Over the past four years, The North West Federation of Museums (NWFed) and Museum Development North West (MDNW) have developed a strong partnership, through joint working and shared resources, which has further strengthened the museum and heritage sector in the North West through the delivery of various training and development opportunities.
In an ongoing period of reduced public sector support which has only increased the need for institutions to take on a more inventive entrepreneurial spirit, this programme has been designed to provide new ideas, inspiration and possible models which will help organisations across the region to become more resilient and future proof.
This series of workshops will cover various topics which we feel will help North West organisations to develop new opportunities using the resources they currently have available to them and help them to make the most of their current audiences and networks whilst developing them further. Each workshop will cover a different aspect to help organisations develop sustainable income streams and find alternative sources of funding and by thinking differently and creatively about how they approach funding.
This workshop will look to help organisations develop new and innovative means to use their collections to make income through loans, research partnerships, working with creatives or developing exhibitions to tour internationally. Speakers and workshop leaders include:
Sue Hughes, Director, Macclesfield Silk Heritage Trust – The Silk Museums in Macclesfield tell the definitive story and journey of silk through centuries of industrial development and production. For this workshop, Sue will talk about how the museum’s various collections have inspired a new fashion line and how this is helping them to generate new sources of income and improve the trust sustainability.
Tony Trehy, Director, Bury Art Museum - Bury Art Museum has considerable experience in international practice and is currently leading a consortium of North West museums (Greater Manchester Museums Group) generating touring exhibitions from the region's great art collections to foreign galleries. For this workshop we have asked Tony to talk about the museum’s international experience and what they have learned from what many were worried would be a risky venture when the recently toured an exhibition of works from North West museums in China.
Charlotte Dew, TEG Researcher, Touring Exhibitions Group (TEG) – Charlotte is a London-based curator and consultant, specialising in craft, art, design and touring exhibitions. In April 2015 she was appointed by TEG to lead the Economics of Touring Exhibitions research and training programme. This followed her association with TEG as a committee member and trainer from 2008 and the organisation’s administrator since April 2015. For this workshop Charlotte will discuss best practices for developing touring exhibitions to make income for your organisation.