MA encourages volunteers and staff across all roles to apply for Transformers: Influence

Patrick Steel, 14.02.2017
Organisations can make multiple applications to Transformers: Influence
The Museums Association (MA) is encouraging anyone working in or for a museum, whether paid staff or voluntary, front-of-house or behind the scenes, to consider applying for Transformers: Influence.

Transformers: Influence uses the Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Our Museum programme to bring people from across the UK together to share knowledge, make new connections, and be inspired to make change happen through your museum working in active partnership with your community.

This Transformers programme has been developed with feedback from the sector to be more manageable for people who cannot make the longer time commitment of Transformers: Innovate and Transformers: Diversify.

This two day course has been designed to meet your needs if you work shifts, part-time, freelance, have family or caring responsibilities, or just do not feel ready or experienced enough yet for something more intensive.

As the aims and commitment of Transformers: Influence will be relevant and useful to many roles, multiple applications can be made from one organisation.

Successful applicants will be required to pay a fee of £100, which will include participation in two learning days over June and July and a year’s individual membership of the Museums Association.

Participants also have the opportunity to pitch an idea for the Festival of change, which will be part of this year’s annual Museums Association Conference and Exhibition in Manchester.

Katy Swift, the project coordinator for Transformers, said: “Through the Transformers: Influence programme we are aiming to build of a large cohort of motivated, engaged sector colleagues who are committed to both their own professional and organisational development, who stand by the commitment that Museums Change Lives and want to ensure museums remain engaging, welcoming, vibrant places for all.

“I see this as a role and responsibility for all of us working in the sector, whatever our job title. It is important that this commitment and skills set permeates throughout the sector, within a wide range of roles and experience levels, and through collaborating we can affect greater change.

“If you are looking for something that offers more than a one-day conference, but are currently unable to commit to a longer professional development scheme, then this programme could be for you.

“Whatever your role, this strand will allow you to take significant steps towards creating change, while developing your skills and gaining confidence through the associated events. It will help you to develop the tools to navigate the changes and challenges of an ever-changing sector.”

The deadline for Transformers: Influence is 7 March.

Transformers: Innovate

The MA has announced the successful applicants to the Transformers: Innovate programme.

Caroline Alexander
Decorative Art Curator, Harris Museum & Art Gallery

Chloe Brett
Marketing Officer, Museum of East Anglian Life

Sacha Coward
Community Participation Producer, The National Maritime Museum

Trudie Cole
Learning and Access Manager, Poole Museum Service

Anna Cornelius
Communications and Engagement Manager, Artist Rooms, National Galleries of Scotland & Tate

Martine Rouleau
Learning and Access Officer, UCL Art Museum (UCL Culture)

Louise Thompson
Health and Wellbeing Manager, Manchester Art Gallery

Philip Hadland
HSO - Collections, Folkestone Museum

Ciara Phipps
Assistant Curator - Social History Southend Museums Service

Michael McHugh
Assistant Outreach Officer, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

Bethany Haynes
Senior Producer, Battersea Arts Centre

Vyki Sparkes
Curator, Social and Working History, Museum of London

Kathy Heywood
Learning Officer, The Williamson Art Gallery and Museum

Richard John Sugg
Visitor Experience Manager, RAF Museum

Rachel Noel
Assistant Curator: Young People's Programmes, Tate - young people

Ester Elin Roberts
Senior Manager, Oriel Ynys Mon

Lyndsey Mackay
Learning and Access Curator, Glasgow Museums

Arlene Bell
Social Inclusion Programme Manager, National Museums NI

Jess Turtle, the MA's project coordinator, Transformers, said: "The Transformers: Innovate cohort includes representation from museums across the whole of the UK for the first time, thanks to a partnership with National Museums Northern Ireland.

"In addition, there is a rich mix of type of museum, with independents, emerging museums, university museums, national museums and local authority museums represented.

"We are delighted to see a high proportion of practitioners from local authority museums on the cohort as we understand the pressure that these museums are under due to increased public funding cuts.

"The initial ideas pitched at application stage include developing mindfulness spaces for the sector, researching how best to share ‘difficult’ subjects with children and making greater links with the tourism sector to increase sustainability.

"The diversity of professions and approaches on the cohort echoes previous years and we are looking forward to working with an innovative group of professionals to develop their personal and organisational resilience."

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