About us

Museum Development East Midlands (MDEM) is part of a national network of Museum Development providers across England. MDEM offers a continually updated programme of activities and support targeted at the needs of accredited museums and those with Working Towards Accreditation status.

Museum Development East Midlands has four key aims:

MDEM support museums towards a sustainable future, by running a suite of targeted development programmes, grant funds, training opportunities, support for county forums, advice, information and one-to-one support to help deliver the Arts Council’s five goals and priorities
Support will be delivered to Accredited museums and those actively working towards Accreditation. Find out more about the Accreditation scheme, how to apply, find out if you are eligible and access downloadable resources here.
Museum Development East Midlands advocates to stake holders and associated organisations, the value and role of the rich diversity of museums and heritage sites.
Leicestershire County Council will host the museum development programme and support the administration and governance of the regional Museum Development programme between August 2012 and March 2015, to meet the requirements of the Arts Council funding agreement dated 23 July 2012.

Our Mission and Purpose

To support improvement and resilience within the sector and to lead and empower museums to be ambitious, confident and sustainable by providing needs-specific, quality opportunities for learning, exploration, participation and networking.
We do this by facilitating, enabling and providing appropriate support and opportunities based on identified need to ultimately benefit audiences.

MDEM is primarily funded by Arts Council England (ACE) and hosted by Leicestershire County Council.

The delivery programme is shaped by key objectives of Let’s Create (the Arts Council 10-year strategy 2020-2030) and by identified sector needs.

The Programme Board oversees delivery of the programme against agreed targets and comprises representatives of accredited museums across the region.

MDEM is committed to equalities across all areas of its operation and to reducing the environmental impact of the programme.

Who we are

Meet the Museum Development East Midlands team

If you have a question or query and would like to know if we can help, get in touch with us, either by telephone or email. We look forward to hearing from you.

Claire Browne

Museum Development Manager

T: 07973 800 072
E: claire.browne@leics.gov.uk

Management of the programme, grants and funding advice, organisational change and related enquiries, setting up a new museum and local, regional and national partnership opportunities.

Sarah Hartshorne

Museum Development Programme Officer

T: 0116 305 8118
E: sarah.hartshorne@leics.gov.uk

Working days: Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs
Training, development programmes and regional networks. Annual data survey and organisational health check, website and communications.

Laura Hughes

Museum Development Project Officer

T: 0116 305 3118
E: laura.hughes@leics.gov.uk

Financial administration, grants administration, e-newsletter, county forums support, general enquiries.

Anita Hollinshead

Regional Collections Adviser

T: 07876 166742
E: anitahollinshead@hotmail.com

Collections advice, training and grant advice. Regional Emergency and Risk Network (ERN).

Heather Lomas

Organisational Health Programme Facilitator and Regional Accreditation Adviser

T: 07809771066 / 01986 784477
E: office@heatherlomas.co.uk

Organisational Health Programme enquiries, Accreditation advice and support, Accreditation Mentors Network and recruitment of new mentors.

Recent News

Routine Playground Inspection – One day course

Routine Playground Inspection – One day course

Nottingham Castle would like to offer other organisations spaces on their upcoming RoSPA Playsafety training course. The training day will be covid safe and does not include lunch; tea/coffee will be provided. The event will be on the Wednesday 26th May 2021. We would...

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Covid 19 Recovery Grants Report

Covid 19 Recovery Grants Report

In response to the pandemic during 2020, Museum Development UK* and The Art Fund worked in partnership to distribute recovery funding to museums across the UK. The priority was to support the recovery phase of small to medium sized museums. These museums are often...

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Museum Accreditation – re-opening from April 2021

Museum Accreditation – re-opening from April 2021

The Museum Accreditation Scheme re-opens in April 2021.  Re-opening will follow a phased approach for applications and returns and all current Accreditation awards are extended for a further 12 months until April 2022. Further information including FAQs is available...

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Routine Playground Inspection – One day course

Routine Playground Inspection – One day course

Nottingham Castle would like to offer other organisations spaces on their upcoming RoSPA Playsafety training course. The training day will be covid safe and does not include lunch; tea/coffee will be provided. The event will be on the Wednesday 26th May 2021. We would...

read more
Covid 19 Recovery Grants Report

Covid 19 Recovery Grants Report

In response to the pandemic during 2020, Museum Development UK* and The Art Fund worked in partnership to distribute recovery funding to museums across the UK. The priority was to support the recovery phase of small to medium sized museums. These museums are often...

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Latest Tweets

📢FREE Online Training for Heritage & Tourism Organisations throughout Notts!📢

In partnership with @NottsCC we'll be hosting more training ... sessions this spring. Full list, details and booking info at http://bit.ly/m2mtraining
Training kindly funded by @HeritageFundUK

𝗩𝗜𝗥𝗧𝗨𝗔𝗟 𝗩𝗜𝗖𝗧𝗢𝗥𝗜𝗔𝗡𝗦 𝗘𝗫𝗛𝗜𝗕𝗜𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡 𝟯𝟲𝟬° 𝗧𝗢𝗨𝗥 ... 𝗜𝗦 𝗟𝗜𝗩𝗘!
Our new exhibition is here: 𝗩𝗶𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗮𝗻 𝗟𝗲𝗶𝘀𝘂𝗿𝗲; 𝗮 𝗦𝗽𝗼𝘁𝗹𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝗼𝗻 𝗘𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝘁𝗮𝗶𝗻𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 & 𝗦𝗰𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 and available to view now:
http://daventrymuseum.org.uk/2754/virtual-victorians-360-tour-now-live/

Happy Monday! Our new look e-news is out...take a look for training, funding and job opportunities: ... https://mailchi.mp/eb5213bc83fc/april-2021-museum-development-east-midlands-news-updates