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WIRP Workshop: Developing International Partnerships

WIRP Workshop: Developing International Partnerships
The WIRP Workshop: Developing International Partnerships took place at the Horniman Museum & Gardens on 5 October 2016.

Click HERE to download the workshop programme.

Click HERE to download the list of speakers and their biographies and abstracts.

You can find case studies, guidance articles, and a list of useful organisations for working internationally on the Resources pages of the ICOM UK website.




Lucy Marder, Cultural Partnerships Officer, South East Museum Development (Hampshire Solent)

Understanding Partnerships


Anikó Miszné Korenchy, Director of the Foundation for Museums & Visitors (Hungary) and Learning Manager at the Hungarian Museum of Trade & Tourism

The International Perspective


Bill Griffiths, Head of Programmes, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

Case study drawing on international skill sharing & training partnerships


Helen Ball, Chief Executive, The Civic, Barnsley and Celia Joicey, Head of Fashion & Textile Museum

Case study on UK collaboration to deliver international touring exhibitions


Tim Corum, Director of Curatorial and Public Engagement, Horniman Museum & Gardens
Case study based on creative programming and community engagement with international partners

International Touring Exhibitions

As part of the Working Internationally Regional Project (WIRP) and the Supporting International Engagement Project, ICOM UK and the British Council commissioned and developed a template international touring exhibitions agreement.

Research by ICOM UK, the British Council and the Touring Exhibitions Group (TEG) has shown that one of the key issues for museums undertaking international touring exhibitions is the contractual aspect.  This template international touring exhibitions agreement was produced in response to this demand.

A designed PDF of the template agreement with guidance notes can be downloaded below.  It is accompanied by a Word document of the template agreement (without the guidance notes) that can be adapted for use by UK museums and galleries.

This Template does not contain legal advice.  It should not be seen as a substitute for individual legal advice in any given case.


If you cannot see the PDF and Word files above to open and download them, click HERE for the PDF version and click HERE for the Word document version.


Dana Andrew, ICOM UK Executive Director, gave a key note presentation on International Lending, Borrowing & Touring at the Sharing Collections Symposium in Edinburgh on 14 June 2017, which was organised by MGS and NMS.  You can download her presentation below, which includes a number of top tips and links to further resources.



The British Council’s Supporting International Engagement Project, funded by Arts Council England (ACE), delivered a programme of support to UK museums and galleries with ambitions to launch or to develop their international touring exhibition programmes.  The project helped develop the capacity of non-national museums to tour internationally and built on the UK’s reputation as one of the leaders in the field.

As part of this project, the British Council identified that sector colleagues wanted to know more about the economics of international touring exhibitions, and that setting fees was a particular challenge for organisations with less international touring experience.  The British Council commissioned Dana Andrew (Museum & Gallery Consultant) to undertake confidential research on fees and economic models for international touring exhibitions produced by UK museums and galleries.  Below you can download the report based on this research.



NMDC was commissioned by the British Council to produce a brief illustrated guide to the collections in UK museums for potential international partners. The result is A Wealth of Treasures. The purpose of the guide, funded by Arts Council England and the British Council, is to demonstrate the breadth and scope of UK collections. It was launched at the British Embassy in Washington D.C. on 27 May 2016 by the Director of British Council USA to coincide with the American Alliance of Museums Conference. A Wealth of Treasures will be distributed digitally to and then by British Council offices across the world.  You can download a PDF copy below.




Write Better International Touring Exhibition Contracts was an event organised by the British Council at Tate Britain on 15 March 2017.

From Coffee to Contract, Katie Childs, NMDC / IWM


Template International Touring Exhibitions Agreement, Dana Andrew, WIRP / ICOM UK


Touring Exhibitions, Tony Doubleday, Head of Legal Services, British Museum



International Touring Exhibitions: A Beginner’s Guide was organised by the British Council and took place at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge on 18 March 2016.

Below you can download the presentations from the workshop, along with a list of companies who tour exhibitions internationally with and on behalf of museums and galleries.


Developing an International Touring Strategy – Tessa Brown, National Portrait Gallery, London


Financial Planning: Economics of International Touring Exhibitions – Dana Andrew, Exhibitions Consultant


Finding Partners – Katie Childs, Policy & Projects Manager, NMDC


Recce Trips by Delphine Allier, Curator, British Council Visual Arts Department


Transport and Logistics – Rosie Wanek, V&A and Denise Reid, Momart Ltd.


List of international commercial touring exhibition companies


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WIRP Workshop: Working with India



Samarjit (Sam) Guha, Head of Programmes, British Council India


The WIRP Workshop: Working with India took place at the Imperial War Museum in London on 9 November 2015.  Below you can find a selection of presentations from the workshop to download.

Click HERE to download the workshop programme.

Click HERE to download the list of speakers and their biographies and abstracts.

Click HERE to download the British Council India Matters report.

Click HERE to download Re-Imagine – Museums & Galleries: UK-India Opportunities & Partnerships


You can find case studies, guidance articles, and a list of useful organisations and links for working with India on the Resources pages of the ICOM UK website.



Indian Museums & Galleries: UK-India Opportunities and Partnerships, Sam Guha, Head of Programmes, British Council India


The Fabric of India, Olivia Oldroyd, Exhibitions Manager, Victoria & Albert Museum


Developing Contacts and Networks in India, Emma Sumner, Artist, Curator and Writer


Supporting Museum Sectors: The British Museum’s International Training Programme (ITP), Claire Messenger, Manager of the ITP, The British Museum


Glasgow Museums and India, Dr Martin Bellamy, Head of Research, Glasgow Life


Digital and Indian Museums: Incredible opportunities waiting to happen, Carolyn Royston, Director of Digital at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, USA


Ancient House in India, Karen Emma White, Ancient House Museum of Thetford Life, Norfolk Museums


Connections to India and the First World War, Jody East, Creative Programme Curator, Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove


International Tourism Toolkit

In 2015 the British Council published an International Tourism Toolkit for UK museums.  This toolkit is the result of a project aimed at increasing the sustainability of non-national museums outside central London by raising awareness of the potential for attracting tourists from Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC countries).


The project was funded by the Arts Council England Museum Resilience Fund and managed by the British Council. The information in the toolkit was gathered by the partners in the project: Birmingham Museums Trust, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Culture Coventry, Freud Museum, Horniman Museum, Manchester Museum, People’s History Museum, and SS Great Britain.


Click HERE to download the toolkit.


VisitBritain – Market Selector

Use VisitBritain’s interactive market selector tool to help identify which markets you might consider targeting in your international marketing.

Click HERE to access the Market Selector