Torquay Museum

Bridport Museum

Burton Constable Foundation

I am currently providing Critical Friend advice to this museum to help them to refocus themselves and reach new audiences, also supporting the Board to be more effective. 

I was commissioned to carry out a Governance Review for this museum, funded by the Cultural Recovery Fund. All of this work was carried out via Zoom as I was unable to travel to Dorset to see them. Now a considerable amount of change lies ahead of them to update their leadership and I look forward to being able to support them throughout this process.

Following a Governance Review, I worked with the Trustee Board to support them to be more effective and to prepare to recruit new Trustees. This beautiful Elizabethan mansion in the East Riding of Yorkshire is surrounded by a ‘Capability’ Brown parkland.

An Indian Game © Torquay Museum

Courtesy of Bridport Museum

Burton Constable

Managing Change in Museums & Galleries

I am the co-author with Piotr Bienkowski of “Managing Change in Museums & Galleries”, published in spring 2021 by Routledge. Below are some pre-publication extracts which we issued to help museums through the pandemic.

Introduction to the extracts
As museums and galleries try to emerge from the lockdowns of the pandemic, we are all faced with short-term and longer-term problems. The short-term ones are about re-opening, hygiene, social distancing, and how many visitors will want to come. The longer-term ones are about what sort of museum/gallery you want to be in the future, whether you can survive at all, what level of service you can provide and how to afford it.

Now is the time to start thinking and being realistic about that longer-term future. There is a lot of talk that the museum sector will never look quite the same again. It is unlikely that we can pick up from where we left off. Change is inevitable for many of us.

Our book “Managing Change in Museums and Galleries” was written before the pandemic, but it offers practical advice on how to prepare for, lead and implement change – even one as unexpected and drastic as this. This series of selected extracts was offered ahead of publication in the hope that the topics would help museums and galleries with the work of reflecting on, and re-thinking, their futures.

The full table of contents is available at the end of each extract.

Staff/Volunteer Development
& Organisational Change

No. 6 of 6

Edited extract from:
Managing Change in Museums and Galleries:
A Practical Guide

by Piotr Bienkowski and Hilary McGowan

Restructuring, Redundancies
& Staff Changes

No. 5 of 6

Edited extract from:
Managing Change in Museums and Galleries:
A Practical Guide

by Piotr Bienkowski and Hilary McGowan

Fear of Change

No. 4 of 6

Edited extract from:
Managing Change in Museums and Galleries:
A Practical Guide

by Piotr Bienkowski and Hilary McGowan

Be Open to Change & New Ideas

No. 3 of 6

Edited extract from:
Managing Change in Museums and Galleries:
A Practical Guide

by Piotr Bienkowski and Hilary McGowan

What Sort Of Museum Leader is
Needed Right Now?

No. 2 of 6

Edited extract from:
Managing Change in Museums and Galleries:
A Practical Guide

by Piotr Bienkowski and Hilary McGowan

Prepare for Change

No. 1 of 6

Edited extract from:
Managing Change in Museums and Galleries:
A Practical Guide

by Piotr Bienkowski and Hilary McGowan

Banner Photo – Museum displays at Creswell Crags, courtesy of Creswell Heritage Trust.