Abbi Bradford

Senior Project Manager

I am lucky enough to have worked in museums of all shapes and sizes along with heritage properties, formal gardens and estates.  I have over 15 years experience of interpreting objects, historic buildings and landscape creatively for diverse audiences.

I have a background in curatorship and collections management, which underpins everything.  I have project managed countless exhibitions: developing content and designing layout; copywriting; engaging contractors, and preparing objects for display.  I specialise in finding ways of partnership working to increase exposure and generate content, and in particular in collaborating with artists and writers.

My audience development and events management experience means that I think broadly about engaging audiences.  I have produced guided tours, education packs, theatrical events, forest school and family activities. I use a variety of evaluation tools to ensure that interpretation has delivered the desired learning outcomes and to shape my future work.

As a freelance copywriter and blogger I am particularly interested in the links between health, wellbeing and heritage.  I specialise in working with older people and those suffering from dementia, and have developed resources and reminiscence sessions for use in care settings as well as museums.

Education 

MA (Hons) in Art History, University of St Andrews, MA in Museum Studies, University College London, Museums Association AMA

Brief CV 

  • Events Manager for Bodiam Castle and Bateman’s National Trust
  • Events Manager for Groombridge Place Estates Ltd
  • Audience Development Manager and Collections Management Officer at Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery
  • Museum Mentor for Tenterden and Ashford Museums
  • Registrar for Acquisitions and Disposals at National Maritime Museum

Specialist skills 

  • Collections management and documentation
  • Interpretation design and copywriting
  • Events management
  • Exhibition project management

My role in Tricolor projects

  • Walthamstow Pumpshouse – Collections Review Lead
  • Newport Minster – Interpretation Lead

My heritage

  • 1998

  • 14/09/1998

    Studies Art History at St Andrews and realises that she desperately wants to work in a Museum one day...


  • 2003

  • 24/02/2003

    Begins Museum career at the National Maritime Museum, making an inventory of 2 million objects!


  • 2004

  • 12/04/2004

    Promoted to role of Registrar for Acquisitions and Disposals


  • 2005

  • 25/07/2005

    Misses working with objects and longs for more contact with visitors, so joins the small team at Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery as a Museum Collections Officer


  • 2014

  • 07/04/2014

    Completes her family and fancies a change of scene. A freelance project leads to an offer of work as a Duty Manager at a busy visitor attraction


  • 2015

  • 05/01/2015

    Gains responsibility for events management, schools and groups (all at the same time!)


  • 2016

  • 18/07/2016

    Begins her career at National Trust, working in volunteer management and visitor experience across several sites


  • 2018

  • 03/09/2018

    Joins the Tricolor Team


The future is bright

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