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Skills Plus training programme

Our training is now delivered online and, where appropriate, sessions will become increasingly blended in the coming months. 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.


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.

You can apply for a place on these courses below, or directly through our booking form.

Skills Plus training sessions, 2021 - 2022

Skills Plus: Carbon Literacy for London Museums
Monday 01 November, 15:00 - 17:00
Online (Zoom)

Carbon Literacy is a term used to describe an awareness of climate change, and the climate impacts of mankind’s everyday actions. Carbon Literacy is the knowledge and capacity required to create a positive shift in how mankind lives, works and behaves in response to climate change. This session will explore how London Museums are responding to the need to reduce their environmental impact, and increase awareness. It will also introduce the Roots and Branches Carbon Literacy toolkit and look at how Museum Development London will be supporting London Museums to become Carbon Literate organisations. Use our online booking form to secure your place. Further information about the #MuseumCarbonStories social media campaign running 09 August - 12 November can be found here (PDF148kb, opens in new tab).

Roots and Branches is a collaboration between The Carbon Literacy Project, Museum Development England and Manchester Museum, to train and certify 1,500 people from 300 museums as Carbon Literate over the next two years.

Skills Plus: Developing an Inclusive Museum
Wednesday 01 December, Wednesday 08 December, 15 December, 12 Wednesday, 19 January and 26 January
Online (Zoom)

This 7-session training programme will encourage museums to embrace Arts Council England's Inclusivity and Relevance Investment Principle. This is about ensuring the creative and cultural sector better reflects and serves all communities across England. It is a commitment to achieving greater fairness, access and opportunity. This principle builds on the Creative Case for Diversity to encompass programming, talent development, workforce, leadership and governance. It means identifying who is under-represented and which communities are under-served and taking action to address this. The aim is to collectively create a cultural sector that is relevant to more people and better placed to realise its creative ambitions, drawing on talent from all our communities.

This seven-session training series will support museums to reflect and create workable actions to develop practices to bring a greater level of diversity to all areas of their organisation, including: their programmes (exhibitions and events), collections and voices they represent; audience development work; volunteers, staff and trustees; and the buildings in which they operate. This training series will look at the key areas of diversity practices that can help develop a more inclusive museum, using the audience data to support and inform the work, along with case studies and presentations from speakers across 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. Download a full course outline (PDF, 147kb, opens in a new tab). Use our online booking form to secure your place.

Skills Plus: Assessing your museum's digital capacity
Thursday 03 February, 10 February AND 17 February, 10:00 - 12:00
Online (Zoom)

For museums to be able to take full advantage of everything digital can offer, they must first understand how and where digital sits within their organisation. The Digital Culture Compass is a powerful tool which can help a museum to evaluate how digital relates to their organisation. But the toolkit can be daunting to use, particularly for smaller museums. In this 3 part workshop museum senior leadership, alongside practitioners, will be guided through using parts of the Digital Culture Compass, to complete an assessment of some of their museum’s digital activities. They will leave with the confidence, tools and resources needed to complete the full toolkit within their own organisation, involving their staff, volunteers and trustees in the process. Download a full course outline (PDF125kb, opens in new tab). Use our online booking form to secure your place.