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 strategy.

Support will be delivered to Accredited museums and those actively working towards Accreditation. 

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.

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.

 

 

 

Sarah Hartshorne

Museum Development Programme Officer

E: sarah.hartshorne@leics.gov.uk

Sarah is currently on maternity leave and will rejoin the team in late 2022.

Laura Hughes

Museum Development Project Officer

T: 07526 930074
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: 07809 771066 / 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

Invitation to Quote: Digging for Rutland

Invitation to Quote: Digging for Rutland

Invitation to Quote: Digging for Rutland Rutland County Council has been awarded a grant by the National Lottery Heritage Fund to scope the future options for two significant finds: the largest Jurassic ichthyosaur in Western Europe and a late Roman villa complex with...

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Museums Collections-focused training sessions

Museums Collections-focused training sessions

Museum Development East Midlands is providing a number of online sessions with a focus on Collections for museums. These online sessions are open to all museums across the region, with priority given to accredited museums / those working towards accreditation. Click...

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Museum Accreditation update

Museum Accreditation update

  Arts Council England has published the latest update for the Accreditation Scheme – the information is here: https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/uk-museum-accreditation-scheme/accreditation-scheme-museums-and-galleries-united-kingdom-covid-19 This includes...

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Invitation to Quote: Digging for Rutland

Invitation to Quote: Digging for Rutland

Invitation to Quote: Digging for Rutland Rutland County Council has been awarded a grant by the National Lottery Heritage Fund to scope the future options for two significant finds: the largest Jurassic ichthyosaur in Western Europe and a late Roman villa complex with...

read more
Museums Collections-focused training sessions

Museums Collections-focused training sessions

Museum Development East Midlands is providing a number of online sessions with a focus on Collections for museums. These online sessions are open to all museums across the region, with priority given to accredited museums / those working towards accreditation. Click...

read more

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Rutland County Council Heritage Services are putting out an invitation to quote for an Options Appraisal & Community Engagement Plan for ... #DiggingforRutland

Deadline for return of quotations: 30 May, 12noon

Click here for full details & copy of the brief:
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