Transformers: pilot phase

Funded by CyMAL, Arts Council England and Museums Galleries Scotland, the pilot phase of the programme consisted of three interlinked development strands, taking place from July 2014 to March 2015, and saw a number of innovative projects in UK museums:

• a core development programme, including two residential sessions (14-15 July 2014 and 11-12 September 2014)

• support from a project coach who helped participants get the most out of the programme and identify learning needs

• a personalised programme of development and learning activities.

Pilot phase participants

Successful applicants to the pilot phase of Transformers were:

Nazia Ali, curator, science and industry, Birmingham Museums Trust

Helen Barker, head of community participation, Beamish, The Living Museum of the North

Ruth Battersby-Tooke, senior curator, costumes and textiles, Norfolk Museums Service

Brendan Carr, community engagement curator, Reading Museum

Helen Charman, head of learning, Design Museum

Robin Chesters, director, Almond Valley Heritage Trust, West Lothian

Caroline Cutmore, sales and ticketing manager, National Portrait Gallery

Janet Dugdale, director, Museum of Liverpool, National Museums Liverpool

José Forrest-Tennant, community engagement officer, Black Country Echoes, Wolverhampton Art Gallery

Katie Hobbs, curator (collections management), Royal Pavilion and Museums, Brighton

Rachel MacFarlane, project officer/learning and engagement officer, Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service

Zara Matthews, project manager, Market Harborough Library and Harborough Museum Development, Leicestershire County Council

Ross McGregor, heritage officer, East Ayrshire Leisure

Rachael Rogers, heritage and culture service transformation lead, Monmouthshire County Council

Louise Sutherland, head of collections and engagement, People’s History Museum

Ellie Swinbank, keeper, National Mining Museum Scotland

Jessica Suess, Oxford Aspire officer, Oxford University Museums

Jonathan Wallis, head of museum and museum and gallery development, Derby Museums Trust

Carl Warner, research and information manager, IWM Duxford

The pilot phase was supported using public funding by CyMAL, Arts Council England and Museums Galleries Scotland:

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