We are delighted to announce our exhibitors for AIM National Conference 2017.

This year, we are hosting our exhibitors within the  Steam, Steel and Submarines Museum which tells the Dockyard story through the industrial revolution and two World Wars.

Lunch and all refreshments will be served in a marquee adjacent to the exhibitors, so please do make time during conference to visit them.

Thank you to the following exhibitors for supporting AIM National Conference 2017

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Artelia provides project and cost management services to museum and heritage clients across the UK. Our enthusiasm for working on heritage projects is coupled with a deep understanding of the practical elements of business cases, HLF funding applications, design, interpretation, conservation, construction, maintenance and management of museums, galleries and visitor attractions. We will help you make sure that your objectives are sound and meet the expectations of funders and bring together and co-ordinate the multiple stakeholders needed to make your project a vibrant and sustainable success. How can we help you? Strategic Business Planning, Masterplanning, Project Feasibility, HLF Applications, Project Management, Cost Management, Construction Management, Fundraising Support

Website – http://www.uk.arteliagroup.com

Twitter – @ArteliaUK

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Axiell serves libraries, schools, archives, museums and authorities with technically advanced and innovative solutions developed in close cooperation with its customers in 55 countries. The systems for archives, libraries and museums, are used by over 3400 cultural institutions over the world. The Axiell Group, headquartered in Lund, has more than 320 employees based out of 26 offices, and together we form one of the world’s largest companies in these sectors.

Website: http://alm.axiell.com/

Twitter –  @axiellalm

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Baynes and Mitchell Architects

Baynes and Mitchell Architects was established in 1999 and is responsible for the design and construction of the new award winning Command of the Oceans project at the Historic Dockyard Chatham. We are highly experienced in working on Grade 1, 2 and 2* listed buildings and scheduled monuments and work closely with conservation bodies such as Historic England and the Heritage Lottery Fund. We provide our clients with simple solutions to complicated sites, reusing valuable historic buildings in new and innovative ways. Understanding context is key to our approach, helping us to unlock the intrinsic architectural value of a site to deliver spatially creative solutions to seemingly intractable challenges. Included in the awards for Command of the Oceans are: Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Awards: South East Regional Award, Conservation Award and Building of the Year, Kent Design and Development Award and Civic Trust Conservation Award Finalist.

Website – http://www.baynesandmitchell.co.uk



Collections Trust

Collections Trust helps museums capture and share the information that gives their objects meaning. Our standards and advice are used around the world to make museum collections accessible. The core of our work is SPECTRUM, the collection management standard with tried-and-tested guidance on 21 museum procedures. You can get SPECTRUM free at http://www.collectionstrust.org.uk, along with a wealth of other resources on collection management and related topics. In England, we offer free training and advice through our ACE-funded outreach programme, working closely with the museum development network. Our annual conference is a chance to explore current collections management issues – this year in the delightful setting of the Hospitium in York on 21 September.

Website – http://www.collectionstrust.org.uk

Twitter – @CollectionTrust

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CRE8 is an energetic company with a group of individuals who have extensive knowledge within the museum, heritage and tourist attraction sector. Our services include design, manufacture, installation and merchandising. We specialise in shops, cafe’s, reception areas and public spaces.

Website – http://www.arjcre8.co.uk

Twitter – @arjcre8



Blackwall Green

Blackwall Green, a division of Arthur J. Gallagher, specialises exclusively in Museum and Art insurance. Over the last 50 years, Blackwall Green has established a reputation as a leading insurance broker providing bespoke solutions for museums, exhibitions, art dealers, fine art and private clients. We work with museums of all sizes, from national institutions to independent museums and are willing to share our knowledge with both our clients and other museums in this sector.

Website – http://www.ajginternational.com/corporateinsurance/blackwall-green/

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Ecclesiastical is a unique commercial organisation owned by a charity. Established in 1887 to protect the Anglican church, we now insure many of the UK’s museums and historic houses, as well as their major collections and exhibits. We understand the complexities of their operations and take into account both the historic and financial value of buildings and contents and the fact that public access is their lifeblood. We offer specialist covers and risk management advice and understand that for any museum, historic house or collection, it is important to have an insurance provider that speaks your language and understands your world.

Website – www.ecclesiastical.com/museums

Twitter – @ecclesiastical


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Enormous Art

Trading for 27 years as print publishers and bespoke giftware range suppliers for the Heritage sector. We are renowned for our small minimum quantity, high quality print, and our fast turnaround of orders at affordable prices. We can source images for you for temporary exhibitions or work with you own collections and there are no design or set up costs. We also provide a web fulfilment service.

Website – http://www.enormousart.com

Twitter – @enormousart



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Hayes Parsons is a leading independent insurance broker and risk management advisor in the museum, gallery and venue sector.  With bespoke policy wordings, fifty years’ experience in the sector and an innovative approach to risk management, we are able to offer a different and refreshing approach to insurance.  It is for this reason that the majority of our clients come through referral, and many of our clients have worked with us over an extended period of time.

Website – http://www.hayesparsons.co.uk

Twitter – @hayesparsons


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Integrated Circles

Integrated Circles is a name for decades synonymous with the manufacture and integration of audio visual systems and interactive displays designed to survive the rigors of daily use in museums and visitor centres.  Through engaging IC Design and Support Services, clients can directly engage our skills and experience to gain practical AV consultation, installation and maintenance services for permanent and temporary exhibition projects.

Website – http://www.integrated-circles.com



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Jigsaw Design & Publishing

Jigsaw is the specialist publisher for the heritage market. We take time to understand what makes your museum special and how to develop content and design a book to suit your needs and those of your visitors.

Website – http://www.jigsaw-publishing.co.uk

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It’s been over twenty-five years since Meaco designed and introduced the first radio telemetric system for the heritage sector.  Since that time many things have changed – but one thing has remained constant, our commitment to working with you.  Our priority is to ensure that we make monitoring and controlling your environmental conditions as easy as possible – so that you can spend your time doing what you do best – managing your collection.  Meaco work with small independent museums to national institutions and because we specialise on monitoring and control for collections care this gives us a thorough understanding of your needs. Through listening to you, Meaco now offer the widest choice of environmental monitoring and control equipment available in one place – you can even buy on-line! But our commitment doesn’t just end there; we are with you every step of the way. From your first steps in monitoring to upgrading existing systems, from choosing the best humidifiers and dehumidifiers to on-going support, maintenance and servicing of all your equipment, whenever you need us, we’ll be there. So, if you have any questions regarding any aspect of environmental monitoring and control just ask your experts – that’s what we are here for!

Website – http://www.meaco.co.uk

Twitter – @meacotweet


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Mapping Museums: Is your museum on the map?

The Mapping Museum research team from Birkbeck (University of London) is in the process of documenting all the museums in the UK between 1960 and 2020. We are collecting information on museum location, year of opening, subject matter, size, and year of closure. The project will chart the development of the independent museum sector and investigate how it has changed over the past sixty years.  All of our information will be made available online in the form of interactive maps. The results will be of direct benefit to the sector.  But this will only work if our data is complete. Come along to our stall and take a look at the entry for your museum and for those you are familiar with. Have we got it right? Are we missing any museums? Your help is crucial in helping us accurately mapping the UK museums sector. Do come and talk to us if you’re interested in hearing more about the research.

Website – http://www.bbk.ac.uk/art-history/research/projects/mapping-museums-the-history-and-geography-of-the-uk-independent-sector-1960-2020

Twitter – @MappingMuseums




Do you run events?  Merlin® can cater for events of any type and size from 20 to 20,000, whether in-house or even in a field!  It also includes the ability to print delegate badges if required. Do you hire rooms or other resources?  Merlin® can manage any type of resource from simple room hire to any other type of resource, including the ability to add items to the booking i.e. projector, screen, tour guide, food & drink, etc. Do you sell memberships?  Merlin® can manage any type of membership, including the printing of reminders, renewals, welcome letters, membership cards, etc. Do you use wristbands? – Merlin® can print wristbands either as tickets that can be scanned at any area or activity or even allow for money to be added to the wristband for spending anywhere in your venue.  This is perfect for school parties, etc. Merlin® is a fully integrated venue management solution, which means you can be assured that it will provide all the functionality you need to operate a modern visitor attraction effectively and efficiently all within the one product and from a single source

Website – http://www.merlinsoft.co.uk

Twitter – @MerlinOwen



Modes Users Association

SPECTRUM Compliant collections management software, providing simple and affordable solutions for over 25 years.  Modes is the most widely-used CMS in British museums working with over 650 organisations. Modes is designed to support museum accreditation. Modes services include training and support for museums, galleries, archives and other organisations.  Two products; Modes Compact an entry level standalone system, and the full Modes Complete system, a multiuser networked system or run as a standalone, have both been recently updated.  Webhosting options enable data from either program to be published online. Modes includes standard reports to ISAD(G) format. As a not-for-profit company, costs are kept to a minimum for the benefit of all members.

Website – http://www.modes.org.uk

Twitter –  @modesusers

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Museums Association

The Museums Association is the professional association for museums and heritage sites in the UK, and the oldest organisation of its kind in the world. We are a membership organisation with 60,000 contacts in 7,000 organisations. We are highly respected and independent. Our members join us because we offer them professional information and advice on how to run their organisations. We also advocate for museums, set ethical standards, run essential training, professional development and a major annual conference and exhibition. Visit our stand at the exhibition and receive a 20% discount on membership.

Website – http://www.museumsassociation.org

Twitter – @MuseumsAssoc


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The Sport in Museums Network and the Army Museums Network

The Sport in Museums Network and the Army Museums Network are subject specialist networks. Their aims are to better support, develop, and provide advice and guidance to their respective sectors. The Sport in Museums Network launches its membership scheme this summer – visit our stand to find out more! The Army Museums Network are in the process of delivering a widescale resilience programme funded by Arts Council England – visit us to find out how you can get involved.

Websites – www.sportinmuseums.org.ul   www.armymuseums.org.uk

Twitter – @sportinghistory  @armymuseums

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The AIM Energy Action Group works to help members reduce energy costs. We advise on all energy related matters from assisting with contract renewal pricing to new connections, from smart meters to changes of tenancy and asset transfer. We provide free energy audits and advice on energy efficiency, consumption monitoring and renewable generation and we run an annual buying basket for electricity and gas, where members’ consumption is pooled to achieve greater buying power. We welcome contact from all AIM members regarding audits and any other energy related matter.



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Vennersys, a member of Christie Group plc, has over 25 years’ experience delivering ticketing & EPoS solutions to a variety of leading visitor attractions. UK Based, we strive to provide world class software and service solutions. Venpos Online is a comprehensive e-ecommerce solution which allows visitor attractions to sell tickets, merchandise and capacity limited experiences on the web, 24/7. Venpos Online adopts the look and feel of each customer’s website, offering a seamless online experience for their customers. Advance ticket sales allow attractions to schedule staffing requirements and ‘print-at-home’ tickets facilitate fast-track entry even by turnstiles. The system also supports validating the admission tickets or smart phone/tablet tickets via handheld scanners or at the electronic point of sale. A huge variety of ticket types, including wrist bands and souvenir tickets are supported. Detailed sales and admissions reports make analysis of visitor demographics easy and quick, allowing attractions to optimise future offers events. Our solution, Venpos is a powerful multi-channel software suite that enables users to manage all aspects of their operations from admissions to marketing; physical and online. VENPoS modules include but are not limited to: Admissions, GiftAid, Memberships, Campaign and Stock Management”

Website – http://www.vennersys.co.uk

Twitter – @vennersys