• 10.00am - 5.30pm
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London
  • 10.00am - 5.30pm
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London

Museums training programme

Uniform training
Training

Supporting skills development within the sector

The National Army Museum provides training opportunities in best practice for museums throughout the UK and internationally.

Our training offer

Working with a network of over 140 UK Regimental & Corps Museums and international partners, we deliver a free annual training programme that encourages skills development within the sector, and explores the benefits of networking and sharing expertise in working with Army collections.

While our training is free for those working or volunteering in Regimental & Corps Museums, our courses are currently charged at £50 for a half day, £100 for a full day, and £450 for our week-long Regimental Curators’ Course, for those wishing to attend from outside the sector.

Please note that all volunteer bookings need to come direct from your volunteer-supervisor.

If you have any enquiries regarding the training, please contact Julian Farrance (jfarrance@nam.ac.uk) or Christine Bernáth (cbernath@nam.ac.uk).

Modes for Beginners

Tuesday, 6 February 2024 [FULLY BOOKED]

10.00am – 12.30pm
Zoom

This session will introduce the Modes software. Attendees will learn the basics of navigating Modes, including:

  • finding records;
  • viewing and sorting records;
  • exporting records;
  • editing records;
  • creating records.

No previous experience of Modes is necessary.
Attendees must be confident in basic IT use and use of Zoom.
Modes does not need to be installed on the device being using to join the session.

Modes for Advanced Users

Wednesday, 7 February 2024 [FULLY BOOKED]

10.00am – 12.30pm
Zoom

Attendees will be introduced to more advanced techniques for:

  • using and manipulating subsets;
  • creating and editing grids;
  • validation and term lists;
  • managing multimedia;
  • global editing via the grid;
  • importing data.

Attendees should have completed a Modes for Beginners course or have equivalent experience of navigating, searching, editing and creating Modes records.
Attendees must be confident in basic IT use and use of Zoom.
Modes does not need to be installed on the device being using to join the session.

Modes for Beginners (additional course)

Tuesday, 20 February 2024 [FULLY BOOKED]

10.00am – 12.30pm
Zoom

This session will introduce the Modes software. Attendees will learn the basics of navigating Modes, including:

  • finding records;
  • viewing and sorting records;
  • exporting records;
  • editing records;
  • creating records.

No previous experience of Modes is necessary.
Attendees must be confident in basic IT use and use of Zoom.
Modes does not need to be installed on the device being using to join the session.

Good Governance for Trustees

Wednesday, 13 March 2024

10.30am – 12.30pm
Zoom

This two-hour online workshop, delivered by Hilary McGowan, will explore museum governance for Trustees. By the end of the session, you will:

  • know what good governance looks like;
  • know how to create a Change List to help your Board to improve;
  • understand why open recruitment is so important;
  • understand why you need to adopt a Succession Plan, and the challenges this can pose, and be able to create and implement one.

What you will take away:

  • a checklist of what a good Board looks like
  • a toolkit to support open recruitment
  • a template for a Succession Plan

Disposals Training

Wednesday, 10 April 2024

10.30am – 12.30pm
Zoom

Join our Head of Collections Standards and Care and Registrar to learn about the processing of collections disposals and experiences from the National Army Museum process. We will cover appropriate documentation, Spectrum and accreditation compliance, legal considerations and ethical methods of disposal including the right paths to sale, destruction, and repatriation.

Regimental Curators’ Course

Monday, 22 April – Friday, 26 April 2024

National Army Museum, London

We will be running the next Regimental Curators’ Course in person here at the National Army Museum in London. This five-day training course covers various aspects of museum best practice and working with Army collections, and is open to staff, volunteers and trustees working in Regimental & Corps Museums. 

Topics covered during the week include an introduction to preventative conservation, learning services, marketing for military museums, research and archives, photo identification, exhibitions, collections care and management, and much more.

The course includes attendance at the NAM Annual Conference on Wednesday, 24 April.

NAM Annual Conference

Wednesday, 24 April 2024

10.00am – 4.00pm
National Army Museum, London (or Zoom)

Join us for the 7th NAM Annual Conference. The day will be packed with presentations on museum best practice, relevant projects and initiatives, as well as sector updates. This event also provides an excellent opportunity to network with other Regimental & Corps Museum professionals. A full programme of speakers will be released soon.

Please indicate on your booking form whether you’ll be attending in person or virtually, and if you have any dietary requirements.

Data Protection for Museums

Tuesday, 14 May 2024

10.30am – 12.30pm
Zoom

Join us for a bite-size training session on everything you need to know about data protection to ensure that your museum remains compliant. Subjects covered will include:

  • Introduction to Data Protection
  • Impact of Brexit on GDPR
  • Implementation of Data Protection in museums
  • Data Protection and online security.

Public Records 

Wednesday, 22 May 2024

10.30am – 12.30pm
Zoom

Do you hold public records at your museum? Are you unsure of what public records are? This online training session, held in partnership with the National Archives and Army Historical Branch, will cover all aspects of holding public records, from ‘places of deposit’ to public access. If you are unaware that the release of public records could land you in court, then this training session is imperative!

Imperial Legacies: Curating Your Colonial Collections 

Friday, 7 June 2024

10.30am – 4.00pm
National Army Museum, London

This full-day workshop, delivered by Chris Berriman and Freya Samuel, is aimed at helping those museums interested in developing the interpretation and display of their colonial collections. Focused heavily on practical work, the session will look at how to create co-production projects based on shared heritage and the telling of contentious histories.

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