A person wearing a jumper sat in front of a laptop writing on a notepad with a pencil. Only the chest and hands are visible in the image.Read the full June Newsletter from South West Museum Development

Many museums are setting their sights on the school summer holidays, but we’re looking further ahead to the next academic year with our Talking Nature grants. For this grant, we will be awarding fixed grant values of £5,000 for project delivery over the 16 months from October 2024 to January 2026. While the grants don’t open for applications until September, today we’ve published guidance and information to help your museum plan an impactful project with schools. You can also book on to our online information webinar and Q&A on Monday 24 June to find out what kind of projects we’re looking to fund and to have your questions answered.

In addition, we’ve now opened our SW Museum Skills summer tranche for bookings. Some of our most popular sessions are returning, including Developing an Attractive Learning Offer for Primary Schools, and Rethinking Cataloguing. In partnership with Collections Trust, we are also launching the Banish the Backlog Programme this summer. In other exciting news we’re opening the Family Friendly Museums Programme to the wider South West Area. Applicants must still be in a Levelling Up for Culture priority place and Hampshire & Isle of Wight museums will have priority.

In this newsletter, you’ll find a round up of sector news, grants coming up, Accreditation awards and specialist advice on Volunteers’ Week and how to make the most of it at your museum.

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