Charlie Craggs

MA announces successful cohort for Transformers: Diversify

Patrick Steel, 11.04.2017
Speakers at residential to include Nail Transphobia founder Charlie Craggs
The Museums Association (MA) has confirmed the 24 successful applicants to its Transformers: Diversify scheme, from across England, Wales and Scotland.

The scheme, which was created in response to the MA’s 2016 report, Valuing Diversity: The Case For Inclusive Museums, will see the cohort assigned a coach for the duration of the programme, working collectively to determine priority areas and the most innovative responses to create lasting change.

Participants will collaborate on pitches for micro-funding to test out their ideas for change. They will also connect with the Transformers: Innovate and Transformers: Influence cohorts across the UK to contribute to a national network of change makers.

The first residential training day will take place at Great Missenden Abbey in Buckinghamshire on 31 May, where participants will hear from activists and changemakers including Charlie Craggs, the award-winning trans activist and founder of Nail Transphobia, Hassan Mahamdallie, an arts consultant, theatre creative, and the co-director of the Muslim Institute, and Jenny Sealey, the artistic director of the Graeae Theatre company.

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Jenny Sealey in rehearsal (c) Ross Fraser Mclean

Jess Turtle, the MA’s programme manager, Transformers, says: “We are very excited about Transformers: Diversify.

“This experimental programme has been designed by the MA in partnership with consultants Hilary Carty and Sarah Pickthall. Transformers: Diversify will bring together inspirational figures with a talented cohort of museum professionals hungry for change.

“The field was extremely strong and our successful applicants will be exploring a wide range of areas of interest including the performativity of blackness in the gallery space, diversifying individual donors as a strategy for ownership of culture, developing a disability-led buddy scheme for better access to museums, and the effects of rural poverty on young people.

“We believe that Transformers: Diversify will have a real impact, contributing greatly to how we develop and deliver inclusive practices in museums in England, Scotland and Wales.”

Sarah Pickthall adds: “Such a brilliant cohort for Transformers: Diversify, ready to forge ahead with diversity at the heart of their radical thinking. We can’t wait to get started.”

The programme will run until February 2018.

Transformers: Diversify cohort


Adeline Amar
Press Officer, National Galleries of Scotland

Carey Kate Robinson
Associate Curator - Education Programme, Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)

Caroline Hussey-Bain
Patrons Manager, Tate

Chloe Hughes
Community Engagement Officer, Cornwall Museums Partnership

Dan Vo
Coordinator V&A LGBTQ Tours (volunteer), Victoria and Albert Museum

Godfrey Abeshin
Museum Warden, British Museum

Hajra Williams
Learning and Access Manager, Florence Nightingale Museum

Holly Grange
Curator of the Musgrave Kinley Outsider Collection, The Whitworth

James Brandon
Diversity & Inclusion Manager, Tate Gallery

Joe Sullivan
Heritage Outreach Officer, RAF Museum

Julia Dunn – Diversify
Education Co-ordinator, Bowes Museum

Kathleen Lawther
Keeper of Local History & Archives, Hastings Museum & Art Gallery

Kelly Boddington
Buying Assistant, Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton and Hove

Marilyn Greene
Freelance guide

Mark Barrett
Training Museum Trainee, Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service

Miguel Amado
Senior Curator, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

Mitty Ramagavigan
Sankofa Project Curator, National Museums Liverpool

Natalie Heidaripour
Museum Resilience Project Officer, Staffordshire County Museum

Owain Rhys
Community Engagement and Participation Manager, Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

Quonya Huff
Commerical and Audience Development Manager, National Mining Museum Scotland

Rana Ibrahim
Front of house assistant, Soldiers of Oxfordshire museum

Rhiannon Green
Volunteering Manager, Horniman Museum and Gardens

Victoria-Rose Hodgson
Assistant Storage Manager, British Museum

Vivian Kemp
Digital Transformation Project Manager, Royal Museums Greenwich

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Transformers 2016-18

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