Newport City Council
I have worked in the heritage sector for the past ten years, primarily in the field of community engagement.
I have experience of working within local authorities, independent and national institutions. In a freelance capacity I have delivered oral history training to volunteers, assisted community groups with funding applications and Pioneer Area Cultural Poverty Plans.
I completed an MA in Museum Learning and Visitor Studies in 2013 and hope to start my AMA later this year. I have been involved with the Federation of Museums and Art Galleries of Wales since 2009 and am currently a co-opted member of the Friends of the Newport Ship.
Cultural & Heritage Associates
I have worked in the heritage sector for the past 20 years, specialising in learning, audience development, community engagement, and exhibitions and before that I was a teacher. The MA’s Museums Change Lives agenda is therefore central to my philosophy of public engagement with the sector.
I have significant experience of working within both independent charitable trusts and large local authority museum services working to a senior management level. I have instigated wholescale organisational change management using learning in its widest sense as the key driver for change to enable organisations to thrive, most notably in my post as head of learning and audience development at Leeds Museums and Galleries.
I have returned to Wales for personal reasons. I am currently working in a freelance capacity on both large capital Heritage Lottery bids and smaller community projects as well as operating as an Arts Council Wales creative agent on their Lead Creative Schools’ Scheme.
I have both a PGCE and an MA in Museum Studies and I am a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management. I have been involved with the Federation of Museums and Art Galleries in both Yorkshire and Wales and a GEM member.
In a voluntary capacity I have been a previous GEM co-convenor for Yorkshire, a member of various steering committees and am a Kids in Museums volunteer in Wales.
I am an enthusiastic Welsh learner having spent nine months on an intensive Welsh course two years ago at Bangor University and welcome opportunities to practise.
Cynon Valley Museum
I have worked and volunteered in museums for the past five years, experiencing a range of roles and organisations. I have experience of working on education programmes, collections audits, outreach projects and general museum management across local authority, university and independent institutions, as well as being involved in heritage projects managed by independent charities.
Now I am working at the recently reopened Cynon Valley Museum, Aberdare where we are working hard to both re-engage with past visitors and bring audiences into the space. I also recently worked on the Hidden Now Heard Project, which used previously unrecorded oral histories to share the heritage of people with a learning disability across Wales.
I am particularly interested in using museums as spaces rather than as fixed galleries, rooms and offices.
I completed my MA in Museum Studies at the University of Leicester in 2014, focusing on the historic use of colonial collections to prolong power and control.
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