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Flourishing in tough times: building resilience and sustainability
Thu 4 May 2017, 10:00 – 15:00 BST
The South Western Federation of Museums & Art Galleries (SWFed) Spring Forum 2017 is a one day event to learn about building resilience and sustainability in heritage organisations.
After the success of last year's Spring Forum, we are delighted that we are once again partnering with The Flourish Project, who are kindly funding the event as part of their Arts Council England grant. SWFed Members can reserve tickets for just £5 (see ticket fee info below).
Attendees will gain insights into how to develop aspects of running a museum in the current climate, and learn how museums can function better and get repeat funding. Through a range of useful talks, case studies, and workshops, the event will cover how to build and reach audiences, capital development activity, governance and volunteering, and income generation.
The final programme will be announced shortly - sessions are likely to include:
- A presentation on the short, medium and long term lessons learned from The Flourish Project, including step changes to fundraising that were introduced: Sue Shave & Richard Berman
- Organisational/workforce development – volunteering: Julia Hill
- Legacy giving and how legacy campaigns can make a difference: Claire Routley PhD
- Operating an effective annual pass scheme
- Considerations and learning around introducing a new CRM/data base system
- Audience development – Torbay Museums Future Museums Project
- Individual giving – setting up a major donor campaign
Refreshments well be provided, including a buffet lunch.
Ticket fee info
Our Spring Forum is a great benifit to SWFed members, who take with them a wealth of knowledge to apply to their own work and the organisations they work with. It is cheaper to sign up as a member than to pay the non-member ticket cost, so there is great value in becoming a member. We usually ask attendees to bring a £5 donation to cover refreshments and some admin costs - as this is difficult to manage on the day, we are instead charging a £5 admin fee when reserving a place.
If you aren't a member of the SWFed, you can join here: https://www.swfed.org.uk/membership/
About the speakers (more to be announced)
Richard Berman, Fundraising Project Coordinator, Chiltern Open Air Museum (COAM) & Project Coordinator, Flourish Project
Richard joined the Flourish project and Chiltern Open Air Museum in July last year, coming from outside the sector and having worked in the financial services sector for twenty three years. Richard has worked extensively assisting private clients as well as corporate bodies in the areas of financial planning and employee benefits. He has also set up a voluntary community organisation in his village, giving him insight into fundraising, as well as experience, working with and recruitment of volunteers. Richard is committed to supporting the innovation based aims of the project and sharing lessons learned to the wider museum community.
Julia Hill, Culture Force, The Flourish Project
Julia is co-author of the Association of Independent Museum’s Success Guide for ‘Successfully Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers’. She has been involved in volunteer management and volunteer programme development in organisations within the heritage sector and other sectors, working both locally and nationally. She has been working with the Flourish Project since May 2015 as part of her work through Culture Force Consultancy and is the author of the Flourish report ‘Volunteering, Membership and Giving: Making it work for everyone.’ Julia worked for many years in the South West as the Volunteer Manager of the ss Great Britain, setting up and developing the ship’s volunteer scheme.
Sue Shave, Museum Director, Chiltern Open Air Museum (COAM)
Sue Shave has had a career of over 25 years specialising in learning and management within the independent museum sector including Archaeological Resource Centre in York, Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, Thinktank, Birmingham and, in latter years, has been the Museum Director at Coldharbour Mill in Devon and currently Chiltern Open Air Museum.
Dr Claire Routley, Legacy Consultant to Flourish Project
Dr Claire Routley has worked in fundraising for twelve years, specialising in legacy fundraising for the last nine. In 2011, she completed a PhD looking at why people choose to leave legacies to charity. She has worked for Bible Society, Age UK, Women’s Royal Voluntary Service (WRVS) and a local hospice, and is a tutor for the Institute of Fundraising’s qualification courses. She is now a consultant specialising in legacy and in memory fundraising.