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Renaissance Development Officers

Catriona West & Paul Fraser Webb, joint Renaissance North West Accreditation Advice Consultants

From 1 April 2008 Renaissance North West, through the Collections for the Future programme, is taking on responsibility for the resourcing, management and delivery of pre-application advice for those museums in the North West who are invited to apply for Accreditation in 2008-09.

Catriona and Paul are responsible for providing advice to 40 museums in Merseyside and Cumbria from receipt of the invitation to apply, up to the proposed submission date of their application.

They will provide direct advice to these museums as applicable to their individual needs, direct these museums to professional expertise within Hub museums, and to training on specific and general areas of need related to the achievement of the Accreditation standard.

Carli Douglas, Collections For the Future Development Officer: Roman Heritage, based at Manchester Museum

Carli is using her background in Archaeology and Museums Studies to engage with and support curators, museums and collections in the North West. The focus is on the development of greater access to, and engagement with, regional Roman collections through reinterpretation, redisplay, touring exhibitions and sector-wide partnerships.

So far Carli has worked with:

  • The Salt Museum, Northwich, Cheshire
  • The Armitt Trust Museum & Library, Ambleside, Cumbria
  • Rossendale Museum, Rawtenstall, Lancashire
  • Ribchester Museum of Roman Antiquities, Lancashire
  • Saddleworth Museum & Art Gallery, Greater Manchester.

This post is a pilot initiative that uses the Museums Association’s Collections for the Future report as a framework to make the story of the region’s Roman heritage more widely known and understood. The aim is to tell the story coherently and dynamically, increase understanding and awareness of the Roman material held in museums, and improve access to museum and heritage sites across the region.

Kaye Tetlow, Collections Liaison Officer, based at Lancashire Conservation Studios in Preston

Kaye’s post has been created to deliver the regional vision for Collections for the Future, namely to improve the relevance, impact, profile and quality of museum services and collections.

Kaye's role as Collections Liaison Officer is to provide support and advice on collections care to museums in the North West. Kaye trained in conservation and worked as a curator at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, where she delivered an outreach programme of small touring exhibitions around Derbyshire. This background provides Kaye with a balanced view of the priorities and core functions of museums, and an understanding of some issues that constrain small museums.

Kaye aims to raise regional standards of care by boosting staff confidence and skills through:

  • providing greater access to information and expert knowledge in and around the region
  • carrying out site visits to give practical advice and assess specific and regional needs
  • supporting the Collections Management and Emergency Planning section of the Museum Accreditation standard.
  • developing a series of practical workshops

St George's Hall, Liverpool Stockton Heath Library
Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester

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