The latest news and opportunities from the Museum Development Programme in the North East.
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The latest news and opportunities from the Museum Development Programme in the North East.
Back to Basics: Successful Bid Writing - Save the Date!

Date: 5 July 2018
Venue: tbc, Newcastle

The second of our Back to Basics sessions will look at the fundamentals of writing a successful funding bid.  

The session will be led by Debbie Read, a cultural management consultant, specialising in business strategy, fundraising and governance.  Debbie has delivered consultancy projects for arts organisations and museums from the small to large scale, across the UK.  

Further information will be circulated shortly. If you have any questions, or would like to reserve a place, please contact

Small Grants Scheme 2018/19

This year we are assessing applications at three points through the year.  The first deadline has now passed and the next assessment deadline is 1 September 2018.

In 2018/19 we are offering grants of up to £1500 without match funding and larger grants of between £1500 and £3000 are available with a minimum of 10% match funding (cash or in kind).

Guidance notes and an application form are available on our website here
AIM’s Guide to Board Recruitment:

The Association of independent Museums have published a guide to running an open recruitment process.  This guidance gives you simple, practical advice to help your museum look beyond the people your alread knows, attract greater numbers of potential trustees and diversify your board, helping you find people with the skills and experience your organisation needs for the future.

The guide is available to download here.
Charity Commission Launch Trustee Induction Pack

The Charity Commission has launched a new induction pack to welcome trustees to their role. It’s available online and will be emailed direct to any new trustees on request.

Find out more here.
MA Members' Meeting

Date: 6 July 2018, 2-6pm
Venue: Laing Art Gallery

The Museums Association (MA) would like to invite you to the North East England Members' Meeting.
Free to attend for all members, the MA Members' Meeting gives you the chance to hear about the work of the MA and to network with staff and colleagues from museums, galleries and heritage sites.    

Find out more here.
Next VON Meeting

Date: 13 June 2018, 10-2pm
Venue: Laing Art Gallery

The Volunteer Organisations’ Network (VON) is a forum for volunteer-run museums that meets three times a year. The Network provides the opportunity for volunteer-run museums to exchange knowledge, receive training and keep up to date with sector developments.

Find out more here.
Kids in Museums Mini Manifesto

The Kids in Museums Mini Manifesto, illistrated by Sir Quentin Blake, contains thousands of children and families’ comments, boiled down to just eight points. It’s a fantastic way for museums, heritage sites and visitor attractions to assess their family friendliness.

Find out more and and download your copy here.
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