International Museum Academy: Transforming Future Museums

About

The International Museum Academy Greece – Transforming Future Museums is a continued professional development programme designed to transform the museum and heritage sector in Greece. The programme aspires to trigger cultural, social and economic benefits and to enable the sector to respond to the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. 

The British Council is inviting proposals for the delivery of short courses in the following subject areas:

  • Project Management
  • Developing Exhibitions
  • Fundraising and Income Generation
  • Audience Development


To read a summary of the research which informed the development of this programme, please click here.

News

The deadline to apply to this tender has been extended to Monday 11 July 2016.

 Dates and Locations

Course Athens Thessaloniki Course leader fee (ex VAT)
Project Management 12 - 17 October 2016 2 - 7 November 2016 £9,000
Developing Exhibitions 12 - 17 October 2016 2 - 7 November 2016 £9,000
Fundraising and Income Generation 19 - 24 October 2016 9 - 14 November 2016 £9,000
Audience Development 19 - 24 October 2016 9 - 14 November 2016 £9,000

Mentoring

As part of the training, participants will benefit from post-course online mentoring sessions.

Objectives

The objectives of the courses are to:

  • equip Greek museum and heritage professionals with the skills and knowledge necessary to sustain and grow their institutions;
  • promote an open, collaborative and innovative working culture;
  • connect Greek and UK professionals and institutions with one another;
  • develop the vision and confidence of Greek  museum professionals;
  • raise awareness of the importance of museums and cultural heritage and museums for cultural, social, economic and environmental development
  • inform and influence national, regional and local policies

Course Outline

Courses should be designed to be practical, with a focus on sharing expertise amongst participants.

Each course will be designed and delivered by a UK course leader with input from UK and Greek experts.

The training should be engaging and innovative, showcasing UK best practice, and should include:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Group activities
  • One-to-one sessions
  • Visits to museums and heritage sites

Fee

£9,000 is offered per course leader for delivery of courses in Athens and Thessaloniki. This amount does not include travel, accommodation and per diems.

Deadline

Due to internal reasons we have extended the deadline until Friday 29th July.

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Clarification

Please send any questions to Lowri Jones, Programme Manager, Cultural Skills Unit prior to the Clarification Deadline on Friday 24 June 2016.

We aim to respond to all requests within two working days, and will reply to all questions by Wednesday 28 June 2016.

 FAQs

I am a small museum and capacity is an issue, can I still be involved in this programme?

Yes. In addition to the recruitment of course leaders for the 4 courses, we will identify a pool of museum speakers to support the course leaders in delivering aspects of the course sessions. We expect to communicate this opportunity by the ened of July 2016. 

Can I/my institution apply for more than one course topic?

Yes. You can apply for the delivery of more than one course as long as the scheduling of the courses do not clash. Two courses will run concurrently within the same period as detailed below:

 

Phase 1

International Museum Academy: Athens

 

Phase 2

International Museum Academy: Thessaloniki

Course Title

Participants

Dates

Course Title

Participants

Dates

Project Management

15

12-17 October

2016

Project Management

15

2-7 November

2016

Developing Exhibitions

15

12-17 October

2016

Developing Exhibitions

15

2-7 November

2016

Fundraising and Income Generation

15

19-24 October

2016

Fundraising and Income Generation

15

9-14 November

2016

Audience Development

15

19-24 October

2016

Audience Development

15

9-14 November

2016

What is the benefit to my institution in applying for this call?

The benefits of participating in this programme for UK museum and institutions are multifold. Some are included below:

  1. to provide an excellent international professional development opportunity for you and your staff; 
  2. to raise your/your institution’s profile at an European and international level; 
  3. to allow you to extend your professional museums’ network in Greece and beyond for continued dialogue and future collaborations;
  4. to provide you with the opportunity to reflect and add value to your current practice.

Does the fee include all travel and accommodation costs?

No, the fee is exclusive of travel and accommodation and per diems whilst overseas. This will be covered separately by British Council. 

Does the fee include VAT, if applicable?

No, the fee is exclusive of VAT.

Who is responsible for arranging participant registrations, project management and course logistics?

British Council both in the UK and in Greece will be responsible for all project management of the programme, including participant registration and all course logistics. 

How many participants do you envisage will participate in each course?

We expect approximately 15-18 participants to attend each course. Participants will be from across Greece’s museum and cultural heritage sector.

As a Course Leader, will I be expected to attend any meetings with the British Council prior to the courses starting?

Yes. We will invite all course leaders to attend a meeting at British Council offices to discuss the course in more detail. It will also be an opportunity to meet the guest museum speakers and other course leaders. We would also bring you in contact with a Greek museum professional (over a skype session) who will provide you with advice and insights for you on the Greek museums context, sector and needs.

 How many days of preparation will be required for the delivery of each course?

This will depend on your level of experience and the degree of existing and relevant content available. We have estimated between 4 and 6 days of preparation for a 6-day course but this should be taken as a guide only. 

Will the courses be 5 full days of training?

No. Course hours will be made up by a combination of evening sessions (16:00-21:00pm) from Wednesday to Friday followed by two full days (10:00-16:00) on Saturday and Sunday. The train-the-trainer session will take place on the immediate Monday following each course and it will be approximately one full day (10:00-16:00). 

Does the course leader need to be the same person delivering in both Athens and Thessaloniki?

No, we are happy to consider applications where two different trainers deliver the same course in both cities. However, we are only able to send one course leader to each city. 

Our costs are higher than the specified fee, will my bid still be considered?

Your bid will be assessed in line with all other bids but we are very unlikely to consider bids over the specified maximum fee.