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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.

Community Engagement: Developing successful approaches
Monday 11 October, 14:30 - 16:30
Online (Zoom)

This online session will help museum and archive managers think about how they can continue to work with communities in a collaborative way so that they remain relevant, address strategic priorities and record experiences. The training will help delegates to explore community engagement practice and how they can utilise it to bring people together, and enhance their work through effectively staying connected to and working with the audiences they serve. The training will include a mix of PowerPoint presentation, case studies, group activities and the opportunity for Q&A.

Trainers: Jane Frederick and Chloë Bird have a long standing, professional working relationship with a focus on making heritage and culture relevant to a wide range of people.

Download a full course outline (PDF146kb, opens in new tab). Use our online booking form to secure your place. If you have any questions please get in touch with Yvette Shepherd.

Making the case: advocating the work of your museum and archive

Wednesday 10 November (rearranged from 15 September), 10:30 - 13:00
Online (Zoom)

This course will help Museum and Archive Managers to identify ways in which they can best advocate their work. It will allow you to consider where your work aligns with the changing priorities of funders and parent bodies and provide ideas for how you can make your case. It will include case studies from across the wider cultural sector. The virtual training session will include a mix of PowerPoint presentation and break-out sessions. If you find yourself agreeing with any of the following then you should come to this session:

•The museum or archive is not a priority for my organisation.
•No one knows what we do.
•We are struggling to make a case for funding.
•I’ve been told bins are more important than museums and I don’t know how to respond.

Trainer: Mairead O’Rourke

Download a full course outline (PDF 446kb, opens in new tab). Use our online booking form to secure your place. Please note if you’ve already booked for the 15th Sept course there’s no need to complete the booking form again.

Building Team Wellbeing and Resilience
Thursday 18 November, 13:00 - 15:00
Online (Zoom)

An interactive, on-line workshop, which will enable you to support your team members and colleagues to maintain and grow their wellbeing

What’s it all about? Supporting our team members and work colleagues to maintain and grow their wellbeing is the right thing for us to do for many reasons, mostly simply because we should be kind to each other! Apart from this, it helps us to create resilient organisations within which people thrive. In these unprecedented times, it is even more important that we focus on looking after ourselves and each other.

This interactive, on-line workshop is designed to help you to support your team members and colleagues to maintain and grow their wellbeing and resilience in the face of our current challenges. The workshop includes the concept and technique of Wellness Action Planning and tools to help your team (and colleagues) to set or re-establish clear personal direction

Trainer: Steve Wood is a coach, trainer, advisor and author specialising in personal and organisational resilience, wellbeing and complex problem solving. Over the last 25 years, he has supported literally hundreds of people and teams in different sectors to improve, develop and respond well to challenges. He is well known for his work within the heritage sector, most recently helping people and teams deal with the lockdown and the new ways of working.

You can find the full course outline for this course here (PDF 688kb, opens in new tab). Please use our online form to book a place. If you have any questions please get in touch with Yvette Shepherd.