A Message from Beth Wilkey, the new Essex MDO

Dear all,

I hope you are keeping safe and well. My name is Beth and I am the new Museum Development Officer for Essex. My role is hosted by Colchester + Ipswich Museums and funded by SHARE Museums East and Museums Essex until March 2023. I’ll be working with museums across Essex providing support, information and advice.

With the current situation I am based at home but I am looking forward to meeting you all in person and making site visits when the time comes.

It would be really helpful to find out more about how we can best support you and what help you might need from SHARE Museums East at the moment.

We also need to find out about your current position in light of the lockdown i.e. implications from income loss, funding support you’ve applied for, reopening plans and any risk to your organisation. I’m very happy to schedule Zoom/Teams meetings or phone calls with individual museums over the coming days/weeks to discuss this and you can also update me with this information via email of course.

I’m really looking forward to working with you all and providing support through this difficult time and after. Please do not hesitate to get in touch about anything big or small and hopefully I’ll talk to you soon.

Best wishes,

Beth Wilkey
Essex Museum Development Officer
Colchester + Ipswich Museums

Email: beth.wilkey@colchester.gov.uk
Website: https://essexmdo.com/

New MDO starts on 1 June

I am very pleased to be able to confirm that the new Essex Museum Development Officer Beth Wilkey will be taking up her post next Monday, 1 June. I am sure that you will all do what you can to make Beth feel welcome. It is not an easy time to be starting a new job, particularly in the museums sector. Beth’s initial work programme is very much based on her introducing herself to Essex museums and getting up to speed with the overall picture in the county. She will be contacting Essex Museums during the course of next week, but if for some reason you don’t hear from her please do let me know at philip.wise@colchester.gov.uk and I will put you in touch with her.