South Wales and West of England AMA Support Group

Who are we?

The South Wales and West of England AMA Support Group is a forum which exists to help museum, gallery and other heritage professionals who are working towards the AMA in the region.

Who is the group for?

The group welcomes everyone, from those who are thinking about starting, to those who have made more progress on the AMA.

Members are welcome from across South Wales and West of England, working in a wide variety of organisations and areas of interest.

Contact:

Vacancy - if you are interested in this role please contact Tamsin Russell: tamsin@museumsassociation.org

If you want to post an upcoming event, have a question, or want to make a comment, please use the box below:

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Phillippa Turner
Assistant Curator of Library , SS Great Britain Trust
03.11.2017, 13:02
The next South West AMA meeting is at the National Museum Wales on Monday 4 December 2017.

To allow members plenty of time to get there and back, the day is planned to start at 10:30 and end at 13:30. Tea and coffee will be provided.

For details on how to get there, visit: https://museum.wales/cardiff/visit/

Please let Phillippa know if you are able to attend by emailing at phillippat@ssgreatbritain.org.
Phillippa Turner
Assistant Curator of Library , SS Great Britain Trust
09.08.2017, 12:47
The next South West AMA meeting is at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum on Friday 22 September 2017.

To allow members plenty of time to get there and back, the day is planned to start at 11.00 and end at 14:00. Tea and coffee will be provided.

For details on how to get there, visit: https://www.rammuseum.org.uk/visiting-us/how-to-get-here/

Please let Phillippa know if you are able to attend by emailing at phillippat@ssgreatbritain.org.
Phillippa Turner
Assistant Curator of Library , SS Great Britain Trust
05.07.2017, 12:24
The next South West AMA meeting is at the Chippenham Museum & Heritage Centre on Friday 21 July 2017.

To allow members plenty of time to get there and back, the day is planned to start at 11.30am and end at 2.30pm. Tea and coffee will be provided.

For details on how to get there, visit: http://www.chippenham.gov.uk/contact-us/.

Please let Phillippa know if you are able to attend by emailing at phillippat@ssgreatbritain.org.
Juliet Rose Turk
Assistant Curator, The REME Museum
11.04.2017, 09:01
The next South West AMA meeting is at the SS Great Britain, Bristol on Monday 24th April 2017.

To allow members plenty of time to get there and back, the day is planned to start at 11.30am and end at 2.30pm. Tea and coffee will be provided.

For details on how to get there, visit: http://www.ssgreatbritain.org/your-visit/find-us.

Please let Juliet know if you are able to attend by emailing at julietturk@outlook.com.
Juliet Rose Turk
Assistant Curator, The REME Museum
10.04.2017, 12:26
For anyone interested in joining the AMA South West group, please contact Juliet Turk at julietturk@outlook.com
Verity Anthony
Collections Assistant, Bath
02.11.2016, 08:53
The next SWAMA meeting is at REME in Lyneham, Wiltshire on Tuesday 6th December.

We will be sending out an agenda soon, so if you would like to attend or just want to find out more about the group, please get in touch with me on verity_anthony@bathnes.gov.uk (until 2nd December) or verity.anthony@hotmail.co.uk after that.
Tamsin Russell
Professional Development Officer, Museums Association
04.10.2016, 23:04
The AMA Support Groups are an excellent went of extending your knowledge of the different functions and roles of a museum. It enables you at second hand to meet and interview people that may have a remit for particular areas of the Knowledge Journal; as well as more broadly. So why not drop Verity a line and see when the next meeting is.

For more help and support please contact us CPD@museumsassociation.org
Verity Anthony
MA Member
Collections Assistant, Bath & North East Somerset Heritage Services
19.11.2015, 13:36
The next SWAMA meeting will be at Museum of Bath at Work on 7th December, 11-3. Please get in touch with me for the agenda, or more information on verity_anthony@bathnes.gov.uk.
Verity Anthony
MA Member
Collections Assistant, Bath & North East Somerset Heritage Services
02.11.2015, 08:54
Hi Felicia, sorry for the late reply. We don't yet have dates for 2016, we'll be sorting them out at the next meeting. It's absolutely fine to only come for part of the December meeting; if you email me on verity_anthony@bathnes.gov.uk, I will make sure you get an agenda when I send one out.
Felicia Davies
MA Member
Project Officer - Know Your Place West of England, South Gloucestershire Council
23.10.2015, 16:26
Hello,
do you know the dates yet for meetings in 2016?
And would it be okay to attend just part of the 7th December meeting, due to other commitments?
Verity Anthony
MA Member
Collections Assistant, Bath & North East Somerset Heritage Services
02.09.2015, 18:18
Update, the SWAMA meeting is on Friday (not Monday) 18th September 2015 at Somerset Heritage Centre. Please contact me on verity_anthony@bathnes.gov.uk for more info
Charlotte Holmes
MA Member
Museum Development Officer, Museums Association
27.08.2015, 15:00
South Wales and West of England AMA Support Group Meeting, Somerset Heritage Centre, Monday 18th September 2015.Please contact Verity verity_anthony@bathnes.gov.uk for more info

Amal Khreisheh
MA Member
Assistant Curator, Somerset Heritage Service
02.03.2015, 17:17
The dates and locations for SW AMA meetings for 2015 are:

Monday 13 April 2015, Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery, Exeter, 10.00am – 4.00pm
Friday 18 September 2015, Somerset Heritage Centre, near Taunton, 10.00am – 4.00pm
Monday 7 December 2015, Museum of Bath at Work, Bath, 10.00am – 4.00pm

Do let me or Tony know if you would like to attend our next meeting at RAMM in Exeter.

Meetings are friendly and informal so do let us know if there is anything you would like us to add to the agenda or if you would like to talk to the group about anything. Directions and an agenda for the RAMM meeting will be circulated in the next few weeks.
Amal Khreisheh
MA Member
Assistant Curator, Somerset Heritage Service
08.08.2014, 10:37
The next AMA support group meeting will be on Monday 8 September kindly hosted by the Alfred Gillett Trust/Clarks Shoe Museum in Street, near Glastonbury, in Somerset from 10.00 to 3.30 (http://www.clarks.co.uk/helpandinfo/archive).

We'll post the agenda and details of how to get there very soon. In the meantme, if you have any questions or suggestions of items for the agendado get in touch with Amal or Tony.
Amal Khreisheh
MA Member
Assistant Curator, Somerset Heritage Service
28.05.2014, 17:26
Our next meeting will be on Thursday 6 June at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery from 10:00am to 16:00pm(http://www.plymouth.gov.uk/museumpcmag.htm/). Do get in touch with Tony or Amal for a copy of the agenda and details of how to get there.
Amal Khreisheh
MA Member
Assistant Curator, Somerset Heritage Service
11.03.2014, 08:54
We’ve decided to postpone our next SW AMA support group meeting, which was planned for Thursday 27 March at Plymouth Museum. This is because the railway line into Plymouth has not yet been fixed, so trains are not running into Plymouth, which would make travel to the meeting difficult for many people. The line is due to be fixed in early April, so we will be looking at a new date in late April or early May. We will circulate the new details very soon.

Sorry for the change of plan!



Amal Khreisheh
MA Member
Assistant Curator, Somerset Heritage Service
28.01.2014, 15:54
Our next meeting will be on Thursday 27 March 2014 at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery
(http://www.plymouth.gov.uk/museumpcmag.htm/). We'll post the agenda and details of how to get there on our SWAMA yahoo site soon. Do get in touch with Tony or Amal if you have any questions or suggestions of items for the agenda.

Amal Khreisheh
MA Member
Assistant Curator, Somerset Heritage Service
22.05.2013, 16:20
Our next meeting will be on Thursday 11 July 2013 at SS Great Britain in Bristol (http://www.ssgreatbritain.org/). We'll post the agenda and details of how to get there on the SWAMA yahoo site soon. In the meantime if you have any questions or ideas please do get in touch with either Tony or Amal.

Amal Khreisheh
MA Member
Collections Transfer Assistant, Porthcurno Telegraph Museum
16.10.2012, 15:10
Jonathan Shimmin has organised an informal AMA meeting on Saturday 17th November 2012 at 2.30 at the Restaurant in the National Museum Wales in Cardiff. This will be a chance to meet others undertaking the AMA for a friendly chat.

For more information please contact:
jonathan.a.shimmin@rctcbc.gov.uk.
Amal Khreisheh
MA Member
Collections Transfer Assistant, Porthcurno Telegraph Museum
12.07.2012, 14:10
Our next meeting will be on Friday 28th September 2012 at Rhondda Heritage Park near Aberdare in South Wales. We'll post the agenda and details of how to get there on our SWAMA yahoo site in September. In the meantime if you have any questions do get in touch with either Tony or Amal.
12.04.2012, 09:44
Our next meeting will be on Friday 4 May 2012 at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery in Exeter. Please check our SWAMA yahoo site for the agenda and details on how to get there, or contact Angela or Christian.
21.07.2011, 10:05
Our next meeting will be at the recently opened local museum for Cardiff, Cardiff Story, on Friday 16 September. Details and an agenda will be published through our yahoo group; alternatively please contact Angela or myself.
21.07.2011, 10:02
If you are in the Southwest of England or in South Wales please join our new yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/swama/. We have set this up to ease lateral communication between group members. The site also contains minutes of previous meetings as well as other advice of how to complete the AMA successfully.
12.01.2011, 14:59
The first support group meeting in 2011 is on Friday 18th February at Tredegar House in Newport. Amongst other things, we will be talking about the work-based project. An agenda will be e-mailed to group members nearer the time.
26.07.2010, 09:38
the next meeting will be held at the National Museum of Wales Collection Centre, at Nantgarw (address at end of email). We'll start at 10am, Thursday 29th July.

With many of you preparing for your professional review, we will cover Ethics and Topical issues. It would be good if you could think of some issues that you may use in your review, so we could discuss them. Please let me know if you're intending to come, and thanks to those who already have.


Ethics and topical issues day.
To help discussions we'll be joined by Elizabeth Walker and Bruce Campbell. Elizabeth is Collections Manager at the National Museums of Wales, and an AMA mentor. Bruce was until a couple of years ago Collections Officer and Natural History Curator for Newport Museums service, and an AMA mentor. Please come ready with ideas, and ready to
pitch in on discussions. If there is something you have a burning desire to discuss, drop me a line and we'll have a thing about it before the day. Aside from what should be an interesting day, we hope that you will use it to help prepare you for your professional review. Might be a good idea to have a read through the Code of Ethics beforehand, so we can link topics back to those principles.

10am - cup of tea, start and brief catch up

10.30 - 12.30. Ethical discussions to include:
1) Ethical care of human remains (Elizabeth Walker leading).
2) Disposal including: - the ethics of (Elizabeth Walker).
- selling collections in current climate (Emily Price).
- disposal decisions being made without input of specialist knowledge, due to cuts in staffing. (Bruce Campbell).
3) Samples being taken from specimens (Elizabeth Walker).
4) Your ideas for the Ethical part of you professional review, which we can all discuss.

12.30 - 2pm Lunch. Frankie & Bennies and Nandos nearby.

2 - 4pm Topical issues to include:
1) The pressure to hold more events (filming, corporate hire, weddings, dinners etc etc), balanced with care of collections (Emily Price to lead).
2) Increasing pressure to sell staff skills? Looking at charging for conservation work, talks, public enquiries.
3) Your ideas for the Ethical part of you professional review, which we can all discuss.

4 - 4.30 Tour of the Nantgarw site. We have to be off site by 4.30.

Address and directions:
http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?x=311397&y=186167&z=0&sv=CF15+7QT&st=2&pc=CF15+7QT&mapp=map.srf&searchp=ids.srf
07.04.2010, 13:18
Sorry all - the meeting is on Friday 14th May, not the 15th!
07.04.2010, 13:14
Dear all,

just to let you know that the next AMA support group will be on 15 May, 10.15am - 3.30pm, at Torquay Museum.

The topic will be AMA paperwork, and we will be looking at examples from recent successful candidates.

Agenda:
10:15 - 10:45 - Arrival and coffee
10:45 - 11:15 - Introductions / news / announcements
11:15 - 13:00 - Looking at AMA paperwork, with examples from recent AMAs.
13:00 - 14:15 - Lunch (not provided) at nearby cafe or pub
14:30 - 15:30 - Tour of Torquay Museum stores with curator, Barry Chandler.

Do let me know if you'll be able to attend

Directions below:
If traveling by car it is best to pay to park in the Terrace Carpark (marked on the map) if you park on the top level and walk to the far end of the carpark you can exit on to Museum Road and the musseum is just at the bottom of the hill.. Sorry about the poor definition on the map. There is some free on street parking on Braddons Hill Road East but there are rarely any
spaces. Most of the roads in the vacinity have 2 hour limited stay and the traffic wardens are very active.



Coming in to Torquay there are signs for the museum but these a relatively infrequent. If you follow signs for Kents Cavern until you get on to a main
road called Babbacombe Road this is quite a long road, you will go past a gardening center on the right. The museum is situated on this road on the righ hand side if you are coming down the hill. The carpark is to the right at the traffic lights that are past the museum.



Alternatively you can come via the seafront (which is signed), follow the sea towards the town at the first round about take the first exit, at the second roundabout (with the clock tower) take the first exit again we are a couple of minutes up the road on the left and the carpark is left at the traffic lights.



By train Torquay Station is just over a miles walk away, along the sea front. When you come out of the station turn left and follow the sea until you get to the harbour, walk around the harbour. On the Strand you will see
a row of shops including Debenhams, there is an island with a clock tower on it. You need to walk up Torwood Street which is the road leading away from
the sea for about 5 minutes and the Museum is on the Left opposite a park. If you don't want to walk you can get a No 12 bus along the seafront. It will drop you at the harbour and you can walk up the hill or get a No 32
from outside debenhams which will drop you in front of the museum.
19.03.2010, 16:46
If anyone would like to flag up an event, or post a comment to the rest of the group, then now you can!