• Somerset Rural Life Museum © SWMD / Amanda Harman Photography
    Somerset Rural Life Museum © SWMD / Amanda Harman Photography

SW Museum Skills: Essentials

The South West (SW) Museum Skills: Essentials programme is publically funded by Arts Council England alongside the support of partners to provide access to subsidised museum specific training in the region delivered by the South West Museum Development Programme with additional content contributed by a range of regional and national partners.

The 2018/19 SW Museum Skills: Essentials programme will run from September 2018 till March 2019.

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2018/19 Museum Skills: Essentials – Tranche 2

Session When Venue Booking
An Introduction to Fundraising Strategies Tuesday 15th January 2019 M Shed WAIT LIST
An Introduction to Fundraising Strategies Wednesday 16th January 2019 Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre BOOK NOW
How to Manage a Museum Shop Tuesday 22nd January 2019 Chippenham Museum BOOK NOW
Visitor and Customer Care for Volunteers Thursday 24th January 2019 Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre WAIT LIST
Understanding Your Museum Audience Tuesday 29th January 2019 Royal Albert Memorial Museum Offices, Exeter WAIT LIST
Review and Rationalisation Tuesday 5th February 2019 Dorset History Centre BOOK NOW
Using Museum Collections Online Thursday 7th February 2019 Cornwall’s Regimental Museum WAIT LIST
Spectrum 5 Tuesday 12th February 2019 Wheal Martyn Museum, Cornwall BOOK NOW
Charity Finance for Trustees Tuesday 12th March 2019 Royal West of England Academy BOOK NOW
Security in the Museum Wednesday 13th March 2019 Exeter Community Centre BOOK NOW


2018/19 Museum Skills: Essentials – Tranche 1

Session When Venue Booking
Kids in Museum Planning and Sharing Takeover Day Friday 14th September 2018 Castle House, Museum of Somerset COMPLETE
Spectrum 5 Monday 24th September 2018 Exeter Community Centre COMPLETE
Recruitment and Retention of Volunteers Wednesday 26th September 2018 Royal Albert Memorial Museum COMPLETE
Digital Engagement in Galleries Thursday 27th September 2018 Roman Baths COMPLETE
Recruitment and Retention of Volunteers Tuesday 9th October 2018 Museum of Somerset COMPLETE
Using Museum Collections Online Thursday 18th October 2018 The Wilson, Cheltenham COMPLETE
Introduction to Collections Hazards Tuesday 23rd October 2018 Cornwall’s Regimental Museum COMPLETE
Introduction to Collections Hazards Wednesday 24th October 2018 Exeter Community Centre COMPLETE
Introduction to Collections Hazards Thursday 25th October 2018 M Shed COMPLETE
An Introduction to Collections Care Tuesday 6th November 2018 Dorset History Centre COMPLETE
Child Protection and Safeguarding in Museums Tuesday 13th November 2018 Exeter Community Centre BOOK NOW
Understanding your Museum Audience Thursday 15th November 2018 M Shed WAIT LIST
Spectrum 5 Friday 30th November 2018 The Salisbury Museum WAIT LIST


About SW Museum Skills: Essentials

SW Museum Skills: Essentials is delivered using public funding from Arts Council England .  The programme aims to provide affordable, relevant and accessible skills development opportunities for those who work or volunteer in museums, galleries or heritage organisations within the Arts Council England Accreditation Scheme in the south west.

Since 2012, South West Museum Development have invested nearly £100,000 to support the region’s training needs. This roughly equates to the value of £65 per delegate place.

It is also supported by the contributions of rooms, resources, time and expertise from museums around the South West. The generosity shown by these organisations means that we are able to do more for the sector’s workforce.

Sessions are themed around three areas; Collections Care, Organisational Development and Audiences and Communities which broadly mirror the three sections of the Accreditation Standard.

Who can attend SW Museum Skills: Essentials?

SW Museum Skills is fully subsidised to everyone (paid staff, volunteer, trustee) who meets the following criteria:

  1. works within an south west Accredited museum or National Trust property, or
  2. works within a south west provisionally Accredited or formally working towards Accreditation organisation
  3. Is a non-Accredited site situated in a local authority area which financially contributes to South West Museum Development

Other individuals working in the sector can access the programme but will be charged a subsidy to attend.


How to book and useful booking information
  • Bookings for SW Museum Skills: Essentials are via Eventbrite, an external booking site unless specified. Please click the link of the session and follow the booking instructions.
  • When you book a place on SW Museum Skills: Essentials you will receive a booking confirmation from Eventbrite or the South West Museum Development Programme for training not booked through Eventbrite.
  • You will be contacted a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the course date on the email address provided at the time of booking to notify you of the date your delegate pack will be issued. You may cancel your place free of charge between this email notification and the day before the date of issue of the delegate pack. If you cancel your place after the delegate pack has been issued your organisation will be issued a late cancellation fee of £50. Please see terms and Conditions below for further information.
  • To ensure the training provided benefits as many organisations as possible, should more than 2 delegates per organisation book onto a course, you may be asked to relinquish your place should other organisations without delegates booked onto the course be on the Waiting List.
Terms and conditions

By booking a place on to SW Museum Skills: Essentials sessions, you are agreeing to the following terms and conditions:

  • That you are either paid staff, volunteer or trustee who works within or with a South West Museum or heritage organisation which is in Arts Council England’s Accreditation Scheme. Where this is not applicable that you acknowledge that in order to attend you may be charged a subsidy.
  • It is a condition of receiving the training provided without charge that the online evaluation sent to the email address provided at the point of booking is completed by the specified deadline in the email notification, unless a paper evaluation is specifically requested and submitted on the day of the training session.
  • That by booking a place you agree that you are booking as a representative of your organisation and should you cancel you’re booking without sufficient notice (following the issue of the delegate pack) your organisation is responsible for paying the late cancellation fee of £50.
Cancelling your booking

If you can no longer attend the training session which you have booked on please let us know by going back into your Eventbrite booking and cancelling or contact us at [email protected] as soon as possible.

The SW Museum Skills: Essentials Programme is a publicly funded and in order to make best use of these funds there is a cancellation fee of £50 to the organisation of the booked attendee should the booking be cancelled once the delegate information pack has been sent out 1 week prior to the date of the session.


Please contact us at [email protected]