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Where’s Reading heading?

This project was run by Reading Museum as a Happy Museum project (Paul Hamlyn Foundation). iMuse/iOpener was able to support it with a contribution to accessibility with captioning being added to the film by Ginger & Pickles Production Company, getting visitors’ views on Reading through the iOpener days in March 2015 and introducing visitors to the film in the RG spaces tent at the East Reading Festival, June 2015.

Ure move app

Here’s a short video demo-ing the webapp iMuse created from material produced by participants in the Ure Move project, Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology, University of Reading, 2014. Some pot photographs are (c) Reading Borough Council (Museum of Reading)
Ure Move Launch poster

Ure Move Launch 14 June 2014

It is with great pleasure that the curators and student panel of the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology invite you to attend the Grand Opening of Ure Move, an exciting project and exhibition we have developed with the charity Access-Ability Communication Technology (AACT) as part of Universities Week 2014. We take this opportunity to celebrate the invaluable work of our University students and the pupils of 3 local schools (Addington School, Kendrick School and Maiden Erlegh School) who together created this original exhibition. The Grand Opening will include a private preview of the exhibition, which shows the Ure collection through new eyes. Guests will also have the opportunity to look around the collection, play with the interactive iPad application or have a go at making their own short stop motion animations. Activities should enthuse people of all ages and abilities. Saturday 14th June starting at 4.30 pm. Please RSVP at ure.education@reading.ac.uk.

General iMuse posts

  • What are we all here for anyway? – Part 2 What’s imuse trying to achieve? Part 1 is at http://www.aact.org.uk/imuse.php. Here’s some more thoughts. We picked up interesting ideas from Museum Computer Network conference, Atlanta, November 2011 especially from Nettrice’s workshop on Alternate Reality Games – ways of encouraging visitors and museum interaction. Some of those methods were used in the mini ARG ...
  • Welcome to imuse imuse is a programme trying-out some low-cost ways that visitors can communicate with a museum and with each other using mobile phones and tablets like iPads. imuse is partnering with some medium-sized museums to see if the ideas work in practice.If they do we aim to help set up an advisory service so smaller museums can ...
  • RSA Fellowship Catalyst Grant The RSA has given a grant of £1,500 from its Catalyst Fund to Fellow Annette Haworth.Annette is imuse’s voluntary Project Manager.She will put £900 of  her grant towards the cost of engaging a museum learning professional who will help create material especially for people with communication and learning disabilities.£500 of the grant will be used ...
  • More experiences with touch screens and QR codes We’ve found that some people can have difficulty making touchscreens work. There can also be problems with lining-up the camera  on a smartphone or iPad with a QRcode. A previous blog, http://imusenews.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/initial-experiences-with-touch-screens.html, described these problems. We have a bit more experience, from both visitors and volunteers/staff at our iMuse partner museum and from more elderly and partially-sighted ...
  • Initial experiences with touch screens & QR codes We’ve tried a very simple ‘game’ in which an object had an A4-sized label attached looking like this. The child is asked to find one of the labels in the museum, a volunteer scans the QR code with an iPad 2 and the child is asked to ‘touch’ whichever object they think they are looking ...
  • iMuse where have we got to? At the start of 2012, we adopted some ‘principles’ – a rather grand name for a list of things we were trying to do and how. It’s somewhat past time to have look back to see where we are and whether we’ve stuck to these or think they should be altered. Here we go,original wording in ...
  • Creating an audio stop on the Ure Museum Olympic Trail
  • Copyright as an accessibility issue This is a tentative post because there are complex issues surrounding copyright which iMuse would not claim to have grasped fully. BUT, looking back on what we’ve done over the last few months, and are currently planning in the three museums/galleries we’re working with at the moment, it seems we are being driven at least partly ...

Consultancy agreement template

NB This is an example of the type of agreement we may require with a consultant. Individual circumstances and AACT’s requirements may alter the format in particular instances. THIS AGREEMENT FOR CONSULTANCY SERVICES (“Agreement”) is made on DATE BETWEEN:   (1)           Access-Ability Communications Technology Limited (also known as “AACT” or “AACT for Children” or “AACT4Children”) [Company Number 5538092 and Registered Charity No. 1113302] whose registered address is 3 Wesley Gate, Queen’s Road, Reading, RG1 4AP  (hereafter referred to as ‘the Client’).   And   (2)           name whose principal place of business is address (hereafter referred to as ‘the Consultant’).   WHEREBY IT IS AGREED as follows:   1.             ENGAGEMENT   1.1          The Consultant purports to have the know-how, qualifications and necessary ability to undertake the work required to be carried out in the assignment specified in Schedule 1 below (the “Assignment”).   1.2          The Consultant warrants that it is not disbarred in any way from working on the Assignment.   1.3          Subject to Clauses 1.1 and 1.2 above, the Client hereby engages the Consultant, and the Consultant hereby accepts such engagement, to carry out the Assignment and perform all services required in order to carry out the Assignment and produce the deliverables required from the Assignment.   2.             TERM   Notwithstanding the date hereof, the Consultant shall commence work on date and shall continue thereafter after the assignment is discharged or until date, whichever comes sooner.   3.             DUTIES OF THE CONSULTANT   3.1          The Consultant shall, while this Agreement is in force or until the satisfactory completion of the Assignment, devote such of his time, attention and abilities to the Assignment as may be necessary for the satisfactory completion thereof as the same shall be determined by the Client and as set out in Schedule 1 below.   3.2          The Consultant agrees to advise and assist the Client as required in accordance with clause 3.1 above with respect to all aspects of the Assignment and in the performance of such duties the Consultant shall comply with all reasonable requests and directions of the Client or its customer or nominee including, but not limited to:   3.2.1      Complying with all local or internal policies and regulations operated by or affecting the Client or its customer or nominee as the case may be provided the Consultant has been appraised of them.   4.             FEES   4.1          In consideration of the services rendered by the Consultant hereunder, the Client shall pay to the Consultant fees as set out in Schedule 2 and in accordance with the provisions of Clause 5 below. No fee is chargeable for absence due to illness, voluntary leave or statutory, public or local holidays.   4.2          The Consultant is responsible for accounting to the Inland Revenue and all other Authorities for all taxes, National Insurance contributions, other insurance, and any other liabilities, charges and dues for which the Consultant is liable.   5.             PAYMENT   Fees are payable within 30 days of receipt of correct and due invoices, which should be sent to:   Michael McAleenan Treasurer Access-Ability Communications Technology c/o Uttley Room BG05, Institute of Education, Bulmershe Court University of Reading, Reading Berkshire RG6 1HY   6.             COPYRIGHT   The copyright in any report, documentation or information on whatever media, prepared by the Consultant pursuant to this Agreement shall be the property of the Client notwithstanding termination hereof unless otherwise expressly agreed in writing by the Client. Copyright for the Consultant’s standard templates, formats and presentation styles remains with the Consultant.   7.             WARRANTIES AND REPRESENTATIONS   7.1          The Consultant warrants and represents that:   7.1.1      The Consultant has full capacity and authority and all necessary licences, permits and consents to enter into and to perform this Agreement and to provide the Assignment;   7.1.2      This Agreement is executed by a duly authorised representative of the Consultant;   7.1.3      The provision of the Assignment and the Client’s use thereof shall not, to the best of the Consultant’s knowledge and belief, infringe any Intellectual Property Rights of any third party;   7.1.4      The Assignment shall be supplied and rendered by appropriately experienced, qualified and trained personnel with all due skill, care and diligence and in a professional and workmanlike manner.   7.1.5      The Consultant shall discharge its obligations hereunder with all due skill, care and diligence including but not limited to good industry practice and in accordance with its own established internal procedures;   7.1.6      The Consultant shall in the performance of the Assignment and in all matters arising in the performance of this Agreement conform with all Acts of Parliament and with all orders, regulations and bye-laws made with statutory authority by Government Departments or by local or other authorities that shall be applicable to this Agreement and shall comply with any Codes of Practice to which the Client complies and which relate to the provision of the Assignment; provided that the Consultant has been appraised of them.   7.2          Except as expressly stated in this Agreement, all warranties and conditions, whether express or implied by statute, common law or otherwise (including but not limited to fitness for purpose) are hereby excluded to the extent permitted by law.   8.             LIMITATION OF LIABILITY AND INSURANCE   8.1          Neither party excludes or limits liability to the other party for death or personal injury and the Consultant shall indemnify and keep the Client indemnified against death or personal injury to any persons or loss of or damage to any property which may arise out of any Default or any other act, default or negligence of the Consultant, their employees or agents and against all claims, demands, proceedings, damages, costs, charges and expenses whatsoever in respect thereof or in relation thereto.   8.2          Subject always to Clause 8.1, the liability of either party for Defaults shall be as set out in this Clause 8.2.   8.2.1       Without prejudice to the generality of Clause 8.1, in no event shall either party be liable to the other for:   8.2.2.1      Loss of profits, business, revenue, goodwill or anticipated savings; and/or   8.2.2.2      Indirect or consequential loss or damage.   8.2.2      The provisions of Clause 8.2 shall not be taken as limiting the right of the Client to claim from the Consultant in the event of Default for loss of data and notwithstanding Clause 8.2.2, where the Client terminates this Agreement pursuant to Clause 11, the Client shall be entitled to recover from the Consultant, in addition to any other damages it is entitled to recover, the cost of obtaining the reasonable and proper cost for specialist accountancy services from a third party.   8.3          The parties expressly agree that should any limitation or provision contained in this Clause 8 be held to be invalid under any applicable statute or rule of law it shall to that extent be deemed omitted but if any party thereby becomes liable for loss or damage which would otherwise have been excluded such liability shall be subject to the other limitations and provisions set out herein.   8.4          Without limiting the Consultant’s responsibilities under Clause 8.1 above, the Consultant shall insure with a reputable insurance company against loss of and damage to property and injury to persons (including death) arising out of or in consequence of its obligations under this Agreement where negligence is proven and against all actions, claims, demands, costs and expenses in respect thereof.   9.             INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS INDEMNITY   9.1          The Consultant shall fully indemnify the Client against all claims, demands, actions, costs, expenses (including but not limited to full legal costs and disbursements on a solicitor and client basis), losses and damages suffered by the Client arising from or incurred by reason of any infringement or alleged infringement (including but not limited to the defence of such alleged infringement) in the United Kingdom of any Intellectual Property Right in connection with the Assignment.   10.          CONFIDENTIALITY   The Consultant shall not, other than with the prior written consent of the Client, during or after the termination, determination or expiry of this Agreement disclose directly or indirectly to any person, firm, company or third party and shall only use for the purposes of this Agreement, any information relating to the Assignment, the Client, its business, trade secrets, customers, suppliers or any other information of whatever nature which the Client or its customer or nominee may deem to be confidential and which the Consultant has or shall hereafter become possessed of.   The foregoing provisions shall not prevent the disclosure or use by the Consultant of any information, which is or hereafter, through no fault of the Consultant, become public knowledge or to the extent permitted by law.   11.          DEFAULT   If the Consultant shall be guilty of any serious misconduct or any serious breach or non-observance of any of the conditions of this Agreement or shall neglect or fail or refuse to carry out the duties assigned to him hereunder, the Client shall be entitled to give notice to the Consultant to remedy the breach within seven days and if the Consultant fails to remedy then summarily to terminate his engagement hereunder without notice and without any payment in lieu of notice and without prejudice to any rights or claims the Client may have against the Consultant arising out of such default.     12.          TERMINATION   12.1        The Client may terminate this Agreement immediately by notice in writing if the Consultant shall:   12.1.1    suffer or threaten any form of insolvency administration; or   12.1.2    cease or threaten to cease to carry on business; or   12.1.3    be in breach of any of the terms of this Agreement which, in the case of a breach capable of remedy, is not remedied by the Consultant within seven days of receipt by the Consultant of notice from the Client specifying the breach and requiring its remedy; or   12.1.4    be guilty of any serious misconduct and/or any serious or persistent negligence in respect to its obligations under this Agreement.   12.2        Upon the termination of this Agreement or the Consultant’s engagement whichever shall be the earlier, the Consultant or his personal representative as the case may be, shall immediately deliver up to the Client all correspondence, reports, documents, specifications, papers, information (on whatever media) and property belonging to the Client which may be in his possession or under his control.     13.          DATA PROTECTION   The Consultant shall at all times comply with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998.   14.          WORKING WITH CHILDREN   The Consultant shall ensure that he complies with all legislation with regard to working with children, should that be necessary in order to discharge the duties of the Assignment.   15.          ASSIGNMENT   The Consultant shall not transfer or assign the whole or any part of this Agreement without the prior written consent of the Client.   16.          HEADINGS AND EXPRESSIONS   The headings contained herein are for convenience of reference only and shall not affect the construction hereof.  The expressions “client” “consultant” “him” “its” or such other expressions as appear herein shall be deemed to include the masculine, feminine single or plural thereof where the context so admits.   17.          SEVERABILITY   In the event that any of the terms contained herein are determined by any competent authority to be invalid or unenforceable to any extent, such term shall to that extent be severed from the body of this Agreement which shall continue to be valid and enforceable to the fullest extent permitted by the Law.     18.          SCOPE   This Agreement shall take effect in substitution for all previous agreements and arrangements whether written or oral or implied between the Client and the Consultant relating to the services of the Consultant and all such agreements and arrangements shall be deemed to have been terminated by mutual consent with effect from the date hereof.   19.          STATUS OF CONSULTANT ON TERMINATION, DETERMINATION OR                   EXPIRY   As a consequence of the termination, determination or expiry of this Agreement by effluxion of time, the Consultant shall not be entitled to the payment of any compensation or otherwise upon the occurrence of the same.   20.          LAW   The parties hereby agree that this Agreement and the provisions hereof shall be construed in accordance with the Laws of England and the parties hereby agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the High Court of England.     ) SIGNED for and on behalf of the CLIENT by                                            ) )       SIGNED by the CONSULTANT                                                                     ) )  

SCHEDULE 1 – “The Assignment”

  The Consultant shall: List of work to be undertaken

SCHEDULE 2 – “The Fee”

  The Consultant’s Fee shall be paid as follows: Description of fee agreement  

Responsibilites and duties of trustee-directors

This version was agreed by the Board at its Winter 2010-11 meeting The next review is due on or before Winter 2013-14   1. Purpose   This document summarises the main duties and responsibilities of trustee-directors. It is based on guidance supplied by the Charity Commission[1] and the NVCO[2].   2. Overview   Trustee-directors serve on the Board of AACT and together form its governing body. Trustee-directors have, and must accept, ultimate and legal responsibility for directing the affairs of a charity, and ensuring that it is solvent, well-run, and meeting the needs for which it has been set up. As AACT is also a Company Limited by Guarantee, the trustee-directors also serve as directors of the Company and must also ensure that the charity pursues its objectives and purposes as set out in its Memorandum of Association.   3. The Board and attendance at meetings The Board of trustee-directors takes decisions collectively and meets as often as it must to in order to carry out its responsibilities. Typically that is four times each year and trustee-directors are, save for exceptional circumstances, expected to attend[3]. Unless otherwise authorised by the Board, three[4] trustee-directors are required for the Board to be quorate and decisions to be made. 4. Appointment and term of office   Save for people who are ineligible[5], the Board considers nominations for trustee-directors, which must be received in writing. Trustee-directors are elected to the Board. In accordance with Articles 24 and 25(1), one third of Trustee-directors must resign each year at the annual general meeting. Directors shall retire by rotation based on those who have held office longest since their last appointment. Trustee-directors may stand for re-election.   5. Remuneration, expenses and donations   Trustee-directors will not be paid any remuneration unless explicitly authorised by the Board and in accordance with Section 5(5) of the Memorandum of Association.   6. Compliance   Trustees must:  
  1.       i.        Ensure that the charity complies with charity law, and with the requirements of the Charity Commission as regulator; in particular ensure that the charity prepares reports on what it has achieved and Annual Returns and accounts as required by law.
 
  1.     ii.        Ensure that the charity does not breach any of the requirements or rules set out in its governing document and that it remains true to the charitable purpose and objects set out there.
 
  1.    iii.        Comply with the requirements of other legislation and other regulators (if any) which govern the activities of the charity.
 
  1.    iv.        Act with integrity, and avoid any personal conflicts of interest or misuse of charity funds or assets.
  7. Duty of prudence   Trustees must:  
  1.       i.        Ensure that the charity is and will remain solvent.
 
  1.     ii.        Use charitable funds and assets reasonably, and only in furtherance of the charity’s objects.
 
  1.    iii.        Avoid undertaking activities that might place the charity’s endowment, funds, assets or reputation at undue risk.
 
  1.    iv.        Take special care when investing the funds of the charity, or borrowing funds for the charity to use.
  8. Duty of care   Trustees must:  
  1.       i.        Use reasonable care and skill in their work as trustees, using their personal skills and experience as needed to ensure that the charity is well-run and efficient.
 
  1.     ii.        Consider getting external professional advice on all matters where there may be material risk to the charity, or where the trustees may be in breach of their duties.
    9. Resignation and Removal of trustee-directors   Trustee-directors may resign at any time, provided that:  
  1.       i.        notice is given to the Board in writing at least 90 days prior to the resignation taking effect;
 
  1.     ii.        at least two trustee-directors remain in office when the notice of resignation takes effect.
  Trustee-directors will be removed from office if he or she:  
  1.    iii.        ceases to be a director by virtue of any provision in the Companies Act or is prohibited by law from being a director;
 
  1.    iv.        is disqualified from being a trustee by virtue of section 72 of the Charities Act;
 
  1.     v.        ceases to be a member of the Charity;
 
  1.    vi.        becomes incapable by reason of mental disorder, illness or injury of managing his or her own affairs;
 
  1.   vii.        is not reelected as a trustee-director by the Board at an annual general meeting;
 
  1. is absent, without permission of the Board, for all meetings held within a period of six consecutive months and the trustee-directors resolve that his or her office be vacated[6].


[1] CC3 – The Essential Trustee: What you need to know – see http://www.charity-commission.gov.uk/Publications/cc3.aspx
[3] See also Paragraph 9viii.
[4] This is a requirement as set out in the Articles of Association, section 9(2).
[5] Trustee-directors must be over 18 years old and not having been disqualified as company directors, and/or been convicted of an offence involving dishonesty or deception. In some cases, people beneficiaries may also be ineligible.
[6] Articles of Association, Section 31(6)

Accessibilty

Accessibility policy This version agreed by the Board Spring 2010 Next review due 2013   AACT aims to provide a website that is accessible to everyone. We design the site with usability and accessibility in mind. If you have any problems accessing any information on the site please contact us.   Adjusting text size  All font sizes are relative, with the exception of graphical text, and text size can be increased or decreased by following these steps:
  • For Microsoft Internet Explorer, go to the ‘View’ menu, select ‘Text Size’ and then the option that suits you.
  • For Mozilla Firefox, go to the ‘View’, select ‘Text Size’ and then either ‘Increase’ or ‘Decrease’ until the text is the size you require.
  • For Apple Safari: Use the Safari > Preferences > Appearance options in the browser menu.
  Images All images have descriptive alternative text, with the exception of images that are used for aesthetic reasons only. Those images have null ALT text.   Colours Colours have been chosen to give good contrast and to aid accessibility by colour-blind users.   Coding This website is built using code compliant with W3C standards for XHTML 1.0 Strict and Cascading Style Sheets. You can check each of our pages for conformance by clicking the W3C buttons at the bottom of the particular page. If you find we have made a mistake please let us know by contacting us.   [There is one exception to adherence to XHTML Strict standards – we use the target attribute to allow some external webpages to open in a new window. Practical trials showed that this seems to be the lesser of two evils in trying to create an environment which is not muddling for users.]   PDF We use PDF format for some information on our site. You will need Adobe reader (or another PDF viewer) to view PDF documents. Download the more recent version of Adobe reader here.   Testing for compliance Testing for compliance with WAIG standards is not an exact science and we do not currently have the confidence to declare conformance to a specific level. We do test our website for accessibility using various utilities (such as Wave3.0 and those indicating colour contrast) as listed by W3C. We try it out on as many browsers and platforms as seems practical. From time to time we ask users with various accessibility needs to try the site for us.   Contact us If you have any questions or comments, please contact us.   Useful Links The following have useful advice and information about web accessibility.   Our thanks to the UK Government’s Companies House and Oxfam websites which inspired us to include this accessibility statement following their examples.