Nottingham Castle

I am currently working with the Board of Nottingham Castle Trust to support them in being more effective and help them to move from monitoring a capital project to operating a major heritage attraction.

The site has a projected opening in February 2021.

Nottingham Castle © NCT

Nottingham Castle Rock © NCT

Managing Change in Museums & Galleries

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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.

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.