Skills Plus training programme

Covid-19 Update: Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, we will be making changes to our planned training programmes for 2020 - 2021. Where possible our training will be delivered online and, where appropriate, we will edit and refocus the content of our sessions to be relevant for the current situation. We have already delivered sessions on Planning for Reopening, Agile for Museums, Working Remotely, Fundraising in a Crisis and Planning for Alternative Futures. You will be able to find our upcoming training sessions below and advertised in our weekly E-Update, which you can find at the bottom of our News page. If we need to make any last minute announcements for our events we will try to do so via email or our Twitter account.

You can find recordings of our sessions, such as Planning for Reopening, Planning for Alternative Futures, Creating a Family Friendly Environment and more on our YouTube channel. Don't forget to subscribe to get notifications when new videos are posted.

All paid and unpaid staff working for non-National (and non-NPO), Accredited museums in the London region are eligible to apply for our training courses. This includes furloughed staff. For further governmental guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and training implications, please click here.


London Museum Development's 'Tour de Store' training

Some sessions in the Skills Plus programme were delivered by collection care staff at the Museum of London.

The Skills Plus training programme provides 18 relevant and practical workshops to London’s museums. These courses provide opportunities to find out about best practice and hear case studies of how others have made improvements at their museums. Following our 2018 Training Needs Analysis, we are looking to develop London’s museum staff and volunteers to have the business, income generation, management and marketing skills they need to be fully equipped to work within the contemporary museum environment. This will be done alongside more heritage-specific training covering the Accreditation themes of Collections, Audiences and Organisational Health.

You can apply for a place on these courses below, or directly through our booking form. We will be releasing an updated calendar for the 2020 - 2021 Skills Plus training programme as soon as possible.

Skills Plus training sessions

Fundraising for non-Fundraising Professionals
Wednesday 21 October, 10:30 – 12:45
Online (Zoom)

During Covid-19 many people have been left having to think about fundraising for the first time. This course is to support those doing this, by sharing the key principles underpinning successful fundraising. The course will cover research and planning, key fundraising skills and information about launching a successful fundraising campaign. The course will also share insight about current fundraising trends and the impact of Covid-19 on different income streams, helping you to consider your museum’s response to generating funds in the future and support longer-term planning. Download a full course outline (PDF 126kb, opens in new tab). Use our online form to book a place.

Networking and forming partnerships online
Thursday 22 October, 10:30 – 12:45
Online (Zoom)

This short course will support participants to form effective partnerships and work with other organisations to deliver joint programmes and seek funding as a consortium. The session will include approaches to developing partnership strategy, techniques to aid with planning and tools to aid in responding to changing circumstances. The content will include support and advice for different types of partnership both constituted and non-constituted and consider the most effective mechanisms for groups to work efficiently and effectively. Download a full course outline (PDF 126kb, opens in new tab). Use our online form to book a place.

Online Safeguarding
Tuesday 10 November, 10:15 – 12:45
Online (Zoom)

Trainer: Boris Radanovic (South West Grid for Learning)
Delivered by the UK Safer Internet Centre working at South West Grid for Learning, you will have the opportunity to listen to the latest advice in how to stay safe online. You will learn how to better protect yourself and others in the digital space. It will equip you to confidently organise an online session with safeguarding in mind, whilst offering some tips to stay safe and protect children and young people in the digital space.

The UK Safer Internet Centre is the national awareness centre and forms part of the European Commission’s, Safer Internet Programme and part of the European Insafe network. SWGfL are a not for profit charity ensuring everyone can benefit from technology free from harm. They have been at the forefront of online safety for the past two decades, delivering engaging presentations to a wide variety of audiences nationally and internationally. Experts from SWGfL advise schools, public bodies and industry on appropriate actions to take in regards to safeguarding and advancing positive online safety policies. Boris is an expert speaker in the field of online safety. He has been working with the European Commission, TAIEX instrument to present the topic of online safety to government officials, NGOs and stakeholders as well as presenting as a keynote speaker at European conferences on the topics of new and emerging trends and applications being used by children and youth online. He is also a member of the Trust and Safety board at Twitter and has advised governments on creating and adopting Online child safety policies and best practices. Download a full course outline (PDF 126kb, opens in new tab). Use our online form to book a place.

GDPR and Data Protection in a Changed World
Wednesday 25 November, 10am - 12.20pm
Online (Zoom)

Trainer: Naomi Korn
Over two years after the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was transposed into UK law as the Data Protection Act 2018, museums are learning better how to manage personal data and how it can be lawfully collected, used and shared by museum staff, trustees and volunteers. This online training session is for individuals wanting to learn about their responsibilities regarding privacy, security and how they can embed compliance in their organisation particularly during COVID-19, through home and remote working. A full course outline will be available soon. Download a full course outline (PDF 152kb, opens in a new tab). Use our online form to book a place.

Developing an Inclusive Museum (6 part Training Series)
Tuesday 01, Tuesday 08, Tuesday 15 December, Wednesday 13, Wednesday 20 and Wednesday 27 January, 10am – 12:30pm
Online (Zoom)

The Mendoza report, new funding directives around diversity and inclusion of underrepresented audiences, along with the importance of the recent advent of the Black Lives Matters movement and the health and social inequalities associated with the coronavirus global pandemic, highlight the need for museums to understand who they are not engaging and how to develop practices to make more inclusive organisations going forward. This training series will look at the key areas of diversity practices that can help develop a more inclusive museum. Delegates will hear from specialist facilitators, museum staff, organisations and funders from a board range of diversity practice to inspire you and support you to develop and enhance your organisations thoughts and plans to become more representative and relevant to your diverse local communities. Through case studies, presentations and discussions delegates will be encouraged to generate realistic and relevant action points across all the areas covered by the series that inform your short, medium and long-term plans and can be used to track your museum’s progress to becoming a more inclusive and diverse organisation over the coming years. This virtual training series will be delivered over six half-day sessions (two and a half hours with a short break) in partnership London Museum Development, specialist freelancers, consultants and organisations. Download a full course outline (PDF 152kb, opens in a new tab). Use our online form to book a place for the six sessions.