Emma Chaplin appointed AIM director

Museum consultant to replace Tamalie Newbery from February
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Rebecca Atkinson
Emma Chaplin, a museum consultant with more than 20 years' experience working with local authority and independent museums in England and Wales, has been appointed as the director of the Association of Independent Museums (AIM).

She replaces Tamalie Newbery, who leaves next month after 10 years at AIM to join Brooklands Museum in Surrey as director.

Chaplin will take up her role at the association in February. She previously served as an AIM council member from 2003 to 2014.

“I am delighted to be joining AIM as its new director and looking forward to working with the chair, council and staff to continue to represent and deliver great services for our members” Chaplin said.

“AIM has been a beacon of advice, knowledge and inspiration for me throughout my career and I relish the opportunity to build on its success of recent years as it embarks on an ambitious new chapter."

Having started her career as heritage and museums officer for Cheshire County Council, Chaplin has worked for a number of organisations including Flintshire County Council, the Boat Museum in Ellesmere Port (now National Waterways Museum) and the Dock Museum in Barrow-in Furness.

She has run her own consultancy business since 2009, and has undertaken work for Arts Council England, the Welsh government and several museum development teams in England, as well as small independent museums. Chaplin was awarded the Fellowship of the Museums Association in 2010.

“We had an astonishingly strong field of applicants for the role and we are delighted to have selected Emma Chaplin, who demonstrated her strong experience with and understanding of independent museums, as well as her commitment to continuing AIM’s work in partnership with other organisations across the UK, to support independent museums and help them to thrive and prosper,” said Richard Evans, the chair of AIM.

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