The Old Surgery
Oldmixon Manor
Oldmixon
Weston-super-Mare
Somerset
BS24 9PB

01934 811955

office@hilarymcgowan.co.uk



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From my career to date, I believe I have a distinguished track record and an impressive range of achievements:

  • more than £20m of HLF money successfully raised for clients
  • whilst a Trustee of the Museums Association, launching the new AMA, CPD and Diversify! schemes
  • repeat work for several clients including advising and guiding Creswell Heritage Trust whose new museum opened in 2009, East Midlands Museum of the Year

 Follow the links to the left to see details of my clients and work record. 

Click on the What clients say page to find out more.

After a distinguished record of achievement in local government – as a cultural and museum director in Bristol, Exeter and York – I successfully established my own business fifteen years ago.  I have worked in the heritage sector all my working life, including fifteen years at director or deputy director level in local government. 

I believe I have unique and wide ranging knowledge of museums and the wider heritage, with practical experience in managing, marketing and developing heritage services, leading change, and interpreting sites and collections. 

My unrivalled experience comes from working with a broad range of types and sizes of organisation in every region of England and, with clients throughout the UK, I have a national perspective.  My clients tell me that my pragmatic approach ensures they receive the best advice.

Past achievements as an employee range from creating a museum of Border History from scratch, (Hexham, Northumberland) then running and marketing it with no staff but lots of volunteers, to creating an integrated heritage service and directing a major division of a large local authority (Bristol) with 7 museums, 25 listed buildings, 2000 acres of designed landscape, the historic city docks and 130 staff.

In Exeter, I led the creation of a ground-breaking development plan for the museums service which now, several years later, is coming to fruition, courtesy of HLF.  I doubled the attendance figures in the 5 museums and increased visitor spend by a factor of seven.  I also reinvented Rougemont House Museum, which was on the verge of being closed down, as one of the earliest hands-on educational resource centres. 

I managed, developed and marketed one of Britain’s major tourist attractions, York Castle Museum.  By imaginative marketing, I boosted attendances to 850,000 when other museums were in decline.  I built partnerships with organisations throughout the city and  improved relations with the local community, especially amongst the hoteliers and other tourist attractions.