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A Wing and a Prayer - Highland & Moray Skills Development Programme

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Katey Boal, National Trust for Scotland
Lorna Cruickshank, Highland Council

Presentation from the Museums Galleries Scotland 'Fortune Favours the Brave' conference, September 2013.

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A Wing and a Prayer - Highland & Moray Skills Development Programme

  1. 1. A Wing and a Prayer; The Highland and Moray Skills Development Programme Lorna Cruickshank, The Highland Council Katey Boal, The National Trust for Scotland
  2. 2. Where are we?
  3. 3. Who are we? Highland Museums Forum: •The Highland Council (officer support) •Independent Highland Accredited museums •The National Trust for Scotland •Highlife Highland (Archives, Inverness Museum & Art Gallery and the Highland Folk Museum) Moray Heritage Connections: •Moray Council Museums Service (Falconer Museum) •Independent Accredited museums •Non Accredited museums and heritage centres
  4. 4. The Challenges • • • • • Geography - travel distance and time Capacity and aging volunteers Professional isolation On-going need to maintain/raise standards Wide range of skills levels and existing knowledge • Timetabling/avoiding clashes • Funding…
  5. 5. Overcoming the Challenges • • • • • Working together in an informal partnership Sharing skills in the area Using central venues Critical mass Prioritising needs based on numbers and timescales • Funding – MGS thank you!
  6. 6. Our First Partnership with Moray – The Learning Initiative • • • • Wish to work together Interest and evidenced need MGS small grant Low cost/no cost training central location • Skills sharing and museum support
  7. 7. Training, CPD, Schools Brochure, Marketplace of Ideas!
  8. 8. Highland and Moray Skills Development Programme - the Plan • Building on success and learning from mistakes! • Expanding content based on recognised needs • Trying out new approaches • Sharing local skills as well as bringing in national expertise • More structured host visits
  9. 9. Workshops and conferences Good teaching – best to learn by experience Well presented useful and relevant Great- engaging & pertinent Lots of food for thought, but also very pragmatic
  10. 10. Host Visits at Knockandhu Woollen Mill Grantown Museum and the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
  11. 11. Why we think it worked… • Managed with clear responsibilities for each organisation • Learning from each other and sharing skills • Positive formal and informal evaluation from museums • Assisted in raising and maintaining standards • Critical mass • Access to funding/skills for projects • Research work
  12. 12. The FUTURE.... A formal partnership agreement Highland and Moray Heritage project for Homecoming 2014 My heart’s in the Highlands… 2014 2014
  13. 13. Lorna Cruickshank Independent Museums Support Officer Education Culture and Sport Service The Highland Council 01349 868206 Lorna.Cruickshank@highland.gov.uk Katey Boal Learning Manager Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre The National Trust for Scotland 0844 493 2159 kboal@nts.org.uk www.museumsinthehighlands.com
  14. 14. A Wing and a Prayer; The Highland and Moray Skills Development Programme Lorna Cruickshank, The Highland Council Katey Boal, The National Trust for Scotland

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