Venue: Learning Area , 1st Floor, Dorman Museum
Contact: Susie Blood
Declarations of Interest
any declarations of interest.
no Declarations of Interest received at this point in the meeting.
Minutes - Culture and Communities Scrutiny Panel - 17 November 2022
The minutes of the Culture and Communities Scrutiny Panel held on xxxx were submitted and approved as a correct record.
Middlesbrough Museum service- Service overview- Setting the Scene
Creative Programmes and Partnership Manager and J.R Bowes, Museums General Manager
will provide the panel with a service overview.
The Chair welcomed Gaye
Kirby, Creative Programmes and Partnership Manager and J.R Bowes, Museums
General Manager to the meeting to provide a service overview of museums.
The Museums General Manager advised that he has commenced
his role in March 2021 and that the Creative Partnership Manager had taken up
her post in February 2022.
To begin with the General Manager provided some context
surrounding the museums advising that Middlesbrough own two museums- the Dorman
and Captain Cook birthplace.
Dorman Museum: Established in 1904 with large collections of
natural history, archaeology, and ethnography, the museum has developed a remit
that reflects the life and interests of the town and its people.
The museum had
extensive redeveloped in 2002, and currently houses eight galleries covering
social history of the town, the natural world, decorative arts, and world
Captain Cook Birthplace museum: In 1978 on the
250th anniversary of Cook’s birth the museum opened. It is housed in a
purpose-built museum close to the site of Cook’s birthplace cottage in Stewart
The museum tells
the story of Cook, his 3 voyages and the cultures he encountered through themed
displays and artefacts.
The Manager advised that there were 13 members of
staff covering the two museums, however currently there was only 1 learning and
engagement officer in post due to long term sickness.
The service worked with a number of partners
• Tees Valley
Museums Group NPO
• Arts Council
• British Museum
Development Network NE
• Captain Cook
• Friends of
• Middlesbrough Mela
• Taste of Africa
• Curious Arts
• Barefoot Kitchen
• South Tees Arts
• Whippet Up
The ambition of the service
was as follows:
retaining audiences through the creation of fresh and dynamic programming,
expanded museum promotion and deepening our connection to the community and
This would be achieved by the following steps:
1. Connect with
2. Relevant and
differently and create unique and distinctive experiences
4. Playful museum
5. Added value to
In terms of the
Dorman museum, the Manager outlined that it currently housed over 300,000
objects, however some were on loan. Structurally, the museum was fit for
purpose, however there has always been challenges with the roof and the museum
sadly suffers with guttering and leaks when there is strong wind and rain. The majority of the budget goes on
maintenance, however in the future, a new roof would perhaps be the only option
to protect the collections.
In terms of the
ambition, the museum had also outlined a transformation plan, which was as
purposeful and engaged
• Enhance lives
• Breaking down
• Active community
• Engaging with
collections and knowledge
• Increase a sense
• Help us feel
proud of where we have come from
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Chair's OSB Update
provided a verbal update in respect to the Overview and scrutiny meeting held
on 13 December 2022.
That the update be noted.
Chairs update- visit to Northern School of Arts
The Chair will
provide a verbal update following the visit to the Northern School of Arts on
24 November 2022.
Chair provided feedback from the recent visit to the Northern School of Arts.
Those who attended found the visit useful and very informative.
That the information be noted.
Any other urgent items which in the opinion of the Chair, may be considered.