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Training Programme

NIMC Training Programme 2016-17

Northern Ireland Museums Council seeks to ensure that our museums have the capacity to offer the highest possible standards in Developing Audiences, Education and Learning, Collections Development, Care, Management and Use, and, Infrastructure, Investment and Resources.

The new training programme continues to be the primary means of supporting professional development.

Responding to the demands and challenges within the sector the foci of the Training Programme this year are:

Community Engagement

Audience Development

Well-Being & Social Impact

Collections Care and Management

Peer learning is also emphasised within the programme with a focus on building an understanding, and sharing of good practice within the sector through local case study examples. 

This year there is a move to utilise the resources and expertise within the local museums through local museums as hosts for the training.  This enables the involvement of local staff, collections and exhibitions.

Over the course of the year we will keep you informed of any additional workshops and information sessions we plan to run.  In the meantime, we hope that you will be able to make the most of this current programme.



Intergenerational Practice training: Working across the generations
Date: 16th November 2016
Location: Carrickfergus Museum
Cost: 60 for members

Many local museums are prioritising working with young children or with older adults.  This training will explore the benefits, potentials and challenges of engaging with younger and older people together within the same activity or project.  Working with such groups in combination can enhance learning and understanding and took take the form of reminiscence, storytelling, oral history or a study of the locality.

The day  will be of use to those with little or no experience of working with intergenerational groups (younger and older people together) alongside those who have some experience of such but would like to further develop their approach and technique. Best practice advice and guidance will be provided for participants to build an action plan for their own intergenerational activity/initiatives.

Participants will be given a literature and resources pack to support their ideas development and learning.

Places on all our training events are limited so please book your place by contacting

Booking Information


There are discounted rates on training courses for NIMC members. Become a member.

Payment must be received to secure your booking. Once you submit a booking form attached in the programme we will issue an invoice to you for payment. Payment must be received, either by cheque or BACS, within 28 days of receipt of your booking or within 14 days of the training date whichever is sooner. All bookings not secured by receipt of payment will be re-allocated to those on the waiting list.


NIMC adopts a strict policy with regard to cancellations. All cancellations must be in writing. If you cancel more than 14 days before the event you will be refunded on receipt of written cancellation. (This does not apply to study visits).


A full day training session always includes a sandwich lunch unless otherwise stated. Please inform us if you have any special dietary requirements.


Dementia Awareness- introductory 2 hour course

Free training which can be delivered by NIMC on site at local museums

This 2 hour basic awareness course is designed by the Alzheimer’s Society and explores what dementia is, signs and symptoms and basic tips as to how to engage with individuals living with dementia and their carers. The session also includes signposting to local services and key contacts to link with if trying to engage with this audience. The training can be tailored to your staff and volunteers and delivered in local museum environments by Rachel McCance, Development Officer (Learning).

This awareness course is useful for all organisations wanting basic awareness of dementia and especially for those museums working to become dementia friendly. The awareness training is suitable for all and is of particular use for front of house, guiding and visitor service staff as well as those involved in developing and delivering community engagement programmes.

For more information please contact Rachel McCance at


There are no training courses currently available to display.