Lone Workers Network
MDEM runs a Lone workers Network across the East Midlands, to support individuals who work in isolation within the museum sector. This might mean they are the only individual on-site, or that they work in a larger organisation but find it hard to meet colleagues, or are geographically isolated.
The group is an informal group, tied together by 3-4 meetings a year. Any one is welcome to attend the meetings, and these are always a visit to museums, with the chance to hear speakers and network with peers. Members can attend as few or as many meetings as possible, due to the acknowledged nature and difficulties of lone working.
The purpose of the group is to provide networking, inspiration and peer support for its members, in a friendly an informal atmosphere. The meetings are usually held somewhere on the group’s request, to visit a particular museum. They are also loosely themed around lone worker issues, such as fundraising, volunteer management and audience engagement with limited resources.
Lone Workers Autumn Meeting
14th November, 10am-4pm Sheffield
Our first out of region visit will take in two very different museum sites run by the same independent trust, Sheffield Industrial Museums. The day will start with a trip to the Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet, where there will be a presentation from the Education team focusing on museum access within a historical context. This will be followed by a networking lunch and a chance to look around the museum.
The afternoon will be spent in Sheffield city centre at Kelham Island. Delegates will be taken on a tour of the site with a historical reenactor with the chance to further informally network with peers.
Please note that this meeting will take place both within Sheffield city centre and on the outskirts of the city. If delegates are travelling by train, please let Sarah Hartshorne know who will be able to make arrangements for transport between the two. MDEM are able to reimburse travel expenses where delegate’s organisations can not cover them.
How to book and eligibility:
The network is open to all individuals who self identify as a lone worker in a museum. Anyone is welcome to join the network, however where there is a cap on meeting places, priority will be given to those form an accredited museum or working towards accreditation. This is due to the scope of MDEM funding.
To book your place or to join the group, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Spring 2017 Lone Workers Network Meeting was held on the 2nd March at Woolsthorpe Manor. Click here to view the agenda: Lone Workers Network March 17
- Summer 2016 saw a visit to the King Richard III centre with a talk from Rachel Ayrton, Learning and Interpretation Manager. This was followed a meeting at the National Space Centre with a discussion from Chaz Bishop, chief Executive.
- The inaugural meeting of the Lone Workers Network was in spring 2016. The group visited Mansfield Museum where they met with Jodie Marshal who provided an overview of the museum. Followed by a visit to the National Holocaust Centre and a chance to experience and discuss the visitor journey.