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The Board of EMMS would like to say a heartfelt thank you to all of those who have been involved in the organisation itself over the decades, and also to the museums who are so much at the centre of what makes this region so special. EMMS delivered great work and support over the years, but collectively we concluded that EMMS must change - and the 15th of March 2019 marks that key moment in its story. On that day EMMS will be formally wound down. But, this date is also important for other reasons as it marks the start of the re-imagined REDS service - which is the legacy project for the organisation (see https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/risk-and-emergency-preparedness-programme-launch-east-midlands-tickets-55071679877).

We are delighted that Museum Development East Midlands are managing this legacy project, as all of the planning work to shape this way forward has underlined a palpable need for this across the region. EMMS will live on into the future in this way.

Thank you once again for your support.

The EMMS Board

Note: The EMMS website, and social media sites will be taken down on the 15th of March 2019. For information on the new programme see www.mdem.org.uk 

Our vision is to make the next step change for EMMS and its members to make sure it always adds value and leadership, and makes a real impact. Over the next three years we will grow our activities, our team and our capacity - and ensure East Midlands museums are recognised locally, regionally and nationally as among the best in the UK.


EMMS has a new Board structure, with each Trustee having a clearly defined role. 
The Board currently includes: 




Darren is a founding Director of Barker Langham. He is an experienced cultural
and business planner, and has developed
a diverse range of cultural schemes, from museums and historic buildings to parks and landscapes – with work covering vision, options appraisal, business and operational planning.

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Dr Mike Galer

General Manager, National Tramway Museum

Mike has worked in museums for over 12 years, and after volunteering at Norwich Castle Museum he has worked on projects connected with the Museum of London and as Senior Collections Officer at Derby Museums and Curator of the 9th/12th Lancers Museum.  He has a MA in Museum Studies and a PhD in Roman Archaeology & Museum Studies.


Belinda Humfrey

Manager, Desborough Heritage Centre

After a career in teaching, research and administration at the Universities of Oxford, Reading and Wales Belinda retired to Northamptonshire where she set up and chaired a range of local charities from Youth Action, Community Transport, and Millennium Green Trust to Desborough Civic Society which runs the Heritage Centre.

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Elizabeth Moran

Museum and Collections Officer, D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum

Elizabeth has worked in the Museum sector for over 13 years, the majority of which has been in her current post at the D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum, with particular responsibility for collections, interpretation and accreditation.  Elizabeth has an MA in Museum and Heritage Management, is currently working on her AMA and was a participant in EMMS Stronger Museums Programme.

Sarah Hartshorne

Museum Development Programme Officer, Museum Development East Midlands

Sarah is the Museum Development Programme Officer for the East Midlands, working with 116 museums to develop ambitious and sustainable futures. In particular Sarah manages the training programme at MDEM, focusing on workforce development in all areas of museum delivery. Previously she has worked at the National Trust, English Heritage and Civic Voice, the national charity for Civic Societies, specialising in volunteer management. As a Museum Mentor Sarah works closely with the small independent sector, supporting museums through the Arts Council Accreditation process. Sarah is a founding members of Culture Now, an organisation providing a platform for mid-career museum professionals and is a Trustee for the Broxtowe Women’s Project, actively championing wider access and gender equality for all.

Sarah Levitt

Retired Head of Arts and Museums, Leicester City Council


Sarah’s museum career began in 1974. She worked in museums in Manchester, Bristol and West London, before coming to Leicester in 1997. She is an Associate and Fellow of the Museums Association, Chair of the Arts and Heritage Panel, University Hospitals Leicester,  Board Member of the Collections Trust, and is involved in a range of other Culture and Heritage Initiatives.


Sara Blair-Manning

General Manager North Lincolnshire & South Nottinghamshire, National Trust

Sara has over 25 years’ leadership experience within the cultural and heritage sectors and extensive experience in strategic policy development and improving heritage businesses. She has significant experience of large scale project management and implementing achievable business plans and fundraising strategies. Her skills also include implementing educational programmes, developing volunteer schemes and improving risk and compliance procedures.

She is a co-chair of the Coastal Action Zone Local Action Group, member of the Lincolnshire Heritage Forum and sits on the Louth & District Help for Homeless charity board.

In her spare time Sara is a keen gardener, cook and singer.




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