Transformers: Radical Change in Museums


Is there something you would like to change in your organisation?  Would you like to transform the way you do things? Or develop existing and new skills?

MGS has funded seven places on the Museums Association’s (MA) Transformers: Radical Change in Museums professional development programme for mid-career museum professionals in Scotland. The programme will support 170 professionals to develop innovative ways of working, influencing more effectively and create change for themselves, their colleagues and their organisations. The Character Matters: Attitudes, Behaviours and Skills research, part funded by MGS, demonstrated the need to develop innovative and experimental ideas within the sector and this programme does just that.

The programme is divided into three strands:



This strand closed at the end of January but there are still two other exciting strands to apply for.



MGS is fully funding four places on this strand for people that want to enable change.  This is a three-day programme that will bring together museum professionals across the UK to share knowledge, network, and be inspired to make change happen. The first day will focus on gearing up for change and how to influence. The second will look at museum practice learning developed from the Paul Hamlyn Our Museums Project. The programme will culminate in a ‘festival of change’ event which will be programmed by the cohort and feature pop up stands, inspiring keynotes, workshops and conversations. This strand will also include MA membership for a year. The deadline for applications is 7th March.



Two places are available on the  strand for anyone who believes that museums have a vital role in supporting diversity, inclusion and equalities and want to reflect this in their practice. This programme includes a residential which looks at the issues and challenges of supporting diversity and inclusion in practice. Supported by a small ring-fenced funding pot, this five-day programme will encourage innovative thinking to explore, experiment with and challenge convention in the field of equality, diversity and inclusion in museums.  The deadline for applications is March 7th

Evaluation from the previous Transformers programme in 2015 indicated that participants had developed stronger influencing and negotiation skills; had an increased ability to form meaningful external relationships with identified communities and to engage with experimental ideas from within the sector and beyond. To find out what previous MGS’ Transformers did see our case studies or Ross’s blog.

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