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Opportunity: Museums Association representative (north/mid Wales)

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Northern Ireland

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Catherine Doran
Learning Facilitator, Northern Ireland War Memorial

Catherine has worked within the heritage sector for over 12 years in learning and engagement, curatorial, interpretation and events. In 2020 she began her role as Learning Facilitator for the Northern Ireland War Memorial, a museum dedicated to the Second World War in NI.

She has worked on several NHLF projects specialising in improving access to collections and providing non-traditional engagement. This was the subject of her talk at the 2018 Museums Association conference.

Prior to her current role, Catherine has volunteered with the British Museum and worked for the Heritage Environment Division and the National Museum of the Royal Navy creating a volunteer strategy, access plan and events for families, schools, community and SEND groups.

Twitter: @CatherineDoran­_

Margaret Middleton (they/them)
Independent Exhibit Designer, Consultant

Margaret is an independent exhibit designer currently based in Belfast, Northern Ireland and working at the intersection of design and social justice. Margaret has a degree in industrial design from the Rhode Island School of Design and 15 years of experience in the museum field. 

They developed the Family Inclusive Language Chart in 2014 and consult with museums on implementing family inclusive practice. Their writing has been published in the Journal of Museum Education, Exhibition (NAME), Dimensions (ASTC), and Museum magazine (AAM).

Twitter: @magmidd


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Matthew Bellhouse Moran
Museum Manager, HMS Unicorn

Matthew started in a front of house role at a university museum while studying for a postgraduate degree. With brief stints at a former local authority museum and the South Georgia Museum in the South Atlantic, with plenty of voluntary work in between, he joined the Scottish Maritime Museum in 2016 where he was a curator before becoming Museum Manager at HMS Unicorn in 2021.

Matthew is currently the Chair of the subject specialist network STICK (Scottish Transport and Industry Collections Knowledge Network), and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.

Currently undertaking his AMA, Matthew’s previous roles have seen him focus on collections care and management and the oversight of several capital grants, an HLF-funded oral history project, as well as advocating for the importance of Scotland’s industrial and transport collections.

Twitter: @MrMatthewMoran

Rhona Corbett
Programming and Collections Manager, Culture Perth and Kinross (CPK)

Rhona is a dedicated museum professional who has worked in the sector for 20 years. After graduating with a postgraduate degree in Museum and Gallery Studies from the University of St Andrews, Rhona started her career in Wakefield Museum before moving over to Stockport Museums.

After having her first child she moved back up to Scotland, where she worked as a social history curator with responsibility for the transport and industrial collections at McManus Art Gallery and Museum for 12 years.

In 2015 Rhona moved back to Perth and the collection that inspired her to work in museums. Rhona now manages the collections and exhibitions teams and has overall responsibility for the nationally recognised collections held at Perth Museum and Art Gallery, the Fergusson Art Gallery and Alyth Museum.


Laura Falkiner-Rogers
Visitor Experience Assistant, National Museums Scotland

Laura has worked in front of house roles in the museum sector since 2017. Her first role was as a visitor assistant and tour guide at Braemar Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland’s only community-run castle. From there she moved into a visitor assistant role at Leisure and Culture Dundee, working at both Broughty Castle and the McManus Art Gallery and Museum.

She moved to her current role at National Museums Scotland in 2019, where she is also an internal communication champion. She is an active member of the Scottish museum sector and regularly attends events and conferences. Laura is particularly passionate about communication and values-led practice.

Twitter: @laura_serafina


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Ffion Fielding
Exhibitions Coordinator, Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

Ffion Fielding has worked in the museums and heritage sector in Wales for over 20 years, starting her career as a learning officer in St Fagans National Museum of History. She has a PGCE qualification in post-compulsory education, and her work there focused on informal and community learning, working in partnership with a wide range of organisations.

In 2014 she moved to a role as coordinator for ‘Wales Remembers 1914-18’ projects across Amgueddfa Cymru and in national partnerships, and in 2016 took a post as community and exhibitions coordinator with the lottery-funded ‘Wales for Peace’ project. There she worked with museums, libraries and archives across Wales to co-produce exhibitions and collect Wales’s rich peace heritage with volunteers.

Her current role is as exhibitions coordinator with Amgueddfa Cymru, managing exhibition projects, with a particular interest in the ways in which exhibition processes and decision-making can truly include the voices of our communities. She is also currently seconded to work on the consultation process for a new ten-year strategy for the national museum.

Twitter: @FfionFielding

William Tregaskes
Museum Co-ordinator, Cynon Valley Museum Trust

Will began his career in the cultural sector working as an Archaeologist and Front of House in the Roman Baths, Bath, working as part of a team his role included leading guided tours, education sessions and welcoming visitors to the museum.

He has taken an active role in the museum sector – in 2017 he co-founded Front of House in Museums, a network established to advocate, celebrate, and campaign for FoH in the museum sector. Will has since joined the steering group of the Heritage Volunteering Group; where through the Covid-19 pandemic he co-hosted HVG Coffee Afternoons. He is an alumnus of the MA Transformers programme.

From 2018, Will was Museum Co-ordinator at the Cynon Valley Museum, Aberdare, in the South Wales Valleys where he was responsible for the museum’s exhibition programme, internal income streams and duty manager responsibilities. From March 2020 he has stepped up to the role of Museum Manager.

Through his time at the museum, he has worked towards diversifying its role in the community, working to empower the public to define what the museum space is used for.

Twitter: @TregaskesW

Penelope Foreman (she/they)
Chief Memory Maker and Storyteller, Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust

Penelope Foreman is the Chief Memory Maker and Storyteller (aka Community Archaeologist) at the Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust. Her archaeological areas of interest are Neolithic art and monuments; industrial and post-industrial urban sites; decolonisation and diversity in archaeology; and community-based heritage practice.

She is a board member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists and sits on the committee of both the Equality and Diversity and Voluntary and Community Archaeology groups. She is a Trustee of Newtown Textile Museum, the Offa’s Dyke Association, and Celf o Gwmpas, an ‘arts in health’ organization in Powys.

Twitter: @susmounds

England: North

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Emma Heslewood
Curator, Showtown

Emma Heslewood has worked in the museum sector in the north of England for over 20 years. She had extensive experience in collections development, fundraising, capital projects, exhibitions, interpretation, programming and working with communities.

Since 2015 Emma has worked for Blackpool Council on Showtown, Blackpool’s first museum of fun and entertainment, opening in 2022. Aimed at a family audience and featuring a unique mix of immersive spaces, it will explore Blackpool’s role in seaside holidays, magic, circus, illuminations, shows and dance culture.

Emma is also a member of the Institute of Apprenticeships and Technical Education’s Creative and Design Route Panel, which includes museums and cultural heritage apprenticeships and qualifications.

Twitter: @EmmaHslwd

Hannah Mather
Collections and Engagement Coordinator, Jarrow Hall

Hannah is currently the Collections and Engagement Coordinator at Jarrow Hall.

She coordinates NEEACN, a network for cultural professionals in the North East, as well as also being a co-organiser for Museum Hour, a worldwide, weekly Twitter discussion in which people discuss and debate relevant issues relating to the museum sector. Hannah is also a coordinator for Space Invaders North.

As a cultural cheerleader she is passionate about cross-sector collaboration and networking, and speaks frequently at museum and university events.

Twitter: @HannahRMather

Victoria Ryves
NPO Programme Manager, Heritage Doncaster

Victoria has worked in museums for almost ten years. While studying at the University of Sheffield, Victoria fell in love with the world of museums and became a volunteer at a variety of museums and historic sites.  

In 2012 Victoria landed her first museum job while working in Canada.  Since then, Victoria has worked at a variety of museums, delivering, designing and managing community engagement programmes. She has experience of working in local authority and independent museums in both England and Canada.

Victoria currently manages the History, Health and Happiness wellbeing programme at Heritage Doncaster.

She has a particular interest in the role museums can play in improving health and wellbeing and tackling social isolation in communities. Her work also aims to engage with groups that are traditionally underrepresented in museum exhibitions and activities.

In 2018 Victoria co-founded the Yorkshire Emerging Museum Professionals Network.

Twitter: @vickyryves

England: Midlands

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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.

Twitter: @sarahclems

Michelle Lisa Gayle
Property Curator, Powis Castle

Michelle is an experienced social history curator, practicing a wide range of engagement techniques. Beginning her career as a collection care assistant at Birmingham Museums Trust, her craft of sharing collections developed while working at Avoncroft Museum.

Using collections, buildings and stories, she’s able to push boundaries, bringing life to objects and places, creating a relevance with which audiences can feel an authentic connection. Michelle has led projects which focus on difficult to reach audiences and participants.

#CalkeUnlocked at Calke Abbey became a National Trust award-winning tour and a testament to her passion of sharing social history to connect us to the past in order to understand who we are today.

Twitter: @futureproof_1

England: South East

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Mark Barrett
Casual museum assistant (current student), Colchester and Ipswich Museums

Mark entered the sector in 2016, when he became a trainee with Colchester and Ipswich Museums as part of their Arts Council-funded Training Museum scheme, an entry-level job designed to attract people with no prior experience in museums in order to diversify the workforce. It was here that Mark found a passion for accessibility and inclusion in museums, especially for people with autism.

Mark joined the Museums Association Transformers programme on the Diversify strand between 2017 and 2018. This was a crucial development point in his career as he developed a wide range of contacts and networks.

Since completing the Transformers Diversify programme, Mark has also accumulated a portfolio of consultancy work relating to accessibility, inclusion and diversity for autistic visitors/staff in museums, which has seen him give training workshops, conference talks and engage in collaborations with organisations such as Cornwall Museums Partnership, National Galleries of Scotland and most recently with the National Trust.

After his traineeship came to a close, Mark went to the University of East Anglia to study History of Art with Gallery and Museum studies, where he is now in his final year. Alongside his studies, Mark still works at Colchester and Ipswich Museums as a casual museum assistant.

Twitter: @Mbarrettmuseums

Rebecca Blackburn
Visitor Engagement Manager, Royal Engineers Museum

Rebecca has worked and volunteered in the museum sector for ten years in front of house, learning and curatorial roles.

She has worked in local authority, independent and military museums in Cambridge, Essex and Kent, and is currently the visitor engagement manager at the Royal Engineers Museum, which she joined in 2015.

She is responsible for planning and developing exhibitions, and running community outreach and learning. She is interested in working with communities to encourage wellbeing and mental health.

She has an MA in archaeology and is working towards her AMA, and has run the Kent AMA Support Group. 

Twitter: @RMBlackburn

David Juler
Museum Development Officer, Museum of Oxford

David Juler is the museum development officer at the Museum of Oxford, a local authority-run museum in the midst of a major transformational project.

David has worked with the museum for over eight years, undertaking roles in visitor services and retail before moving into volunteer management. Since, he has helped the museum gain ACE accreditation, raised close to £2m, worked with museum designers and architects, and developed interpretation.

Alongside this, David has a passion for supporting early career professionals and those wishing to gain employment in the sector, having appeared on various panel discussions at universities and colleges, giving talks and supporting volunteers 1:1.

He was a committee member for three years with the South and East Museums Federation, as well as the web officer for a further three years. This experience has given him the opportunity to meet with museum professionals from all over the south east.

Twitter: @DavidJuler

England: London

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Roz Currie
Curator, Islington Council/Islington Museum

Roz is a curator who believes in supporting communities to make people’s voices heard. She currently works at Islington Museum, most recently leading an NLHF-funded project to work with the women of the closed Holloway Prison to bring their voices to a wider audience. She was shortlisted for the Museum Association ‘Radical Changemaker’ award for her work on the project.

Previously she worked at the Jewish Museum London where she led the merger with the Jewish Military Museum. Her exhibition ‘For King and Country?’ explored the complexities of fighting the First World War as a Jewish person in Britain.

As a curator her experience encompasses exhibitions, project management, strategic planning, evaluation and engagement, and collections care and management. She is passionate about collaborating closely across the museum, in particular with learning and front of house teams.

She has also undertaken consultancy work exploring collections significance and the potential for storytelling at Fenton House and Gunnersbury Park Museum, among others.

She is an accreditation, governance and collections mentor, co-founder of the Contemporary Collections Group, and active within the Social History Curators Group and London Museums Group.

Twitter: @Disruptcurator

Dan Vo
Volunteer LGBTQ Tour Coordinator, Victoria and Albert Museum

Dan is a media producer and freelance museum professional. He was the inaugural winner of the Museums Association ‘Radical Changemaker’ award. Currently he is a co-project manager of the Queer Heritage and Collections Network, a partnership formed of the National Trust, English Heritage, Historic England, Historic Royal Palaces, the Research Centre for Museums and Galleries supported by the Art Fund.

Dan has developed LGBTQ+ tours for several museums in the UK, most notably the V&A Museum, Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and Amgueddfa Genedlaethol Caerdydd (National Museum Cardiff). Other projects include developing LGBTQ+ programming for Tate Britain, Imperial War Museum, Cornwall Museums Partnership and Gunnersbury Park Museum.

He is a patron of LGBT+ History Month as well as trustee of Culture24, and also sits on steering committees for the Pitt Rivers Museum Beyond the Binary project, Queer Britain, and the Historic England Expert Advisory Group. ​​He was co-presenter of BBC Arts Museum From Home and Museum Passion, and is the host of the GiveOut SoundOut: Voices of LGBTQI Activism podcast.

Twitter: @DanNouveau

England: South West

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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.

While 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 her work. From 2016 to 2019 she was a Fun Palace Ambassador and loved being part of the growing movement that challenges the sector’s innate power imbalances.

She leads the learning and engagement team at The Box (formerly Plymouth Museum and Art Gallery), which has recently undergone a £40m capital redevelopment and reopened in spring 2020.

Twitter: @chloe_hughes2

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 the University of Leicester, she co-founded Front of House in Museums, who advocate for and celebrate the amazing work that front of house staff in museums do.

Twitter: @Abilou6


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