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Partnerships & Collaborations

As well as encouraging and supporting museums to develop their own partnerships and collaborative projects, there may be times when the Kent & Medway Museum Development Officer develops specialist capacity at strategic level to build relationships and broker partnerships on the behalf of museums.

This will:

  • enable the wider cultural sector to connect and benefit from the collaborative projects, as well as raise their ambition to create their own collaborations;
  • facilitate greater dialogue and strengthen relationships between Kent & Medway museums and the wider cultural sector;
  • lever external funding to create additional capacity building opportunities over and above the museum development funding.

Current Partnerships & Collaborations:

  • A a member of the Project Steering Group for Dover Museums & Arts Group (DMAG), an extra £90,000 was levered into the Dover district, which contains key museum developmental work around evaluation and digitisation.
  • Ongoing collaboration with the Gateways to the First World War team at the University of Kent to develop and manage training and sign-posting.
  • The Museum Development Programme in Kent & Medway is a member of the First World War Centenary Partnership, led by the Imperial War Museum.
  • Collaboration with the South East Grid for Learning and their Associates to develop links between museums and schools, and on the joint management of the 'Engaging with Museums' website.
  • Key strategic planning and partnership working with the two Arts Council-funded Bridge organisations in Kent (Artswork and the Royal Opera House).
  • Ongoing dialogue with key team members from Kent County Council's Strategic Projects and Partnership team and Libraries, Registration & Archives team.
  • Ongoing collaboration with the Horniman Museum to support and promote their Object in Focus loan programme to Kent & Medway museums, as well as developing joint training.
  • Regular meetings with Development Officers from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
  • Working closely with the Collections Trust to develop a Kent & Medway 'Going Digital' training programme.
  • Support to the Kent & Medway Museums Partnership (KMMP) network Resilience Fund projects which has brought an extra £330,100 into the sub-region.