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Museum Development Officer

Museum Development Officers (MDO) Joanna Low and Samantha Bowen, are available to provide tailored advice and guidance to museums in Kent & Medway.

The purpose of the MDO role is to:

  • Manage and deliver the Museum Development Programme in Kent & Medway.
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with museums across Kent & Medway, local, regional and national agencies and other stakeholders.
  • Provide interventions to strengthen future sector sustainability and enable organisational development.
  • Provide professional development advice, information and support to museums within Kent & Medway.

Responsibilities include:

  • Managing the delivery of museum development services and successfully implement in Kent & Medway activity plan within the regional South East Museum Development Programme;
  • Working with the Kent & Medway Museum Partnership (KMMP) network, as advisory group, to inform the programme, identify local museum needs and set priorities;
  • Supporting and encouraging local museum networks and forums to become self sustaining;
  • Facilitating and brokering partnerships with museums and other organisations;
  • Providing access to information, support and advice on  sector related matters;
  • Supporting museums for applying for Accreditation and other sector related schemes and standards;
  • Building capacity in the sector by providing skills development opportunities for staff and volunteers;
  • Commissioning short-term or long-term projects that enable museums to address key needs and priorities;
  • Undertaking advisory site visits, providing strategic and practical advice and support to museum staff and volunteers in improving their sustainability;
  • Representing and promoting the interests of museums in Kent & Medway at a local, regional and national level;
  • Advising on local sector needs and development priorities;
  • Producing case studies and strategic information;
  • Developing and maintaining strategic relationships with key heritage and cultural stakeholders.