MA to pilot mentoring scheme

Patrick Steel, 13.02.2017
Mentoring For All aims to find a model for mentoring across the UK museum sector
The Museums Association (MA) is to pilot a mentoring scheme to develop a new model for mentoring for the UK museum sector.

The scheme is currently in the research phase, with a six month pilot to begin in June. An evaluation report will be published in January 2018, with a view to rolling out the scheme across the UK in 2018.

The pilot, which is funded by the MA and Arts Council England (ACE), is being managed by consultants Laura Crossley and Paddy McNulty.

Crossley and McNulty are considering best practice in libraries, further education, and the technology and service sectors, and will be using their findings to design the pilot.

The pilot will take place in England, but the MA is working with colleagues and stakeholders in all four nations of the UK to ensure the pilot meets the needs of the whole of the UK.

“The MA’s strong track record on workforce and continuing professional development makes us the obvious choice to develop this scheme.” says Tamsin Russell, the MA’s professional development officer. “This is a really exciting project for the sector, enabling and developing people wherever they are in their career, whatever role, whatever grade, freelancer or employee.”

John Orna-Ornstein, ACE’s director of museums, says: “Mentors have been incredibly important to me, guiding and supporting me and challenging my thinking at key points.

“I can’t emphasise enough the importance of access to high quality mentors. I believe that everyone should have both a mentor and a mentee.

“The exciting thing about this project is that it tests new ways of working at the same time as providing high quality mentoring.”

For more information email Tamsin Russell on or follow the project on Twitter at the hashtag #MentoringForAll