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Museum Development Midlands

Empowering Midlands museums to thrive

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About Us

We are thrilled to introduce Museum Development Midlands (MDM), funded by Arts Council England (ACE), delivered in partnership by Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust and Leicestershire County Council. 

Our MDM team is based throughout the Midlands and provides the same great opportunities for development, training and grants. The team will foster an environment to allow for new connections and peer relationships across an even wider area. 

MDM builds upon the established track record of both providers, with a strong understanding of the museum sector and trusted relationships with local museums and networks. We empower museums to thrive, through a varied programme of support informed by the ACE Let’s Create Strategy. 

MDM is part of a national network of Museum Development providers across England.

Our Programme

We support museums through targeted development programmes, grants, training opportunities, advice, information and 1:1 support which respond to Arts Council England’s Strategy, Let’s Create.

You can book our free training events through Eventbrite. We will prioritise bookings from staff, and volunteers at Accredited Museums and museums officially Working Towards Accreditation which are not National museums or National Portfolio Organisations (NPO). You’re welcome to book a place if you are not from a priority museum on the understanding we may ask you to release your place if the event becomes oversubscribed.

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The MDEM and WMMD websites will be available as resources until the end of May while we complete our new MDM website.

Please be aware that neither will be updated during this time.

MDEM website

WMMD website

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Meet Our Team

Here’s a quick introduction to our team. 

You can contact us at

  • Elizabeth Moran:  Programme Manager

  • Michelle Davies: Deputy Programme Manager

  • Helen Martinez: Museum Development Programme Officer

  • Olivia Basterfield: Museum Development Programme Officer

  • Vacancy: Museum Development Collections Officer

  • Dawn Allman: Museum Development Officer (Data and Comms)

  • Paige Worrall: Museum Development Officer (Programme and Grants) (secondment for Laura Hughes)

  • Tarnia Hazlett: Museum Development Assistant

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Newsletter Sign Up

To receive regular updates on our training, support programmes and grants please sign up for our newsletter.

IMPORTANT The MDEM and WMMD newsletters will cease to operate. You will need to subscribe to the new MDM communications to receive updates from us.