Arts, Culture & Heritage
Support Staffordshire works with a wide range arts, heritage and cultural groups across the county.
These include music groups such as community bands and community radio stations; artistic groups, art therapy groups, art centres and galleries; dance and theatre groups; and organisations working in new media and audio-visual arts.
We also work with heritage groups including civic societies, museums, churches, castles and other historic buildings and sites, many of which also have ‘friends of’ groups that in turn support their work. Others support and bring to life aspects of social history and particular industries such as the heritage of the collieries across the south of the county.
Other cultural groups include those dedicated to particular faiths or parts of the world including twinning associations that connect Staffordshire to towns and cities across the world.
We work with arts, cultural and heritage groups in all aspects of running their organisation, from setting up, to financial management, building a committee, attracting volunteers, marketing their events and winning funding from places such as the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Here are some of our members to give you an idea of the sorts of groups we support
- Biddulph Film Club
- Burton Caribbean Association
- Lichfield Civic Society
- Stafford and Stone Talking Newspaper
How we work with groups
Most arts, heritage and cultural groups are open to the general public, either to join as members or to attend events and activities hosted by the group. This means they need sound policies to ensure they run good events and keep the public safe.
Heritage groups in particular will often own or manage buildings and in many cases they are old buildings which need a lot of tlc. We can help with all aspects of running a building from what insurance to get, to training volunteers in customer service.
There are currently no dedicated forums or networks that we are aware of dedicated to voluntary sector heritage or the arts in Staffordshire. We would love to hear from organisations interested in working with us on the future development of a network or forum.
Staffordshire County Council maintain a list of local authority arts and heritage contacts here.
Main partners and organisations
Staffordshire Archives and Heritage Service – Museum Development and Support
Staffordshire Archives and Heritage Service offer support to museums and heritage organisations across the county. We are happy to offer advice on a range of subjects including collections care, funding, governance, audience development, volunteer recruitment and signposting specialist expertise. We work with a range of organisations from large local authority run museums to small volunteer run museums and local history societies. For more information contact Helen Johnson, Museum Development Officer. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01889 869141
There are a number of national arts and heritage organisations to be aware of:
There are no dedicated Partnership Boards that we are aware of in the field of heritage and the arts. Please let us know if you are involved in one that we could spread the word about.
The Staffordshire Archives Service involves a number of VCSE partners in conserving and improving access to local historical records.
For organisations who provide facilities, events and activities of interest to the general public and tourists visiting Staffordshire you should consider joining Enjoy Staffordshire
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For further information, or an informal chat, about how we can help you on this subject or any other, please contact your locality office during their opening hours, or on 0300 777 1207 anytime Monday to Friday, 9am - 4pm. You can also email us at email@example.com