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.

Kids in Museums Takeover Day - Planning and Sharing Event

Venue: Tullie House Museum
Date: 20 June 2017, 1-5pm

Kids in Museums Takeover Day is a day when young people and children nationwide are given powerful, meaningful, decision-making roles within museums, galleries, libraries, archives, arts organisations and heritage sites.

What you'll gain from the Planning and Sharing event:

•    Ideas that put young people at the heart of your work
•    Inspiration from venues who took part last year - Planning time and guidance for your Takeover Day
•    Networking with partners you can work with on Takeover Day

To find out more about this event and to book your place see here.

SPECTRUM 5.0 Consultation Draft Now Available

Collections Trust have launched a draft of SPECTRUM 5.0 and would value your comments and questions during the consultation period, which ends on 31 May 2017.

For further information, and to view SPECTRUM 5.0, visit their new website here.

Launch of the Weston Loan Programme 

Art Fund have announced the launch of the Weston Loan Programme, supported by the Garfield Weston Foundation. The programme is designed to support the wider sharing of national collections with museums across the UK and will will open for applications in July, 

The scheme will be introduced at TEG's forthcoming Preparing to Borrow Workshops, which include a NE event taking place at Palace Green Library on 26 May. 

For further information about the Weston Loan Programme visit the Art Fund website here.


TEG Lending and Borrowing Survey 2017

Complete the Touring Exhibitions Group (TEG) Lending and Borrowing Experiences Survey 2017 and win a TEG Preparing to Borrow workshop place and travel bursary.

The Lending and Borrowing Experiences Survey will take approximately 10 minutes, or less, to complete and will help TEG gain a snapshot of loans practice in the UK today; the approaches being taken, as well as the benefits and challenges.

You can complete the survey here.

Core Museum Skills Training Programme 2017/18  

  • Would you like to broaden your knowledge and skills?
  • Are there specific topics and issues you would like to know more about?
  • Do you work in a museum in the North East of England?
Then the Core Museum Skills Training Programme could be for you…
The Core Skills Programme is a ten session course delivered by Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums (TWAM) and covers a wide range of areas. Each session is led by a specialist currently working in the sector with up-to-date, first hand knowledge and experience.

Further information about the programme can be found in their e-flyer, which is available to download here. To apply, please complete an application form (available here) and return to

The closing date for applications is Friday 19 May 2017.

ACE Retail Forum

Date: 24 May 2017
Venue: Beamish Museum

You are invited to the 1st Association of Cultural Enterprises (ACE) Retail Forum being held in the North East region, as part of the Retail Resilience Programme - a fantastic opportunity to share knowledge, experience and learning from each other.
An agenda for the day can be found here and attendees are also asked to complete a business review checklist, available here. Don't worry if you can't complete all the information, just be prepared to talk about your venue and your retail operation. If you have any questions, email

To book email

Save the Date - Asbestos Awareness Workshop

Date: 14 July 2017
Venue: Laing Art Gallery

We are hosting an Asbestos Awareness Workshop as part of the Conservation Advisory Network (CAN), run in partnership with The Bowes Museum. Further information about this event will be circulated shortly, in the meantime do put the date in your diaries.
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