Culture24: Digital Storytelling with a Collections Focus

Is your museum making the most of its digitised collections content online? Finding the right channel, tone, voice, and techniques to reach and connect with audiences online isn’t easy. This course will explore the specific tensions and challenges that digital storytelling can pose. It will focus on the many advantages that museums and collections offerContinue reading Culture24: Digital Storytelling with a Collections Focus

Mystery Shopping opportunity

*open to museums in the Accreditation scheme Interested in how you could improve visitor experience? Keen to gain inspiration and ideas from others? The SHARE Mystery Shopping Scheme helps you to understand and improve your visitors’ experience. It can help provide useful evidence of the welcome your staff and volunteers provide, material for accreditation, fundingContinue reading “Mystery Shopping opportunity”

Tackling Heritage Crime conference

Tackling Heritage Crime – Raising awareness and reducing riskThursday 19 May, 9.30am to 3pm  A free one-day conference organised by Essex Police and the Essex Heritage Trust exploring issues affecting historic buildings and landscapes in Essex. Speakers include the Head of Heritage Crime Strategy of Historic England, the Director General of Historic Houses, and Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Nolan. DroneContinue reading “Tackling Heritage Crime conference”

Interested in innovative ways to fundraise and develop new collaborations? 

Join the next Essex Heritage Engagement & Learning Group meeting on Zoom which will be focused on these things. We’ll be hearing from: Michael Tymkiw and Lisa Smith – University of Essex, to talk about possible projects and collaborations that could be found by working with the university Chris Macfarlane – The Food Museum (formerly MuseumContinue reading Interested in innovative ways to fundraise and develop new collaborations? 

A fresh look at Scouting history: The Scouts launch new heritage trail

The Scouts have created a new outdoor heritage trail thanks to a Covid recovery grant from SHARE Museums East and the support of the Gilwell Fellows. The new Heritage Trail allows visitors to discover how the estate went on an extraordinary journey from being a medieval manor to a regency pleasure palace and derelict estate,Continue reading “A fresh look at Scouting history: The Scouts launch new heritage trail”

‘Greater in Spirit, Larger in Outlook’ Project

Epping Forest District and Saffron Walden Museums are proud to announce that they have secured a National Lottery Project Grant from Arts Council England (ACE) to reinterpret, reinvestigate and redisplay their world culture collections. Object focus The Buxton collection was donated to Epping Forest District Museum by the family of Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton, 3rdContinue reading “‘Greater in Spirit, Larger in Outlook’ Project”

Art Fund opens funding for student opportunities

Art Fund is offering funding to help museums, galleries and visual arts organisations provide paid opportunities for full-time university students to gain meaningful, developmental work-experience that enables them to further explore their interest in the arts, and related future career options before they graduate. Student opportunities can benefit visual arts organisations in the following ways:Continue reading “Art Fund opens funding for student opportunities”

Break in at Hollytrees Museum 

An appeal has been launched after five rare medals have been stolen from Hollytrees Museum in Colchester. The three gold and two bronze pieces went missing from a display cabinet, following from what appears to have been a targeted break-in just after 8.30pm on Tuesday 1 March. CCTV has now been released of the robberyContinue reading Break in at Hollytrees Museum 

Museum Ethics training

Museums Essex is putting on a free online training session on museum ethics for member museums. Book your place here on Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/museum-ethics-training If you are not a member and would like to join to access member benefits like training and access to the small grants scheme, please contact Gordon Cummings, treasurer: gcummings@fryartgallery.org Museum EthicsThursdayContinue reading “Museum Ethics training”

Latest funding opportunities

I’ve added several new funding opportunities to the Fundraising page on this website. Head there to explore options for funding collections work, the new Essex Arts & Culture Fund, activities related to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and more. You will also find some helpful fundraising resources including how to write a good grant application. ExploreContinue reading “Latest funding opportunities”