Strong and Safe

The ongoing precarious state of local authority finance is a particular concern in London. Most of the museums it supports are in the outer suburbs – the very part of the capital which available data still suggests has the lowest levels of museum and broader cultural engagement. We will, therefore, also be continuing our Strong and Safe resilience programme for local authority-funded museum and archive services.

The 2018-22 programme will feature specialist training and grants to encourage services to explore new ways of working. Museum and archive services are often jointly located or managed within London local authorities, and the programme will remain open to both sectors.

Strong and Safe Training, 2019-20

A support programme for Local Authority funded Museum and Archive Services. London Museum Development in association with The National Archives is pleased to announce a short training programme designed with the needs of those working as managers in Local Authority Museums and Archives in mind. Each session will provide you with knowledge, understanding and skills to enable you to plan for improved organisational resilience.

Developing and Measuring Wellbeing Programmes
Friday 11 October
Museum of London, London Wall

By the end of this course delegates will have a good understanding of what is meant by ‘wellbeing’ - what affects it and how to make a difference in communities. Participants will understand how to develop a project that creates wellbeing impacts for communities, the tools to measure wellbeing impact, and how to choose the best one for the project. The course will also help you to understand how to develop consistent frameworks for wellbeing impact across projects and activities and will provide examples of wellbeing impact reports, and how to communicate results. Please use our online form to book a place. Download a course outline (PDF 490kb, opens in new tab).

Creative Strategic Planning
Tuesday 05 November
Museum of London, London Wall

This one day course will introduce participants to creative and time efficient models and frameworks that will enable them to work with their teams to develop meaningful, deliverable business plans. The course has been designed for the leaders of local authority supported museum and archive services to enable them to plan effectively in the context of a challenging external environment. Throughout the course the emphasis is on practical tools and techniques that work and that can be used by teams with limited time to invest in planning. Please use our online form to book a place. Download a course outline (PDF 131kb, opens in new tab).

What can Museums and Archives do about Climate Change?
Friday 08 November, 5 – 7pm
Museum of London, London Wall

This networking event is for all those working in London’s Museums and archives who are concerned about climate change, its effects and impact on our work. Join colleagues in an informal network setting to discuss how museums and archives can make a difference in raising public awareness and mitigating against the effects of climate change. There will be an opportunity to continue discussions in relaxed fashion after 7.00 pm, over a glass of wine and snacks, in the London Wall Bar and Kitchen at London Wall. Speakers will be announced soon. Please use our online form to book a place. A course outline will be available shortly.

Creating an Advocacy Campaign
Thursday 12 December
London Metropolitan Archives, Northampton Road, Farringdon

This practical workshop will enable you to improve and sustain organisational resilience through a proactive approach to creating advocates for your service.You will leave the workshop with:

  • a map of internal and external stakeholders, which identifies the people and groups who have the greatest impact on the resilience of your service
  • a bespoke influencing and advocacy plan
  • enhanced capability to build relationships and communicate your messages with hearts and minds.

Please use our online form to book a place. Download a full course outline (PDF 612kb, opens in new tab).

Towards co-creative practice in museums and archives
Wednesday 05 February
London Metropolitan Archives, Northampton Road, Farringdon

This one day workshop will focus on case studies and related activities to share recently used methods of co-development and active community participation in local museums and archives. By the end of the day participants will have a good understanding of what co-curation means and will have the skills to grow their community engagement based work and ensure it is at the heart of the organisation’s work. Please use our online form to book a place. The full course outline will be available shortly. Please use our online form to book a place. The full course outline will be available shortly.