YHFED Small Training Bursary

We have had to postpone our main 2020 training programme and hope to re-schedule what we can in 2021. We recently issued a survey to members on what you’d like to see from us in 2020 given the likelihood we won’t be running our usual training sessions. Based on member feedback we have decided to run some online workshops later in the year – details to follow here shortly. We are also launching a small bursary scheme which can support FED members to access training or memberships which will support their professional development. We have allocated some funds towards this and the scheme will remain open until the funds are used. For further info please download the form on the left. Applications will be considered from Weds 22nd July. We will announce here when the scheme is closed.

2020 One Day Course Training Programme

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic we have made the difficult decision to postpone our Training and Events programme. We will continue to review our training and events programme based on Public Health England guidance. Please check back again soon for an update on the training and events we can offer.

UPDATE! July 2020:  We will be running some online training sessions in the Autumn – updates will appear here shortly.

Sharing our learning – what new practice is emerging in Yorkshire?

Postponed- new date to be confirmed 

Cost: £35 FED members, £45 Non- FED members

There have been many new projects funded in Yorkshire over the past few years. Some of these have broken new ground, tried out new practices and different approaches and worked with unique audiences. We have invited speakers from a number of organisations who have used funding to do something different in their organisation. We ask what has worked, what hasn’t and what practice could be adopted by other museums across the region? This event is a great opportunity to hear about new practice in a range of fields, network with colleagues and be inspired by what an organisation of any size could do in the future.


Stop hiding your light under a bushel! – Promoting ‘hidden gems’

Postponed- new date to be confirmed 

Cost standard: £35 FED members, £45 Non-FED members

So many of our museums and attractions are referred to as hidden gems, but gems aren’t meant to be hidden, they are meant to be seen and celebrated by all. This session looks at practical ways you can increase your impact on marketing, press and digital, turning your ‘hidden gem’ into a ‘sparkly treasure’. With practical sessions on branding, writing a good press release, and planning a digital engagement campaign.


Celebrating 20 years of Next Generation

Postponed- new date to be confirmed

Cost: £12 (for refreshments)

For 20 years, the Next Generation programme has been providing development opportunities for people new to management, or people thinking about taking the next step into leadership. With over 500 alumni, a whole generation of heritage professionals. We would like to invite everyone who has attended, hosted or taught on the programme over the last 20 years, plus anyone who is thinking about management and leadership for the future, to come to a special social event to celebrate this amazing achievement and help us usher in the next 20 years of Next Generation training.


Networking training plus FED AGM

Postponed- new date to be confirmed 

Cost: £15 FED members, £25 Non-FED members

One of the most requested training opportunities we are asked for is networking skills. After all, as the old saying goes, ‘it’s not what you know but who you know’. This course will give you the opportunity to hear networking experts give sessions on networking top tips. This will be followed by a BBQ style buffet where participants can mingle, enjoy some food, and practice their new-found skills with each other. There will also be a handful of senior figures from within the regional museum sector who will be happy to be your guinea pig for you to practice networking with. A great opportunity to meet new people, learn new skills and enjoy a convivial event building your museum network. There will also be the FED AGM during the event.


Conservation Basics: Book, Paper, Archive

Postponed- new date to be confirmed 

Cost: £35 FED member, £45 Non-FED member

An introduction to basic book, paper and archive cleaning, handling and storage, led by conservator Shirley Jones. A very practical session with the opportunity to have a go at all the aspects covered. It will include a tour of the store at West Yorkshire History Centre.


Introduction to Project Management

Postponed- new date to be confirmed 

Cost: £35 FED member, £45 Non-FED member

Many museum and art gallery staff are involved in small and medium projects such as exhibitions and displays, using their extensive knowledge of artefacts. This course will look at the management processes and planning of such projects using tools available in other sectors. It should help you balance the cost, timescales and quality of projects to enable a successful outcome. It will use a case study to illustrate how the tools can be used practically


Next Generation Management Training Programme 2019/2020:

The final sessions for our 2019/2020 Next Generation Programme have been postponed due to the COVID pandemic. We will be in ongoing contact will all delegates as to how best to rearrange these in due course.

We hope to run the programme again in 2020/2021. Further details are available in the download on the left or you can contact the training coordinator: Jane Walton: 07791021992



Practical workshop – recording oral histories

Date & Venue TBC



The FED Training Affordability Principles

Courses will be reasonably priced, discounted for Fed members, and for most courses, three free volunteer places will be made available on a first come first served basis (one per institution). We reserve the right to reduce the number of free places offered depending on the course maximum number allowed.

Courses will be led by experienced trainers who have relevant and current knowledge and skills, as well as experience of working in the heritage sector.

Courses will enable members to develop and add to their own skills and knowledge base, and to ensure that the courses we offer are up to date and relevant to the sector, our course programme will reflect members feedback. To that end we welcome course suggestions, so if you would like to see a specific training topic covered please contact the FED

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