The Working Internationally Regional Project (WIRP) is pleased to announce that five travel bursaries of up to £200 each are available to support the cost of staff from regional and local museums in England travelling to the 2015 Working Internationally Conference on 5th March 2015 in York.

One bursary will be awarded to an applicant in each ACE region (London, East, South West, Midlands, North).  Priority will be given to applications from regional non-Major Partner Museums, and smaller museums who have participated in the WIRP Workshops in 2014/15.

National Museums and Galleries, and museums and galleries in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are not eligible to apply for travel bursaries under this scheme.

Click on the link below for the application form and guidelines.

Working Internationally 2015_Travel Bursary Application Form

The deadline for applications is Monday 26 January 2015 and successful applicants will be notified by Friday 30 January 2015.

For further information, contact the WIRP Co-ordinator, Dana Andrew at or 03330 143 875

Tickets for the 2015 Working Internationally Conference and the outline programme are available here:

The Working Internationally Regional Project is generously supported by Arts Council England through the Renaissance Strategic Support Fund.

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ICOM UK, the National Museums Directors’ Council, the Association of Independent Museums, the British Council and Heritage Without Borders are pleased to announce the programme and speakers for the Working Internationally Regional Project Workshop at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter on 29th January 2015.

To download the workshop programme, click on the link below

WIRP Workshop (South West) Programme

Click HERE to book your place via Eventbrite.

The WIRP Project is supported by public funds from Arts Council England’s Renaissance Strategic Support Fund.

ICOM UK, in partnership with the National Museum Directors’ Council and York Museums Trust, is happy to announce the third Working Internationally Conference to be held 5th March 2015 at the Hospitium in York.

This is the first time that the conference has been located outside London. At a time when regional issues are in the foreground, this conference is the forum for networking and partnership building between national, regional and local museums interested in international work.

The programme for 2015 has five themes:

  1. International audiences- with a focus on inbound tourists

  2. International partnerships- working with India and Europe

  3. Practicalities of international work- managing the risks to objects, The Hospitium in the Museum Gardens, York.people, finances and reputation

  4. Putting funding packages together- case studies

  5. Recent developments-Arts Council England and International work

The cost of the one-day conference is £35 per person including morning tea and coffee, lunch and a post conference tour of the newly refurbished York Art Gallery.

Tickets and the outline of the programme are available here:

Early bookings for rail travel (12 weeks in advance) will secure cost- effective deals. The Hospitium, part of York Museums Trust, is located just 10 minutes’ walk from York Railway Station.


This year, ICOM UK is a supporter of the ICOMOS-UK Annual Christmas Lecture and Reception

The lecture, to be delivered by Professor Rob van der Laarse, on ‘Heritage, Conflict and the Dynamics of Memory’ will be of interest to everyone concerned with the tangible and intangible impacts of conflict on cultural heritage.

There is still time to book online via Paypal using the link Please email a scanned version of your completed booking form to

The lecture will be held on Wednesday 03 December 2014 – 6.30pm. The Gallery, 70 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EJ

ICOMOS-UK or ICOM UK Members £15.00 / Non-members £18.00 / Students £10.00 (includes wine and festive refreshments)

Lecture abstract

The world is increasingly full of conflicts: how do these colour our perceptions of places associated with historical events over decades if not centuries? In the past ten years, interest in the heritage of European regional and ethnic conflicts has grown explosively in relation to collective memory, but also in political debates, heritage tourism, the museum sector, and city branding. The so-called Crimean Treasures collection of Scythian gold, now stateless after the separation of Crimea, is claimed by Ukraine as well as by Moscow and five Crimean museums.


Professor Rob van der Laarse will discuss how the Balkans and the Ukraine demonstrate the transnationalization of ‘memory events’ in present-day Europe. Prof. Van der Laarse’s research is born from a fascination with cultural power, narratives of representation, and the shadow of the Enlightenment.

British Council India has launched Museums and Galleries: UK-India Opportunities and Partnerships, a comprehensive review of the museum sectors in UK and India, including case studies about partnerships between UK and Indian museums.

The British Council India commissioned NMDC to produce the UK element of the document, and the information will help inform both UK and Indian museums as they develop plans to work together. The document was launched as part of the Museums Roundtable discussion in India in October during the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport’s recent visit to India. It forms part of the British Council India’s Re-Imagine programme which is developing partnerships between Indian and UK institutions, artists and communities using all art forms, including museums. Arts Council England and the British Council will make £1.5m of funding available in 2015 to support English artists and arts organisations to develop collaborations with their Indian counterparts.


The 18th round of the China-UK Connections Development Grant has now been launched. Deadline for applications is Sunday 7 December 2014 for visits taking place between February and July 2015. Applicants will be notified by Friday 9 January 2015.

Download the application form and email it along with a project budget (refer to the application form for detail) to

China-UK Connections through Culture is an initiative that builds long lasting relationships and develops exciting cultural collaborations between organisations in the two countries.

The initiative offers support, information, advice, networking opportunities and development grants to cultural organisations in China and the UK.

China and the UK both have a rich cultural heritage. Cultural organisations in both countries can benefit from the inspiration gained from exchanging ideas and sharing their cultural history.

For further information, and to download the application form and guidance notes, visit the British Council website –

This will be the last development grant round for the programme.