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Museums Current Awareness Service 41

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CyMAL: Museums Archives and Libraries Wales

Museums Current Awareness Service 41

CyMAL's Current Awareness service uses the JISC mail list service. For
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Thank you to everyone who sent information for this bulletin.

Issue 40 Errata: 

Brecknockshire Museum's new curator is Kate Hebditch, not Louise Hebditch.
http://www.powys.gov.uk/index.php?id=2114&L=0

The wrong link was given for information about the Guardian's Family
Friendly Museum Award. 
This year, the National Waterfront Museum has been shortlisted - the first
Welsh museum to get on the shortlist since the award was established three
years ago. For correct information see:
http://lifeandhealth.guardian.co.uk/family/story/0,,1804606,00.html


1. WELSH ASSEMBLY GOVERNMENT - CyMAL

Staff
Welcome to Elizabeth Bennett, the new Advice and Support Officer.  Elizabeth
is taking over the post previously held by Meinir Edwards.  Elizabeth's
contact details are: [log in to unmask] / 01970 610235.

@YourLibrary National Library Marketing Strategy and Plan: The national
marketing strategy and plan for Welsh libraries is now available. These key
documents have been produced as part of the @ Your Library Programme, a
Welsh Assembly initiative to support bilingual library services to meet the
needs of the 21st Century. http://www.cymal.wales.gov.uk/library/index.html

Who do you think you are?
Ever wondered where you come from? Wanted to find your roots? Are there any
skeletons lurking in your family history? More and more people today are
interested in tracing their family history and discovering their roots and
are increasingly turning to the wealth of information available over the
Internet. 
http://new.wales.gov.uk/news/pressreleasearchive/cultureandsport/July06/1307
06ancenstry?lang=en


2. WELSH ASSEMBLY GOVERNMENT - OTHER

Alun Pugh appoints five new members to the Arts Council of Wales 
Minister for Culture, Welsh Language and Sport, Alun Pugh today [31 July
2006] announced the appointment of Ms Maggie Hampton, Mr Robin Morrison, Dr
Ian Rees, Mr Clive Sefia and Miss Deborah Wilcox as the new Council Members
of the Arts Council of Wales, following a rigorous public appointments
exercise. 
http://new.wales.gov.uk/news/pressreleasearchive/cultureandsport/July06/3107
06arts?lang=en


3. MUSEUMS ASSOCIATION

Disposal consultation
In response to the findings of the Museums Association's (MA's) Collections
for the Future report the association is reviewing its advice and guidance
on museum disposal. 
This advice should give museums the confidence to engage more actively with
disposal and encourage more museums to consider disposal as an integral part
of collections development.  
http://www.museumsassociation.org/asset_arena/text/on/policy_disposalconsult
ation.doc

MA welcomes inclusion of museums in CPA 
09-08-2006
The Museums Association has welcomed changes by the Audit Commission that
see museums included in the Comprehensive Performance Assessment (CPA) of
local authority services throughout England... 
http://www.museumsassociation.org/12728&_IXSESSION_=lg0YRxCzSyM&_IXPOS_=mane
ws1.2

Taylor in talks over Iranian museums association 
27-07-2006
Mark Taylor, the Museums Association's director, was in talks last week with
Iranian museum professionals and government officials over the benefits of
creating an Iranian museums association in the Islamic Republic...
http://www.museumsassociation.org/12685&_IXSESSION_=6qebMG8c9GY&_IXPOS_=mane
ws1.4


4. DCMS

Senior Arts World Figures Pledge Support For A Cultural Olympics: Leading
figures from culture, creativity and the arts have pledged their support to
the development of a national cultural programme leading up to the 2012
London Olympic and Paralympic Games.'
http://www.culture.gov.uk/global/press_notices/archive_2006/dcms109_06.htm


5. MLA

MLA in the international arena
'The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council has launched new international
pages on its website.  Practical information on topics such as funding
possibilities and international networks, inspiring case studies, and
material to help develop the case for working internationally sit alongside
information on MLA's recent activities in the international arena.'
http://tinyurl.com/noryq

Putting museum audiences under the spotlight
Thursday 03 August 2006 
The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council is awarding more than 380,000
in grants to museums across England to be used in projects that will collect
key audience data in a consistent way. 
http://tinyurl.com/e64qh

Museums Data Collection Project Results Published
14 July 2006
An MLA South East partner pilot project with Winchester based audience
development agency, amh, designed to explore methods of ongoing data
capture, has published its findings.
http://www.mlasoutheast.org.uk/newsandevents/features/index.asp?id=2187,954,
6,958

New CPA framework published (England only)
http://www.mlanorthwest.org.uk/news/index.asp?id=643,55,2,55
A number of new Performance Indicators have been included for the Culture,
which includes museums, libraries and archives, together with arts and
sports services. Significantly for our sector, Museum Accreditation has been
confirmed as a performance indicator for CPA assessments. MLA has produced a
guidance note on this, which is attached. 

Sustainable Organisations Programme
MLA Yorkshire is inviting museums, libraries and archives from Yorkshire to
apply for partnership in our organisational development programme,
Sustainable Organisations. Three successful applicants will have the chance
to work intensively with MLA Yorkshire and consultants from The Management
Centre to improve their chances of becoming sustainable.
http://tinyurl.com/hg82o


6. MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES MONTH

2007 - Museums and Galleries Month will take place from Tuesday 1st to
Thursday 31 May 2007 on the theme of  "People - who are we?" The Welcome
Weekend will be the first weekend of the month 5/6/7 May. The French
Ministry of Culture has informed us that Museums at Night - Nuit des Musees
- will take place on Saturday 19 May.

2006 - This year's Museums and Galleries Month created a great buzz and
wider participation. We are now looking to take this forward for 2007 and
2008 and are seeking input and contributions from across the arts and
museums sector throughout UK at a Seminar in London on Wednesday 20
September. 
Jane Glaister will chair this first MGM Evaluation and Planning Seminar. We
will consider some of the new initiatives which took place in 2006 and the
best way of taking them forward for 2007, building on the success of
MGM2006. If you would like more information about this event, please email
Ylva French at [log in to unmask]
(From MGM 2006News July 2006)


7. ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT MUSEUMS

Welcome to our new website. 
We intend to expand the site to provide additional features such as links to
museum websites and exclusive services to members like the ability to
download extra copies of the Bulletin from the website.
http://www.aim-museums.co.uk/

Aim Conference 2007
Next year's conference, celebrating AIM's 30th anniversary will be will be
held at Ironbridge Gorge Museums from Thursday 21st June 2007 to Saturday
23rd June 2007. 

Report on 29th AIM Annual Conference 4-6 May 2006
What does Renaissance do for us? The conference examined the Renaissance in
the Regions programme and its impact, or lack of it, on smaller and medium
sized independent museums.
http://www.aim-museums.co.uk/conference.htm#Report


8. UK REGISTRAR'S GROUP 

News Flash
'Possible relaxation of 4th September deadline to 1st January 2007
for "Known Consignor Status" for airfreight consignments departing from UK
airports. 
For those of you sending any art works by air freight from the UK and were
unable to attend the session led by Momart and Constantine with a DfT
validator at the British Museum last month, I would like to underline the
importance for your institution to become recognised officially as a 'Known
Consignor' by the Department for Transport. 
The current position is that from 4th September 2006 the Department for
Transport rules governing airline cargo security will change. Essentially if
air cargo consignors do not wish to have their consignments screened, by
X-ray, Rasco (drilling holes in the cargo to facilitate examination by
sniffer dogs), a decompression chamber, or a physical hand search, then they
need to become a 'Known Consignor'. A DfT validator will visit your premises
and your staff will have to be trained. 
Hillary Bauer of DCMS has been lobbying the DfT to defer the implementation
of 4th September to 1st January 2007, ....
If you want to become a known consignor under the new system, you should
access the validation website at www.ecommunities.dft.gov.uk which gives
details of the appointed validators, and their contact details. '


9. INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF MUSEUMS

ICOM has 30 International Committees each devoted to the study of a
particular type of museum or to a specific museum-related discipline.
Composed of ICOM members who request membership. Through its International
Committees, ICOM achieves its major objectives: the exchange of scientific
information at an international level, the development of professional
standards and the adoption of rules and recommendations.
http://icom.museum/internationals.html


10. EVENTS

Festival of Muslim Cultures: UK 2006: 'The Festival of Muslim Cultures is a
year-long celebration of arts, humanities, education and discourse that
seeks to foster an improved understanding and appreciation for Muslim
culture. Major events and exhibitions have been organised across the United
Kingdom in which moderate Muslim voices can be heard, and negative
stereotypes challenged.' http://www.festivalofmuslimcultures.org

Welsh launch of ICON 
National Museum Wales, Cathays Park, Cardiff 
Tuesday 12th September, 6-8pm
A chance within Wales to celebrate the formation of the Institute of
Conservation. 
Members and colleagues are invited to join the Trustees in celebrating the
considerable achievements of the organisation since its launch last year -
including the success of the HLF grant for the training bursary scheme and
collaboration in Collections Link, the national advisory service for
collections management. 
Before the evening event there will also be a Digital Preservation CPD
workshop, starting at 3.30 pm. Further information to follow shortly.
For more details please contact Heather Perry, Cynon Valley Museum and
Gallery, Depot Road, Gadlys, Aberdare CF44 8DL, email:
[log in to unmask] 

Open Doors
Open Doors days offer free access to properties of historic and
architectural importance. Taking place across three September weekends they
are part of the wider European Heritage Days programme."
http://www.civictrustwales.org/ehd/index.htm

Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust "Dyffryn Lane Henge Dig Diary":
http://www.cpat.org.uk/projects/longer/dyffryn/diary/diary.htm

Document
The award-winning investigative series returns, in which Mike Thomson takes
a document as a starting-point to shed new light on past events. Details of
later programmes will follow shortly.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/history/document/index.shtml

World Day for the Audiovisual Heritage
'The International Council on Archives invites archivists throughout the
world to complete the UNESCO questionnaire about a World Day for the
Audiovisual Heritage and to support the case for a specific International
Archives Day.' http://www.ica.org/biblio.php?pdocid=466

The Best In Heritage 
An Annual Presentation of the Best Museum, Heritage and Conservation
Projects
Under the patronage of International Council of Museums (ICOM), UNESCO
(ROSTE, Venice), Europa Nostra, ICOMOS, City of Dubrovnik and the support of
the Ministry of Culture of Republic of Croatia
Like any other profession, ours has its class of achievers: the most
creative and hardest working among us! They are the best and most
experienced. Wouldn't it be wonderful if you could meet them, socialise with
them, talk to them - and listen to the detailed stories of their success?
The key word is excellence and the right ambition is how to attain it. 
http://www.thebestinheritage.com/home.php

Hanfod Hanes : I'r gymru fydd / History Matters : pass it on
The major celebration of history "History Matters - Pass it on"/"Hanfod
Hanes - I'r Gymru Fydd", is a partnership between the National Trust, Cadw,
Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales and the Heritage Lottery Fund, which
will continue through to the autumn. 
http://www.historymatterswales.org.uk/index.php
http://www.historymatters.org.uk/output/page1.asp
http://www.hlf.org.uk/English/InYourArea/Wales/News/History+Matters.htm


11. FUNDING AND AWARDS

VAT refund proposal: Heritage Link is gathering evidence to promote the case
for a possible extension to or a similar version of the Listed Places of
Worship grant scheme which would allow VAT (at 17.5%) to be reclaimed on
repairs to listed buildings in the UK owned by charitable bodies that are
otherwise ineligible for a refund. See the VAT proposal. Please let us have
your comments and case studies by end August.
http://www.heritagelink.org.uk/docs/VAT_180706.pdf

Gulbenkian Prize
The purpose of the Gulbenkian Prize is to recognise and stimulate
originality, imagination and excellence in museums and galleries in the UK,
and increase public appreciation and enjoyment of all they have to offer. A
single award of 100,000 is presented to a museum or gallery, large or
small, anywhere in the UK, whose entry, in the opinion of the judges, best
demonstrates a track record of imagination, innovation and excellence
through work mainly undertaken during the previous calendar year. Entries
for the 2007 Prize will be invited in the autumn of 2006. 
http://www.thegulbenkianprize.org.uk / Telephone 020 7636 5365

Museum volunteer wins Inspiring Woman of the Year Award 
"The Anson Engine Museum in Higher Poynton was one of the best-kept tourism
secrets in Cheshire, and might have remained so if it wasn't for the efforts
of our very valuable volunteer - Margaret Hacking.
http://www.enginemuseum.org/news.html

EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards - Prix du Patrimoine
de l'UE / Concours Europa
Europa Nostra announces the Call for entries 2006 
Outstanding heritage achievements will be awarded six monetary _Prizes  of
10000 euros each, in addition to _Medals  and _Diplomas  in the following
categories:
1. Conservation of: 
A)	Architectural heritage
B)	Landscapes 
C)	 Works of art 
D)	Archaeological sites
2. Study in the field of cultural heritage conservation
3. Dedicated Service to heritage conservation by individuals or groups...
Closing date for applications: Category 2: 1 September 2006
Categories 1 & 3: 15 September 2006"  Further details:
http://www.iiconservation.org/news/calendar.php?idnr=106

Young Archaeologist of the Year Awards 2006
"The Award is organised by YAC and is open to all children aged 8-16. You
just need to like history and archaeology! There are three categories in the
Young Archaeologist of the Year Award: Individual 8-12, Individual 13-16 and
Schools/Groups.
This year's Award is all about buildings. This is because archaeology
doesn't only exist underground. Buildings can tell us loads about the past
too." Closing date 30 August. Further details:
http://www.britarch.ac.uk/yac/yac_awards.html


12. MUSEUM DEVELOPMENT

Supporting Museums in Achieving Quality
Please find attached a review of the 6th European Museum Advisors
Conference, "Supporting Museums in Achieving Quality", held in Budapest in
June. Included is information about the EU Socrates and Grundtvig funding
programmes - Grundtvig provides grants for adult learning, either for
continuing professional development or to develop trans-national projects
with other EU countries. One of the conditions of receiving a Grundtvig 3
grant for attending the conference was to disseminate information to
colleagues in the UK - so here is a short report. http://tinyurl.com/kchvj


13. WORKING WITH COMMUNITIES

Website of Volunteering Opportunities: http://www.do-it.org.uk/
You can register your volunteering opportunities on the website and
potential
volunteers can search through volunteering opportunities.

Community Archives
Special Preview: http://www.communityarchives.org.uk/index.aspx, the website
for community archives.  A preview of the site is available, prior to its
official launch this month.  Suggestions, contributions and feedback are
welcome, contact Jack Latimer at [log in to unmask] 
/ 01273 676111

Evaluating community projects - A practical guide 
Marilyn Taylor, Derrick Purdue, Mandy Wilson and Pete Wilde 
These guidelines were initially developed as part of the JRF Neighbourhood
Programme. This programme is made up of 20 community or voluntary
organisations all wanting to exercise a more strategic influence in their
neighbourhood. The guidelines were originally written to help these
organisations evaluate their work. They provide step-by-step advice on how
to evaluate a community project which will be of interest to a wider
audience. 
http://www.niace.org.uk/bpln/downloadable_documents/Evaluating-community-pro
jects-guide.pdf

Community Development Foundation
CDF is a non departmental public body of Department for Communities and
Local Government (DCLG) and a charity registered in England, Wales and
recognised in Scotland.
http://www.cdf.org.uk/bfora/systems/xmlviewer/default.asp?arg=DS_CDF_ABOUTAR
T_9/_page.xsl/7

'Community Development and Networking': 'This popular guide
illustrates how valuable networking is to the community development process,
and sets out the main techniques for using networking to improve capacity
building and achieve equality of opportunity.'
http://www.cdf.org.uk/pooled/articles/BF_DOCART/view.asp?Q=BF_DOCART_193706

'Strengthening Communities: A guide to capacity building for communities and
the public sector': 'Strengthening Communities will help you to design,
plan, and implement capacity building activities and programmes. It covers
both community and agency capacity building.'
http://www.cdf.org.uk/pooled/articles/BF_DOCART/view.asp?Q=BF_DOCART_190208

Assessing Community Strengths: A Practical Handbook for Planning
Capacity Building Initiatives': his handbook provides the materials you need
to assess the strength of the community sector in your locality.  It will
help provide baseline information to enable groups, agencies and
partnerships to: - assess levels of community organisation
- plan support for community groups gauge the potential for joint working
and community involvement
- establish neighbourhood management and community-- based projects.'
http://www.cdf.org.uk/pooled/articles/BF_DOCART/view.asp?Q=BF_DOCART_124536

Building Community Strengths': This handbook provides the materials
you need to assess the strength of the community sector in your locality.
It will help provide baseline information to enable groups, agencies and
partnerships to: 
- assess levels of community organisation 
- plan support for community groups 
- gauge the potential for joint working and community involvement 
- establish neighbourhood management and community-based projects
http://www.cdf.org.uk/pooled/articles/BF_DOCART/view.asp?Q=BF_DOCART_124536


14. ACCESS AND LEARNING

Accessible Venues Guidance 
Recent changes to disability legislation has extended rights of access and
has also rightly increased disabled people's expectations of the level of
service they should now expect to receive when attending meetings and large
scale events.
It is vital that we, as the Welsh Assembly Government, and our partners
throughout the public sector in Wales take the lead and act as an exemplar
to ensure that disabled people are able to participate in society.
The development of the Accessible Venues guidance is an important
achievement. This unique on-line guidance should be used as a tool by venue
providers for assessing how best to meet the needs of disabled people.
http://tinyurl.com/e9jdc

Every Child Matters... to Museums links museum learning to the new Ofsted
self-evaluation forms and includes space for practical application and
planning. An accompanying DVD contains further evidence from museum
professionals and a core group of LEA Advisers who champion museum learning
in the South East. http://tinyurl.com/ma4o7

Watch this Space
An action research and professional development programme for teachers and
educators to encourage sustainable links with non-visiting schools.
Watch this Space toolkit
This toolkit draws on the expertise of teachers, artists and gallery
education staff who have participated in Watch this Space. The information
focuses on how to set up successful relationships between galleries and
schools and includes useful resources, bibliography and templates.
http://www.engage.org/projects/watchthisspace.aspx

'Making Their Past Your Future' - New Evaluation and Website:
Over 1,500 people and 81 organisations were interviewed for the evaluation,
which presents significant findings about the learning and societal impact
of participation in the programme for people of all ages, and of the power
of the museums sector to achieve such wide-ranging impact. Their Past Your
Future was planned, delivered and evaluated using inspiring Learning for
All.
A new website, www.theirpast-yourfuture.org.uk  - and more new websites will
be developed over the next few months for showcasing collections/school &
community work in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales 
http://www.mlasouthwest.org.uk/index.php?SID=5970&YEAR=2006&ID=28#SID@@@5970

'Understanding Slavery encourages teachers, educators and young people to
examine the history and legacies of the transatlantic slave trade through
museum artefacts.' http://www.understandingslavery.com/
'Produced by the Understanding Slavery project this website is a free
resource for teachers and educators planning lessons on the transatlantic
slave trade for young people at key stage 3 and 4 in their education.'

'Supporting Mathematics and Numeracy in Museums, Libraries and Archives: 
This guide is for staff at museums, libraries and archives (MLAs) to help
develop good maths learning projects. These projects can provide real
opportunities to explore mathematics in interesting, fun and enjoyable ways
using the resources that they uniquely have access to. Teachers or group
leaders will also find this guide useful in considering partnership working
with MLAs that can provide stimulating environments for the exploration of
mathematics and other curriculum areas.' http://tinyurl.com/fqy9q


15. ICT AND DIGITISATION

'Supplier Selector Toolkit: The Supplier Selector Toolkit is designed to
provide museums, libraries and archives with a framework through which they
can develop their knowledge, competence and confidence in commissioning
commercial organisations to undertake work in the areas of digitisation.'
http://www.discs-uk.info/toolkit/

Jersey Heritage Trust Podcast 
In April 2006, the Jersey Heritage Trust started its audio guide scheme
which includes podcasts about its sites.
http://www.jerseyheritagetrust.org/podcasts/podcasts.htm

Gateway to Global Culture" site launched: 
Global Memory Net, an online image library and gateway to cultural,
historical, and heritage images around the world, has just been launched
with a number of collections included in UNESCO's Memory of the World
Programme.'
http://portal.unesco.org/ci/en/ev.php-URL_ID=22616&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTI
ON=201.html

Archived Websites
'Those worried about the loss of the history of UK conservation may be
reassured to know that the British Library and the National Library of
Scotland have archived the websites of UKIC, SSCR, IPC and the earlier
websites of the Conservation Awards, Conservation Register and PACR. They
can all be viewed at www.webarchive.org.uk , with the exception of the IPC
site which will become viewable in the next few weeks. The Icon website is
to be archived at regular intervals.' (From Iconnect July 2006
http://www.icon.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=10&Itemid=1
1 )


16. ACCREDITATION

Collections Link
See the Collections Link website for lots of supporting information which
has recently been updated to include the CyMAL Accreditation Action Plan
template. 
http://www.collectionslink.org.uk/accreditation

Producing a forward plan for your museum
How to meet the planning requirements of accreditation
http://www.mlanortheast.org.uk/nemlac/page.php3?p=452&fp=371


17. DOCUMENTATION

How long will it take to clear our backlog?
This fact sheet provides general advice and guidance for estimating
timescales for clearing documentation backlogs. It is based on the
experience of museums who have been through the documentation planning
process. MDA is gathering information about documentation timescales and
would like to hear of your experiences of dealing with backlogs. We have
included a questionnaire at the end of the fact sheet to make it easy to get
in touch.
www.mda.org.uk/times.htm

Adlib Museum Lite: collection management for everyone! 
With the newly developed Adlib Museum Lite, small museums and private
collectors can manage their collections in a very professional manner. And,
on top of that, Museum Lite is cheap, because it costs you absolutely
nothing!
http://www.adlibsoft.com/


18. CONSERVATION

"Guidelines on Disaster Prevention and Control in Archives"  ICA Study no.
11 is now available online: These guidelines were compiled by the former ICA
Committee on Disaster Prevention (ICA/PDP).  The purpose of these Guidelines
is to assist archives and archivists in need of guidance to implement a
disaster management policy and strategy.'
(http://www.ica.org/news.php?pnewsid=343&plangue=eng)

Mission Impossible?
Ethics and choices in conservation 
Most exhibitions about conservation highlight successful and dramatic
treatments which have led to a significant discovery about a work of art.
From paintings to sculpture, manuscripts to furniture, this exhibition
explores conservation across the breadth of The Fitzwilliam Museum's
world-class collections.
http://www.icon.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=262&Itemid=
15

Forensics, Fibres, Fascicles, and Folding Screens
Over 400 delegates from around the world participated in the first
International Conference of the Icon Book & Paper Group in Edinburgh from
26-29 July. The conference marked the final transition from the Institute of
Paper Conservation, and was the first major international conference on
paper conservation in the UK for nearly a decade.
http://www.icon.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=279&Itemid=
15


19. NEWS - WALES

Exciting New Children's Art Event Will Launch at 2006 Abergavenny Food
Festival
This summer, more than 1000 pupils in seven Monmouthshire, Wales schools
have been taking part in an exciting, educational competition called
"There's a Face in My Food!"
"There's a Face in My Food!" was inspired by the quirky portraits painted by
Italian Renaissance artist, Giuseppe Arcimboldo, a huge celebrity in his
day. 
The project has been devised by am+pm, a local, independent arts marketing
agency, on behalf of Abergavenny Museum and Castle and its Curator, Rachael
Rogers, whose diverse programmes aim to develop productive community
relationships and family activities for the enjoyment and benefit of all.
Each school will display the finished "food faces" and students will vote
for their favourites. The top five choices from each school will then go
into an art exhibition at the Abergavenny Castle Museum. This launches on
the weekend of the famous Abergavenny Food Festival (Sept. 16th & 17th),
when 30,000 foodie visitors are expected, and will run until October 29th.
It's open to the public and admission is free.
http://www.abergavennymuseum.co.uk/index.php?lang=EN

Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansea

Now showing:
In View: Sisley in Wales 
18 March - 27 August 2006 Permanent Collection Galleries 
You'll Never Know: Drawing and Random Interference
Main Gallery 29 July - 24 September Preview Friday 4 August 7pm
Evan Walters: Moments of Vision
 <<...OLE_Obj...>> 

10 June - 20 August 2006
http://www.swansea.gov.uk/index.cfm?articleid=1400
Swansea Open 2006: Annual Exhibition
5 August - 16 September
The Swansea Open Information Leaflet with terms and conditions is now
available. Please download from the right hand side of this page.
Work will then be received at the Gallery on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 July
(11am - 4.30pm). Entry forms will not be available in advance but will need
to be completed when actually submitting work at the Gallery on these dates.
http://www.swansea.gov.uk/index.cfm?articleid=6379
Events
You'll Never Know: Drawing And Random Interference - Concert
Friday 18 August, 1pm 
In Transit Ensemble is the resident group of the Cardiff New Music
Collective, a dynamic group of composers and performers who work together to
produce ground-breaking contemporary music of the highest standard.
You'll Never Know: Drawing And Random Interference - Guided Talk/Tour Friday
15 September, 1pm 
Jeni Walwin, independent writer and curator, who with Henry Krokatsis
jointly curated You'll Never Know, will give a talk and guided tour of the
exhibition.
http://www.swansea.gov.uk/index.cfm?articleid=6379


20. AMGUEDDFA CYMRU NATIONAL MUSEUM WALES 

Jobs at Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales
Oil Paintings Conservator, National Museum Cardiff
Salary: Salary 20,910 - 25,520 per annum
Closing date: 25 August 2006
http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/en/jobs/?job_id=285

News
http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/en/news/

Joint presence gets off to a great start at the National Eisteddfod
8 August 2006 
Almost 2000 people visited the Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales and
The National Library of Wales stand at this year's National Eisteddfod in
Swansea on the first day of the week long festival. This is the first time
the Museum and Library have worked together at the Eisteddfod and it's
already a great success with Eisteddfodwyr of all ages. 

Art meets industry at the Swansea Eisteddfod
8 August 2006 

Blue MacAskill commissioned by National Waterfront Museum Swansea
Blue MacAskill, artist, photographer and film maker, has been commissioned
by the National Waterfront Museum Swansea and the National Eisteddfod of
Wales to create an installation for the largest annual open air cultural
event in Western Europe, which will be held near Swansea from 5 - 12 August
2006. 

Crafty Slatey Fun this Summer!
7 August 2006 

24 July - 1 September 2006
If you're looking for some fun family activities this summer then head for
the National Slate Museum Llanberis. With a packed programme of activities
ranging from decorating a picture frame with slate mosaic to colouring a
slate to using the Art Cart Package and badge making, there's something to
suit every age and taste! 

Join us for family activities at the National Eisteddfod
3 August 2006 
There's something for everyone at the Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum
Wales and National Library of Wales stand at this year's Eisteddfod. 

History Matters says Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales
3 August 2006 
Why is history important to us? How would we like the beginning of the 21st
century to be remembered by future generations? Are we doing enough to
remember and celebrate the lives of our forefathers? 

Museum gets thumbs up from visitors
24 July 2006 
With the long summer days upon us, why not take time out of your busy
schedule to amble down to west Wales to see what's so fantastic about the
National Wool Museum in the small village of Dre-fach Felindre? 

21. NEWS - SCOTLAND

Discover, Explore, View
Future Museum is built around the key areas that make the south-west so
distinctive from the rest of Scotland - its people, industries and arts. 
http://www.futuremuseum.co.uk/

Statutory Performance Indicators for Museums. Guidance
Earlier this year, SMC reported to members on the introduction of the new
SPI for museums. We have since been in contact with those of you for whom
this has implications, and have now produced two new pieces of guidance to
help you to meet the reporting requirements. The first piece of guidance is
concerned with the collection of visitor figures and the second with web
usage. You can find both on our website -  see the factsheet Recording
visitor figures to report against SPIs at
http://194.200.63.26/pdfs/Factsheets/SPI_FAQ.pdf
and the factsheet Recording web hits to report against SPIs at 
http://194.200.63.26/pdfs/Factsheets/SPI_web_hits.pdf
(From SMC e-bulletin No 12 -
http://194.200.63.26/information_services/smce_bulletin_index.asp )


22. NEWS - ENGLAND 

Culture, Media and Sport Committee
Session 2005-06 25 July 2006
New inquiry: Caring for our Collections 
The Culture, Media and Sport Committee is announcing today a new inquiry
into the heritage sector. This inquiry is a sequel to the Committee's recent
inquiry and Third Report, Protecting and Preserving our Heritage (HC 912),
which concentrated on the historic environment, namely built heritage and
archaeology. The focus of new inquiry will be on museums and galleries,
cultural property and archives. 
http://www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/culture__media_and_sport/c
ms060725.cfm

Heritage Link welcomes Select Committee challenge to raise its game.
Heritage Link welcomes the Commons Select Committee Report Protecting and
Preserving our Heritage. One of the recommendations is that Government
should seek a closer dialogue with Heritage Link. Click here for the Press
Release
http://www.heritagelink.org.uk/

House of Commons Hansard Written Answers for 24 July 2006-08-11
Paul Holmes: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what
budget has been available to museums for acquisitions in each year since
1980. [87617]

Mr. Lammy: Museums have a number of sources of funding for acquisitions
available to them. These include government funding (be it national or
local), self generated income, private donations and grants available from
bodies such as the Art Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund. We do not keep
figures on each of the different funding streams available for all museums.
The Government do not ring fence acquisition budgets for the cultural
institutions that it sponsors. This ceased in 1992 and allows sponsored
museums and galleries the freedom to choose how they spend their grant in
aid. Overall grant in aid for directly sponsored national museums and
galleries increased from 205.17 million in 1997-98 to 314.93 million in
2006-07.
http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200506/cmhansrd/cm060724/text/607
24w1915.htm


23. NEWS - NORTHERN IRELAND

Equality Scheme Update
The Northern Ireland Museums Council is fully committed to promoting
equality of opportunity and good relations, both within and outside the
organisation. 
NIMC submitted its Five Year Review of its Equality Scheme and Progress
Report on the Scheme, covering the period 1st April 2005 - 31st March 2006,
to the Equality Commission in July. These can be accessed under 'The
Council' / 'Equality Scheme' on our website, www.nimc.co.uk.

Consultation on the Corporate Governance, Usage of ICT, Marketing and
Promotion EQIAs closed on 19th June. Reports on these and on NIMC's revised
Equal Opportunities Policy are also available on the website.
(From Museum Beat August 2006)


24. NEWS - INTERNATIONAL

European Cultural Tourism Network Newsletter
ECTN's 3rd Annual Conference Gothenburg, Sweden 22-24 Nov 2006
European Discussions on Cultural Tourism
ECTN Events for 2006
Reports from ECTN thematic workshops
ECTN Partner and Member news
Links with other networks
Culture 2007
http://www.cultural-tourism.net/newsletters/NewsletterSummer2006.pdf


Current Awareness Service

Inclusion of third party information in the Museums Current Awareness
Service does not constitute an endorsement by CyMAL. CyMAL takes no
responsibility for the quality of third party events, products or services
featured in this Newsletter.  Whilst every care is taken to provide accurate
information, neither CyMAL nor the editor undertakes any liability for any
error or omission.

If you know anyone who would like to be added to the circulation list, or
would like a 'hard copy' of the main mailing, or if you don't have access to
the internet and need prints from the sites listed - please contact Carol
Whittaker.  People who currently receive hard copies will continue to do so.

Welsh and English versions of the bulletin will remain separate in response
to requests from readers.

Carol Whittaker AMA
Museums Development Adviser
CyMAL: Museums Archives and Libraries Wales
Welsh Assembly Government
01970 610 238   [log in to unmask]
Any of the statements or comments made above should be regarded as personal
and not necessarily those of the National Assembly for Wales, any
constituent part or connected body.





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