Museum Development Officer update

As a result of the Coronavirus outbreak the decision has been taken to defer the starting date of the new Essex Museum Development Officer until 1 June at the earliest. In the meantime Philip Wise, Chair of Museums Essex and Heritage Manager for Colchester and Ipswich Museums, will continue in an acting role and will endeavour to provide as much support as possible to museums in Essex. He can be contacted on

SHARE Museums East Support Package

SHARE Museums East have just updated their website with details of their new support package for museums in the region during the Coronavirus outbreak. In brief this comprises:

Emergency support grants up to £3,000. This cannot be just cash flow to make up for lost funding – there has to be a definable project with clear outcomes. This could be a business restructure, HR support, financial support; or anything that allows a museum to survive a crisis situation.

An online fundraising support programme. SHARE will commission web designers to undertake work that directly supports online fundraising, e.g. setting up online donations platforms. They hope to support at least ten museums.

A business support helpline with consultant Julie Cole.

A fundraising helpline with David Burgess.

A volunteer support helpline with Linda Brandish (announced last week).

Please contact SHARE directly via

Essex Museum Development Officer Recruitment

Recruitment of the new Essex Museum Development Officer is underway with interviews being held shortly. The post is now being hosted by Colchester Borough Council with financial support from SHARE Museums East and Museums Essex. As soon as an appointment is made it will be announced here. It is hoped that the new Essex MDO will be in post early in the new financial year. In the meantime the role is being covered by Philip Wise, Chair of Museums Essex and Heritage Manager at Colchester and Ipswich Museums. Email:

Museums Essex AGM 2020

The Annual General Meeting of Museums Essex will take place on Friday 6 March at Braintree Museum, starting at 10.30 with refreshments from 10.00. The guest speaker is Stephen Armson-Smith of Essex Police who will talking about museum security. I hope that as many members as possible will be able to attend. Philip J. Wise, Chair, Museums Essex