SHARE Museums East is the Museum Development Programme for the East of England. The programme is managed by Norfolk Museums Service, and delivered in partnership with the University of Cambridge Museums, county museum development officers, and other sector stakeholders.

SHARE supports museums to develop their skills and resilience across the full range of museum operations and management. We aim to encourage best practice and to build pride in and awareness of museums in the East of England.

People working and volunteering in museums across the East of England are key to the success of SHARE Museums East, and we place skills sharing and peer-to-peer learning at the heart of our programme. Our museum training and development opportunities are enriched by the willingness of participants to share their knowledge by coming together through networks and projects, and by contributing to or delivering training themselves. In this way we are able to deliver a very extensive training programme.

In the period April 2015 – March 2018 Arts Council England is funding SHARE £416,000 per annum to deliver Museum Development Programme to the 160 Accredited museums across the region.

What we do

The SHARE programme for 2015-18 was developed from that of 2012-15, and consists of a comprehensive activity plan covering all areas of Accreditation. It continues to develop and build on what works well, and introduces some new elements which were identified through the earlier programme.

The following programmes and support are available to museums:

  • Support for Museum Development Officers, in partnership with local authorities and other stakeholders in each county.
  • An extensive region-wide training programme of over 60 events each year, many of which have attached small grants programmes.
  • A range of subject specialist networks, enabling staff and volunteers in the East of England to learn from and support each other in their areas of responsibility including front of house and learning.
  • Support for museums wanting to understand and build their visitor offer and audiences, including a Mystery Shopper scheme, and audience analysis undertaken in partnership with Audience Agency.
  • A leadership development and support programme aimed at early-years professionals and lone curators/managers.

The programme was developed in collaboration with the University of Cambridge Museums, county Museum Development Officers, and through consultation with the sector at both senior and service delivery level.