Development staff

 17 February 2011

Development staff in cultural heritage help to deliver a range of initiatives to a local area. They work with others to establish, develop and manage cultural heritage related activities. This includes working with a range of partners to ensure a local strategy for heritage meets its aims and objectives.

Development staff in cultural heritage work in different areas:

  • Museum development officers work across the spectrum of museums work. They provide curatorial advice and guidance and develop the strategies of volunteer run organisations. They can also oversee the expansion of activities.
  • Development workers can focus their work primarily on schools or a local community. They may ensure in venues that visitors get the most out of an activity or visit. They may also conduct outreach work to build relationships. An example of this could be liaising with local community groups. This could be in order to establish interest into the local heritage or educational opportunities available.
  • Development workers may also work with local authorities, charitable trusts and other voluntary agencies. They identify local need at a strategic level and devise ways to make heritage more open to the locality. They may have to communicate with funding organisations to access money for projects.
  • Some development workers are directly engaged with disaffected groups, such as school absentees. They can also work with groups from different or minority backgrounds. This work is usually conducted with the aim of community integration.
  • Development workers may carry out work on high level planning with directors of heritage centres. An example of this could be targeting a new group to engage, such as college students. The development worker would have to identify the resources and budget, implement a plan for accessing the group and evaluate their own work.

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