West Midlands Museum Development

The Museum Development team works with museums to help them develop, thrive and collaborate to ensure their future sustainability through cross cultural programmes which excite and inspire audiences.

Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust manages the Museum Development programme across the West Midlands region, on behalf of Arts Council England.

Delivered by a team of Museum Development Officers (MDO’s) the programme works to support Accredited museums and those seeking Accreditation, helping to:

  • Build learning through peer to peer networks
  • Strengthen partnerships and develop collaborative projects
  • Share skills and knowledge
  • Develop an entrepreneurial approach and find creative solutions to problems
  • Nurture entrepreneurial ways of working
  • Support and develop excellence in the long term care of collections
  • Build diverse audiences using physical and digital means
  • Improve visitor experience, taking an innovative approach

For further information please email wmmd@ironbridge.org.uk, visit their website at mdwm.org.uk or contact Karen Davies
, Museum Development 
Director on 01952 435 900.


The WMMD Team

Charlotte Edwards
Programme Manager and Museum Development Officer - Shropshire and Warwickshire

Olivia Basterfield

Museum Development Officer – Birmingham and the Black Country

Michelle Davies
Museum Development Officer – Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Helen Johnson

Museum Development Officer – Staffordshire

Dawn Allman
Project Support Officer