1. New CML Website and Newsletters

The CML Peer Network is developing a new website and revamping its quarterly Newsletter. Further information will be available in December. We hope both will provide access to much needed and relevant resources and help CMLs connect for shared learning and peer support.

2. Community Trade Up Programme

The Community Business Trade Up Programme will support 80 organisations in England focused on improving their local area. It’s run by the School for Social Entrepreneurs, in partnership with Power to Change. The offer includes

  • A free learning programme, to develop income and impact
  • A Match Trading grant of up to £10,000
  • A community of supportive peers

Find out more @ www.the-sse.org/community-business/

You can download the guidance notes, and have a read to consider whether you would like to apply. If you have any questions, or if would like to discuss anything further contact Amy Harrison via email: amy.harrison@sse.org.uk

To share this opportunity via email to all your networks, the team have created a  bundle of ready-made social media posts and graphics – simply copy and paste!

3. Article on Community Asset Transfer and Taking Over Your Local museum toolkit

A new article has been published on community asset transfer which may be of interest to you. The article concentrates on museums which have been transferred. It includes a discussion of the wider political strategies of relevance to community managed museums and then moves on to reflect on the main challenges experienced by local authorities and community members during the asset transfer process.

The article is based on PhD research by Bethany Rex, who has also produced a toolkit on ‘Successfully Taking Over Your Local Museum’ (supported by Arts Council England and the Association of Independent Museums) where findings from the research are translated into practical guidance. The toolkit can be accessed via this link:https://www.aim-museums.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/V-5-Successfully-Taking-Over-Your-Local-Museum-2018-6.pdf

In the article, Bethany talks about her personal experience of trying to undertake research which results in positive action of benefit to the people who participated in the project. The article is published in the Journal of Community Archaeology and Heritage. The first 50 copies can be downloaded for free via this link: https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/SDVSABSQKR7EXSVBBGJU/full?target=10.1080/20518196.2019.1688265

If you wish to read the article but cannot access the free copies or would prefer to receive a PDF copy you can contact Bethany on b.rex@arts.ac.uk or via Twitter @bethanyrex