Transformers extends to Scotland and Wales

Patrick Steel, 28.04.2015
Scheme to run in England, Scotland and Wales in 2015-16
The Museums Association's (MA) Transformers programme, aimed at mid-career museum professionals looking to implement innovative work at their museums, has this week been extended to Scotland and Wales.

Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) is to fund two places for participants in Scotland, and one place for a participant in Wales will be funded by either Amgueddfa Cymru (National Museum Wales) or the Welsh Museums Federation.

The programme includes peer-supported learning, residential courses, and the chance to pitch for up to £3,000 in micro-funding to invest in change for the participants and their organisations. It will run from July until March 2016.

The places in Scotland and Wales are additional to 24 places in England, funded by Arts Council England, announced earlier this month.

Mark Richards, the deputy director general of National Museum Wales, said: “I am delighted that Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales and the Federation of Museums and Art Galleries of Wales are able to support the Transfomers scheme this year, which will enable an individual working in a museum in Wales to be a part of the project.

“The pilot phase proved to be extremely successful, and not only benefited the individuals concerned, but also their institutions and beyond.

“During these difficult economic times, it is crucial that we continue to invest in the next generation of leaders and managers.

“The funding is available for anyone working in a museum whose institution is a member of the federation, and I would urge all mid-career museum professionals in Wales to apply for this wonderful opportunity.”

Joanne Orr, the chief executive of Museums Galleries Scotland, said: “The Transformers programme is a new and innovative personal development programme designed to help participants challenge the ways of working within their museum.

“The programme supports personal as well as organisational development and we are pleased to be able to offer this opportunity to two participants from the Scottish museums sector this year.

“Museums Galleries Scotland were delighted to support three professionals on the Transformers pilot scheme in 2014-2015.

“Following the pilot, the three Scottish Transformers have been able to explore new ideas and ways of working that will impact on their museums for years to come.

“All three Scottish participants particularly appreciated the residential element and the value of learning alongside their colleagues from across the UK and would fully recommend the programme to the 2015-16 cohort.”

Jess Turtle, the MA’s programme coordinator, said: “We are delighted to be able to include participants from Scotland and Wales in the programme this year.

“Bringing together peers from England, Scotland and Wales to learn together was a key highlight from the pilot year and we are therefore very pleased to build upon this dynamic with the continued involvement of all three nations as the programme grows.”

The closing date for applications is 5pm on 20 May 2015.

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