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ICOM UK – British Council Travel Grants: deadline 24 September 2018

ICOM UK, with support from the British Council, is pleased to offer travel grants to support museum professionals to develop mutually beneficial international projects and partnerships for their organisations.

The 2018-19 ICOM UK – British Council Travel Grant Scheme enables recipients to undertake an international visit to meet with colleagues and share skills, expertise and experience.  The Travel Grant Scheme supports museums who are starting to develop mutually beneficial international projects and partnerships.

Applications will be considered for grants up to £1,500 per organisation or consortium for visits beyond greater Europe and up to £700 for visits within greater Europe.  The total amount of funding available for 2018-19 is £17,000.

Priority will be given to non-national museums, museums who have not previously undertaken international work, and mutually beneficial visits to countries on the Overseas Development Aid (ODA) list (see pages 4-5 of the application form).  50% of the funding in each round will be ring-fenced for visits to countries on the ODA list.  We encourage applications from organisations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.



Deadline for applications: 09:00 Monday 24 September 2018

Successful applicants notified: w/c 1 October 2018

Travel must be completed by: 11 February 2019



Download the application form and guidelines on the ICOM UK website: http://uk.icom.museum/about-us/bursaries/

Please complete one application form per organisation or consortium and email it to:

Dana Andrew, ICOM UK Executive Director, dana@cuello-andrew.co.uk before the deadline.

You can read the Case Studies from previous Travel Grant recipients on the ICOM UK website:  http://uk.icom.museum/resources/case-studies/

Governments sign deal securing loan of Bayeux Tapestry to the UK in 2022

This article first appeared in the Art Newspaper: https://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/governments-sign-deal-securing-loan-of-bayeux-tapestry-to-the-uk-in-2022

The Bayeux Tapestry is a step closer to returning to the UK after the British and French governments finalised a deal earlier this month. Following his attendance at the Digital Colloque forum in Paris, the previous UK secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport (DCMS), Matt Hancock, signed a memorandum of understanding with the French minister of culture, Françoise Nyssen. “The agreement is a key milestone in securing the tapestry’s loan in 2022,” according to a government statement.

(c) Wikimedia Commons

(c) Wikimedia Commons

The 70-metre-long tapestry tells the story of the Norman victory over the English at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The Bayeux Museum in Normandy, where the work is kept, is due to close for renovations and reopen spring 2024. The historic embroidered piece has not left France since the 11th century.

“The deal sets out a period of cross-Channel cooperation between universities and research institutes, who will consider how to use digital technology to make the tapestry more accessible to future generations. They will also prepare for its conservation and safe transportation to the UK,” the DCMS statement adds. Both countries will also collaborate on a full English translation of the tapestry.

In January, President Emmanuel Macron announced that France would lend the work to the UK. Although he did not specify any venues for the display, the British Museum is likely to be one of them. “The loan of the Bayeux Tapestry is an extremely generous gesture. We would be honoured to display the tapestry at the British Museum,” a museum spokeswoman says.

Horniman’s new gallery captures a changing world

ICOM UK Institutional Member, the Horniman Museum & Gardens has recently opened a new World Gallery where visitors can encounter cultures from across the continents.

The World Gallery was created with £4.7m in funding, five years’ work and over 200 community consultations. The exhibition shows 3,000 objects from the Horniman’s 80,000 strong anthropology collection.

It captures changing times, with the warm jacket of a Tibetan goat herder displayed beside an iPhone acquired in the area. Mobile technology is now vital to nomads for sharing information about the state of Himalayan pastures.  The galleries also describe how, in the Americas, historic Native American warrior societies re-emerged and became part of the Civil Rights movement.

Director Nick Merriman says “The Horniman curators have always been very rooted in the community, whether it’s a community in Venezuela or in Lewisham

Learn more about the new World Gallery on the Horniman Museum & Gardens’ website: https://www.horniman.ac.uk/visit/displays/world-gallery#image-0

Complete China survey from the British Council before 27 July

Last year the British Council set up China Now, a website dedicated for UK professionals. This year, based on the platform, the British Council wants to understand your interest and existing activity in mainland China and Hong Kong – so that they can help you more directly to achieve these ambitions in the future.

The British Council has launched the Eyes on China – Arts and Creative Economy Survey, which contains three sections to understand your past and current work in the market, and the needs for better services in the future.

Please complete the survey before 27 July.  It will take about 3 minutes to complete and they sincerely look forward to your feedback.

Complete the survey HERE

British Council report on Cultural Heritage for Inclusive Growth

The British Council has produced this report to share the findings of its sector consultation and international research on cultural heritage for inclusive growth.

Image from the British Council’s Crafting Futures programme in East Asia which promotes cultural heritage and supports the livelihoods of women artisans in Vietnam © Nic Shonfield

Image from the British Council’s Crafting Futures programme in East Asia which promotes cultural heritage and supports the livelihoods of women artisans in Vietnam © Nic Shonfield

The report presents a pioneering approach to inclusive growth that sees the social and economic benefits of cultural heritage for all levels of society. It advocates for a way of working that is wide-reaching and mutual, building trust and connections between the UK and overseas.

The full research report, which includes UK and international case studies, is available to download online. #heritageforinclusivegrowth

You can download and read the report HERE.

Access Presentations and Videos from the “Intangible Cultural Heritage, Museums and Participation” Meeting

This article was originally posted here http://www.ne-mo.org/news/article/nc/1/nemo/access-presentations-and-videos-from-the-expert-meeting-intangible-cultural-heritage-museums-and-participation-online/346.html

The NEMO partner Intangible Cultural Heritage and Museums Project, IMP, has released presentations, reports and videos from its conference and expert meeting on its website. The two-day meeting took place from 27-28 February 2018 in Palermo, Italy.

All presentations, reports and videos from the two-day meeting on “Intangible Cultural Heritage, Museums and Participation” can now be accessed online. NEMO was present at the meeting through the participation of Secretary General Julia Pagel.

From 2017 to 2020, the IMP explores a variety of approaches, interactions and practices on intangible cultural heritage in museums. IMP is convinced that museums can be part in safeguarding intangible cultural heritage of intangible cultural heritage communities, groups or individual practitioners, who wish to pass their cultural practices on to future generation.

Please click HERE to access further information and material from the International Conference that took place on 27 February 2018.

Records from the Expert Meeting that took place on 28 February can be found HERE.

This article was originally posted here http://www.ne-mo.org/news/article/nc/1/nemo/access-presentations-and-videos-from-the-expert-meeting-intangible-cultural-heritage-museums-and-participation-online/346.html

Museums and Climate Change: United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

In April, the intercessional meeting for climate change negotiations took place in Bonn, at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, with representatives from governments around the world (COP means Conference of Parties, these being nations).

There was a one-day workshop on how to accelerate education, training, public awareness, public access to information and international co-operation.  These are the 6 elements of the original Convention and are included as Article 12 of the Paris Convention, being known as ‘Action for Climate Empowerment’, chaired by the President of the COP, the Ambassador of Fiji.

Henry McGhie, Head of Collections & Curator of Zoology at Manchester Museum led part of one of the workshops.  In the afternoon there was a short filmed presentation from Emlyn Koster of North Carolina Natural History Museum on museums and climate change engagement.  Henry said a few words on how museums have tremendous potential to support this agenda, being trusted, having access to large numbers of people, collections that connect with the past, present and future, and a great deal of freedom in what we do, as well as our ability to build partnerships and convene different stakeholders, including policy workers and researchers, as well as the public.

After the workshop, parties (countries) agreed an ACE Decision to be adopted at COP 24 as part of the Paris Agreement Work Programme. This Decision recognises the key role that museums play in ACE:

“Reaffirming the key role that a broad range of stakeholders, inter alia, national governments, regions as applicable, cities, education and cultural institutions, museums, the private sector, intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, international organizations, decision-makers, scientists, the media, teachers, youth, women and indigenous peoples, play in ensuring Action for Climate Empowerment”

The Decision is available at: https://unfccc.int/sites/default/files/resource/l03a2.pdf

While it might not seem much, every word of these things is hard won and means something.  This is a really brilliant outcome.  It means that governments recognise, or can be encouraged to recognise, the potential of museums in promoting climate change empowerment.

Henry McGhie, Head of Collections & Curator of Zoology, Manchester Museum, University of Manchester

Registration open for NEMO 2018 Annual Conference

This article was originally posted here http://www.ne-mo.org/news/article/nc/1/nemo/registration-to-nemos-26th-annual-conference-has-opened/346.html

From 15-18 November 2018, NEMO (Network of European Museum Organisations) will gather European museum and culture professionals in Valletta, Malta, to network, exchange expertise, discuss and explore the crossover impact that museums have on other sectors during the conference “Museums out of the Box! The crossover impact of museums”.

Museums and their missions, responsibilities and their modes of engagement with communities are in a constant process of transformation in response to social and economic developments at local, national and global level. There is a need for museums to stay relevant and to be responsive to social and environmental issues such as migration, research and innovation. Relating to different sectors, getting out of the box, and creating and adding value to them through the museum work, is happening at every level and with the most diverse sectors already. Museums need to show their impact though – how can we do that?

Within the conference, NEMO wants to show how much museums already demonstrate impact and value within their local communities and with stakeholders at different levels, not the least to attract funding and ongoing support from public and private sectors. The discussion and examples shall promote an integrated, holistic and transversal approach to cultural heritage that will contribute to the 10 European Initiatives that the European Commission intends to implement in the frame of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018. The aim of these initiatives is to ensure the Year’s legacy beyond 2018 and to make a positive EU policy impact for heritage in the future.


Read more about the conference here.

Access the conference programme here.

Don’t forget, ICOM UK members can apply for a Travel Bursary to attend the NEMO conference and many other international conferences and events.  Click HERE for more information.

This article was originally posted here http://www.ne-mo.org/news/article/nc/1/nemo/registration-to-nemos-26th-annual-conference-has-opened/346.html

UK-China Connection Through Culture Grants 2018-19

UK-China Connection through Culture Grants

Running for nearly a decade, Connections through Culture is a long-term programme to develop exciting cultural collaborations between artists and arts organisations, supporting long-lasting relationships between China and the UK.

The programme offers support, information, advice, networking opportunities and development grants to artists and arts organisations in China and the UK.

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

Although the grants are available to all UK artists, Connections through Culture receives additional specific support from the Scottish government for projects with a Scottish connection.

What does Connection through Culture offer

Professional Development Grants (£2,500)

A limited number of small grants to enable artists or members of arts and cultural organisations to visit their counterparts in China or the UK for up to ten days, to develop projects, exchange skills or see others’ work. Grants are offered four times each year

Alumni Grants (£2,500)

A limited number of small grants for previous Connections Through Culture alumni to access follow-up funding to initial visits – starting in April 2016.  These grants are only available to alumni who received initial grants in the last 2 years, and are designed to be strategic grants to further facilitate collaboration and partnerships.  Grants are offered four times each year, in line with the Professional Development Grant rounds.


Details of the next rounds

Round 29 (Visits January – March 2019)

– Applications open: Monday 1 October 2018
– Application deadline: Friday 26 October 2018
– Results out: Monday 26 November 2018

Round 30 (Visits April – June 2019)

– Applications open: Monday 31 December 2018
– Application deadline: Friday 25 January 2019
– Results out: Monday 4 March 2019

Full details are available on the Connection Through Culture website: https://chinanow.britishcouncil.cn/opportunities/uk-china-connection-through-cultural-grants/

Cultural Protection Fund: 20 July deadline for expressions of interest

The British Council is now accepting expressions of interest for small grant applications (under £100k) to the Cultural Protection Fund.

The £30m Fund, in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, is set up to protect cultural heritage at risk due to conflict in the Middle East and North Africa.

The expression of interest stage is an opportunity to tell the Cultural Protection Fund team about your project and to confirm its suitability for funding.  If successful, you will be invited to submit a full application.  The next expression of interest deadline is 20 July.  Early submissions are encouraged, and will be responded to within 10 working days of the submission date.  The following application deadline is 10 August 2018.

For more information visit: https://www.britishcouncil.org/arts/culture-development/cultural-protection-fund/apply/small-grants