Sarah Gregson writes…
I am in my first days as the Wessex Museums Partnership Community Curator (Wiltshire) and have had a fantastic time so far. In past lives I have been a community theatre practitioner, a producer and a tour manager for theatre in education. However, the bulk of my work over the last 15 years has been coordinating and managing programmes of learning and community work for Oxford Playhouse and the Corn Exchange in Newbury. Most recently I have been developing arts & health projects and managing a three year programme of creative work for people over 55, including work in care settings. I also have two small children so some of you may see me at Under 5’s Fridays from time to time.
I am incredibly excited by working in museums and all the potential these organisations have to benefit the local community, in the broadest sense. Community Curator is a brand new role so the job will evolve over time but I will be looking ways to build projects for particular groups, to find ways to overcome the barriers people might face in engaging with us or in life more generally. I will also find ways to take our work out to people in their own familiar settings. I will also aim to establish smaller things we can do to welcome people to our buildings who have never been before. In essence my work should have a social impact and ensure that more and more people benefit from these marvelous collections.
I will be based at Salisbury Museum but also working at the Wilshire Museum in Devizes and will be taking the next few weeks to really familiarise myself with the great work that is already going on in and around both buildings.