Museum Development Officer

Essex has a designated Museum Development Officer (MDO) to support museums across the county. The MDO provides information and advice and offers practical support to museums in three key areas:

  • Organisational health
  • Collections management
  • Audience engagement

These areas can include support around governance, museum Accreditation, volunteer recruitment, income generation and fundraising, marketing, learning and conservation.

The current MDO is Sarah Sinka who can be contacted either via email on or by phone on 07977 669908.

The role is hosted by Colchester + Ipswich Museums, and funded by  SHARE Museums East, and Museums Essex.

Sign up to the MDO newsletter for news, opportunities, grants and training.

Support is also provided through:

  • Training – to find out more about upcoming training in our region (either organised by the MDO or by SHARE) see the Training page.
  • Heritage Engagement & Learning Group – The group provides a forum for education, learning and engagement professionals in Essex to learn, share, inspire and build their network – for more info, see the Engagement & Learning page.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch to chat about your museum or heritage site and we will see what we can do to help! 

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