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  • Re-opening of NI Local Museums

    07 July 2020

    On 2nd July, the NI Executive announced relaxations to the Coronavirus restrictions which included agreement that museums and galleries could re-open from the 3rd July 2020.

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  • Archeaology Unlocked! 11-19 July 2020- join us

    07 July 2020

    Please join us in this year's digital Council for British Archaeology's Festival of Archaeology for lots of new and exciting ways to discover our past. Online events, activities and projects celebrate the value of archaeology, our local landscapes, places, artefacts, folklore and culture.

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  • Organisations Emergency Programme- update

    07 July 2020

    On the 1st June, The Arts Council of Northern Ireland announced an Organisations Emergency Programme for small to medium scale organisations in the cultural sector including accredited museums.

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  • LET'S TALK Collecting the Contemporary

    06 July 2020

    Shortly after Lockdown in March 2020, a number of museums embarked on contemporary collecting programmes to capture the stories, images and memorabilia of what has been and remains a momentous event in our lifetime.

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  • Love to Move Online Pilot

    09 June 2020

    Local dementia friendly museums are finding creative ways to engage with local care home residents during Lockdown.

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  • RRR in conversation with.....

    09 June 2020

    Youth engagement project Reimagine Remake Replay, an engaging Museum initiative for 16-25 year olds across Northern Ireland have, in collaboration with cross border culture project Making the Future, recently wrapped up a successful series of online public interviews with Northern Ireland based Artists.

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  • Museums in Recovery

    08 June 2020

    Museums will recover - but it will be a slow process

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  • Public attitudes towards re-opening museums

    08 June 2020

    How safe does the public feel visiting museums and cultural institutions after Lockdown?

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  • LET'S TALK

    08 June 2020

    LET'S TALK is a new initiative by the NI Museums Council for its members to share project news and ideas, get to know partner organisations and to promote debate and discussion.

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  • Collecting for the Future - Funding programme still open!

    06 May 2020

    Have you got ambitious plans to develop your collections?

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  • #MuseumWeek 2020, 11-17 May 2020

    06 May 2020

    #MuseumWeek 2020 takes place between 11-17 May 2020. 7 days, 7 themes, 7 hashtags

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  • International Museums Day, Monday 18 May 2020, #IMD2020

    06 May 2020

    The Theme for 2020 is Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion.

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  • Reimagine Remake Replay launches Remote RRR programme

    05 May 2020

    Youth engagement project Reimagine Remake Replay, an exciting initiative which seeks to engage 16-25 year olds in museums and their collections has recently moved its activities online in light of the current Covid 19 crisis.

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  • COVID-19 Key Updates 16 April 2020

    16 April 2020

    Updates for the NI Museum Sector

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  • Accreditation News

    07 April 2020

    All Accredited museums in the UK have their current award status extended for an additional 12 months.

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  • Free Online Advice Surgeries for Independent Museums

    07 April 2020

    Applications for a free Online Advice Surgeries now open

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  • National Lottery Heritage Fund announces Emergency Funding

    07 April 2020

    Heritage Emergency Fund announced!

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  • NI Museum Council Training Programme

    07 April 2020

    All training planned for April to June has been cancelled

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  • Save the Date! #MuseumWeek 2020

    07 April 2020

    MuseumWeek 2020 will take place between 11-17 May

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  • Collections Trust News

    07 April 2020

    Collections in lockdown? Coffee chats about collections?

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  • Updates from Irish Museums Association

    07 April 2020

    Check out what the Irish Museums Association is up to!

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  • Baby Daddy Success

    24 March 2020

    Baby Daddy Came to Playful Museums Festival 2020

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  • Museum closures across Northern Ireland

    20 March 2020

    The majority of accredited local museums across Northern Ireland are now closed to the public.

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  • NI Museums Council Awards Announced

    18 March 2020

    We are delighted to announce that the following museums have been successful in obtaining funding during 2019-2020.

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  • Coronavirus (Covid-19)

    18 March 2020

    The situation regarding Coronavirus (Covid-19) is fluid and continually evolving. This page will be regularly reviewed. This page was last reviewed on 18/03/2020.

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  • Women in our Culture

    08 March 2020

    Women make an immeasurable contribution to our society. From innovative artists and writers, service personnel, farmers, actresses, to the women who campaigned for social reform, this booklet highlights a small but diverse range of women and provides some insight into their lives and achievements. The booklet features images of items from local museum collections related to the women and their lives such as photographs, newspaper clippings, uniforms, sculptures, medals, and paintings. To find out more about the women identified in this booklet take a visit to the local museums who hold further information. Download the publication for free here: www.nimc.co.uk/research-and-publications/

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  • Museums Change Lives

    02 March 2020

    We're excited to launch a new series of Museums Change Lives (MCL) case studies to highlight the dynamic and impactful work taking place in museums across Northern Ireland. Museums Association Publication in collaboration with NI Museums Council. Download the publication here: www.museumsassociation.org/download?id=1266325

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  • The Northern Ireland Museums Council has developed a draft Disability Action Plan

    17 February 2020

    We are seeking your comments!

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  • NI Museums Council becomes JAM Card Friendly

    12 February 2020

    Recent training undertaking by NI Museums Council and local museum staff

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  • Grants and awards for Museums

    10 February 2020

    There are a number of awards and grants open for museums

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  • Playful Museums Festival

    10 February 2020

    The Playful Museums Festival is bringing storytelling, arts, music and other multi-sensory activities to the under 5s this February. Think young uns and yoga at the Tower Museum, castle building at Carrickfergus Museum, or a total toddler takeover at the North Down Museum.

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  • Access and inclusion at local museums

    10 February 2020

    NIMC are delighted to announce that we will be working with Access Matters to deliver access & inclusion Audits at 7 local museums.

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  • Reimagine Remake Replay Year One Round Up!

    07 February 2020

    What a year! The National Heritage Lottery Funded project Reimagine, Remake, Replay: an ambitious, creative programme that embeds young people at the heart of activity in museums across Northern Ireland has concluded its first jam packed year of activities.

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  • NIMC New Year's Greeting

    03 January 2020

    2019 was an exciting year for NI Museums Council (Museums Council). We are proud to have worked with a variety of partners and museums to deliver a range of audience development programmes such as - The Late Shift, a series of afterdark happenings in museums for over 18s - Reimagine, Remake, Replay, a project allowing young people (16-25 year olds) to connect with and enhance museum collections using a mix of creative media and the latest digital technologies - Playful Museums, engaging under 5s and their carers with museums - Dementia Friendly Programme, supporting museums to become dementia friendly - A Brush With Nature, a programme celebrating cultural diversity in NI In September celebrated during an awards ceremony Full Accreditation for four of our local museums and being registered to Working to become dementia friendly for six museums. During #MuseumWeek we raised the profile of museums through coordinating a social media campaign. Since January our annual Training programme has delivered eight training sessions and two Museum Forums to 200 museum staff and volunteers through which we are building capacity and enhancing the resilience of the sector. The Museums Council has recently been successful in securing £15,000 from Esme Mitchell Trust to enable local museums to develop their collections over the next three years. We also awarded 11 Collections Care and Access grants, 7 Playful Museums grants, and 6 Dementia Friendly grants. We look forward to advocating for and supporting the development of local museums in Northern Ireland in 2020. Happy New Year.

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  • T:buc funding

    15 November 2019

    Funding Good Relations Work. We all know that museums and the exhibits contained are contributing towards breaking down barriers and bringing our community together but did you know that funding is available if you are running projects or events with a clear Good Relations Focus? The Executive Office has a number of streams of funding including Project Funding and Small Grants.

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  • Celebrating Achievement in the Museum Sector

    03 October 2019

    During an NIMC awards and recognition ceremony on 24th September at Carrickfergus Museum and Civic Centre 4 museums were presented with Full Accreditation certificates and 6 museums were recognised by the Alzheimer's Society as working to become dementia friendly. 

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  • Memory Walk 2019

    09 September 2019

    On Saturday 7th September NI Museum's Council Development Officer (Learning) took part in the Alzheimer's Society Memory walk at Stormont.

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  • NIMC and Good Relations

    05 September 2019

    NI Museums Council are committed to creating a united community, supporting museums to develop respect for, and understanding of, the needs and concerns of diverse communities. We will be involved in a number of activities this month to participate in Good Relations activities for Good Relations Week 16th - 23rd September.

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  • Capital Grant Programme

    30 August 2019

    Capital Grant Programme by local Councils aimed at improving access to, and participation in, arts and cultural activities by people with disabilities across NI launches. The Programme will be jointly funded by the Department for Communities, the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, the Public Health Agency and Councils themselves with Councils ultimately responsible for managing the delivery of projects before 31 March 2020. The Programme successfully supported a wide range of improvement works at arts and culture venues in 2018/19 including: - Lifts in buildings; - Hearing Loop systems; - Automatic doors; - Portable ramps; - Appropriate signage; - Floor adjustments; and - Changing Places facilities.

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  • Call for Placements

    23 August 2019

    Students from QUB MA History and MA Public History courses are looking for structured project placement opportunities in local museums.

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  • NI local museums walking together

    23 August 2019

    NIMC and local museum staff are participating in the Memory Walk on 7th September 2019

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  • Funds and Awards for Museums

    09 July 2019

    UK wide applications are now open for a range of funding opportunities and awards for museums and their collections.

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  • Call for Papers: NIMC Museum Forum 2019

    08 July 2019

    This year's NIMC Museum Forum will be held at Public Record Office of Northern Ireland on 11 December 2019. The Forum will examine all things Digital. Do you want to share learning from a digital preservation, access, or engagement project at your museum? If so please contact us with the name of the project, a short description, and the main impacts of the project by end of August 2019. Please email: Triona White Hamilton our Development Officer (Collections and Museums) at devofficer@nimc.co.uk

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  • New appointment to NI Museums Council's Board

    04 July 2019

    Julie Andrews, Director of the Linen Hall Library, has been appointed to the Board of the NI Museums Council.

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  • Using Visuals and Makaton to Communicate in Museums

    24 June 2019

    A successful session took place with Autism NI and Robinson Makaton Training

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  • NIMC Grants 2019-20: Update

    07 June 2019

    Funding pressures mean that NIMC grant programmes will remain closed.

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  • NIMC Working to Become Dementia Friendly

    07 June 2019

    Over 200 local museum staff and volunteers have participated in dementia awareness sessions delivered by NIMC.

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  • Have you got what it takes to be a NIMC Board Member?

    07 June 2019

    The Northern Ireland Museums Council currently has one vacancy on its Board for a representative of the Independent Museum sector.

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  • We need your help to report on visitor numbers to local museums

    07 June 2019

    Visitors to local museums have been increasing in numbers.

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  • New NIMC Training day announced - All About Audiences!

    07 June 2019

    The Museum Accreditation Scheme encourages all museums and galleries to meet an agreed standard in how they engage with their audiences.

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  • Touring exhibitions available from the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

    07 June 2019

    The Public Record Office of Northern (PRONI) has several travelling exhibitions that local museums can borrow.

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  • NIMC New Year's Greeting

    30 November -1

    NI Museums Council New Year's Greeting 2019 was an exciting year for NI Museums Council (Museums Council). We are proud to have worked with a variety of partners and museums to deliver a range of audience development programmes such as - The Late Shift, a series of afterdark happenings in museums for over 18’s - Reimagine, Remake, Replay, a project allowing young people (16-25 year olds) to connect with and enhance museum collections using a mix of creative media and the latest digital technologies - Playful Museums, engaging under 5’s and their carers with museums - Dementia Friendly Programme, supporting museums to ‘become dementia friendly’ - A Brush With Nature, a programme celebrating cultural diversity in NI In September celebrated during an awards ceremony Full Accreditation for four of our local museums and being registered to ‘Working to become dementia friendly’ for six museums. During #MuseumWeek we raised the profile of museums through coordinating a social media campaign. Since January our annual Training programme has delivered eight training sessions and two Museum Forums to 200 museum staff and volunteers through which we are building capacity and enhancing the resilience of the sector. The Museums Council has recently been successful in securing £15,000 from Esme Mitchell Trust to enable local museums to develop their collections over the next three years. We also awarded 11 Collections Care and Access grants, 7 Playful Museums grants, and 6 Dementia Friendly grants. We look forward to advocating for and supporting the development of local museums in Northern Ireland in 2020. Happy New Year.

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