Four FMAs and 16 AMAs receive their awards at Cardiff 2014

Geraldine Kendall, 10.10.2014
First year of revised FMA scheme
The Museums Association (MA) handed out 20 awards to museum professionals yesterday in a special ceremony at the MA conference in Cardiff.

MA president David Anderson presented the Fellowship of the MA (FMA) award to four museum professionals, the first to receive the distinction since the career development scheme was relaunched last year.

The award is designed to encourage and recognise an advanced level of professional development in any area of museum work.

Rachael Rogers, heritage and culture service transformation lead at Monmouthshire County Council, who received her FMA at the ceremony, said: "It’s about having a structured way of thinking about how you want to develop. 

"You get to a certain point in your career and I think that it’s easy to shift from training mode to ‘just get the job done’ mode. The FMA gives you time to reflect and get a sense of the value of what you’ve been doing."

Anderson also handed out 16 Associateship of the Museums Association (AMA) awards at the ceremony.

He said the AMA would continue to evolve alongside the sector: “As the world changes and as the sector changes, so too will the AMA, and that’s what makes it so dynamic and exciting.”

Geologist and museum educator Philp Hadland received his AMA at the ceremony. 

Hadland, who is about to start a new job with the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, said: "The AMA gets you out there meeting people that you might not otherwise have met, and learning things that you might not otherwise have learned. 

"It’s just a great way of developing your career. Who knows, it might have been crucial in getting me that job."