THE OGILBY

MUSTER

Following a 4-year project funded by a LIBOR grant from the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Army Museums Ogilby Trust (AMOT) is excited to launch The Ogilby Muster (TOM). TOM is an online platform which gives users access to First World War archives held in Regimental Museums across the UK.

With over 75 participating collections, and more set to join in 2022, TOM will eventually hold over 2 million items including some never-before-seen material. Covering the period 1900 to 1929, the platform contains documents, photographs, letters, diaries and more, all related to the British Army and the men and women who served. Launching during Remembrance month, TOM has preserved the experiences and memories of those who served in the First World War for future generations.

To access the site, click here

The Ogilby Muster Training Programme 2022

We are happy to announce that funding has been awarded to AMOT from The National Archives to allow for free training and skills development within the Army Museums network. Full details can be found below. 

The funding will allow for collections participating in The Ogilby Muster to develop knowledge and skills in areas such as archive management and care, conservation, copyright, digital archive management and marketing of archives to the public. The skills learnt will directly benefit the development of The Ogilby Muster – the First World War online archive which is available to the public.

Training will be taking place throughout 2022 and will be complemented with resources which will be freely available to all on the AMOT website. These resources will include archival best practice guides, case studies and the chance to share experiences. Following the completion of the training programme, AMOT will make funds available in 2023 to collections participating in The Ogilby Muster to help implement lessons learnt.

To be eligible to book on for training your museum or collection must be participating in The Ogilby Muster. However, there will be limited spaces available for non-participating museums, both within and outside of the network. If you would like to book on for any of the training but are unsure if you can, please email jennifer.allison@armymuseums.org.uk

Our thanks go to The National Archives for supporting this programme and helping to develop archival knowledge and skills within the AMOT network.

Open for Bookings

Wednesday 29th June

Integrated Pest Management, Swindon History Centre

Online

This online session will look at the essential aspects of pest management in an archive collection. We will look at identifying common archive pests and their damage, understanding the benefits of an Integrated Pest Management programme (IPM) and look at options for setting up your own bespoke programme within your museum.

To book, please click here.

 

Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd July

Copyright Essentials, Naomi Korn Associates 

Online

Please note, each session will take place in the morning and attendees will need to be able to attend both sessions.

This detailed 2-part online course provides a comprehensive introduction to the practical aspects of copyright which is essential to understand for cultural heritage organisations looking to manage, share and commercialise their own content as well as use content created by others. Other forms of intellectual property are briefly outlined.

The course trainer will help participants explore key topics such as copyright ownership when commissioning content or working with volunteers; the rights clearance process and managing risks around using content, exceptions to copyright and how they apply to Army Museums, overview of licensing, copyright infringements, finding content you can use for free as well as a brief introduction to digital copyright and social media. There will be plenty of opportunity to raise any copyright related questions and apply copyright knowledge to specific case studies.

To book, please click here.

 

Wednesday 27th July

Archive Enclosure Making, Swindon History Centre

Online

This is a hands-on online session! Bookings for this session will close 14 days prior to allow for material to be sent out to participants.

This online session will give participants a brief Introduction to suitable materials and styles of enclosures for archive materials followed by a hands-on practical follow-along session to create a bespoke enclosure designed to protect an archive item from your own collection.

Participants will need a clear workspace to make their own enclosure by cutting and shaping boxboard. All participants will be sent a kit with materials for the workshop and will also be required to source some essential tools beforehand.

To book, please click here.

 

Wednesday 17th August

Care of Photographs, Swindon History Centre

Online

This online session will introduce the most common types of photographic materials found in archives. We will look at deterioration problems, basic care and safe handling of these fragile items and explore how to safely store and package photographs in your collection.

To book, please click here.

 

Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th August

Digital Copyright, Naomi Korn Associates 

Online

Please note, each session will take place in the morning and attendees will need to be able to attend both.

This detailed 2-part online course provides a solid grounding in how copyright affects cultural heritage organisations in the digital age with a particular focus on commissioning, sharing, publishing or digitising content. There will be plenty of opportunity to raise any copyright related questions and apply copyright knowledge to specific case studies.

The course trainer will help participants explore key topics such as securing copyright during digitisation projects, managing copyright on social media, digital licensing including open licensing and Creative Commons, funders open access requirements for digital outputs, copyright and online learning activities, website take down policies and procedures as well as copyright issues when sharing collections or other content online.

To book, please click here.

 

Wednesday 28th September

Hazards in Archives, Swindon History Centre

Online                 

In this online session we will look at common but often surprising hazards found in archive collections, including mould, pollutants, and contaminants. We will discuss what health and safety considerations are best for safe handling, what measures you can take to protect yourself and your collections and look at when you should seek expert advice.

To book, please click here.

 

Postponed

The following training has been postponed. New dates will be released as soon as possible. 

Care of Archives Training, Conservation & Museums Advisory Service

In-person, Swindon History Centre, Chippenham, Wiltshire

In-person, Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life, Carlisle

Designed for staff and volunteers responsible for looking after archives, this face-to-face training will cover the key areas to consider when caring for an archive collection. By the end of the day, you will understand the type of materials found in archives and common problems that can cause damage, including pests and environmental factors. With hands-on examples and practical exercises, you will find out about condition assessment, storage, good handling practice and simple and practical surface cleaning techniques that that you can carry out yourself.

 

Future Training coming soon

October (date to be confirmed)

Understanding Your Audiences, Arts Marketing Association

Online

You probably know more about your current audiences than you realise. But what are the things that you need to know that will help you achieve your objectives? And how can you utilise that insight well? 

In this session you will identify what you already know about your current audiences; the value in understanding who you’re not currently reaching; what the information you currently have tells you; ways to find out more; and tools and frameworks to help you. 

 

Wednesday 26th October

Environmental Management for Archives, Swindon History Centre

Online

This is a hands-on online session! Bookings for this session will close 14 days prior to allow for material to be sent out to participants.

This online session will focus on the key environmental threats to archive collections including temperature, relative humidity, light, pollutants, and dust. We will explore the options for monitoring these factors and maintaining a stable environment and look at how archival storage can make all the difference in protecting your archive materials.

Participants will be sent a storage material sample book before the session.

 

November (date to be confirmed)

Social Media for Great Engagement, Arts Marketing Association

Online

Social media platforms are becoming ever more sophisticated, and if you’re new to using social media to talk to your audiences, it can feel daunting.  

This session will show that there’s nothing to fear by giving insight into the key platforms: Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. You’ll understand what the different benefits of each are; which demographic each is best for; what kind of messaging works on each so that people are more likely to engage with you; what success looks like on social media; plus tools and tips to help you along the way. 

 

Wednesday 23rd November

Emergency Response for Archival Material, Swindon History Centre

Online

In this online session we will look at how your museum can be prepared for an emergency incident. An organised and planned emergency response is key to protecting your collection from worst case scenarios. We will discuss emergency salvage techniques and how to create an onsite emergency kit and look at the importance of having an emergency plan with guidance and signposting on what to include in your own plan.