The Museums Association has taken several measures to address the challenges it faces as a result of the impact of the global pandemic. Despite having a rolling programme of furlough and undertaking significant cost cutting, we remain in a position where certain functions in the organisation have either been reduced or removed.
In particular, how we run our conference and events programme and deliver our publications and membership functions have seen significant change with the shift to digital delivery.
Unfortunately this has meant that two roles, our events production manager and membership and events assistant, have been made redundant from 1 May 2021. Two other roles, our deputy editor and our account manager, will reduce to four-day weeks in the autumn.
Our director, Sharon Heal, says: “Like all museums we have been impacted by the pandemic and we have had to restructure the MA to make sure we can continue to deliver advocacy and services for our members and the wider sector. Unfortunately as a result we have had to make these strategic changes.
“We would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank Lorraine O’Leary for over twenty years of dedicated service, in particular her work on our conference and exhibition, and Daniel Laverick for his significant contributions to our membership and events admin work. We thank them both and wish them the very best for the future.
“We would also like to thank all our staff for their efforts during this difficult time. We will continue to offer our members the best service possible and look forward to supporting them and advocating for them as museums reopen over the coming weeks.”