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MGS has funded eight places on the MA's skills programme, aimed at mid-career professionals wanting to develop innovative ways of working be able to influence more effectively and create change for themselves and their organisations.


The Museums Association's (MA) Transformers programme is aimed at mid-career professionals wanting to develop innovative ways of working. If you want to be able to influence more effectively and create change for yourself and your organisation, you are invited to apply for the second round, for which MGS is funding seven places. The first round was hugely successful and evaluation showed that it had helped participants to:

  • develop stronger influencing and negotiation skills;
  • increase their ability to form meaningful external relationships with identified communities;
  • increase their ability to engage with experimental ideas from within the sector and beyond.

MGS is funding the places to enable museum professionals in Scotland to participate and to share the Transformers’ learning north of the border. The Character Matters: Attitudes, Behaviours and Skills research, part-funded by MGS, demonstrated the need to develop innovative and experimental ideas within the sector, and this programme does just that.


There are three strands:

Innovate (1 MGS-funded place available)


For museums staff and volunteers who have a new idea or new way of working that they want to try out. This is an eight-day programme over the space of a year that will allow participants to find, develop, test and implement that idea. You will have access to two residentials, a project coach and receive seed funding to help develop the idea.

Application deadline: PASSED


Influence (4 MGS-funded places available)

For participants that believe in the social power of museums. This is a three-day programme that will bring together museum professionals across the UK to share knowledge, network, and be inspired to make change happen. The first day will focus on gearing up for change and how to influence. The second will look at museum practice learning developed from the Paul Hamlyn Our Museums Project. The programme will culminate in a festival of change which will be programmed by the cohort and open to the wider sector.

MGS is fully funding this opportunity. Successful Scottish applicants will not have to pay the £100 fee and will still receive membership to the MA for a year.

Application deadline: midday 7 March 2017


Diversify (2 MGS-funded places available)

This is for anyone who believes that museums have a vital role in promoting diversity and inclusion and want to reflect this in their practice. This programme includes a residential which looks at the issues and challenges of supporting diversity and inclusion in practice. Supported by a small ring-fenced funding pot, this five-day programme will encourage innovative thinking to explore, experiment with and challenge convention in the field of equality, diversity and inclusion in museums.

Application deadline: midday 7 March 2017


Transformers: Supporting New Ideas (case study)

Transformers: Experiences as a Transformer (case study)


To find out more about each of the streams and to apply, please visit the MA’s website.

If you'd like to discuss the programme with MGS, please contact our Skills Development Manager.

Catherine Cartmell
Skills Development Manager
Telephone: 0131 550 4135