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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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Treasurer

Georgina Brooke

Digital Media Content Manager, National Museums Scotland

Georgina – along with her content team – manages, coordinates and (when she has time) creates content across the NMS web, blog and social media channels. Georgina has been in post since January 2020 and has put in place a new Online Content Plan, determining why and how we create content and outlining an audience development plan.

Before moving up to Edinburgh, Georgina worked in a 2.5 year rotation across the various Oxford University Gardens and Museums (Ashmolean, Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum, Pitt Rivers Museum and History of Science Museum). In her time at these various museums she led a project to rebuild each institution’s website, which involved scoping the business needs of new functionality, coordinating with design agencies and rewriting and designing each new page of the site. Georgina began her career as Digital Project Manager and User Researcher in the multinational agency Adelphi Digital, based out of the Singapore office.
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Secretary

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

Scott Billings

Digital Engagement Officer, Oxford University Museum of Natural History Scott Billings works as digital engagement officer at the Museum of Natural History, and is currently seconded as project manager for the first phase of the Museum’s redisplay programme. 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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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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Liz McCarthy

Head of Campaigns & Digital Communications, University of Oxford

Liz McCarthy is the Head of Campaigns and Digital Communications for the University of Oxford, where she manages digital engagement as well as major research-focused campaigns. Her work ranges widely, from web development projects to taking Oxford research to policymakers, with a healthy dose of analytics and audience research. Originally a trained librarian, she is particularly interested in digital engagement in the cultural sector, digital literacy, digital humanities, and early modern material culture. Liz has held roles as the Web & Digital Manager for the Bodleian Libraries and University Museums and Special Collections Librarian at the University of Reading. Liz 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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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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Graham Davies

Digital Programmes Manager, National Museum Wales​

Graham DaviesGraham has worked for Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales for over 20 years. After gaining a Geology degree at Aberystwyth University, his early years at the museum saw him help document the natural science collections, transferring almost half a million specimen catalogue entries onto computer databases. He then moved into the digital team to develop the Museum’s intranet. From there Graham began to focus on external digital content and became online curator, and then as Digital Programmes Manager overseeing the Digital Content team. He has managed numerous digital projects, including the redesign of the Museums website which has been a springboard for embedding digital skills through the museum. In 2017 Graham was invited as guest speaker for the British Council’s International Museum Academy’s Transforming Future Museums training programme in Greece (and more recently in Burma in 2020), sharing best practice and engaging with numerous museums and professionals to embed digital skills, increasing their organisations impact, resilience and sustainability. Graham is currently member of the ArtUK Steering Panel, and Programming Committee of the MGC. Graham is audience focused, always working towards achieving successful online user experiences thorough evidence focussed, measurable results.

Nick Higgett

Nick HeggetNick Higgett was Associate Professor in  Digital Design at De Montfort University, Leicester until 2018 where he was course leader for MA Digital Design. There he also ran the Digital Design Research Group successfully supervising many Phd students and leading a number of research projects funded by both the AHRC and EU. No longer in full time academia, he continues to supervise and advise research students and act as a research and design education consultant. He recently completed a two-year spell of p/t teaching on MA Graphics and Illustration at Nottingham Trent University.  He is currently external examiner for MA Design at the University of Hertfordshire and BSc Creative Technologies at UWE. He is also a Peer Reviewer for the AHRC and leads the AHRC Connected Communities Heritage Network.

Mark Pajak

Head of Digital, Bristol Culture​

Mark PajakMark Pajak is Head of Digital for Bristol Culture and Creative Industries. Mark and his digital team manage technology online and on-site across Bristol Museums and Bristol Archives. Mark’s interests involve making digitised museum collections accessible through opening up collections data and multimedia online. Mark has a background in Natural Sciences, collections management and CRM analytics and has worked in a range of museum roles in Exeter and Bristol including being a volunteer, documentation officer and Natural History Curator. Mark has also worked in the private sector as a marketing database consultant. Mark has been working to improve how Bristol Culture collects, uses and shares data about performance, putting user research at the forefront of all projects. Through the application of their digital principles, Bristol Culture has undergone an extensive digital transformation over the last five years.

Russell Stearman

Technical Director, Joi Polloi​

Russel StearmanRussell is the Technical Director at Sheffield agency Joi Polloi, creating work for culture, media and broadcast. Over his 19 year experience, he’s worked on many digital cultural projects, creating installations and group website for the Science Museum, digital exhibits for Glasgow Science Centre, games for the Natural History Museum & National Museums Scotland, digital strategy for the Royal Armouries, and science interpretation for Royal Botanical Gardens Kew. With the BBC he’s created citizen science and research pieces, and dealt with the highs and lows of creating digital work supporting live broadcast TV.

He loves creative storytelling in the digital media, having recently created the The Book In The Book ‘choose your own documentary’ and has a background in kids games and e-learning, trying to make the complex approachable and fun.

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Foteini Valeonti

UKRI AHRC Leadership Fellow, University College London

Foteini Valeonti speaks at a conferenceDr Foteini Valeonti is a computer scientist, specialising in Digital Humanities. She is a UKRI AHRC Innovation Leadership Fellow at the UCL, where, in collaboration with the Fitzwilliam Museum, she explores ways museums can utilise emerging technologies to generate revenue from their digitised collections. Foteini is also the founder of USEUM.org, a platform that begun as her PhD project at the UCL, aiming to make art easily accessible to all. USEUM receives thousands of visitors every day, offering amongst other features, the ability to download and reuse unrestrictedly thousands of artworks, including famous masterpieces, which have been individually copyright-vetted.

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