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Museums from across Kent & Medway get together to hear Museum Development Plans for 2016-17

On Tuesday 8th March, we welcomed over 40 people to the Historic Dockyard at Chatham, for the 'Kent & Medway Museum Development Forum' looking at plans for 2016-17.

The day opened with Richard Holdsworth, Director of Education & Preservation at the Dockyard, welcoming everyone and giving an overview of what was achieved in the sub-region last year

Did you know...?

  • There were 18 training events open to Kent & Medway museums this past year that had been organised by the Kent and regional MDOs or in partnership with other providers.

  • 10 of these were specifically for Kent museums, and attracted 174 delegates with feedback suggesting that 100% of you felt ‘very satisfied’ or ‘somewhat satisfied’.

  • The training covered topics such as collections care, recruiting student volunteers, community philosophy, funding, audience data, emergency planning and working with schools.

  • There were 10 Development Grants awarded this last year, totalling over £20,000, covering areas such as audience development, energy audits, and digital access.

  • In one way or the other, nearly every single Accredited Museum has received support either through attending a training day hosted by the MDP, through a funded project or consultancy, 1-1 support or peer advice.

  • And that the Kent & Medway newsletter goes to over 458 people twice a month. 

We followed Ricahrd's welcome with five Case Studies from 2015-16, presented by museums from across the sub-region:

  • 'Wheels of Time' (Mike Boulding and Ian Sharp, Ashford Museum)
  • 'Rediscovering Dartford Museum' (Elaine Henson, Dartford Borough Council)
  • 'Swale Heritage Forums' (Allen Whitnell, Swale Museums Group)
  • 'Energy Audits' (Rod Dann, Cranbrook Museum)
  • 'Building Engagement with Schools' (Sue Huxley, Cranbrook Museum)

After a great networking lunch, the Kent & Medway Museum Development Officer, Sarah Corn, set out the programme for 2016-17, which includes a collections mapping exercise, meetings of the Kent Salvage Network, 'Re:Fresh' and 'Building Engagement' projects, news about the new Business Innovation Fund, expectations for the Annual Return, and of course, the popular training programme which includes an increase in Peer2Peer and Action Learning initatives.

This was followed by a presentation by Emily Nisbet-Hawkins, Preventive Conservation Officer for Kent, Medway, Surrey & Sussex, and by our Regional Accreditation Adviser, Kate Hebditch.

We were also delighted to be joined by John Harrison, Chair of the Kent Museums Group, Donna Comerford from Artswork and Michele Gregson from the Royal Opera House bridges, as well as Lucy Keeley and Laura Bailey from Kent County Council talking about the Kent Cultural Strategy.

A short afternoon discussion in themed groups to identify parterns and projects then followed, along with pre-booked 1-1 surgeries with Kate and Emily, which brought the day to a close.

Read more about the 2016-17 programme in Kent & Medway