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Call for Peer Development Groups 2017/8

We are now ready to invite new applications for Peer Development Groups to run in 2017/8. If you would like to set up or join a Peer Development Group, please read the introductory guidance note below.

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Join us!

Ready to make an application? Please use the form below and email the completed form by 8 May 2017 to Jaane Rowehl.

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Overview - PDG 2015/7

Networking at the Peer Development Groups information session on 23 June 2015

Theme 1: Collections Review and Rationalisation

The group built on the training they received in 2015 focusing on how to implement collections review and rationalisation within our own organisations. Working together on setting a review process at their museums into motion, the group published its learning in a useful guide.

Click here to download the PDG guide on Collections Review and Rationalisation.

Lead contact: Amy Adams and Chris Gale, National Museum of the Royal Navy

Theme 2: Management of volunteers in collections care

The focus of this group was to improve the management and development of volunteers in collection care.The groups shared experiences and learning at a conference hosted by the Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson on 8 November 2017 (click here for materials).

Lead contact: Matthew Hancock, Royal Armouries

Theme 3: Volunteer Management

The group was looking at how organisations and managers of volunteer teams can develop and grow volunteering within the heritage environment.  This includes more effective volunteer management, improving the quality of volunteering at museums and promoting best practice so both the volunteer and organisation achieve excellence. As a result, they have published a range of useful resources on a new website. To visit the website, click here.

Lead contact: Stephen Lowry, Hampshire Cultural Trust

Museum Retail Training Day at Mary Rose Museum, organised by the Retail PDG

Museum Retail Training Day at Mary Rose Museum, organised by the Retail PDG


Background to the Peer Development Approach

A Peer Development Group is a structured, supportive community of people with a common interest in an area of practice. They work together to learn more about it and to apply their learning to driving improvement in their own museums. You can read case studies of some of our previous Peer Development Groups here.

Peer Development Groups use a variety of methods to progress their learning in their area of focus, including study visits, peer coaching, jointly organising training and buying textbooks.

We support Peer Development Groups with training in how to collaborate effectively and an investment budget of up to £500.00.

Our new Peer Development Groups programme commenced on 23 June 2015 with an information and networking event. Staff, trustees and volunteers from Hampshire Solent museums  gathered to find out more about the programme before committing and meet people with common interests. They discussed potential Expressions of Interest for groups in a number of areas including:

  • Volunteer recruitment and management
  • Being an effective PA or Administrator in a heritage organisation
  • Involving volunteers in collections care
  • Reviewing and rationalising collections
  • Museums as spaces for theatre performance
  • Recruiting and developing Trustees
  • Being an effective Chief Executive in the cultural sector

... and more. If you are interested in being put in touch with any of these potential groups, email and your email will be passed on.