I’m Katrina Burton and I am the Museum Development Officer for Hampshire-Solent. This includes the south-eastern side of Hampshire, Portsmouth, Southampton and the Isle of Wight. I am based in Winchester with my colleague Stephen who covers north-west Hampshire and Berkshire.
I started with the South East Museum Development team in January 2019, following over 18 years on the ground experience working in museums in the South East.
I originally studied Archaeology and Anthropology, before completing an MA in Museum and Artefact Studies at the University of Durham. As a student I carried out volunteering placements at the Ashmolean, the Museum of Lincolnshire Life and the Fulling Mill Museum of Archaeology in Durham.
Since starting my museum career in 1999, I have held a variety of roles at Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery and later with the Sussex Archaeological Society. I started working as a Documentation Assistant before moving into collections care, exhibitions and interpretation. I was then appointed as Audience Development Officer and gained in-depth knowledge of audience engagement, learning, marketing, project management, events management, and fundraising.
In 2012 I moved to Fishbourne Roman Palace as Head of Learning and took responsibility for formal and informal learning, events, volunteer management, project work and interpretation at the site. In my most recent role as Property Manager, I had overarching responsibility for running the Roman Palace. This has given me a very broad experience of all aspects of running a museum, as well as a good grounding in commercial operations and financial resilience.
My particular area of expertise is in museum learning and engagement. I have always been passionate about connecting visitors with museum collections in interesting and creative ways. I am also a qualified trainer in the life-long learning sector and I enjoy delivering courses and workshops inspired by museum collections for adults and children alike.
I am looking forward to working with museums in Hampshire and across the wider south east to help them realise their potential.