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 have been commissioned to carry out a Governance Review for this museum, funded by the Cultural Recovery Fund.  Unfortunately because of current restrictions, I cannot travel to Dorset to see them but must work with them virtually, like all my other clients. 

Following a Governance Review, I am working with the Trustee Board to support them to be more effective.  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

Thomas Kelley, Unsplash

Kimberly Farmer, Unsplash

I am the co-author with Piotr Bienkowski of a forthcoming book “Managing Change in Museums & Galleries”, to be published in spring 2021 by Routledge.  Here we will publish some pre-publication extracts which we hope may be of help to you in your recovery from the pandemic.

Introduction to the extracts
As museums and galleries emerge from lockdown during the Covid-19 pandemic, we are all faced with short-term and longer-term problems.  The short-term ones are about re-opening, hygiene, social distancing, and whether visitors will turn up.  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 is offered ahead of publication in 2021, in the hope that the topics we have chosen will 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.

Restructuring Redundances
& 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.