Skills Plus training programme

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 recent 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.

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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.

You can download a calendar for 2018 - 2019 to see when we will be delivering each course (PDF 354kb, opens in new tab). You can apply for a place on these courses below, or directly through our booking form.

Skills Plus training sessions

Fusion Training: Uncovered– Making the best use of Archaeological Collections
Wednesday 16 January 2019, 10am – 4pm
Mortimer Wheeler House, Hackney

Fusion training will consist of two half day sessions; one which deals with Collection Care and the other which deals with Public Programming. Fusion training is designed for participants to attend both sessions.

Session 1: Public Programming for Archaeological Collections. What’s the point of having a collection if people aren’t using it? The Museum of London Archaeological Archive has involved hundreds of volunteers in projects that combine collections care and public engagement, with multi award winning results. This session offers an alternative guide to public engagement including practical activities which have been used to build confidence, ease memory recall and help individuals share collections with visitors.

Session 2: Caring for Archaeological Collections. The collection care session, led by Libby Finney, will look at the factors which pose a risk to archaeological collections and what can be done to mitigate these risks both on display and in storage. A free kit accompanies this course.

Download a full course outline (PDF 106kb, opens in new tab). Please use our online form to book a place.

Corporate Volunteering
Monday 21 January 2019, 10am – 5pm
Museum of London, London Wall

Millions of person-days of corporate volunteering support go unused every year and it's still a mystery why more museums aren't tapping into this lifeline. This one-day course will compose of two practical Corporate Volunteering workshops. In the morning session, Richard Gough, Vice-Chair and founder of the Heritage Volunteering Group, will run through some simple exercises to de-mystify the ways and whys of museum engagement with Corporate Volunteering, including sharing personal hands-on experience running a Corporate Volunteering Scheme at Ironbridge Gorge Museum. In the afternoon, Amber Alferoff from Social Farms and Gardens will deliver a workshop outlining how to communicate the value of engaging with your organisation to potential corporate volunteers, in addition to helping them communicate your business case to their fundholders. She will cover essential ‘behind the scenes’ elements of running a great corporate volunteering day. Finally, Amber will provide some practical tips including how much to charge, when to consider using brokers and useful organisations to contact. Download a full course outline (PDF 255kb, opens in new tab). Please use our online form to book a place.

Museum Forward Planning
Tuesday 19 February, 10am – 1pm
Museum of London, London Wall

“A goal without a plan is just a wish” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. An effective forward plan is critical to the success of any museum and a key requirement of the Accreditation Scheme. This session will cover the key elements required by Accreditation: What makes an effective forward plan to meet and support Accreditation standards; Developing and prioritising key aims; Appropriate and effective consultation; Carrying out risk assessments; Action planning and setting objectives and Presenting your plan. It’ll also include a case study, so you can learn from the experience of other museum. Download a full course outline (PDF 217kb, opens in new tab). Please use our online form to book a place.

Being an Effective Trustee
Tuesday 19 February, 2pm – 5pm
Museum of London, London Wall

This course provides an introduction to the duties and legal responsibilities of charitable Trustees and what it means to be a Trustee in the Museum sector. It has been created for new Trustees or those thinking about becoming one. The workshop will enable the delegate to understand what is meant by governance, is it different from management and does it matter? It will explain why it is important for organisations to be able to demonstrate that they are well governed. It will also explain how make sure your Board has the requisite skills, knowledge and experience to lead and develop your organisation. Download a full course outline (PDF 276kb, opens in new tab). Please use our online form to book a place.

Spectrum 5.0 & Cataloguing
Wednesday 27 February, 1.30 – 5pm
Museum of London, London Wall

Cataloguing involves capturing the information that gives your collections meaning, not as an end in itself but to record and retrieve what is known about your objects. Recently Collections Trust have been promoting the importance of basic Inventory information, through training and support as part of its #BanishThatBacklog initiative. However once a museum has met at least the minimum Inventory requirements, it can think less about ‘tackling the backlog’ and begin to plan capturing the knowledge built up through exhibition research and other projects. In this session we will explore the Spectrum Cataloguing procedure in the context of Inventory and Documentation planning. Sarah will also introduce the new Use of collections procedure, which can be used to capture information created from use; such as exhibition text, research findings and user-generated content. Download a full course outline (PDF 105kb, opens in new tab). Please use our online form to book a place.

Finance for non-finance professionals
Wednesday 6 March, 1 - 4.30pm
Museum of London, London Wall

This course, delivered by Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy, is aimed at non-finance museum professionals and trustees who wish to demystify charity accountancy processes. This session covers the basics of charity finance, and develops your understanding of how to develop budgets, read balance sheets and develop the infrastructure to support your organisation’s finances. We will also cover the responsibilities of charity Trustees with regards to financial management. Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy’s mission is to strengthen arts, culture and heritage organisations’ resilience and sustainability by transforming their fundraising knowledge, skills and levels of success. Download a full course outline (PDF 166kb, opens in new tab). Please use our online form to book a place.