Covid-19 Resources and info

Covid-19 Resources and info

To support museum staff and volunteers at this time we are launching our first digital Heritage Cafe‘s  – we thought it may be useful to have an online space where we could come together, share advice, ask for support or just have a natter over a cup of tea? On Friday 10th April , we would like to host two Zoom sessions for you to join us. One at 10am and one at 2pm. Just for an hour or so. If you would be interested in taking part, drop Nicola an email here and we’ll send you a link to the session.

Collections security – It is important to check with insurers on this, but if it absolutely essential for you to check on collections from time to time, please see the template letter from Groam House Museum. It is important to ensure safety of staff and volunteers in the first instance, but if one person is making as few trips as possible and preferably by foot, taking all necessary precautions such as hand-washing etc, then it is possible to do. some pandemic guidance can be found here – https://icom.museum/en/covid-19/resources/recommendations-for-museum-conservation/?fbclid=IwAR3bmuPF9p5ZGrlN3bmoXC9qSyVEisva1h783r7scJmAK5LlUy0ADOI6UyI

The first XpoNorth Heritage Hangouts were a great success and thanks to all who took part. If you would be interested in taking part in one – you can still get in touch and I’ll add you to the list for the next round. They are an opportunity to discuss different ways you can utilise technology to engage with your audiences; develop digital experiences; create immersive content and/or how to monetise content. email nicolahenderson@xponorth.co.uk

On monetising – one thing we discussed with many museums last week was using Patreon https://www.patreon.com/ It is a bit like an online friends subscription service and a place where you could add special content for your members etc. if you would like to know more don’t hesitate in getting in touch!

And finally some more links to useful information at this time and a link to free measuring social impact courses which could be extremely helpful going forward:

MGS updated that all accredited museums will have their award status extended for 12months. – https://www.museumsgalleriesscotland.org.uk/accreditation-recognition/accreditation-scheme-frequently-asked-questions-faqs/?utm_content=buffer8ae31&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

MGS have also launched their emergency funds to support the sector through this crisis – https://museumsgalleriesscotland.org.uk/stories/mgs-announces-new-funds-to-support-scotlands-most-vulnerable-museums-and-galleries-and-to-support-digital-and-home-working/

AiM are hosting fee online advice surgeries – https://www.aim-museums.co.uk/coronavirus-support-resources-online-advice-surgeries/?utm_content=buffer93f8c&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

NLHF have launched their emergency fund – https://www.heritagefund.org.uk/news/heritage-emergency-fund-launches-help-sector

More NLHF info https://www.heritagefund.org.uk/blogs/how-we-will-be-helping-heritage-community-during-coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic

Some useful resources from an email from the Archives NRA Jiscmail list here https://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/cgi-bin/webadmin?A2=ind2003&L=ARCHIVES-NRA&P=R85448

AiM – https://www.aim-museums.co.uk/coronavirus-resources/

Creative Scotland – https://www.creativescotland.com/what-we-do/latest-news/archive/2020/02/coronavirus-advice

Third Sector Resilience Fund – https://scvo.org.uk/support/coronavirus/funding/for-organisations/third-sector-resilience-fund

XpoNorth resource library – https://xponorth.co.uk/resources/covid-19-coronavirus-resources

Free social impact courses from Just Enterprise – https://justenterprise.org/demonstrate-social-impact/e-learning-impact-measurement/

Internationalising Our Culture and Heritage Course – https://xponorth.co.uk/resources/our-culture-and-heritage-international-market-opportunities-elearning

OSCR guidance – https://www.oscr.org.uk/guidance-and-forms/covid-19-guidance-for-charities/2-funding-and-finance/?fbclid=IwAR0XTEG5EbBEif6kLv-OUiAYuCHIkDlTe6JFcZ4pZMUsWxq2ZRFJ6xg5PKk

Visit Scotland Market Intelligence – https://www.visitscotland.org/binaries/content/assets/dot-org/pdf/marketing-reports/visitscotland-market-intelligence-290420.pdf

Social Distancing Toolkit for Museums https://www.designbyccd.com/wp-content/plugins/pdfjs-viewer-shortcode/pdfjs/web/viewer.php?file=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.designbyccd.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2020%2F05%2FCCD-x-Smartify-Re-mobilising-Museums-White-Paper-1.pdf&dButton=true&pButton=true&oButton=false&v=1.5.1#zoom=auto





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XpoNorth launch Museum and Heritage Support Programme

We are really excited to launch XpoNorth Heritage as a dedicated support strand for the Highlands and Islands Heritage community. This support programme is unique in structure and will be completely driven by the needs of the sector; it will also interface with XpoNorth’s wider specialist advice programme, encouraging deeper cross-sectoral interaction that will lead to new and innovative ways of working. You say what you need and the programme aims to help you find a solution!  

So, what it is and what can it do for me?

The heritage programme aims to offer support through providing additional capacity and expertise to help turn your ideas for building more resilient organisations into actions. The programme will help the Heritage sector to develop ideas that will attract new and/or diversify existing audiences, investigate the potential to create new income channels or build capacity within your organisation by creating new connections across the creative industries. We all know that there is a great range of skills and expertise across the sector and there are many excellent ideas as to how we can change our ways of working in order to become more resilient in difficult economic times – and in the face of a climate crisis. However, for many of us the offer of a helping hand and advice can be enough to bring the idea to fruition. This programme hopes to help you with that. You may have a story you want to tell using new technology, or an event programme that you want to encourage more people to engage with remotely or an innovative new product idea. Whatever you are thinking, get in touch and we can chat through how we can help you reach your goal. 

How will it work?

If you have an idea for meeting challenges or creating new opportunities, and would like support in developing it further and/or access to specific creative industries experts (such as digital, retail, publishing, storytelling, sponsorship etc) then please fill out this form – https://xponorth.co.uk/sector-support-programmes.  One of our team will then get back to you to discuss your project and what kind of support you need. Essentially by filling out the simple request form, you get a commitment to provide you with an advisor who has time to work with you to develop your idea or put you in touch with the relevant expert to support your project. It is important to note that this programme is not about telling the sector what it needs – it is about you telling us what you need. It may be specialist advice on a product you want to develop, or how best to cultivate and engage new and existing audiences; a key area for the project is also the potential for the introduction of new technologies to enhance physical customers experiences or leverage exciting remote interaction. You may be looking to better articulate your story and the provenance around it, or how to demonstrate the value of your idea to key stakeholders.

Anything else?

Accompanying this central element of the programme will be a series of events looking at examples of where experiments with new technologies or creative industry partnerships have helped the heritage sector identify new income streams and/or attract new audiences and inspire ideas. If you have a project you would like to share with the sector, then please do get in touch – nicolahenderson@xponorth.co.uk. There will also be opportunities to access training and skills development as part of the wider XpoNorth programme.  

Nicola will be planning some visits to discuss the programme with you and to ensure it best meets the sector’s needs so please expect an email in the near future – in the meantime if you have any questions do not hesitate in getting in touch nicolahenderson@xponorth.co.uk.

Nicola Henderson who is working with XpoNorth on the Heritage Support Programme

 XpoNorth Heritage is supported by HIE, Museums Galleries Scotland, Historic Environment Scotland and Creative Scotland