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Welcome to the Museum Advisory Group

The Museum Advisory Group are a group of professional people from a diverse range of backgrounds, each with a specific expertise in the development and management of museums.  The group meets three times a year to look strategically at all aspects of the Museum and to give advice & guidance based on their own experience. The group is made up from people with backgrounds in conservation, digital communications, fundraising, decolonisation, digital collections and media.

The members of the group are:

Dame Sandra Dawson (Group Chair)

Dame Sandra Dawson

Dame Sandra June Noble Dawson, DBE, FAcSS is a British social scientist and academic. She was Master of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge from 1999 to 2009, making her the first woman to be master of a formerly all male College at the University of Cambridge.

Dame Sandra Dawson

 

Professor Rebecca Kilner

Professor Rebecca Kilner

Professor Rebecca Kilner is the Director of the University Museum of Zoology.

Rebecca has spent her academic career based at the Zoology Department in Cambridge, though during that time she has held visiting fellowships at the Australian National University and Cornell University, when travelling there for fieldwork. After finishing her PhD, Rebecca was a Junior Research Fellow at Magdalene College, Cambridge and then was awarded a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellowship followed by a Royal Society University Research Fellowship. In 2004, she was appointed to a University Lectureship, which she took up in 2007. Rebecca was promoted to Reader in 2009 and to Professor in 2013, and elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2021. Rebecca has been Director of the Cambridge University Museum of Zoology since October 2019.

Dr Rebecca Kilner

Jonathan Drori CBE

Jonathan Drori

Jon is an author and Trustee of The Eden Project, Raspberry Pi and Cambridge Science Centre. He is on the board of Cambridge University Botanic Garden and is Honorary Professor of Science Communication at Birmingham University’s Institute of Forest research. Previously he was a Trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Executive Producer of more than fifty popular BBC TV series on science and technology. His books, Around the World in 80 Trees and Around the World in 80 Plants, are bestsellers in many languages.

John Drori

Dr Shreepali Patel

Dr Shreepali Patel

Director of StoryLab interdisciplinary research institute, Co-Founder of Eyeline films, filmmaker & former BBC Producer & Director. Provides story consultancy and the development of new strategies and creative intervention to support the preservation of identity, culture & heritage and to surface diverse voices through immersive storytelling.  

Dr Shreepali Patel

Matthew Mellor

Matthew Mellor

Matthew Mellor is Development Director at Pembroke College. He has led the fundraising team there since 2006 after spells in other colleges. He has twice been Chair of the Cambridge Colleges’ Development Group and College Development Directors’ Committee, a trustee of the National Holocaust Centre and Museum and has held other advisory roles.

Matthew Mellor

Miranda Stearn

Miranda Stearn

As Head of Learning, Miranda collaborates to deliver museum programmes that address local and global challenges at The Fitzwilliam Museum, and working in partnership across the University of Cambridge Museums (UCM). Making a difference to people through culture has been at the heart of her work over 16 years in the public sector arts and heritage. She is on the Editorial Advisory Board for engage Journal, the Advisory Group for the University Museum of Zoology, the Advisory Body for hr local secondary school Soham Village College, chairs the UCM Learning Consultation Group, and represents museums in the East on England on the steering group of the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance. She holds a PhD from the Courtauld Institute of Art. 

 

 

Jack Ashby

Jack Ashby

As the Assistant Director of the University Museum of Zoology, alongside the Director, Jack has a strategic and operational overview of the Museum's varied activities - developing the Museum as both a valuable academic resource and an excellent public venue, while caring for our collections responsibly. A key area of interest is the ways that the natural world is represented to the public, particularly through museums, and understanding how those representations can be biased in various ways. Jack's zoological focus is on the mammals of Australia, including their ecology and colonial histories.

Jack Ashby

 

Len Dunne

Len Dunne

Chief Executive Office of Fitzwilliam Museum Enterprises

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr Sarah Joomun

Dr Sarah Joomun

Dr Sarah Joomun is the Digital Collections Manager at the University Of Oxford Museum of Natural History. 

Sarah has worked at the Museum in Oxford since 2010 on a wide range of collections digitisation projects, from 3D digitisation of fossils, to scanning and cataloguing archival material. She introduced an integrated collections management system at the museum and has been involved in several stages of development of the online collections' search functions. She has just completed a project to amalgamate and migrate the Museum's collections data to the Axiell EMu collections management system.

Sarah has an BSc in Geology and Geophysics from the University of Durham, an MSc in Palaeobiology from the University of Bristol and a PhD on fossil mammal tooth microwear and diet from Royal Holloway University of London and the Natural History Museum in London, during which she carried out digital imaging and collections-based research in European museums. 

Dr Sarah Joomun

 

Brian Eversham

Brain Eversham is the Chief Executive Officer of The Wildlife Trust for Beds, Cambs & Northants. 

 

Miranda Lowe

Miranda Lowe

Miranda Lowe is a Principal Curator and museum scientist at the Natural History Museum, London. With over two decades worth of collections management and curatorial skills she cares for a plethora of historically important specimens from both the Challenger and discovery oceanic expeditions.

Her scientific expertise is in peracarid crustacea and a with a light touch in coral taxonomy. With that she manages directly both the crustacea and Cnidaria and assciated minor phyla collections.

As well as her management of a curatorial team she also presents lectures on both curatorial research and popular science: Miranda has appeared in the BBC Radio 4 series ‘Natural Histories’ in an episode on Sea Anemones (2015), BBC Four – Britain’s Whale Hunters: The Untold Story (2014) and CBBC Absolute Genius with Dick and Dom: Darwin episode (2013). After a yearlong secondment in 2006 to learn about exhibitions and gallery interpretation in a museum environment she has been passionate ever since about the role that museum exhibitions play in our understanding of the natural world.

Miranda Lowe