance, supports funding applications and can be used for advocacy. 660 museums across England took part in the survey last year, enabling us to produce the most statistically robust iteration of the survey report thus far. The National report is viewable here and you can take a look at last year's full regional results here.
If you took part last year or registered this year you will now be receiving your invite email to complete the main survey which is open for the coming weeks. It will be coming from but because it is generated from survey software, it may land in spam folders. Please keep an eye out for it and save this email to your contacts.

We know the survey takes time to complete, but it is so significant for each museum, our region, Museum Development and the country's understanding of the contribution and changes in museums over the last 12 months and beyond.

MDEM Launches Pest Network

Most insect pests like dark, undisturbed spaces so one of the consequences of lockdown has been an increase in insect pest activity.  In response to this, MDEM have launched  a Pest Network for the region.

The Pest Network programme will include:

  • A series of bite-sized workshops on pest specific topics.
  • 12 grants of up to £500 for equipment, publications and materials to help museums with pest monitoring, identification, treatment and effective housekeeping.
  • Two network meetings a year – an opportunity to share experiences and hear about case studies from within and outside the region.
The network is free to join and you can sign up or opt out at any time. To join the network please click here.

Alongside the network we're running three introductory sessions which you can book onto now:
Share Museums East & MDEM are delighted to be working with Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy to run a Diversify Your Income programme starting in September 2021.

This support will allow museums and heritage sites across the East of England and the East Midlands to explore and launch new income streams, with support through training and coaching, enabling them to become more resilient organisations.

Recruitment to the intensive programme is now closed, however booking is now open for the 8 training days focusing on all areas of income generation. These are open to all museums in the region and can be booked below: You can attend as many or as few as you like. We know these will be popular so register now!

MDEM and partners are pleased to be launching the Roots and 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.

The launch of Roots and Branches will coincide with the COP26 United Nations Climate Change Conference in November 2021 when The Carbon Literacy Project hope to see the most people Carbon Literacy trained on that day than ever before.

From 9th August to 12th November 2021, on the run up to and during COP26, a social media campaign will run for all museums to join in with, showcasing how the museum sector is responding to the climate crisis.

The #MuseumCarbonStories campaign has a schedule of weekly themes linked to environmental sustainability that participating museums can respond to over 14 weeks.


Programme Support - Upcoming Programmes
Volunteer Development Programme
MDEM are working with partners from Museum Development UK to offer a wide ranging Volunteer Development Programme which will be available to up to 4 museums in the East Midlands.

This will focus on sustainable volunteering models for a post pandemic world, and will look at everything from recruitment, developing new and innovative volunteering opportunities, or rethinking more traditional formats to work for a changing workforce.

We will be recruiting to this programme over the coming weeks, and it will be aimed at organisations who don't have a stand alone paid volunteer manager post. 
Digitally literate leadership consultancies for museums

Are you a leader looking to build your digital capacity and embrace digital change? Culture24 is offering 12 fully funded and individually tailored digitally literate leadership consultancies for senior leaders in museums.

This free strategic advice for directors and senior managers of museums, is designed to help build their digital capacity and embrace digital change tactics and practices. These consultancies will combine strategy, theory and expert insight with practical, actionable advice - putting you and your organisation in the position to understand these challenges and make the most of the opportunities. You can find more detail on the structure of these consultancies here.

How to apply
Please complete an expression of interest for your museum via this smart survey form by the deadline of midnight on 6 September 2021. Culture24 will be in touch shortly after the deadline to confirm the outcome of your application.
If you have any questions or would like any further information please email your local Museum Development team or Helen Lewandowski, Programme Manager, Culture24 at

Upcoming MDEM Events
30th Sept, 10am - 12:15pm

This session will give you a grounding in what segmentation is and how it can help you better understand your audiences. We’ll look at what sort of data you need; touch on the different models that you may have heard of; we’ll look at methods of data collection, and we’ll use some case studies to illustrate what works and how it works.
15th Sept, 10am - 11:30am

This online launch event will be an introduction to pest management in museums and heritage sites and will explore prevention, monitoring, identification and treatment. The session will be suitable for those new to the topic and a refresher for those with more experience.

15th Sept, 2-4pm

This is your induction into the world of fundraising for a small museum. It covers research and planning, key fundraising skills and information about launching successful fundraising campaigns. It’s a one stop fundraising shop: teaching you new skills and sharpening old ones, giving you everything you need to start afresh and come back from the Covid-19 crisis stronger than ever.
23rd Sept, 10am - 12noon

This course supports participants to take the first steps in raising money through digital channels. We've all learnt over the past year just how important digital engagement can be, so it is crucial that fundraisers have the necessary skills to continue to generate income, adapt their strategy, and to make the most of the opportunities that fundraising online has to offer.
30th Sept, 10am - 12.15pm

This session will give you a grounding in what segmentation is and how it can help you better understand your audiences. We’ll look at what sort of data you need; touch on the different models that you may have heard of; we’ll look at methods of data collection, and we’ll use some case studies to illustrate what works and how it works.
6th Oct, 2-4pm

This course explores the key skills needed to write strong applications to win funding from Trusts and Foundations. Learn how to communicate your story to funders and to stand out from the crowd.

6th Oct, 4-6:30pm

This twilight workshop will provide an introduction for new museum trustees. We will provide an overview of charity governance, discussion of your role as a museum trustee and an introduction to sector best practice.

11th Oct, 12-1pm

The first of our three bite-sized MDEM Pest Network workshops will explore what to do if you find evidence of bat activity at your site including the legal requirements; health and safety implications; where to go for help and further information and how to deal with bat urine and droppings.
12th Oct, 10-11:30am

Understanding where to begin with creating content that engages your audiences can be a stumbling block. This session will ensure you get to grips with aligning your objectives with the right platforms and the right content.
20th Oct, 2-4pm

The first half of this session will highlight the variety of ways you can implement a box office to drive either attendance or additional revenue streams. We will also consider the insights you can gather about your customers and how you can use these strategically. We will then examine the key considerations in choosing the right ticketing platform for your organisation, and how to successfully integrate a new system into your day-to-day activity.
Other Events and Resources
Thursday 14 and Friday 15 October, 14:00 – 17:00 each day 

Our 2021 conference explores how museums can work more effectively with complex layers of data about their collections. This information increasingly lives outside the structured collections databases we’re used to – and, indeed, outside the museum sector at all. If you’re wrestling with the multi-layered, multi-perspective knowledge that comes with ‘cataloguing outside the box’, this conference is for you.

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Planes, Trains and… Numismatics? A Celebration of Transport-Related Numismatic Collections

29th September 2021 Via Zoom
We’re running our first themed training event! This online session will celebrate transport museums, demonstrate that they almost always contain numismatic collections, and illustrate how these small objects can be used to tell stories via display and outreach projects. With speakers from Coventry Transport Museum, the National Railway Museum, SS Great Britain and the Army Flying Museum, this is sure to be a fascinating and unusual event, covering road, rail and water.

The session is aimed at people working and volunteering with museum numismatic collections, but you don’t have to be from a transport museum to attend – if you think it sounds interesting, please sign up! Full details will be available shortly, but booking is open – please email stating your name and institution.

30th Sept, 2-3pm

Between July 2020 and June 2021, Imperial War Museum’s War and Conflict Subject Specialist Network (WCSSN) led a project called Connecting, sharing, learning: sustaining relationships between collections and older communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Together with 25 partners, most of whom are WCSSN members, we created activity packs and facilitated Zoom sessions to showcase our collections on the topics of the Second World War and Women, War and Peace. In this presentation, we will share some of the successes and challenges of the project, which reached more than 600 people aged 70 and above across the UK, both in their own homes and in care settings. There will also be an opportunity for audience questions.
Community Forum Live for Museums
Thursday 9 September 2021, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
A new series of online sessions supporting users of Audience Finder and Show Stats
Our monthly Community Forum Live sessions are online get-togethers for anyone using our Audience Finder and Show Stats platforms, with each event focussing on a different topic or area of work. It's a chance to get the most out of the platforms and tools by sharing ideas, tips and approaches with other users. These sessions are also a great way of keeping up-to-date with the wider research and developments we are working on.
Each forum is 75-minutes long and is open to all organisations from across the UK. This event is suitable for any users currently contributing data to Audience Finder or Show Stats – come along and have your say.
Grab a cuppa, take your seat and get ready to join the conversation!
Funding Update

MDEM's Grants are now open to applications.
See below for a summary of what is available:


Grant funds are available to Accredited museums and those working towards Accreditation

  • Small Grants of £250 - £1,500 Applications can be submitted between now and 31 December 2021 – applications assessed monthly
  • Collections Access Grants of £100 - £1,000 Applications can be submitted between now and 31 December 2021 – applications assessed monthly

Should you need further guidance, please contact Claire Browne, Programme Manager.

News Updates
Inclusive Recruitment GuideBy SOLT/UK Theatre
This guide by UK Theatre and Society of London Theatre (SOLT) breaks down the recruitment process to help you write a better job pack, to help you remove bias from your selection processes, and offers suggestions on where to post your job ads to reach a wider talent pool.

This guide is concise, actions-focussed, and highlights examples of best practice from existing resources (with specific page numbers so you can go direct to the relevant points). It also recommends organisations and consultants who can assist you with your recruitment.

Host a Touring Exhibition with The British Museum
A very exciting opportunity has arisen for a museum/gallery to borrow a fully funded 2D exhibition. The touring exhibition Living with Art: Picasso to Celmins, currently at the Danum Museum, Doncaster, has fallen victim to the consequences of the pandemic and there is now an unexpected gap in the tour schedule. Therefore the British Museum is looking for three partners to host this touring exhibition for roughly three months each, between mid-October 2021 to the end of March 2022. 

The exhibition includes 30 prints and drawings by artists ranging from Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse to Lucian Freud, Bridget Riley, David Hockney and Vija Celmins. It demonstrates the collector, Alexander Walker's interest in artists' working methods and in transitional pieces that show an artist developing a new style or subject, or experimenting with a new technique.

For full information click below...
Job and Volunteering Opportunities 




Hours: Part time

Salary: £18,432
Closing Date: 15th August

Bakewell Old House Museum are looking for a Museum Manager that will be personable, have great attention to detail and will be able to use initiative taking responsibility day to day. 

Experience within the museum sector is preferred but not essential for this role, as we will provide opportunities for training through professional bodies like Museums Development East Midlands and from Trustee and Museum Committee members.

Click here for full details
Air Arts, Derby & Burton University Hospitals: Project Evaluator

Job type: Freelance
Salary: £4,000
Closing Date: 23rd August

Air Arts at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton is seeking an evaluator to devise and implement a robust evaluation strategy to measure the impact of the Medical Museum project running from 2021-2023.

If you would like any further information, please contact Emma Bailey, Artist & Heritage Officer: 07385037837 or Beth Rawson, Deputy Library & Knowledge Service Manager 01332 789235

For full details click here

Job Type: Volunteer
Salary: N/A
Closes: Open ended

Do you enjoy meeting people, Do you like working with Children? Would you like to be part of the hugely important heritage engagement in the Grade 2 listed spiritual home of the Royal Air Force at the RAF College Cranwell?

We have developed a hugely popular schools’ workshop for children aged 8 to 11 years and are now looking for an enthusiastic volunteer to help us continue to run these.  The history of the College comes alive through these workshops and is truly inspiring to the next generation. We are looking for people who would like to engage with children and schools, have an interest in/knowledge of RAF history, or have other experience or skills they can share.

Click here for full details


Job Type: Full time (permanent)
Salary: £30,000 p.a.
Closes: 27th August (12noon)

Leicester Hebrew Congregation are looking for a Heritage Centre Manager who will be responsible for delivering the vision of the Sharing Jewish Heritage in Leicester project and for the day-to-day management of the Visitor Centre.

To full details and project brief, click here
Job Type: Full time (permanent)
Salary: £23,500 p.a.
Closes: 16th August, 11am

The National Justice Museum is looking for a Social Media and Marketing Officer that will be responsible for promoting the Museum, its sister heritage visitor attraction the City of Caves, the Museum's learning programme, and other commercial activities. The post holder will be responsible for producing PR, media relations, social media, and creative marketing output that will increase visitors and income. They will develop and manage multi-channel marketing communications plans promoting the Museum's core service offer.

Full details here

Please email a CV and succinct (no more than 2 A4 sides) application letter ensuring you demonstrate how you fit the person specification to:
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