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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.


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

Download a full course outline (PDF 416kb, opens in new tab). Use our online booking form to secure your place.

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.