Collections Trust MDO Briefing Day: Association of Independent Museums

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A presentation by Glynis Powell from the AIM Council at the Collections Trust Briefing Day for Museum Development Officers in London on 23 November 2009


<ul><li> 1. The Association of Independent Museums is the national UK bodyconnecting, supporting and representing independent museums. AIM has grown to become a respected sector group, consultedon national policy and providing a thriving network for members</li></ul> <p> 2. </p> <ul><li>Aim is a membership organisation. </li></ul> <ul><li>Currently 862 members </li></ul> <ul><li>522 are small museums (representing 50% of membership income) </li></ul> <ul><li>87 medium size </li></ul> <ul><li>64 are large </li></ul> <ul><li>Other categories include co-ordinating bodies, individuals and consultants </li></ul> <p>Small 50,000 visitors. Membership 70 3. </p> <ul><li><ul><li>Advocacy</li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>A strong voice at national level, through AIMs advocacy with a wide range of organisations.</li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Communication, Information and Advice</li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Print. Web and Focus papers, Research and advice (eg Gift Aid, Vetting and Barring scheme etc.</li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Grants</li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Sustainability Scheme, Conservation Scheme and Bob Harding training grants </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Conferences and workshops </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>A thriving and growing network of independent museums, heritage centres and historical interpretation projects.</li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Innovative, entrepreneurial, commercial and user-friendly approach shared by AIM members. </li></ul></li></ul> <p> 4. Bulletin is bi-monthly. Monthly E-news bulletin to members </p> <ul><li>New </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>museum advisors list,</li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>suppliers list,</li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Focus papers and research to download </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>forum,</li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>bookings for event,</li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>grants </li></ul></li></ul> <p> 5. Focus Papers </p> <ul><li>V enue Location (2051 Kb) </li></ul> <ul><li>Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers- a practical guide by Julia Hill (1861 Kb) </li></ul> <ul><li>S uccessful Museum Cafs (147 Kb) </li></ul> <ul><li>Setting-up a New Museum (258 Kb) </li></ul> <ul><li>I CT for Museums (273 Kb) </li></ul> <ul><li>Using Museum Consultants (495 Kb) </li></ul> <ul><li>Working with Volunteers - an introduction to good practice (3848 Kb) </li></ul> <ul><li>Fundraising for Museums (514 Kb) </li></ul> <ul><li>Governing Independent Museums (505 Kb) </li></ul> <ul><li>Risk Management and Insurance for Museums (548 Kb) </li></ul> <ul><li>Creating and Implementing Forward Plans (358 Kb) </li></ul> <ul><li>Retail Guidelines for Small Museums (660 Kb) </li></ul> <ul><li>Learning in Smaller Museums (282 Kb) </li></ul> <ul><li>B asic Conservation and environmental monitoring (1161 Kb) </li></ul> <p>Commissioned Research </p> <ul><li>Local Authorities and Independent Museums,</li></ul> <ul><li>Volunteering in Independent Museums </li></ul> <ul><li>Defining Success in Independent Museums</li></ul> <ul><li>All by Adrian Babbidge of Egeria </li></ul> <p> 6. Sustainability Scheme supported by Esmee Fairbairn Foundation Conservation Scheme supported by The Pilgrim Trust Bob Harding Training grants in memory of an Aim Council member 7. Annual Conference May /June every year.3 rd - 5 thJune, 2010 Different venues; Ironbridge; Chatham Historic docks,Heritage MotorCentre, Gaydon 2 days plus a study visit day to local sites Themed- Volunteers, tourism and the visitor economy MDO conference AIM co-hosts, with support from MLA 2 ndJune, 2010. Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Stratford 8. Advisor list Museum Development Network</p>