The latest news and opportunities from the Museum Development Programme in the North East.
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This is our last newsletter of 2016 and we would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported our work over the past year. We hope you have a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

North East Museums Skills Survey 2016

Deadline: 22 December 2016

We have partnered with Tees Valley museums to conduct a survey of the skills and expertise across the sector in the North East. We are asking all museums to complete the survey, which will help us to prioritise training and, where necessary, develop programmes to address any gaps identified across the region.

The survey is available online, further details and links to the survey can be found here.

Annual Data Survey 2015/16

Thank you to all museums who participated in the Annual Data Survey 2015/16. We had a fantastic response which we hope to exceed when we undertake the survey again in 2017/18.

The final report is now available on our website here. We will also be publishing a separate report for each sub-region in the New Year. 


Introduction to Fundraising Workshop

Date: 16 February 2017

In partnership with the Management Centre, we are delivering a FREE intensive and engaging 'Introduction to Fundraising' workshop for NE museums, which will be held at Durham Castle.
The workshop draws on materials from the National Arts Fundraising School, offering a taster of Europe’s leading fundraising development opportunity. During the course you’ll be introduced to key strategic tools to help shape the unique fundraising value proposition of your organisation and communicate it effectively to a range of donors.

For further information and to book your place, please visit the Eventbrite page here.

Enterprising Museums Workshops - Save the Date

We will be hosting a series of Enterprising Museums workshops in 2017 led by Black Radley Ltd. We will circulate further information about the workshops in the New Year. In the meantime date and venue information for the first two sessions can be found below:

How to Build a Successful 21st Century Museum:
7 February 2017 - Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle 

Choosing and Implementing the Right Financial Model for your Museum:
14 March 2017 - Discovery Museum, Newcastle


Collections Management Workshops

We are working in partnership with the Collections Trust to provide a series of workshops to enable museums to review and improve their approaches to collections management. 

On 27 February 2017 we are offering one-to-one telephone surgery sessions. Museums can find out about available time-slots, and secure their appointment, by emailing

Further information about future sessions can be found on our website here.

Accreditation Sessions

Date: 9 February 2017

Emma Chaplin, North East Accreditation Advisor, will be at Bailiffgate Museum in Alnwick to run the following Accreditation sessions:

  • Preparing for Accreditation (10.30am - 1pm) - This is aimed at museums who are getting ready to submit a first Accreditation application, their next Accreditation return or museums who have Provisional Accreditation and are working on Required Actions and Areas for Improvement. 
  • Accreditation Surgery Sessions (2 - 5pm) - Book a one to one advice session to discuss any Accreditation questions or challenges that your museum has.

If you have any questions, or would like to book a place, please contact Emma Chaplin

Join the Northern Museums Volunteer Pass Scheme 2017/19

Deadline: 22 January 2017

The Northern Museums Volunteer Pass Scheme is one of the largest schemes in England and is open to all Accreditated museums, or those who have received official recognition of working towards Accreditation in the North West, North East and Yorkshire and Humberside regions.

The scheme is a mutually beneficial partnership between participating museums and entitles volunteers to free entry and/or other benefits at participating museums across the three regions.

Further details and joining information can be found on our website here.
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