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 800072
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: 07526 930069
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: 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

MDEM Support for museums Working Towards Museum Accreditation

MDEM Support for museums Working Towards Museum Accreditation

As support to all museums Working Towards Accreditation, MDEM are delivering a series of support sessions, covering all aspects of the Museum Accreditation scheme, enabling you to understand what the museum is doing well, where you may have development areas and how...

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Vacancy at Silverstone Interactive Museum: Outreach Officer

Vacancy at Silverstone Interactive Museum: Outreach Officer

Hours: 37.5 per week Contract: 1 year fixed term Salary: £26,000 per annum Job Purpose To work as part of the Learning & Engagement team to manage and deliver a programme of outreach activities which meet the Silverstone Interactive Museum’s purpose to inspire...

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Introduction to Online Marketing – training now available

Introduction to Online Marketing – training now available

MDEM are working with Museum Development across in England and Wales to bring a series of three introductory online marketing workshops for museum staff and volunteers new to the subject. These will be delivered by the excellent Arts Marketing Association and a re...

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MDEM Support for museums Working Towards Museum Accreditation

MDEM Support for museums Working Towards Museum Accreditation

As support to all museums Working Towards Accreditation, MDEM are delivering a series of support sessions, covering all aspects of the Museum Accreditation scheme, enabling you to understand what the museum is doing well, where you may have development areas and how...

read more
Vacancy at Silverstone Interactive Museum: Outreach Officer

Vacancy at Silverstone Interactive Museum: Outreach Officer

Hours: 37.5 per week Contract: 1 year fixed term Salary: £26,000 per annum Job Purpose To work as part of the Learning & Engagement team to manage and deliver a programme of outreach activities which meet the Silverstone Interactive Museum’s purpose to inspire...

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Latest Tweets

@78Derngate looking fabulous yesterday, thanks for the @MusDevEM whistlestop visit, great to hear about your expansion plans too. 4

Is your museum currently 'Working Towards Accreditation' or about to submit your eligibility questionnaire? Then take a look at the 4 training ... sessions and wider support with @Heather_Lomas on offer from MDEM

https://mdem.org.uk/mdem-support-for-museums-working-towards-museum-accreditation/

@ace_midlands @ace_national @netty_french

Don't forget to apply for an #AMAconference bursary. Deadline is 12pm this Friday (17 September).

Available thanks to the support of @Arts_Wales_ ... @CreuCymru @housetheatre @libsconnected @MusDevEM and @supercooldesign

Find out more and apply here: http://www.a-m-a.co.uk/conference/bursaries/