Meet the new team!

We’re very excited to let you know that we now have our new team in place, ready to embark on the next big phase for the Museum, moving to its new home in Barking in 2020. The team are raring to go, and can’t wait to meet our supporters and audiences. 

Fani (left) and Rachel (right) outside their temporary home in Upney, Eastbury Manor House

Fani (left) and Rachel (right) outside their temporary home in Upney, Eastbury Manor House

Our two Museum staff members are:

Rachel Crossley, Museum Director – Rachel comes with a wealth of experience in the museums sector. She has previously worked at the V&A Museum, Museum of London and Historic Royal Palaces, chiefly in learning and programming roles. Most recently she was at Arts Council England, supporting artists and organisations to access funding. Rachel will be responsible for managing the Museum, its strategy and finances, as we move to the new site.  

Fani Arampatzidou, Volunteer and Outreach Manager – Fani has a background in activism, education and theatre, working as an education and community engagement manager in various charities. Alongside her work at the Museum she is a member of the MayDay Rooms collective, a radical history archive and social space in the heart of London. Fani started at the Museum in March 2018, working on our Working for Equality project. She will be leading the forthcoming audience consultation project, for us to find out what local people want the Museum to be. 

Both Rachel and Fani work part-time, 2 ½ days per week. We are grateful to Eastbury Manor House, a beautiful Elizabethan house in Upney, for giving us office space, meaning we have a home in Barking and Dagenham whilst our building is a hard-hat only site..! 

We will be charting the journey of the Museum throughout this important phase, so watch out for regular updates via our blog and e-newsletter. Soon we will be doing a call out for volunteers to help us explore what the new Museum should look like and do. And from spring onwards we will be taking part in lots of local events – hopefully see you there! 

Throughout this phase, we’ll be working with partners including local community groups, artists and archives to support us to reach new audiences and to create the Museum. We will also be exploring different fundraising options. If you think you can help us at all, please do get in touch