Museum Training School Teaching Staff

How to build local, national and international partnerships

Bill Griffiths

Bill Griffiths is Head of Programmes at Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums (TWAM), a major regional museum, art gallery and archives service in the north east of England. An archaeologist, Bill was Project Officer for the redevelopment of Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths and Museum on Hadrian’s Wall and is currently involved in a number of TWAM partnership initiatives, including an arts and heritage festival and regional co-ordination of the centenary commemorations of the Great War. TWAM has partnerships with many of the UK’s national museums and internationally with bodies such as the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality in South Africa (www.twmuseums.org.uk).

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How to develop exhibitions

Freda Matassa

Freda Matassa, as former Head of Collections Management at Tate and Registrar at the Royal Academy of Arts, has extensive experience in organising international exhibitions. As a consultant, she advises museums on all aspects of collections care, both in the UK and abroad, and has delivered training programmes to museum professionals in Australia, Norway, Hungary, Romania and Egypt. She was co-founder of the European Registrars Conference and is UK Expert Representative on the EU Collections Mobility project and for CEN Museum Standards, as well as advising the UK government on immunity from seizure applications. She is author of Museums Collections Management and Organizing Exhibitions.

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How to develop a schools and learning programme

John Reeve
John Reeve teaches on the Museums and Galleries in Education MA at the Institute of Education, London University, and was previously Head of Education at the British Museum for 20 years and until recently chair of the Group for Education in Museums. He is a trustee of Strawberry Hill House, an author, lecturer and museums consultant, working most recently in Belgium, Croatia, India and China. He was co-editor and contributor to The Responsive Museum (Ashgate 2006), author of  several books on Japanese and Indian art  and also religions in museums, including  in Museums, Equality and Social Justice (Routledge 2012) He is a contributor to the international reference work Museum Practice (Wiley Blackwell 2014) on museum learning and programmes.

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Bridget Mckenzie
Bridget Mckenzie is a director of Flow UK, a consultancy working for cultural, educational, science/environment and technology organisations, with offices in London and Delhi. Bridget draws on 23 years experience in innovative educations in arts and heritage, including Head of Learning at the British Library for five years and Education officer for Tate. She is an experienced speaker and facilitator, and holds a BA Honours and MA in History of Art, and two teaching qualifications.

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Helen Pike
Helen Pike is the public programmer at UCL’s Petrie Museum, where she devises new initiatives to reach new audiences and develop stronger links with local communities. She has worked for the last 20 years in roles managing initiatives to engage new audiences and communicate objectives for a variety of arts institutions and smaller arts community projects. She is also a member of an advisory board to develop the role of artists’ studios in arts education through Space Studios in east London and is also involved in developing her own project Chintz Central, a portable salon where conversations about museum and gallery collections are generated using creative interventions. Helen Pike

Museum Training School Faculty

Jane Weeks

School Director

Jane Weeks is the Course Director of the Museum Training School. As Museums and Heritage Adviser at the British Council, over the last ten years, she has developed museum management projects and run conferences and training seminars in Brazil, Russia, India, China, Iran, Kenya, the Gulf, the Middle East, and South East Europe. Jane sits on the Board of Visitors of the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, is a board member of ICOM UK, deputy Chairman of the Churches Conservation Trust, and advisor to the Kurdish National Museum project in Iraq. Jane Weeks
Tonya Nelson

Associate Director

Tonya is Associate Director of the Museum Training School.  As Head of Museums and Collections at UCL, she oversees the operations of three public museums (UCL Art Museum, Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology and Grant Museum of Zoology) and management over 15 collections covering subjects such as ethnography, anthropology, geology and physics.  Her international experience includes acting as project manager for the development and delivery of the Cultural Heritage Fellowship, a training programme for museum professionals from the Middle East, supporting the development of UCL's campus in Doha, Qatar and completing the British Council Cultural Leadership International Fellowship programme. Prior to entering the cultural sector, Tonya was a corporate attorney and management consultant Tonya Nelson
Edmund Connolly

Course and Finance Manager

Edmund has worked with the British Council and UCL for the past 2 years to deliver the Cultural Heritage Fellowship 2012/13 in partnership with Heritage Without Borders. Prior to this, he has curated exhibitions at the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology (Magic Assemblage: Magic Assembly, Tomb Raiders), managed museum developments in media management and digital strategy and managed the Petrie Museum's volunteer programme. During his time at UCL Edmund has worked with the zoology, geology, archaeology, art and specialist collections, as well as developing the schools and outreach programme to include Higher Education students and career development outcomes. Edmund graduated from the Institute of Archaeology, UCL, with a Masters in Comparative Art and Archaeology and is a member of the LHVMN network. Edmund Connolly British Council UCL
Nathan Tregarvan

Programme Manager

Nathan Tregarvan is the Programme Manager for the Museum Training School. He has worked as a Project Manager for the British Council on the Qatar UK 2013 Year of Culture, helping to deliver events and programmes across the arts, in education, science and sport in the UK and in Qatar. Nathan also worked on delivering events and marketing and communications for UK NOW, a year-long festival of British arts across China organised by the British Council.
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Arthur Starzec

MTS Intern

Arthur will be working as an intern for the UCL Museum Training School. He is currently a student at UCL studying for a BA in Archaeology. In addition to his studies, Arthur works at the British Museum helping coordinate the after hour maintenance and upkeep of the museum. As a side project, Arthur volunteers at the UCL Petrie museum organising the digital archive. Aside from the museum work, Arthur is fluent in English, Polish, and German so an queries by native speakers may be directed toward him.  Arthur S image MTS
Emma Clark

MTS Intern

Emma is currently studying archaeology at UCL. She has had a long interest in archaeology, history and heritage and as a result has experience on archaeological excavations around the UK and abroad. She has volunteered with museums in the past, as well as the national trust, and currently works as a tour guide for the British Museum.  She has keen interest in the work of the Museum Training School, as she is interested in the running of museums and the presentation of information to the public.

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Andrea Rose OBE CMG

Andrea Rose has been Director of Visual Arts at the British Council since l994. She sits on the board of the UNESCO Cultural Commission and is Chair of the Selection Committee for the International Venice Biennale of Art and Architecture. She is a trustee of the Whitechapel Art Gallery, Chair of the Assessment Board, Prince’s Drawing School, a trustee of the Calcutta Museum of Contemporary Art, and an advisor to the Kings Cross Development Fund and the National Gallery’s Artists-in-residence scheme.

She was made a Commander of St Michael and St George in 2013, and has received the rarely awarded Russian state decoration for international cooperation, the Order of Friendship.

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Sally Macdonald
Sally MacDonald is Director of UCL Museums and Public Engagement. She has worked in museums for over 20 years, leading museums of archaeology, decorative arts and social history, and winning several personal and institutional awards for innovation and achievement. She has a particular interest in community engagement and audience development, as well as in ethical issues relating to collections. Her remit at UCL includes responsibility for the university theatre and for public engagement across the university and she has published more generally on public attitudes to museum displays, and on museum strategy and practice. Sally Macdonald