July news from MDEM
MDEM Update
Hopefully many of you are now welcoming visitors back to your sites and for some it is the beginning of a new era. 

The MDEM team started getting out and about again this month which included visits to the highly impressive, newly refurbished Nottingham Castle and Museum of Making in Derby.  We look forward to hearing soon about visitor feedback and as we look forward to another summer of the ‘staycation’, anticipate a good summer season for all our region’s museums. I was really impressed to see how much the East Midlands featured at the AIM (Association of Independent Museums) conference a few weeks ago, and a couple of things really stood out – Eyam Museum’s presentation about their MDEM-funded digital exploration work which saw them move into social media and online activity in a new way, showed that innovation comes in all shapes and sizes and as Owen from Eyam explained; small innovations can lead to big changes for a small site.  Heather Lomas, Organisational Health consultant for MDEM, also presented on the success of the recent MDEM Board Succession Planning programme where the 5 museums taking part have collectively recruited 12 new trustees thereby diversifying representation at strategic level and bringing in new voices.  We will run this programme again this year, so look out for it if you have aspirations to refresh your board!

Claire Browne, Programme Manager MDEM
MDEM Research
Annual Museum Survey 2020-21 Registration Open

The Annual Museum Survey 2021 registration is now open for museums who did not take part in the survey in 2020. Emails have been sent from MDEM to all Accredited Museums or those Working Towards Accreditation who we're unable to complete the survey last year. 
The Annual Museum Survey is commissioned from South West Museum Development and range of supporting information, can be found here  including last year’s survey questions (updated questions coming soon), technical notes, FAQ and privacy notices. 
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 take a look at last years full regional results here.

Data provided for the extraordinary 2020-21 period via this survey will provide valuable insight into the impact the pandemic has had on the museums sector, both regionally and across England.
If you took part in last years survey then you will be getting a direct email on the 15th July with your personalised survey link. 
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.

If you are unsure if you took part last year or haven't yet received an email, then please contact Sarah. Museums new to the survey have until the 26th July to register.


As part of Museum Development UK’s support for museums regarding Museum Accreditation, a series of four support films have been created.

These films are hosted by Jennie Pitceathly and East Midlands Accreditation Advisor Heather Lomas.

The films cover the following four topics:

These films are freely available and aimed at those new to the scheme, wanting a refresher or currently undertaking a return.
Intensive Programme Support - Applications Open
MDEM and Kids in Museums are pleased to announce the three successful museums that are joining this year's Family Friendly programme are:

- Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum
- Sulgrave Manor
- Buxton Museum and Art Gallery

They will be receiving bespoke support and advice on making their offer even more family friendly and we look forward to sharing the outcomes next year.
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.

If you are interested in the programme, after having read the full Diversify Your Income Programme Information and eligibility criteria, please submit an Expression of Interest form by the 16th July 2021.
Upcoming MDEM Events
14th July, 10am - 11:30am

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.
21st July, 10am  - 12noon

In this session we will take a closer look at what we mean by digitally excluded audiences, why and how people are digitally excluded, and who they are. You will explore who forms part of your audience that isn’t online and what you can do to reach and connect with them in a way that works for both them and you.
29th July, 10.30am  -12.30pm

Navigating the disposals process can feel very daunting. This session will take a scenario-based approach to explore a variety of disposals issues and themes including collections management and documentation, legal and ethical considerations.
14th Sept, 10am  - 12noon

This digital session will take you through the principles of marketing - we’ll look at what marketing is and why we use it. Your marketing tools are the channels you’re using – your website, social media, email newsletters – and we’ll look at how to match those channels with the right messaging.
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.
12th October, 10am - 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.

You’ll look at how different types of content will achieve different outcomes, you’ll gain tips on how to create content with limited resources, and you’ll look at how to measure impact

Other Events and Resources
20th July, 4-6pm

At this event University experts in digital heritage experiences will share ideas and inspiring examples of innovation in the use of live, experiential and digital technologies in galleries, museums and heritage sites.

How can we use new digital technologies to engage visitors in different kinds of knowledge-making in heritage settings? How can we use these technologies to engage a wider diversity of visitors?

This is a ‘Wide angle’ event – open to anybody and providing an inspiring overview of digital heritage experiences. This will be followed by a more tailored ‘focus’ event which builds on these foundations in the specific context of your needs.


Money and Medals Train the Trainer: Medieval Coinage
Friday 30th July 2021 Via Zoom
Led by Dr Gareth Williams, the British Museum’s Curator of Early Medieval Coinage and Dr Barrie Cook, the Curator of Medieval Coinage at the British Museum, this FREE online event will focus on the identification of medieval coins as well as how to make use of them in a museum context. Train the Trainer sessions are intended to pass on practical skills for dissemination throughout the wider UK museum sector, so please come along and pass on what you learn to your colleagues. Booking is open now!
Money and Medals Train the Trainer: Iron Age and Roman Coinage
Friday 27th August 2021- Via Zoom
This event, postponed in 2020 and now transformed into an online session, will focus on Iron Age and Roman coinage. It will be led by two British Museum curators: Dr Eleanor Ghey, Curator of Iron Age and Roman Coin Hoards, and Richard Abdy, Curator of Roman Coins. Details for this free event are still being finalised, but booking is open now.
To book a place, please email stating your name and the museum/institution you will be representing.

15th July, 9:30am - 4pm

This popular conference provides essential technical developments in charity finance, so you can stay up to date with what you need to know. The updates cover:
  • Legal and regulatory
  • Accounting and audit
  • Managing fraud 
  • Data protection and cyber security
  • Responsible investment
  • Procurement, contracts and grants
Who is this event useful for?
This event is valuable for finance directors, finance managers and trustees who wish to stay on top of the very latest technical developments in charity finance. This event could contribute 4.5 hours to your CPD.
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 and MDEM has three grant funds in 2021-22.

  • 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
  • Reboot & Recovery Grants £1,500 - £5000 The deadline for the second round of applications is 31 July 2021

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

News Updates

This programme, starting in September 2021, will provide a pathway for a further 30 heritage organisations across the UK to be ambitious, forward thinking and deliver exciting new projects. Each participant must have a business idea which they will have the opportunity to develop throughout the duration of the programme and present for 2-stage funding up to a maximum of £10,000 at the end of the delivery period.

Quick programme overview:

  • 8 day programme of activities over 6 months to help you prepare for, and build sustainability, including masterclass, webinar, networking and good practice sessions
  • 9 month development period to embed your learning, including access to coaching / business mentoring
  • Funding of up to £10,000 to help shape the success of the business idea
  • Resources and toolkits for success
  • A network of peers and sector leaders from across the UK
  • Each cohort is taken on a supported journey of development over the entire programme. Each cohort will work together and have the chance to mix more widely at connect sessions, webinars and masterclasses.
  • Joining fee £50 per person, per organisation
Deadline for applications – 23 July 2021. 
Introducing Barker Langham Analytics – a FREE cloud-based financial planning tool for the cultural sector, designed to help generate business plans for museums, galleries, arts venues, cultural and heritage projects.

Available now at
Barker Langham Analytics (BLA) is being made available as a free resource by leading cultural consultancy Barker Langham as part of their commitment to supporting the recovery and re-imagining of the cultural sector.  
Job and Volunteering Opportunities 

Hours: Full time

Salary: £25,654.01 - £30,228.55
Closing Date: 11th July (midnight)

As Learning and Events Officer, you will play a major part in developing and delivering the museum schools education programme and engaging and developing our wider audiences, through activities and events. You will work with our teachers' panel to support the development of the school's programme and build relationships with partners and stakeholders to support delivery of the museums public programme.

You will be an energetic and enthusiastic individual, who is self-motivated, hardworking and a highly effective communicator. With previous experience in a learning environment and working with a wide range of different groups, you will have a good understanding of the use of museum collections in the delivery of public programmes.

Click here for full details

Hours: Fixed term (12 months)

Salary: £27,000
Closing Date: 16th July

With a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund the Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust is now recruiting for a Head of Volunteering. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of The Buxton Crescent Visitor Experience's team of staff dedicated to delivering exceptional encounters for our visitors. As a key part of one of the most important heritage restoration projects in the UK, Buxton's newest attraction will showcase the story of the Buxton Crescent, the town, and its famous water to a wide and diverse audience.

For more information please email:

Stephen Owen, Interim Chief Executive Officer

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: Consultancy
Closes: 23rd July 2021

Leicestershire County Council’s Participation Team is looking to recruit a community rooted consultant to co deliver a project exploring local traveller culture; their experiences, heritage and lives through the creation of co-produced and co-curated exhibitions both digitally and in Foxton Canal Museum.

To full details and project brief, click here: Leicestershire County Council – Participation Team Traveller Exhibition Project brief 
Leicester Partnership: Session Facilitator
Job Type: Contract
Salary: £4,800 for 20 days work (£240 a day)
Closes: Friday 23rd July by 5pm

'Where we are…' is a new national programme delivered by the British Museum and supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. From 2021-2025 the programme will work with third sector and cultural partners across the country to develop meaningful arts and cultural projects with young people.

These co-produced projects will respond to something in their local area that the young people are passionate about and as such the direction these projects will take will be driven by the young people.

This year we are working with three partners:
- Museum & Galleries Edinburgh and Edinburgh Young Carers, Edinburgh, Scotland
- Geraldine Connor Foundation and Harewood House Trust, Leeds, Yorkshire and the Humber
- Attenborough Arts Centre, University of Leicester and Pedestrian, Leicester, East Midlands

We are seeking to appoint a session facilitator for our Leicester partnership who will work with the young people to develop their ideas and passions into a creative output.

Find out more by clicking here
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.