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'Creative Commercial Collections' Study Visit

As part of our previous (2012-15) programme, we supported a partnership of museums (Hampshire Cultural Trust, National Motor Museum and Jane Austen’s House Museum) to secure Arts Council England funding for develop commercial opportunities, connecting with the creative economy, working with creative practitioners and businesses from across Hampshire. Through this project, the partner museums have worked with designers and producers to develop contemporary product ranges, with an emphasis on positioning collections as a primary source for creative inspiration, with significant social and economic value. The project is now well underway and South East Museum Development Programme has agreed that as part of our 2015-18 provision, we would deliver an event to share the learning from this project with other museums.

In line with our commitment to raise ambition and to encourage international working, rather than a conventional sharing seminar we have developed an alternative model that will allow the original project partners, as well as others, to experience different and inspiring practice: via a funded study visit to two very different museums in the Netherlands that have inspiring practice in creative commercial collections: the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and the Zuiderzee Museum in Enkhuizen.

We are delighted that both of these museums have agreed to host a study visit, to take place on Tuesday 2–Thursday 4 May 2017.

In addition to a representative from each of the project museums, places for representatives of other museums in the South of England have been allocated on a competitive basis to museums that can both gain from and contribute to the shared learning from the study visit. Eligible museums will already have some experience of commercial partnerships with the creative industries. Like the project partners, they will have stories to tell of both what’s worked and what hasn’t.

Applications for this opportunity have now closed. The following museums have been successful in applying for a place on the study visit:

  • Brooklands Museum
  • HMS Warrior/University of Portsmouth
  • Mary Rose Museum
  • Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum
  • Southampton Arts and Heritage
  • St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery
  • The Charleston Trust (Bloomsbury in Sussex)
  • The Lightbox
  • The Priest's House Museum Trust

Online application form

Please ensure that you have read the applicant information thoroughly before completing the application form. You require the support of your museum's Chief Executive, Chair or equivalent in order to apply. Anyone who applies for the study visit and is allocated a place but then withdraws may be liable to pay a cancellation fee. 

Deadline for applications: 5pm on Wednesday 18 January 2017. You will be notified by the end of January whether you have been successful in applying for a place on the study visit.