Training programmes

The London Museum Development and Regional Collection Care teams offer support to London’s non-national museums through a range of free training programmes.

Digital Futures skills programme

As part of Museum Development London's new programme of supporting museums with digital technologies, Alec Ward, Museum Development Officer (MDO), Digital and Communications, will work closely with the Museum of London’s Learning department and with the Collections Trust to help museum professionals develop skills in a number of areas of digital work. For more information on these sessions, visit the supporting museums with digital technologies page.

Regional Collection Care

The MDOs work closely with the Regional Collection Care team who deliver a range of collection based training including the successful ten week collection cleaning course and 'after hours' events which run in the early evening. For more information on these sessions, visit the collection care training page.

Strong & Safe

Strong & Safe is a programme aimed at London’s Local Authority-funded Museum and Archives Services, jointly funded by London Museum Development and The National Archives. We have one event remaining of the 2017/18 schedule.

Twilight networking event, 24 January 2018
An opportunity to hear about some of the exciting work going on in London’s museum and archives and to network with colleagues over a glass of wine and a slice of pizza.

Further information about the Strong & Safe programme, as well as the training events, can be found on our organisational health page.

Skills Plus

Each year the Skills Plus training programme will include six events with an organisational health theme, six with an audiences theme and six with a collections theme. Further information on these courses can be found below.

There will be 'train the trainer' sessions on front of house skills, to meet an increasing desire among managers in the sector to up-skill their own teams, and we are facilitating Action Learning sets to develop peer support and skills sharing in the sector.

Skills Plus training

Review and Recruitment for your Board
Wednesday 31 January, 10.30am – 2.45pm
Museum of London, London Wall

Getting the right people on your board can be a challenge for many small- and medium-sized museums and charities. This seminar will help you face that challenge, to ensure you have the right people on your board now and in the future. It will consider both the strategic and practical aspects of resource planning, ensuring that recruitment and succession planning are put into the wider context of board review and development. The seminar will include opportunities for delegates to work in pairs and small groups, to apply the content of the seminar to their own organisations, as well as chances for trustees to share experiences in plenary sessions. Download a full course outline (PDF 142kb, opens in new tab). Please use our online form to book a place.

Analysing Visitor Data
Wednesday 28 February, 10am – 4pm
Museum of London, London Wall

Following on from our ‘Introduction to Capturing and Evaluating Visitor Data’ session, this workshop will focus on analysing qualitative data from interviews and focus groups, as well as visitor comments and surveys / feedback forms. If you’ve collected the data, but don’t know what to do with it, then this course is for you! The session will provide you with a reminder about asking the right questions, cover evaluation planning, sampling and coding of data. This is a practical session and will provide you with time to analyse data from your own surveys/feedback forms. Finally, it provide useful tips in writing up your evaluation, such as providing a summary, key findings and recommendations. Download a full course outline (PDF 142kb, opens in new tab). Please use our online form to book a place.

London Museum Development Funding Fair
Tuesday 20 March, 10.15am – 1pm
Salters’ Hall, 4 London Wall Place

This free mini-conference is for staff, volunteers and trustees working in the Museum sector in the London region. It will be a brilliant opportunity to hear from different funding bodies and to develop your fundraising skills. Further details to follow. If you plan to attend the morning Funding Fair only, please complete our booking form selecting ‘Funding Fair’. In the afternoon there will be an optional workshop on bid writing. Further information on this session is below.

An Introduction to Funding Bid Writing
Tuesday 20 March, 2 – 5pm
Salters’ Hall, 4 London Wall Place

In this workshop attention will be paid to make a sparkling funding bid application which stands out in terms of its unique contribution to the sector and high quality of delivery. We will cover the full process of applying for funding from trusts and foundations from identifying appropriate sources of funding to making sure a compelling story conveys the museum’s key messages effectively. This will sit within the museum’s overall approach to fundraising. For further information about the workshop, please download the course outline (PDF 123kb, opens in new tab). Please use our online booking form to secure a place on this workshop, selecting ‘Funding Fair & Workshop’ in your application. Please note that this workshop is part of the Funding Fair and cannot be attended separately. Further information is above.