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MCG Committee

Executive committee members

MCG Chair

Dafydd James

Head of New Media, Amgueddfa Cymru — National Museum Wales

Dafydd leads the New Media department at Amgueddfa Cymru — National Museum Wales, which is responsible for developing digital content for all seven national museums in Wales.

After gaining a Physics degree and an MSc in Multimedia Engineering, Dafydd began work as e-Learning Officer based at St Fagans: National History Museum. He developed various websites, learning resources and exhibition displays before moving to his current role as Head of New Media. Dafydd is responsible for coordinating the department’s activities and implementing the organisation’s strategic initiatives in digital media.

He is also chair of the Technology Strand for People Collection Wales and a trustee for Audiences Wales.

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Katherine Biggs

Lead Digital Project Manager, Royal Museums Greenwich

Katherine took over the role of MCG Treasurer in 2016, having been MCG Secretary since 2014. As her day job she is the digital project manager for the new Exploration Wing at the National Maritime Museum, opening in 2018.

Prior to this she worked across all six of Historic Royal Palaces’ sites, specialising in engaging audiences with culture and heritage through digital technology. This included large-scale, interactive 360 degree experiences at family festivals, a MOOC on the FutureLearn platform and app-based digital missions for children.

Katherine also co-managed the British Museum’s Samsung Digital Discovery Centre and its digital learning programmes aimed at families and young audiences. Some of her favourite projects here included developing tablet-based school sessions, 3D printing, augmented reality to discover the Parthenon frieze and a lot of animation.

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Sarah Middle

PhD Candidate, Open University

Sarah is a PhD Candidate at the Open University’s Classical Studies Department and Knowledge Media Institute. Her work focuses on how Humanities researchers use Linked Data resources, particularly those relating to the Ancient World, as well as how such resources might best be integrated with existing research methodologies.

Before returning to study, Sarah worked as Repository Manager at Cambridge University Library, where she was responsible for managing and curating collections of digital objects, such as articles, theses, datasets, images and videos. Her previous roles in academic libraries included working at the Scott Polar Research Institute, where she assisted the Polar Museum team on several digital projects – these included updating the touchscreen interface and advising on a proposed cross-collection search facility.

Prior to working in libraries, Sarah managed digital media projects to encourage students from ‘non-traditional’ backgrounds to apply to Cambridge, and was responsible for editing and developing the student recruitment website. Her qualifications include MA Electronic Communication and Publishing (UCL), Certificate in Web Applications Development (Open University), MA Archaeological Research and BA (Hons.) Ancient History and Archaeology (both Nottingham).

Sarah’s areas of interest include Digital Humanities, metadata standards, information architecture and usability.

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Other committee members

Rebecca Atkinson

Online Publications Editor, Museums Association

Rebecca has worked as a journalist for more than 10 years, with the majority of her experience in editing online publications. She has worked at the Museums Association (MA) as its online publications editor since 2010; her role is to edit Museum Practice, write features, news and reviews for Museums Journal and to programme a range of conferences and seminars on various different subjects.

She takes an active interest in digital developments in museums, and has previously organised a number of conferences on mobile technology; run the MA’s annual survey on mobile in museums; and written on the subject for both Museum Practice and Museums Journal. She also writes the journal’s monthly digital reviews, which enables her to keep up to date with new websites and apps.

She sits on the MA Conference panel every year and is also responsible for organising six one-day seminars a year. She regularly speaks at and chair events, and facilitates roundtable discussions. Outside of work, she volunteers on a local arts festival helping with its WordPress website and social media.

Scott Billings

Digital Engagement Officer, Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Scott Billings works as digital engagement officer at the Museum of Natural History. He has trained in museum education, co-curated exhibitions, been a design and cultural heritage journalist, and a freelance copywriter.

He’s worked on several app projects for the museums including the Sensing Evolution app for teaching evolution in the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, and the Pocket Curator app for the Museum of the History of Science, which he presented at MCG’s 2015 conference.

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Georgina Brooke

Web Content Creator and Project Manager, Ashmolean Museum

In her current role, Georgina is leading on redevelopment of the new site for the Ashmolean Museum.

Prior to this, she worked as Marketing Manager for the tech start-up Echobox and before that for Oxford University Public Affairs where she ran the social media and developed the content for Research in Conversation, a series of interviews with researchers across Oxford University.

After graduating from Oxford University in Classics, she worked as a Digital Project Manager and Content Strategist in the agency Adelphi in London and Singapore. In her spare time she is a keen rock climber.

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Sarah Cole

Creative Geek & Founder, TIME/IMAGE

Sarah founded TIME/IMAGE, a creative consultancy for the cultural heritage sector, out of a youth employment initiative in 2010. TIME/IMAGE works with all sorts of collections to enable access, encourage exploration, and provoke engagement. 

Her best-known project is the British Council Film Collection, a 1940s cultural propaganda film archive that was researched, digitised, and put online under a CC license with great success, making the national news repeatedly between 2010–2014 with the films being watched over 1 million times since 2012.

Sarah has recently been Creative Entrepreneur-in-Residence with the British Library (funded by CreativeWorks London), working on the innovative Poetic Places geocuration app. Sarah has also curated and installed exhibitions and pop-up events, built websites for start-up companies, and enjoyed a Knowledge Exchange Fellowship with the University of Nottingham focussing on interactive exhibitions. 

Sarah also has a particular interest in games, and how they can interact with cultural heritage; she has established Games & GLAMS, writes on various aspects of them, and designs her own games.

Prior to TIME/IMAGE, Sarah worked in media production and museum publishing after acquiring a degree in Classical Civilisation.

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Michael Guthrie

Founder, KnowledgeArc

Michael Guthrie is a founder of KnowledgeArc, a managed archive and content management service for the Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museum sector as well as institutional Open Access repositories for academic and NGO/IGO organisations.

Previous to KnowledgeArc, Michael has been producing digital projects since 1996 in New York and the UK. He began his adventures in museums at the Royal Naval Museum in Portsmouth as IT Officer for the HLF funded, Sea Your History project. As a result of this, Michael stayed in the sector of archiving and became Manager of Biomed Central’s Open Repository service, where he managed 30 or so open access archives based on the DSpace open source archiving and preservation system, and managed the delivery of the World Health Organisation’s IRIS multilingual repository for their half million documents.

After leaving Biomed, Michael has consulted on various heritage digital projects including to Hampshire and Solent Museum Service for the 1914 Centenary project.

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Theresa Kneppers

Curator, London South Bank University

Theresa is the curator of A David Bomberg Legacy – The Sarah Rose Collection at London South Bank University. Her work includes developing online curatorial projects, commissioning artists and coordinating public events that explore the work of David Bomberg and the Borough Group.

Alongside her work at LBSU Theresa is a freelance curator. Her most recent show was a visualisation of a larger research project about the art collection of an early San Francisco Bay Area tech entrepreneur exploring the relationship between patronage and the tech world.

Theresa is interested in curating as a hybrid of web-based and traditional exhibition formats of presenting art to reach a more diverse public.

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Liz McCarthy

Web & Digital Media Manager, Bodleian Libraries

Liz McCarthy is the Web & Digital Media Manager for the Bodleian Libraries, where she manages both public facing and academic engagement across web, social media and interactive media. Her work ranges from web development projects to developing augmented reality tours for the libraries, with a healthy dose of analytics and audience research. A trained librarian, she is particularly interested in digital engagement in the cultural sector, digital literacy, digital humanities, 17th-century bookbindings and library history.

Liz has held roles as the University Museums and Special Collections Librarian at the University of Reading, as an assistant for the Conservative Party Archives which are held at the Bodleian Libraries, and in Special Collections at Denison Library, Scripps College. Elizabeth holds an Honors BA in English & Politics in from Scripps College (USA), an MSt in English Literature from the University of Oxford and an MA in Library & Information Studies from University College London (UCL).

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Brian Moss

PhD. Candidate, Newcastle University

Brian is a PhD. Candidate in the Department of Media, Culture & Heritage at Newcastle University. Brian’s primary area of interest is in Mobile Digital Interpretations (MDIs) in the outdoor heritage context, but this extends into areas such as digital interpretations for museum and gallery settings, location-based services, GIS and social media. He is particularly interested in the effective deployment of smartphone technology within the museum and heritage sector and the subsequent influence this has on the embodied sensuous experience.

The Doctoral research that Brian is undertaking is concerned with the influence Smartphone based Mobile Digital Interpretations (MDIs) have on engagement and the embodied experience at outdoor cultural heritage sites, specifically addressing the influence on sense of place. This was made possible through attaining a doctoral scholarship award via the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Programme. Brian also teaches on and assists with the delivery of the Museum, Gallery & Heritage Studies MA. programme within Newcastle University.

Prior to his current position in Newcastle University, Brian worked for several years in the heritage sector, assisting with the integration of digital tools to the visitor experience and completed the Heritage Science MSc. at Queen’s University, Belfast. In addition to this, he served as a researcher on several EU projects, varying from the application of smart technologies for sustainable transport to GIS Modelling, whilst providing R&D support to SMEs in relation to adopting new technologies.

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Ina Pruegel

Digital Engagement Specialist, University of Cambridge Museums

Ina leads, promotes and publicises the strategic development of the Cambridge University Museum’s digital capacity, to connect audiences with collections through digital technologies. She previously worked as Digital Project Manager at Historic Royal Palaces, where she developed digital products and learning experiences.

She has a MA in Digital Media and several years’ experience working for production companies, universities, cultural and heritage organisations with a focus on audience engagement through digital media, storytelling and games.

Ina is an experienced cross-platform producer and project manager, passionate about digital and physical cross-over to create meaningful experiences for audiences. Her professional experience includes website and content development, research, documentary and video production, digital and social media strategies and campaigns, online learning environments, as well as events, workshops and programming. She has published several papers and showcased her digital work at conferences and exhibitions.

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Adriana Rouanet

Adriana Rouanet has 15+ years experience as a cultural and film producer in Europe and in Latin America. She set up her production company, Colibri Cultural and Film Productions, in the UK in 2008 and in Brazil in 2014 to develop projects of global relevance, and to promote collaboration between countries.

She also has over 5 years’ teaching experience in the humanities, which alongside her production skills, has given her the solid foundation from which to launch Museonics, a digital platform that uses AI to connect museum content to the national curriculum to enrich learning in the museum, at school and from home. The platform aims to spark children’s curiosity for new passions and nurture active and life-long learning through immersive digital museum resources using AR , VR, MR, story-telling, and gaming.

She is passionate about the arts, museums, and education, especially projects in the collaborative economy, bringing together experiences and widening their potential outreach. She is a firm believer that active education and immersive learning are powerful means of personal & social transformation. She is a dynamic and experienced networker and fundraiser.

Claudia Strange

Digital Learning Coordinator – Museum of London

Claudia is enthusiastic and passionate about implementing digital in museums, specifically within a learning environment. Currently she works as the Museum of London’s Digital Learning Coordinator where she creates an innovative and exciting digital learning programme for schools and family audiences. Within this context she has worked on projects involving Minecraft and Raspberry Pi, as well as live streams for schools.

Her main aim is to see a rise in digital literacy within the sector, and she works to create training sessions for staff, volunteers, freelancers and museum contemporaries to empower and encourage digital enquiry.

In her previous role, Claudia worked at Historic Royal Palaces assisting in creating digital programming including online learning games for children, a MOOC in partnership with the University of Reading, and a ‘Digital Missions’ app for schools and family audiences.

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Jessica Suess

Digital Partnership Manager, Oxford University Museums

Jessica leads on Digital and Evaluation within the Partnership Team at Oxford University Museums. The team coordinates collaborative activity across the four Oxford University Museums, often acting as a guerrilla unit to identify and seize high impact, collaborative opportunities.

A big part of her role is developing shared strategic approaches across the museums, and coordinating collaborative activity with other collections within the university, such as the Bodleian Libraries and Botanic Gardens. She also develops, manages and/or steers collaborative projects, such as introducing free public Wi-Fi across all four museum sites; scoping a new, shared Digital Asset Management System for the museums, and developing a new image IP policy for the university collections.

Jessica also sit on the management committee for the Bate Collection of Musical Instruments in Oxford and the steering group for the Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School.

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Tijana Tasich

Digital Consultant

Tijana works as a digital consultant with a focus on strategic leadership, user experience, content strategy and production management.

In her long career, she has worked in a variety of roles within education, marketing and digital departments for the likes of Tate, the Southbank Centre, the British Museum, the Royal Institution of Great Britain and the Design Museum.

She has written blogs, published papers and presented at conferences, including MuseumNext, Museums and the Web, MCN, CultureGeek and WeAreMuseums.

When not at work, she loves spending time with her family, consuming music, art, films and books, travelling and taking photographs.

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Alec Ward

Museum Development Officer Digital & Communications, Museum of London

Alec works for the London Museum Development team, based at the Museum of London. As the Museum Development Officer for Digital and Communications, he leads on the Digital Futures programme and provides support for London’s non-national museums in all areas of digital tech and practice. He runs a number of different training sessions for London’s museums, from creating digital 3D models to developing a social media strategy. Outside of the programme of training events, he also provides support to London’s museums in the form of site visits and one-to-one consultation around digital projects and practice.

Alec runs the Twitter account for the London Museum Development team, having experience of setting up and managing social media platforms in a previous role, for the Museum of the Order of St John.

He is also on the committee for the London Museums of Health and Medicine (LMHM), as one of two Webmasters. For LMHM, he co-manages the website as well as the JISCMail for the group.

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