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A Sixth Sense

The West Midlands Museum Development Officer network has issued its Annual Report for 2011/12. Entitled A Sixth Sense the report details the activities undertaken by the Museum Development Officers.  It also contains case studies and information relating to the work of the Museum Development Officers.

The report has been produced using funding from Arts Council England’s Museum Development Fund. The West Midlands Museum Development Officer network is managed by The Marches Network, and supported by Arts Council England funding.

Click here to download the report

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Noses to the grindstone!

Following the fantastic news that Marches Network were successful in their application to Arts Council England (ACE) for museum development funding. Members of the network and West Midlands Museum Development Offices have been keeping our “noses to the grindstone”. Currently, we are finalising the museum development plan for the West Midlands regions.  We are working very closely with our ACE colleagues and appreciate the support they are providing.

The programme will be finalised by early July, so watch this space for further announcements.

In the meantime, please be patient, as we believe the programme that will be delivered by the Marches Network through West Midlands Development Officers will be worth waiting for!


Jump Start to Volunteering

Here in the West Midlands, the Museum Development Officer’s have been working hard to carry on expanding the vast skills and knowledge of volunteers, and continue to aid the sustainability of volunteers across the sector.  The six Museum Development areas of the West Midlands (Herefordshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire and the Birmingham Conurbation) recently began ‘Project Jump Start’.

This project has been steered and implemented by Glenis Williams (Heritage Consultant), who has used her experience in the sector to start raising the confidence of our museum and heritage volunteers through tailored sessions.

Glenis explains the project further:

Thinking differently about volunteering

Volunteering is one of the most important ways we can reach our communities and engage with local heritage.

Volunteering is about local talent and local knowledge working closely together bringing our histories and stories alive. “Project Jump Start” is an exciting project complementing the work already undertaken across the region by Museum Development Officers developing opportunities to increase and sustain volunteers operating in Museum and Heritage organisations in the West Midlands.

Project Jump Start aims to raise the confidence level of staff and volunteers by consultation and community mapping and invites heritage sites to start thinking differently about volunteering. Volunteering shouldn’t be about giving up something: it should be about having something to gain. Having worked for the National Trust for the past four years as a heritage consultant, one thing I have learned is that volunteers are individual and come with unique skills and talents. If they are matched well, it is not only rewarding for the organisation, but the volunteer has an opportunity to learn, develop, experiment and discover new skills through involvement, as well as providing roles in which they help us get the job done.

This article has been written by Gemma Dhami, Museum Development Officer for Worcestershire


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