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Sarah Menary

Museum Development Officer for Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire & Berkshire

My background is incredibly varied and I have worked in Warwickshire, the West Midlands and Northamptonshire before joining the South East Museum Development Programme. I originally trained as an Archaeologist with the University of Birmingham, specialising in ancient languages. I studied Egyptian Middle Kingdom hieroglyphics and Sumerian cuneiform. However, my career path has been a little unconventional.

I have worked in market research, customer services, the wholefood trade and even as a freelance artist before finding my feet in museums. Working my way up, I started out as a Museum Assistant in Nuneaton and Bedworth Museum and Art Gallery, where I also helped out with curatorial support and research.

I then moved on to Northamptonshire Library Service, where I learnt a great deal about management and customer support.

From there I progressed to working with Arts Council England as an Accreditation Assessor in 2012. During my time there, I assessed almost 400 organisations all over England, from Cumbria to Cornwall. I also developed an in-depth knowledge of the Accreditation Standard, guidance and the assessment process itself. I visited more than 30 different museums, and helped many to achieve full Accreditation and move their museums forwards to greater success. I hope to help many more in my new role as a Museum Development Officer.

mdo.office@oxfordshire.gov.uk

07584 581210