Making the Museum

Join our “Making the Museum” Steering Group!

Are you a local resident with strong ties to your local community? Are you interested in women’s history? Do you want to see a museum representing the amazing women of east London, past and present? Then, we are looking for you!

We are starting a Steering Group made up of people from our local communities. This group will help us reach the most people of east London that we possibly can, by talking about the museum with their family, friends and neighbours. The group will help create and promote the consultation activities, working with artists and museum staff to do so. They will give their ideas about the museum’s design, and ask other locals what they think.

The role involves attending regular Steering Group meetings (approximately monthly, though this will depend on members’ availability), at which you will give your ideas and help make decisions about the consultation. Outside of these meetings, you’ll act as an ambassador for the museum in your area, spreading the word to your local community, and helping to organise collaborations and events.

In return you will get any training you might decide as a group (e.g. public speaking, engaging people) and the opportunity to be part of the exciting process of building a museum from scratch, including making your voice heard in terms of what should be in it. We will cover travel expenses and of course coffee, tea and cake will be on us!

We are looking for local residents (living or working in Barking & Dagenham, Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Newham, Redbridge, Waltham Forest and Havering) with close ties to their community and a passion for women’s history and representation. You must be willing to represent the museum and to speak with people about it in an engaging way. You can be any age (18+), of any gender, and do not need any specific experience, education or training to take part.

If you’re interested please fill in this form by Sunday 10th March 11pm. We will select participants based on their application and an informal interview, to be held on Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th March.

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