Welcome to Jo – our new Project Officer

We’re really pleased to welcome Jo Wiltcher to the Wessex Museums team as NPO Project Officer (freelance). In this article, Jo explains about her role, and her previous experience in museums (which made her the ideal candidate for us!).

“NPO Project Officer was a job title I had to explain to my mum! What it means is that I’ll be project managing some of the programmes that are funded by Arts Council England through their National Portfolio (NPO) funding stream.  In particular, I’m working on the upcoming Thomas Hardy Exhibition which is an exciting but complex exhibition that will be shown at all four partner museums to celebrate the Wessex landscape that so inspired Hardy.

I’ve been working in museums for nearly 20 years in a variety of roles.  Three years ago I became a freelance consultant having spent many years as a museum director in Kent.  I have lots of project management experience, from developing touring exhibitions of museum objects that were displayed in supermarkets, pubs and doctor’s surgeries, to being the client project manager for a £13million museum redevelopment project.

I have recently completed an MA in Fashion Curation and have a lifelong interest in fashion and textiles.  Throughout my career I have been interested in the pivotal role that museums can play in addressing contemporary issues.   So I am pleased to be able to support some of the excellent work being developed by Wessex Museums in terms of inclusivity, decolonisation and environmental sustainability.”

Wild Life in the Red

What do you think about our exhibition?

Sawfish are also called carpenter sharks...but they are rays, not sharks!

There’s also a species called a sawshark, but that’s, well, a shark!

What the heck is a lek?

Males great bustards perform spectacular courtship displays, gathering at a ‘lek’ or small display ground to try to impress the females.

Road Runner!

The great bustard has a dignified slow walk but tends to run when disturbed, rather than fly.

Belly Buster!

The hen-bird on display at The Salisbury Museum was one of the last great bustards to be eaten in the town!

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