Resilience and sustainability: How entrepreneurial is your museum or heritage attraction?

Join peers from across the country at Birmingham’s Lapworth Museum at a series of one-day workshops to share successful entrepreneurial models of working which can help develop resilience and sustainability within your museum and heritage attraction. Focussing on economic (revenue generation), social (volunteer management, marketing, audience development) and environmental sustainability, these participatory workshops will take inspiration from leading museum case studies and provide a supportive environment to exchange knowledge and learning, discuss challenges and obstacles, and generate entrepreneurial ideas to take forward.

The workshops are aimed at staff working in museums and other heritage attractions who have a good understanding of both the strategic objectives of their organisations and day to day operations. There is an expectation that all participants will contribute to the workshop content through sharing their models of working and experiences within their own museums and heritage attractions.

Speakers include:

Workshop 1: Monday 4 December

• Caroline Storr, Heritage Development Manager, Salford Museums: The Business of Culture – introduction to the Culture Club, modelling new business relationships
• Janine Eason, Director of Engagement, Birmingham Museums Trust: Diversifying marketing practice for better audience engagement

Workshop 2: Monday 11 December

• Claire Benjamin, Deputy Education Director, Liverpool Museums: Transforming the use of a museum’s space to engage
• Sarah Hayes, Coffin Works & Museum Manager, Newman Brothers at the Coffin Works: Museum as Enterprise – corporate hire and volunteer management

Workshop 3: With a special focus on environmental sustainability: 26 January 2018

• Catherine Botterill, Creative Green Lead, Julie’s Bicycle: Embedding sustainability within museum practice
• José Forrest-Tennant, Development & Sustainability Manager, Lapworth Museum of Geology: Case Study - Lapworth Museum

Workshop facilitators:

José Forrest-Tennant is Development & Sustainability Manager at Lapworth Museum of Geology. She has over 15 years’ experience of developing audience engagement programmes within the arts and heritage sectors and was a first year cohort on the successful Museums Association, Transformers programme.

Dr Suzanne Carter is a freelance Community Engagement Consultant-Practitioner, specialising in developing and delivering Heritage Lottery Funded Activity Plans, community consultation and engaging ‘harder to reach’ groups with heritage. She has over 15 years’ experience developing and project-managing community projects and events.

To book

These workshops are free to participants and include lunch. There is an expectation that all participants will contribute to the workshop content through sharing their models of working and experiences within their own museums and heritage attractions. On booking your place there will be a short survey to fill in about your organisation’s approach to enterprise and sustainability. These details will help us plan the workshops to best effect and maximise the potential to exchange learning on the day.

Places at each workshop are limited to 20. After booking you will be emailed a survey to complete and return.

You can book onto one or more workshops; but if the demand for places is greater than spaces, you will be allocated your first date choice.

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When & Where

Lapworth Museum
Plenty of tickets
Fri, Jan 26
10:00