Kristina became Chief Executive Officer in April 2023, but has been strategic lead for the partnership since 2015. Kristina manages the partnership’s charity, the Wessex Museums Trust, and its NPO programmes.
Prior to her leadership role with Wessex Museums, Kristina was an arts and heritage consultant specialising in programme management, evaluation and engagement, and worked on major regional and national projects including The Observatory and the Black Dance Archives. Her 20 years of professional experience spans arts, heritage, construction and education, including roles as Archives Learning Manager, Education Adviser for the Building Schools for the Future programme and Head of Art at a preparatory school.
Claire is responsible for the partnership’s marketing, communications and digital strategies. This includes providing professional advice on marketing and communications, and organising skills sharing and training across the partner museums.
Claire has a background in the arts and culture industry, having previously led marketing and project coordination for several years across the South West region.
Rachel joined the team in November 2023 as part-time Project Manager. Rachel will be working on forthcoming touring exhibitions, funded through the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England NPO (National Portfolio Organisation) investment. She will be working with our partner museums and external experts and specialists to deliver a diverse and innovative programme for our audiences.
Rachel has a curatorial background in maritime heritage and history, having worked with National Museums Liverpool for over 20 years, including as Director of Merseyside Maritime Museum, and during which time she worked as a project curator on the International Slavery Museum. Since 2012 she has run her museums and heritage business, leading and supporting the development and delivery of projects across the UK, with a particular focus on those supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England.
Becky is responsible for fundraising for Wessex Museums. This includes working with fundraising and development colleagues from the partner museums on joint strategies, as well as offering professional advice on fundraising challenges. She is also responsible for generating income for the partnership, and developing relationships with key influencers and funders.
Becky has an extensive background in fundraising starting in corporate fundraising at the RNLI 10 years ago. She has since worked across a number of different charities, covering heritage, arts, education, mental health and children. Her experience mostly lies with high net worth individuals, corporate organisations, trusts and foundations and legacy giving.
Previously Wessex Engagement Lead, Anjana’s role has now changed to focus on the three Swindon Museums (STEAM, Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, and Lydiard House Museum). She is working one day a week with their learning and engagement teams to provide mentoring support and continuing professional development opportunities. Anjana will also be helping them create innovative, inclusive and impactful content that engages underserved audiences.
For 15 years, Anjana worked in the nature conservation and heritage sector, leading on creating sustainable learning and engagement programmes for the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. She is an accomplished earth scientist and YouTube/television presenter. Anjana is also Vice Chair of the Dorset Race Equality Council and actively champions for equality, diversity and inclusion in the heritage sector.
Suzanne’s role is to manage the financial systems of the Wessex Museums Trust charity, including budgets, cashflow, invoicing, payroll and pensions. She also undertakes administrative duties such as producing reports, minute-taking and organising events.
Suzanne has many years of experience in administrative and finance. Her previous employment was as a business support officer with BCP Council, which included being seconded to Poole Museum and then Wessex Museums to give administrative support for two days a week.
Males great bustards perform spectacular courtship displays, gathering at a ‘lek’ or small display ground to try to impress the females.
The great bustard has a dignified slow walk but tends to run when disturbed, rather than fly.
The hen-bird on display at The Salisbury Museum was one of the last great bustards to be eaten in the town!