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Collections Skills Initiative 2012

A new generation of museum professionals were presented with their certificates of achievement at Cultra Manor, in September 2013.  The completion of the second Collection Skills Initiative and the achievements of its participants were celebrated at an event hosted by Dr Avila Kilmurray, Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and supported by the Northern Ireland Museums Council (NIMC) and the National Museums Northern Ireland (NMNI).





During CSI 2012, Claire Dalton completed a placement in the Art Department at the Ulster Museum and Sarah Kingston was with the History Deparment there. Nuala McCarthy was at Mount Stewart, National Trust, Daniel Taylor was at Ballymoney Museum. At the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Joanne Burns was with the Textile Department and Karen Logan was with the History Department. Derry Heritage and Museum Service hosted Heather Taylor, the F. E. McWilliam Gallery at Banbridge hosted Elaine McEnarney and Newry and Mourne Museum provided a placement for Robert Whan. At the Ulster American Folk park, Omagh, Janine Diamond completed her placement and at the Mid-Antrim Museum Service, Rebecca Gordon, completed her project. Charlotte McReynolds was at Armagh County Museum.

You can read about the individual experiences of each of the 12 trainees in this Celebration Booklet.

In congratulating the 12 graduates from the programme, Avila Kilmurray Member of the Heritage Lottery Fund NI Committee said

“Skills for the Future was an important grant programme for the heritage sector. It was an ambitious programme that enabled heritage organisations to focus not only the skills needed to safeguard our heritage but to equip people with practical skills to help them secure future employment. We are delighted with the quality of the CSI programme and wish the twelve participants every success in the future as they build on the knowledge and experience they have gained.”

Speaking at the celebration, NIMC Director Chris Bailey said

“We are delighted to see twelve more dedicated people completing this programme. The Collections Skills Initiative provides the participants with a thorough grounding in the skills needed to enable them to be better placed to follow a career in the sector.  It is also a step towards addressing that fundamental need, demanded by the public, that our common heritage is preserved and well cared for, for this and future generations.”

Dr Jim McGreevy, Director of Collections and Interpretation at NMNI said

“It is a pleasure to congratulate all twelve participants on completing this programme. I am particularly grateful to the six interns who made a real and lasting contribution during their time with National Museums Northern Ireland. This is an excellent scheme which has given aspiring museum professionals an appreciation of work in the museum and heritage sector. As well as gaining hands-on experience and knowledge, they have also developed that all-important competitive edge.” 



The 2012-13 Trainees


Trainees and Coaches


Chris Bailey, NIMC Director, Maurna Crozier, HLF Representative, Jim McGreevy, NMNI Head of Collections and Interpretation, Siobhan Stevenson, NMNI Head of Collections Care