Leaders for change

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03 Nov 2016

Claire Antrobus reveals how volunteers, trustees and staff at Ripon Museum Trust have developed their leadership and coaching skills, resulting in greater organisational resilience, better internal communication and clearer roles.

Breaking down barriers

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17 Oct 2016

Could arts organisations be doing more to help young people at the start of their careers? Sam Jackman and Mary Olszewska feed back on a scheme aiming to do just that in Plymouth.

British Museum breached ethics code, claim protesters

05 Oct 2016

Anti-oil campaigners are calling for the Museum’s sponsorship deal with BP to be reviewed following revelations that trustees weren’t involved in the decision to renew the relationship.

Looking at Londoners

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22 Sep 2016

Visitor numbers may have grown, but the diversity of museum-goers in London has hardly changed over the past ten years. James Doeser and colleagues suggest what new research is needed if London’s museums are to understand how to attract new audiences.

Positive and professional

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22 Sep 2016

Training has given many non-specialist fundraisers in the East of England the skills and confidence to make their case to potential funders, says Miranda Rowlands.

Caught on film

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15 Sep 2016

Short films showcasing the work of museums in Cornwall have had a real impact on the local community and attracted the attention of key influencers and decision-makers. Chloe Hughes explains.

Noisy fundraising

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15 Sep 2016

Josephine Chanter reveals how The Design Museum ditched its quiet fundraising approach, starting with a glamorous benefit auction in central London.

Tax relief to benefit temporary and touring exhibitions

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07 Sep 2016

A Government consultation on how tax relief can best be used to encourage more exhibitions and touring activity is now underway.

Challenging a monolithic culture

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21 Jul 2016

The arts sector talks a lot about diversity, but what can actually be done to achieve it? Monica Montgomery suggests ten ways to take action.

Exposing ethical questions

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07 Jul 2016

Following revelations that BP influenced curatorial decisions at the British Museum, Chris Garrard examines how arts organisations should be navigating the tricky ethical territory of sponsorship.

Museum and gallery employment estimates rise

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07 Jul 2016

The latest Government statistics suggest the creative industries are continuing to grow and improve diversity.

Engagement starts with communication

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28 Jun 2016

To engage visitors, a museum must start by cultivating dialogue between its staff members, says Corinne Estrada. 

V&A to launch new research institute

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03 Jun 2016

A £1.75m grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will allow the museum to expand its research and teaching activities over the next five years. 

Report encourages better cultural response to migration

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03 Jun 2016

New guidelines propose strategies to help museums and galleries rise to the challenge of integrating migrants and refugees into society.

Treasure troves

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01 Jun 2016

Is it feasible for primary school children to be based full time in a local museum? Wendy James discusses a pilot project where children benefit from learning in stimulating and beautiful environments.

Digital volunteering

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12 May 2016

Providing opportunities to volunteer online is helping Birmingham’s museums to engage with more and more people. Rebecca Fletcher explains how they do it.

The digital experience

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12 May 2016

Technology is offering new ways for arts organisations to market their work and engage with audiences. Sofia Carobbio reveals some of the most effective. 

Organisations struggle with exhibition hire fees

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06 May 2016

Support for non-national UK museums and galleries wanting to tour their exhibitions internationally has been published as part of a new research project led by the British Council.

BP exploits cultural sponsorship for influence, report claims

Art Not Oil
06 May 2016

Anonymous interviews and emails obtained under Freedom of Information suggest the oil giant has some control over the creative output of the cultural organisations it sponsors.

Survey to examine impact of paid museum admissions

Museum Cafe
24 Mar 2016

The impact of charging on visitor spend, diversity of visitors and community reputation is to be assessed.

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