Museum and Heritage

In the rapidly changing world of museum and heritage management, there is a need for a multiskilled approach to consultancy and training that combines a broad vision of the field, an academically rigorous foundation, and practical expertise in the care and presentation of the heritage, in the learning opportunities that the heritage provides and in the relevance of heritage to social and economic regeneration.

Since 2005, the Centre for Museum and Heritage Management at NTU has successfully delivered a range of applied research and consultancy services. 

The Centre has been staffed since its inception by a combination of academics and professional practitioners. The latter are actively involved in the field today and have substantial and successful track records in their own right.

Opportunities for consultancy

We offer a range of applied research and consultancy services in the areas of collections management, interpretation and learning, and visitor studies and evaluations. Past and present clients include the National Trust, the PMSA, the Galleries of Justice in Nottingham, and various local authorities. Current Centre staff projects include:

  • training museum staff to produce trails for Museum and Galleries Month 2009
  • longitudinal visitor studies work for Nottingham City Council Museums and Galleries Service
  • developing NVQ assessment in schools with Renaissance East Midlands
  • undertaking the accreditation of museums in the East Midlands and North West regions
  • assisting in the coordination of professional training in the East Midlands
  • judging the Nottinghamshire Heritage awards.

Consultancy through the Centre brings with it professional indemnity insurance cover of £10m.

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Applied Research

A key advantage of working with the Centre is the potential for developing academic research projects linked to any consultancy. This ensures the level of academic rigour necessary to support particularly qualitative conclusions and recommendations, and the potential for widespread dissemination of methodologies and results that are deemed relevant to the whole sector.

Recent activities include:

  • various training days in education, display and collections management to heritage professionals from numerous heritage sites including Newark Museum Service, Stoke-on-Trent Museum Service and East Midlands Museum Service (EMMS)
  • an evaluation of heritage presentation for visitor engagement and learning with the National Trust National Learning Advisor for Interpretation, looking in detail at the presentation at The Workhouse, Southwell
  • curatorial consultation for the award-winning Galleries of Justice in Nottingham.

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Business Links

The Centre has developed a number of key business links:

  • Renaissance East Midlands
  • Museums Libraries and Archives Council (East Midlands)
  • Museums Association
  • Nottingham City Council
  • Lincolnshire County Council
  • Lifelong Learning Network
  • Association of Independent Museums
  • Galleries of Justice
  • The National Trust
  • East Midlands NVQ Centre

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Consultants within the Centre

Neville Stankley
BA Hons in Medieval and Modern History, PGDip in Heritage Studies, PGCHE, PECAM

Neville established the Centre in 2005. He is an important figure in helping shape the Renaissance professional training and audience development agendas in the East Midlands, and is integral to the nationally praised partnership working approach between training providers and employers. He sits on the East Midlands Workforce Development Panel and advises the Audience Development Specialist Panel. Neville provides management consultancy to local heritage organisations and undertakes visitor studies activity through Nottingham Trent University, using students where possible to increase their field experience prior to graduating.

Recent and new activity in 2008:

  • 2008 Riverside Festival visitor study for Nottingham City Council.
  • 2008 Longitudinal visitor study for Nottingham City Council Museums and Galleries Service.
  • 2008 Consultant to the Galleries of Justice on market positioning and rebranding.
  • Judge for the Nottinghamshire Heritage Awards.
  • Developing NVQs in schools with Renaissance East Midlands.
  • Learners Employers And Providers Advancing Higher Education Accessibility & Delivery (LEAP AHEAD). Neville is project managing a major partnership between all the major further and higher education establishments in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire to develop core skills in the field of cultural tourism through the development of integrated short courses.

Graham Black
BA (Hons) History and Archaeology, FAHI, AMA

Graham combines his role as a Reader in Public History and Heritage Management with a career as a consultant in heritage interpretation. Recent projects have included:

  • Short-term consultancy on the Museum of Bristol.
  • Development of an Interpretation plan for Cardiff City Museum.
  • Interpretation Plan for Measham Museum.
  • Consultancy on a Masterplan for Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.
  • Development of Interpretation plans for the National Trust Museum of Childhood at Sudbury.
  • Interpretive planning and implementation as part of the £1m restoration of Greyfriars Tower, King’s Lynn, for King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council.
  • Interpretation Plan and re-display of Newarke Houses Museum.

Deborah Skinner
BA (Hons) History of Design, AMA

  • Consultant Museum Accreditation Scheme assessor for the UK Museums Libraries and Archives Council.
  • CPD assessor for in-service trainees working towards professional associateship of the Museums Association.
  • Member, Museums Association entry to the workforce forum.
  • Coordinator, NTU / Renaissance East Midlands museum / heritage workforce development seminar programme.
  • Expert panel member for the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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Further information 

If you are interested in our services, please contact Neville Stankley for an informal discussion on +44 (0)115 848 3389.

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