Our training is now delivered online and, where appropriate, we will increasingly start to offer in-person events 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.
The Museum Development London training programme provides relevant and practical workshops to London’s museums each year. 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.
Training sessions 2022
Roots and Branches Carbon Literacy Training
Thursday 23 June 2022 and Thursday 30 June 2022
This Carbon Literacy course developed by the Carbon Literacy Project in partnership with Museum Development England and Manchester Museum, uses the new Museums’ Carbon Literacy Toolkit and is comprised of 4 modules. Participants will need to successfully complete all 4 modules. At the end of your training you will complete an online form that evidences your learning and your commitment to take meaningful carbon reduction actions. This is a requirement to meet the Carbon Literacy standard for certification.
Module 1: Duration 1hr 30mins, to be completed independently between 16 June and 22 June 2022 We ask that you watch a pre-recorded introductory video and a documentary, which will give an overview of the Carbon Literacy course and the science and facts about climate change.
Module 2: Duration 2hrs 30mins, live via zoom The second session is at 10am until 12.30pm on Thursday 23 June 2022 (includes short break). This module will focus on the impacts of climate change, equity and vulnerability as well as the roles of museums in tackling the climate crisis and green recovery.
Module 3: Duration 1 hr 45 mins, live via Zoom and Module 4: Duration 1 hr 45 mins, live via Zoom Taking place on Thursday 30 June, Modules 3 and 4 will be delivered in two parts, with part one from 10am to 11.45am and part two from 1pm to 2.45pm (includes short breaks). The morning session focuses on carbon budgets, the UK and International policy positions, and carbon footprints. The afternoon session is all about action planning and how we talk about climate change with others.
Digital storytelling with a collections focus
Wednesdays 29th June, 6th July and 13th July 2022
Is your museum making the most of its digitised collections content online? Finding the right channel, tone, voice, and techniques to reach and connect with audiences online isn’t easy. This course will explore the specific tensions and challenges that digital storytelling can pose. It will focus on the many advantages that museums and collections offer in this space.
We will explore both the practicalities and strategic considerations of digital storytelling using collections content, looking at content on websites and social channels. There will be examples from museums, galleries and beyond, giving you plenty of food for thought, practical tips, and ideas to take away and try.
This online course is aimed at anyone based in a small or medium-sized museum who is tasked with creating content for online platforms yet isn’t a digital content specialist.
This online course will encourage active learning and plenty of. You will join three weekly online sessions, each lasting two hours. You will also be asked to undertake a small piece of self-led ‘homework’, designed to help you experiment with digital storytelling ideas in your own unique setting.
Fusion Training: All the Right Moves
Wednesday 20th July 2022
Fusion Training brings together related topics from the worlds of Collections Care and Collection Management into one full-day training course. This session will cover Location and Movement Control, and the related topic of Packing and Handling. Participants are expected to attend both sessions.
Session 1: Location and Movement Control
Location and movement control is a Spectrum 5.0 primary procedure and is required as part of the museum Accreditation standard. Following this procedure keeps your location records up to date, which is the key to being accountable for your collections. This session, led by Sarah Brown (Collections Trust), will explore the requirements of Location and movement control, including your museum’s system of naming locations and your procedures for recording movement.
Attendees are requested to bring along their organisation’s procedure for Location and movement control, to share and discuss during the session. You will also find it helpful to review this in advance.
Session 2: Packing and Handling
This session, led by Libby Finney, will look at the practicalities of moving objects and collections, and how the packing and handling for moving collections might differ from that undertaken for storing collections. There will be the opportunity to discuss and experience various methods and systems of packing and moving collections, and there will be a practical activity in the stores. With this in mind, delegates should wear flat, robust shoes and layers of clothing as the stores can be cool and participants will be physically interacting with objects and stores. If you are worried that this might pose some difficulties for you, please contact Libby to discuss concerns. A free kit will accompany this session.