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Peer Development Groups

Networking at the Peer Development Groups information session on 23 June 2015

Congratulations to the successful applicants securing support from the Peer Development Group programme for 2015 -2017, which are:


Theme 1: Collections Review and Rationalisation

The group will build on the training they received last year focusing on how we can implement collections review and rationalisation within our own organisations. The group will focus on the practicalities of review and rationalisation and the grey areas surrounding disposal.

Lead contact: Karen Clarke, Hampshire Cultural Trust

Theme 2: Management of volunteers in collections care

The focus of this group is to improve the management and development of volunteers in collection care.The groups aim is to develop a toolkit for devising training and development programmes for volunteers that can be largely delivered in house, to protect museum collections for future generations.

Lead contact: Matthew Hancock, Royal Armouries

Theme 3: Volunteer Management

The group will be looking at how organisations and managers of volunteer teams can develop and grow volunteering within the heritage environment.  This includes more effective volunteer management, improving the quality of volunteering at museums and promoting best practice so both the volunteer and organisation achieve excellence.

Lead contact: Stephen Lowry, Hampshire Cultural Trust

Museum Retail Training Day at Mary Rose Museum, organised by the Retail PDG

Museum Retail Training Day at Mary Rose Museum, organised by the Retail PDG



Background to the Peer Development Approach

A Peer Development Group is a structured, supportive community of people with a common interest in an area of practice. They work together to learn more about it and to apply their learning to driving improvement in their own museums. You can read case studies of some of our previous Peer Development Groups here.

Peer Development Groups use a variety of methods to progress their learning in their area of focus, including study visits, peer coaching, jointly organising training and buying textbooks.

We support Peer Development Groups with training in how to collaborate effectively and an investment budget of up to £500.00.

Our new Peer Development Groups programme commenced on 23 June 2015 with an information and networking event. Staff, trustees and volunteers from Hampshire Solent museums  gathered to find out more about the programme before committing and meet people with common interests. They discussed potential Expressions of Interest for groups in a number of areas including:

  • Volunteer recruitment and management
  • Being an effective PA or Administrator in a heritage organisation
  • Involving volunteers in collections care
  • Reviewing and rationalising collections
  • Museums as spaces for theatre performance
  • Recruiting and developing Trustees
  • Being an effective Chief Executive in the cultural sector

... and more. If you are interested in being put in touch with any of these potential groups, email and your email will be passed on.