South West                                                       updated 1/8/2011

Programme 2011 - 201

South West Freelancers Day
Taunton, 6 October 2011
10.00 till 16.00 (exact timing tbc)

The South Western Federation of Museums & Art Galleries and GEM SW are organising a skills sharing day for established, new and potential freelancers – curators, educators, consultants, designers, conservators, interpreters, etc.

We plan to develop the programme around delegates’ interests and skills. Perhaps you’d like to learn about putting together proposals, professional indemnity, starting a business, forming partnerships or just simply network with likeminded colleagues?

Perhaps you would like to offer your services as a speaker?

Please complete the booking form to indicate your areas of interest, so that we can refine the programme. Return it to

There will be a charge of c £5 per delegate, to cover room hire and coffee. The more people come, the cheaper it will be, so spread the word!

Vicky Dawson and Jan Horrell


Past Events

Developing Online Resources

Monday 18 October 2010 09:30  – 16:30
Fleet Air Arm Museum,
RNAS Yeovilton, Ilchester, Somerset, BA22 8HT

Planning, evaluating, creating and testing online resources including for whiteboards.
Further Information


Learning Outside the Classroom
Applying for the Quality Badge?

Wednesday 12 May 2010   11:00 – 15:30
Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton, Ilchester, Somerset

Find out about the background,  benefits and application process.

Further information

Early Years Enthusiasm Day

Thursday 26 November 2009 10:00 – 16:00
St Nicholas Priory, EXETER

A day for being enthused about early years children and their carers as museum visitors. Find out what south west museums learnt during the Parents as First Educators project and be there at the launch of a regional museums and early years network.
Further Information

Interpretation for the 21st Century
8 May 2009
British Empire & Commonwealth Museum, Templemeads, Bristol
This one day workshop focused on a brief review of interpretive basics and look at new approaches to planning, designing and presenting interpretive programmes and services.Further information

Using Reminiscence Based Approaches
11 June 2009 at Bathpool, Taunton
Areas to be covered included: What is reminiscence? The benefits of using reminiscence based approaches. Avoiding upsetting memories. Reminiscence activity. The importance of listening skills. What role can museum and archives play?  and more.
Further information

Implementing The Learning Outside the
Classroom Manifesto

A joint GEM and Strategic Commissioning programme course.
15 May 2008 at MLA SW, Creech Castle, Taunton
16 May 2008 at The Copthorne Hotel, Plymouth
This was a free training day - lunch and refreshments includedI

Further information

29 November 2007- Free inc. lunch and refreshments
A joint GEM and Strategic Commissioning programme course.

Part of the South West Museum Skills Programme

Using ILfA to develop learning resources

British Empire and Commonwealth Museum, Bristol
Further information


May 2007 (tbc)
Learning Organisations Conference
in partnership with the Campaign for Learning for education officers and managers with policy making roles.
In the centre of the region


Monday 2 April 2007

This training day has been organised to provide Museums in the South West with the knowledge and skills to use the Inspiring Learning For All Framework as a tool to improve learning provision in Museums.

Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery

Further information


11 December 2006
Child Protection: Policies & Practice in Museums
To provide Museums in the South West with the knowledge and skills to provide a safer environment for children and vulnerable adults and to safeguard their own staff and volunteers.

Exeter Central Library


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