The Bath & North East Somerset (B&NES) Museums Group

The B&NES Museums Group is a constituted body whose membership consists of 13 Accredited Museums as defined by the Arts Council under the 2011 Museum Accreditation scheme and two museums with the status of working towards accreditation.  There are also associate members of the group who are engaged with heritage related organisations.

The common thread that links all these museums is the need for long term financial sustainability. This new fundraising group will provide appropriate expertise which will help improve the skills and knowledge of staff and volunteers within the B&NES Museums Group.  It will also provide the framework for embedding the learning from the proposed course through developing a peer support network the terms of which will be agreed by participants.

The networks programme will support the development and delivery of a one day fundraising course which will be promoted to members of the B&NES Museums Group.  Museums face severe financial pressures with cuts in local authority and Arts Council funding and need to make provision to explore income generating opportunities within the private sector. This course will explore opportunities across a number of income streams.

This will include;

  • developing partnership with the corporate sector
  • building visitor / membership databases
  • utilising online resources to raise awareness of the museum
  • researching funding opportunities through grant making trusts
  • utilising new community based fundraising initiatives like Crowdfunding

The course will use a combination of formal presentations, group work and breakout sessions, providing opportunity for delegates to ask questions and share experience and knowledge with others in the room. This practical approach to learning ensures that delegates will take away with them increased fundraising confidence and skills when they return to their respective museums.

As part of the course preparation, delegates will be asked to complete a registration form giving information about their current fundraising knowledge, how their respective museums are currently funded, and what areas of fundraising they feel they would like to learn more about.

This information will be used to help design the content and methodology used for delivering the course. This “bespoke” approach ensures that delegates will take away information which they can utilise right away.