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In response to the COVID-19 crisis and adherring to current goverrnment advice to stay at home all planned training and peer learning opportunities planned to take place during March, April and May have been postponed.  We will be monitoring the situation in relation to courses scheduled for June.  Alternative modes of delivery or rescheduling options will be considered in the coming weeks.  In the meantime stay safe and well everyone.

Spilling the Beans  - ‘The Year in Highlights: Looking Back, Going Forward’

Date: 23 March 2020
Venue: Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum
Cost: Free for NIMC Members
This year the day will focus on key audience development and engagement projects which have taken place during 2019/20.  Encouraging relection, sharing of learning, discussion of priorities and exploring development opportunities the day will explore the theme, 'The Year in Highlights: Looking Back, Going Forward'.  This is a members-only event.  

Banish that Backlog: Collections Documentation

Trainers: Sarah Brown, Collections Trust
Date: 7th April 2020
Venue: Mid-Antrim Museum, Ballymena
Cost: £70 NIMC members/ £110 non members

Want to banish that backlog? Perhaps you don’t know where to start with documentation planning, aren’t sure what counts as a backlog, or are confused by temporary numbers. In this workshop we will explore the Spectrum 5.0 Inventory procedure, looking at the minimum level of information required to ensure accountability. We will discuss how to prevent documentation problems, reviewing some of your own procedures, and look at tackling inventories through realistic Documentation planning.

Please bring along your Documentation Plan and Documentation Procedures Manual (or at least information related to your Object entry and Inventory procedures). This will be helpful to review throughout the session and will also be used in several activities.

By the end of this session you will:

·      Understand changes and updates in Spectrum 5.0, particularly in reference to Inventory and Documentation planning.

·      Have an understanding of how the new Spectrum 5.0 standard puts mitigating risks at the hear of key procedures.

·      Have an understanding of how to apply the updated Inventory and Documentation Planning procedures within your organisation, and how these can be used to identify and resolve documentation issues.

Basic Guide to Digitisation

Trainers: Team at Data Digitisation at Queen's University
Date: 13th May 2020
Venue: Centre for Data Digitisation at Queen's University
Cost: £70 NIMC members/ £110 non members

Digitising our collections provides fantastic opportunities for museums to preserve our heritage and allow access to our collections beyond the museum walls.

‘Digitising’ museum objects means making copies of physical originals in digital form – for example, by scanning or photographing 2D items or transferring the contents of reels of film or audio tape into digital formats. It can also refer to 3D scanning of objects or, more loosely, any digital photography of collections.

During this session participants will:

-          better understand how to interpret historical research into digital resources

-          learn how to scope a digitization project

-          be provided with information about digital standards and recommendations

-          be introduced to appropriate equipment and software to support digital capture

-          better understand how to prepare your materials

-          gain knowledge on applying mark-up standards and indexing

-          hear about storage and archiving guides

-          explore ways and methods on how best to showcase your digitized content

There are a number of practical sessions planned throughout the day and participants are encouraged to participate through discussion and activities. There will be plenty of opportunity for questions throughout. 

Reminiscence in Local Museums: Making Creative Connections through Objects

Trainers: Marian Ferguson and Audrey Lockhart, Reminiscence Practice Consultants and both formerly of the Reminiscence Network NI

Date: 23 June 2020

Venue: NI War Memorial, Talbot Street, Belfast

Cost: £70/members and £110/non-memberS

An opportunity to learn some new techniques or refresh your existing reminiscene skills.  The session will focus on the power of objects to engage a diverse range of audiences with museum collections. 

Where's the STEM? Using Local Museum Collections to Inspire STEM Focused Learning

Trainer: Dr Gill Humes, Deliberate Learning Ltd

Date: 7 October 2020

Venue: HMS Caroline

Cost: £70//members and £110/non-members

Want to find fun and engaging ways to unlock the STEM potential within your musuemcollections and current learning workshops?  This course will focus on demystifying what STEM is and its place within the Key stage 2 curriculum.  The session will foster confidence among participants to find the STEM links in what they are already going while offering simple techniques and strategies to include STEM in approachable and manageable ways.  Participants will leave with an activity plan to develop STEM ideas, experiences and activities into their learning provision.

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