Fundraising 2019 – 2020

Fundraising 2019 – 2020

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Fundraising 2019 – 2020

Do you want to expand how people can donate to your museum?

How easy is it for people to donate via your website?

Can people make contactless payment donations at your site?

We have small grant of £300 to help you implement your ideas, as well as two days of intensive training in both fundraising and specifically digital fundraising. The locations of the training are Stevenage in Hertfordshire (October 15th and 16th) or Dunwich in Suffolk (November 6th and 8th).

There is an initial cost of £100 per museum. Your County Museum Development Officer will work with you to support you in this fee if is a barrier to you coming along.   Ideally, the same two people should attend every session, as this makes the learning more effective and means you are more likely to be able to put the learning into practice and achieve fundraising success.

Digital Fundraising – Stevenage October 15th – 16th 

Digital Fundraising – Dunwich 7th – 8th November 


Collections Review and Rationalisation

Collections Review and Rationalisation

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Collections Review and Rationalisation

Deadline Monday 3rd June 2019

As part of our 2018-2022 regional Museum Development activity plan, funded by Arts Council England, SHARE Museums East is supporting museums to review and assess the significance of their collections, whilst developing confidence with rationalisation. The SHARE Collections Review and Rationalisation grants are available to help museums with this important area of collections management.

Museums can apply for a grant up to a maximum of £3000.

Examples of activities for which the grant can be used, include:

• Payment of an expert or consultant
• Storage and packing materials
• Collections Management Systems
• Transport or removal costs
• Conservation and condition reporting

Read about how other museums have used the grant to develop their collections:

SHARE Collections Review Grant Case Studies 2016

SHARE Collections Review Grant Case Studies 2017


If you are unsure if what you are applying for is eligible for a grant please speak to your MDO or with Ruth Burwood, SHARE Project Officer.


Collections Review and Rationalisation Grant Application Form 2019-20

Collections Review and Rationalisation Grant Guidance notes


Useful Resources:

Working with Freelancers

Collections Rationalisation Planning

Creative Case for Diversity



This year we are encouraging museums to think about how their work supports the Creative Case for Diversity.  It might not be applicable to your project, but if you are doing any of the following, please highlight it in your application:

  •       –  Research into collections that reveal untold stories of people or communities under-represented in your museum
  •       –  Improving documentation to tell these stories or update interpretations
  •       –  Including or updating exhibition labels or text so that these stories are available for your visitors to read
  •       –  Working with community groups to identify and interpret collections that you have little information for



Hidden  Histories

Hidden Histories

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Hidden Histories


As part of our 2018-19 regional Museum Development activity plan, funded by Arts Council England, SHARE Museums East is offering grants for developing new interpretations of collections and events programmes to develop local interest.  In particular, we are interested in interpretations and events which reveal the ‘Hidden Histories’ in the collections, telling previously untold stories of specific issues or marginalised people.

Museums can apply for a grant up to a maximum of £3,000.

Your Hidden Histories project must be based on your existing collections and focus on telling stories about issues and people who have previously not been noticed, stories which have been forgotten or might in the past have been covered up, or minority and marginalised groups.  For example, you may have objects that relate to specific issues like health, mental health or slavery; stories of specific groups of people, such as travellers, the LGBTQ community or women working in traditionally male-dominated roles; or people working in ‘lost’ trades and industries.

For more information, see the guidance notes document or talk to your county MDO.

We strongly recommend that you attend the Hidden Histories seminar on 1st February, for learning and inspiration. To book, click here.

The deadline for applications will be 9am, 28 February 2019.

Please contact Ruth for further details.

Audience Understanding

Audience Understanding

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Audience Understanding

The Audience Finder new user grant is aligned to Goal 2 of the Arts Councils (ACE) priorities – Audiences. The Audience Agency (TAA) is an ACE-funded Sector Support Organisation. SHARE Museums East has been charged by ACE to promote the use of TAA’s Audience Finder programme more widely by museums.

Audience Finder (AF) provides museums with excellent data about their visitors, but it can be a challenge for museums to take part and put the systems in place to gather the raw data required.  AF is free to use but there may be costs associated with collecting data. We are providing a small  number of grants each year to help museums make the most of this facility. Grant money may be spent on equipment, staff time or training to facilitate the running of Audience Finder and is awarded on the understanding that the museum will continue to use Audience Finder in future years and at least until 2022.

Four museums have received the grant for 2018-19. The next round of grants applications will from April 2019.

Please contact Kathy for further details.

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