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Northern Ireland

Jenny Haslett
Museum Manager, Northern Ireland War Memorial

In 2012, Jenny completed a Masters in Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies and joined the Northern Ireland War Memorial (NIWM) as education and outreach officer.

For three years she developed and delivered workshops and events for families, school children and community groups, coordinated the publication of a series of history books, and managed the marketing of the museum.

Now as museum manager she cares for and develops their collection, delivers quality exhibitions, implements their audience development plan and maintains their busy education and outreach programmes.

She has also worked for the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum and the National Trust giving her extensive experience in collections, education and outreach.

Jenny is passionate about making collections accessible and proud to be part of the thriving museum sector in Northern Ireland.

Email: manager@niwarmemorial.org
Twitter: @jennyhaslett

Elaine Hill
Heritage Development Officer, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council

Elaine has worked in the museum sector in Northern Ireland for 16 years in curatorial, managerial, learning and development roles. Her work has included strategic development, collections management, project management and developing exhibitions and learning programmes. 

She was the Accreditation assessor for Northern Ireland in 2013-14 and was awarded her Associateship of the Museums Association in 2012.

Elaine is a Kids in Museums volunteer, assisting with social media updates, training days and the promotion of their work. She is highly engaged in the museum sector through volunteering, joining online discussions and regularly tweeting about museums and also has a good network of working relationships with local voluntary, council and national museums.

Email: elaine.hill@midandeastantrim.gov.uk
Twitter: @Elaine_Hill10

Scotland

Kathleen Boal
Engagement Manager, National Trust for Scotland

Kathleen has been working in Museums for the past 15 years, starting in Historic houses in Western Canada and for the past 10 years has made the North of Scotland her home.

While in the UK, she has worked in local authority museums and latterly for the National Trust for Scotland; first as the Learning Manager for Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre and more recently as Interim Property Manager for the site where she is responsible for budgets, planning, health and safety and team leadership.

She is chair for the Group for Education for Museums Scotland, and has been both committee member and chair of the Highland Museums forum.

She has an MA in Museum and Gallery Education and has been awarded the AMA from the Museums Association.

Email: kboal@nts.org.uk
Twitter: @kateyboal

Nicola Wilson
Collections Manager, The Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum

Nicola completed a MSc in Museum Theory & Practice at the University of Glasgow in 2011. Since then, she has held roles in both collections management and curatorial roles within museums and galleries throughout the central belt of Scotland.

She was appointed as collections manager with The Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum in March 2020. Prior to this role she was a collections curator with Fife Culture Trust, a collections management project officer with Renfrewshire Leisure and an assistant curator with Falkirk Community Trust.

Nicola is currently a member of the Scottish Museums Federation and actively participates in many cultural heritage networks throughout Scotland and the UK.

Email: Nicola@thesmith.scot
Twitter: @Nicola_M_Wilson

Christine McLean
Heritage Manager, Renfrewshire Leisure

Christine has worked in the heritage sector for almost 17 years, in learning, outreach and community engagement for local authority and national organisations.

Her previous job at National Museums Scotland involved strategic partnerships across Scotland, both within the sector and with other cultural or audience-focused organisations.

She is a committee member of the Scottish Museums Federation and has previously served as a joint convenor of GEM Scotland.

Email: Christine.mclean@renfrewshire.gov.uk
Twitter: @KeenieKane

Wales

Charlotte Morgan
Collaborative Programmes Manager, Cornwall Museums Partnership

Charlotte has worked and volunteered in museums for the past five years, experiencing a range of roles and organisations. She has experience of working on education programmes, collections audits, outreach projects and general museum management across local authority, university and independent institutions, as well as being involved in heritage projects managed by independent charities.

She is now working at Cornwall Museums Partnership as collaborative programmes manager. Previously she worked at Cynon Valley Museum, Aberdare and on the Hidden Now Heard Project, which used previously unrecorded oral histories to share the heritage of people with a learning disability across Wales.

Charlotte completed her MA in Museum Studies at the University of Leicester in 2014, focusing on the historic use of colonial collections to prolong power and control.

Email: Charlotte@cornwallmuseumspartnership.org.uk
Twitter: @_charmorgan

Emma Newrick
Transporter Bridge Project Officer, Newport City Council

Emma has worked in the heritage sector for the past ten years, primarily in the field of community engagement.

She has experience of working within local authorities, independent and national institutions. In a freelance capacity, she has delivered oral history training to volunteers, assisted community groups with funding applications and Pioneer Area Cultural Poverty Plans.

She completed an MA in Museum Learning and Visitor Studies in 2013 and is currently undertaking her AMA. She has been involved with the Federation of Museums and Art Galleries of Wales since 2009 and am currently a co-opted member of the Friends of the Newport Ship.

Email: Emma.Newrick@newport.gov.uk
Twitter: @emma_newrick

Sue Davies
Cultural & Heritage Associates

Sue has worked in the heritage sector for the past 20 years, specialising in learning, audience development, community engagement, and exhibitions and before that she was a teacher.

She has significant experience of working with both independent charitable trusts and large local authority museum services working to a senior management level. She has instigated wholescale organisational change most notably in the post as head of learning and audience development at Leeds Museums and Galleries.

Sue is currently working in a freelance capacity on both large capital Heritage Lottery bids and smaller community projects as well as operating as an Arts Council Wales creative agent on their Lead Creative Schools’ Scheme.

She has both a PGCE and an MA in Museum Studies and is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management. She been involved with the Federation of Museums and Art Galleries in both Yorkshire and Wales and a GEM member.

In a voluntary capacity, Sue has been previously been a GEM co-convenor for Yorkshire, a member of various steering committees and is a Kids in Museums volunteer in Wales.

Email: sed37128278@aol.co.uk
Twitter: @SueDCHA

England: North

Hannah Bryan
Head of Audience Development and Programming, The Auckland Project

Hannah has worked in the museum sector for seven years, starting at the National Trust and then moving to English Heritage. She then worked for the Black Country Living Museum before moving north to take up her current role at The Auckland Project in County Durham. Her experience is centred in visitor experience, moving from front of house to supervisory and then management roles.

She is currently undertaking her AMA and has been an AMA Support Coordinator in the West Midlands and North East.

She has organised and run training for both staff and volunteers and enjoyed developing community advisory panels. She has been involved in arts commissioning projects as well as taking a personal interest in how museums can contribute to wellbeing.

She is an associate of the Royal Society for Public Health and part of the RSPH special interest group for Arts, Health and Wellbeing, as well as a Dementia Friend.

Hannah is also involved with the North East Emerging Museum Professionals (neemp) and Museums North – the federation for Museums in the North East.

Email: hannah.bryan@aucklandproject.org
Twitter: @hannahjpeaden

Gabrielle Heffernan
Curatorial Manager, Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery

Gabrielle has worked in museums for more than a decade, beginning as a serial volunteer and then as a curatorial trainee at the British Museum thanks to Heritage Lottery Skills for the Future. Following this, she worked as an assistant curator at Hull Museums, during which time she completed a PhD in Egyptology and achieved her AMA award.

In her current role as curatorial manager at Tullie House she oversees collections management and curatorial work, and plays an active role in the Cumbria Museums Consortium. This role lets her indulge her passion for discovering the fascinating stories locked within collections, using these to support genuinely meaningful community engagement – something she considers to be central to the work of museums.

Email: gabrielle.heffernan@tulliehouse.org
Twitter: @gabbyheffernan

Jude Holland
Project Manager, Doncaster 1914-18

Jude is an interpretation and community engagement specialist and Project Manager, with nine years of experience working in local authority, independent and national museums.

Since January 2015, she has led Doncaster 1914-18, a HLF-funded First World War community heritage project encouraging more and a wider range of people to engage with their history in Doncaster through co-curation, outreach partnership working and digital heritage.

She completed her MA in Museum studies in 2011, and her AMA in December 2015, and previously worked at ss Great Britain Trust in Bristol and the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.

Jude is an active member and former Trustee of the Social History Curators Group, and was part of the 2017 MA Transformers Influence cohort.

Email: jude.holland@gmail.com
Twitter: @juderholland

England: Midlands

Matt Holmes
Period Interpreter, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Matt has been working in museums for seven years. He previously worked for Birmingham Museums for three years before moving to Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in 2015. There are many aspects of the sector that motivate him, including visitor engagement, interpretation, social media, exhibitions, curating and working with volunteers.

He still finds time to volunteer for other museums, and in the past has volunteered with Birmingham Museums, Derby Museums, Erewash Museum and Lapworth Museum amongst others.

He is heavily involved with the Emerging Museum Professional movement in his role as events coordinator and committee member of the West Midlands group.

Matt is also working towards completing his AMA, and is acting as the AMA Support Coordinator for the West Midlands, organising meetups and discussions for AMAers and prospective AMAers in the region.

Email: mholmes5000@hotmail.com
Twitter: @Mattimer

Sarah Clemson
Learning Assistant, National Justice Museum

Sarah lives in Nottingham and, since having her daughter, has moved into the world of heritage and museums, having previously worked in events and the arts before. Ever since being at university Sarah has wanted to work in the sector and now at the tender age of 41, she can truly delve in and is loving it.

Sarah currently works at The National Justice Museum as a Learning Assistant. She is also involved with many volunteering projects; most recently working on the NHS@70 oral history project and with Belong, a local charity in Nottingham, researching the often forgotten lives of David Livingstone’s companions.

Sarah is currently completing her Masters in Heritage and Interpretation at the University of Leicester. Her dream is for the sector to be truly representative and is keen to uncover hidden histories and create dialogue around these.

Email: sarah65000@googlemail.com
Twitter: @sarahclems

England: South East

Jody East
Curator of Exhibitions, Brighton Museum and Art Gallery

Jody is the creative programme curator for the Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove.

She has worked in museums since 2004, mainly within programming, exhibitions and interpretation at Brighton Museum and the Royal Pavilion.

She has an MA in History and was part of the Museums Association Transformers programme 2015-16. She also participated in the Culture24 Let’s Get Real collaborative action research project, Young Audiences.

In 2014, Jody participated in the British Council Connections with India programme, which led to a series of events and activities in partnership with cultural organisations in Delhi as part of the First World War centenary anniversary.

Email: jody.east@brighton-hove.gov.uk
Twitter: @pavilionjody

Megan Dennis
Curator, Norfolk Museums Service

Megan is a passionate and curious curator who works with Norfolk Museums Service to share stories and inspiration from museum collections with as wide an audience as possible.

After more than a decade working in the museum sector she enthusiastically believes that leadership can come from any level.

She has held curatorial, access, volunteer management and learning posts and obtained her AMA in 2012. She has developed and led major re-display, audience development and training programmes.

Megan has spoken at national conferences and published scholarly articles and coffee table books. Her current CPD is focused on developing her mentoring and social media skills.

Email: megan.dennis@norfolk.gov.uk

Twitter: @CuratorMeg

England: London

Miranda Lowe
Principal Curator (Invertebrate Zoology), Natural History Museum

Miranda has worked at The Natural History Museum for over 25 years in the field of science and natural history being responsible for marine invertebrate collections.

She is active in the cultural heritage sector in various roles, as Natural Science Collections Association (NatSCA) Collections at Risk Rep, working on representation and inclusion as part of Museum Detox for BAME museum professionals and as Member At Large on Council for Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC).

She volunteers as a STEM ambassador doing science outreach and mentoring with young people. Miranda was a short-listed nominee in the Positive Role Model Award for Race, Religion & Faith category at the UK National Diversity Awards 2013 receiving a Certificate of Excellence.

Email: m.lowe@nhm.ac.uk
Twitter: @NatHistGirl

Katherine McAlpine
Exhibitions and Interpretation Manager, Imperial War Museum

Katherine is an experienced museum professional and events programmer with a background in learning, cultural events and science communication.

She led public programmes at the National Maritime Museum, part of Royal Museums Greenwich, engaging audiences with the collection, story of the site and contemporary relevance through an innovative live programme.

An alumni of the engage Extend Leadership programme, she has an interest in leadership development and organisational change. She is a mentor for GEM’s Foundation course in Museum Learning, supporting early career museum educators to identify their skills and areas for development.

Her background is in public and schools engagement, and she has previously worked at the Royal Institution and Natural History Museum. She has an MSc in History of Science, Technology and Medicine and a BSc in Science Communication & Policy.

Email: museumgirllondon@gmail.com
Twitter: @museumgirlldn
Blog: https://museumgirllondon.wordpress.com/about/

England: South West

Chloe Hughes
Engagement Programmes Manager, The Box

Chloe is a producer who has worked across the cultural sector including in theatre, dance, festivals, museums and heritage. Whatever the art form, her work is collaborative and places people, whether audiences, participants, communities or artists, at its heart.

Whilst working for Cornwall Museums Partnership she took part in the MA Transformers programme as part of the Diversify cohort and this programme has continued to shape my work. From 2016 – 2019 she was a Fun Palace Ambassador and loved being part of this growing movement that challenges the sectors innate power imbalances.

She leads the learning and engagement team at The Box (formerly Plymouth Museum and Art Gallery), which has recently undergone a £40 million capital redevelopment and re-opened in Spring 2020.

Twitter: @chloe_hughes2
E-mail: chloe.hughes@plymouth.gov.uk

Abigail Godfrey
Duty Manager, Holburne Museum

Abigail began her career as a volunteer at the V&A, eventually securing her first paid position at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. In 2016 she moved to Bath where she has since worked at a range of sites from the Roman Baths to the American Museum and Gardens. Abigail is currently a Duty Manager at the Holburne Museum.

In 2017, after completing her MA in Museum Studies from Leicester University she co-founded the Front of House Museums Network, @FoHMuseums, who advocate for and celebrate the amazing work that Front of House in museums do.

Twitter: @abilou6
Email: a.godfrey90@live.co.uk

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