Kristina is the strategic lead for the consortium and its registered charity, the Wessex Museums Trust. She also manages the partnership’s funded programmes which include Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and National Lottery Heritage funding.
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.
Cathy 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. She recently led on the development of the Wessex Museums brand, and the creation of our new website.
Cathy has an extensive background in the museums and heritage industry, having worked as a freelance copywriter and interpretation consultant in the field for some 20 years. During this period she worked for many of the museums in the Wessex region. She has also worked as a press and marketing officer in local government.
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.
Harriet’s role centres on curating the Thomas Hardy 2022 exhibition, which spans the partner museums. This involves working with all four teams to select the objects and stories that will be included in the exhibition, as well as managing the logistics behind bringing together an exhibition of this scale.
Harriet previously worked for the National Trust in visitor experience, learning and heritage interpretation. Based at Hardy’s Cottage, this gave her the knowledge and insights which made her the ideal person for our Hardy exhibition. She also recently worked on events programming and larger scale exhibitions, as part of a start-up team for a new museum.
Anjana is responsible for leading strategic learning and engagement for the partnership. This includes working closely with the learning teams to create innovative, inclusive and impactful content that engages underserved audiences. She has a strong focus on professional development, impact evaluation and exploring ways to help overcome barriers to engagement.
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.
As NPO Project Officer (freelance), Jo will be project managing some of the programmes that are funded by Arts Council England through their National Portfolio (NPO) funding stream. In particular, she is working on the upcoming Thomas Hardy Exhibition, helping Harriet with the complex logistics of the programme, and dealing with merchandising.
Jo has been working in museums for nearly 20 years in a variety of roles. Three years ago, she became a freelance consultant having spent many years as a museum director in Kent. Her project management experience ranges 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.
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!