Holst Victorian House

courtesy of Holst Victorian House

Royal Crown Derby Museum

Collection Tours with permission from
The Royal Crown Derby Museum Charitable Trust

Arundells

courtesy of The Sir Edward Heath Charitable Foundation 

Holst Birthplace in Cheltenham reinvented itself over the recent lockdowns to focus on life in a Victorian house, of which the Holst family were only one of the inhabitants.  Now more of a social history experience alongside the music, the new Chair commissioned me to create an Away Day for the Board and staff to explore roles and responsibilities and create a vision and mission for their new future.  They would like to continue working with me.

I am working as the Critical Friend to this Museum as their new Director updates the Board and  seeks investment from NLHF.  The aim is to build a resilient future alongside strengthening their partnership with the Royal Crown Derby factory.

This Georgian house in Salisbury’s Cathedral Close was the home of Sir Edward Heath, the former Prime Minister, who set up a Foundation in his will to open his former home so the public could enjoy it.  It houses an exquisite collection of fine and decorative art and has a beautiful garden.  As part of a NLHF development grant, I am carrying out an Organisational Review of the Foundation to help them modernise their leadership and be fit for the future.

courtesy of Holst Victorian House

“I just wanted to say a big thank you for facilitating our awayday.  It went very well, with a high degree of commitment and enthusiasm from everyone (which was reassuring).  I’ve had some very positive feedback.”

Hilary SimpsonChair
Holst Victorian House

courtesy of The Sir Edward Heath Charitable Foundation 

Managing Change in Museums & Galleries

I am the co-author with Piotr Bienkowski of “Managing Change in Museums & Galleries”, published in 2021 by Routledge.  We issued six pre-publication extracts to help museums through the pandemic.  We believe they are still relevant today. 

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.