Our vision for WMMD is to empower and equip the West Midlands’ museums to build capacity, increase their resilience and to develop the skills and knowledge to transform and thrive in a cross-cultural environment, supporting them to develop programmes that inspire and build diverse audiences.
The WMMD programme is underpinned by a strong partnership that brings together Ironbridge, an Arts Council England Major Partner Museum and one of the UK’s largest independent museums, with local authority museum services from across the region. The strength of this creative and cross-sector partnership means it has extensive regional reach and will draw on the partners’ wealth of knowledge, skills and experience, bringing this in to a clearly defined, outcome orientated programme.
As a sector we are facing many challenges, but through the new programme we have many opportunities to build learning through peer to peer networks, to strengthen partnerships, to work more collaboratively in order to share skills and knowledge, and to nurture entrepreneurial ways of working and creative approaches to build sustainability.
We very much look forward to working with you all.
Chief Executive, Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust