Museums and the Internet – Making the most of Digital

20 May 10:00 - 12:30

Price: £15.00

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Museums and the Internet – Making the most of Digital

Friday 20th May 2016

10.00 – 12.30

York Castle Museum, opportunity to visit the Museum

Cost £15 for Fed members
£20 for Non Fed members

First three applications from volunteers at a member museum will not be charged

Who is this course for?

It is aimed at museum and art gallery staff who have responsibility for starting, developing and/or improving the museum website and associated social media.

What will it cover?

The presentation will cover: –

·         Modern website design and development
·         Responsive design for mobile devices
·         Content management systems
·         News, events, blogs, products, case studies
·         E-commerce & online donations
·         Online ticketing
·         Search engine optimization
·         Social media
·         Email marketing
·         Integrating collections management systems
·         Visitor statistics
·         Micro-sites for special projects
·         Funding opportunities
·         Web development methodology
·         Accessibility and best practice
·         Choosing a web development company
·         The future

There will also be a workshop session where you can bring your internet issues for advice

Who will be running it?

It will be coordinated by David Miller, a management trainer with over 30 years of experience in the public sector, YHFed Freelance Training Officer and the lead trainer on Next Generation.

The experienced speaker will be:-
Jim Semlyen, Managing Director of Castlegate IT, a web development company based in York.
Jim has been involved with web development since 1995 when the World Wide Web first entered the public eye.

Castlegate IT create and maintain high-quality websites which are accessible, useable and standards compliant.

The company develops bespoke content management systems (CMSs), based on open source software, for clients from the charitable, private and government sectors.

Castlegate’s partnership with York Museums Trust resulted in a network of websites, managed by a multi-site CMS and integrated with their collections management software.  This enables online examination of the tens of thousands of artefacts and exhibits in York Museums Trust’s varied collections.

What will it cost?

The course is priced at a very modest £15 for Fed members and £20 for non-fed members.  Coffee and tea will be provided and lunch is available to purchase. There will also be 3 free places for volunteers, from organisations who are YHFed members available on a first come first served basis.

Where is it?

It will be located at the easily accessible York Castle Museum. Refreshments will be provided and lunch available to purchase.

How do I book?

To book a place you can contact,
‘Click’ on the booking link from this page on the left,
Go to Eventbrite:

You have four choices for payments: –

1.     By cheque payable to ‘Yorkshire Federation of Museums & Art Galleries’ sent to the Fed Administrator, 65 Bradley Street, Sheffield, S10 1PA.

2.     By online bank transfer or BACS direct to the Fed bank account as follows:


Sort Code:  40-27-15

Account No:  521170663

Please quote the following as the reference ‘Fed Training plus your name’

3.     By card payment methods available via online bookings made through Eventbrite.  The Fed cannot take card payments directly.

4.    By invoice – an invoice will be sent upon receipt of a purchase order or confirmation that an invoice may be sent without one

Booking enquiries should be made to Keith Crawshaw, Administrator,  email to:- or for course content please email David Miller: –

The 20th May is also the date of the YHFed AGM which will be held at the Castle Museum during the early afternoon on this day. Details to follow shortly.