Nicola Power

Consultant

My first experience of museums was aged 5 at Preston Hall Museum in County Durham, our local museum, visiting the Victorian street and entering this other world full of smells, sounds and unusual things. Later on, in my university city, there was an archaeological dig taking place open to the public to search for finds and through meeting and talking to archaeologists and curators at Hull City Museums I learnt about their jobs and how to become one!

The first ‘wow’ moment was working as a volunteer behind the scenes at William Wilberforce house Museum up close with letters from the anti-slavery campaign and also some fascinating original dress. I think I realised then what a privilege it was to be able to help preserve collections like this and the important stories they tell us.

Since then I have worked in and for museums and heritage organisations as a curator, creating exhibitions and programmes, and delivering projects where museums reach out and connect with all ages in the heart of their community. I am particularly interested in how heritage and real objects can inspire people of all ages and abilities and can connect a community or place.

Life stories, oral history and dialects are a passion as well as seeing how heritage can inspire creative work, public art and regeneration work into the future. As part of the Tricolor team, I carry out evaluations and consultations to capture the many impacts of heritage projects on their communities, on individuals, helping organisational development and advocacy for the heritage sector.

I enjoy investigating the impact of inspiring heritage project s which like ripples on the water can carry on long after the project has finished and can lead to new partnerships and ways to connect with more people.

 

Evaluation

Community Engagement

Community Consultation

 

BA English Language and History, University of Hull, Hull

MA Museums Studies, University of Leicester, Leicester

MSc Strategic and Project Management, University of Salford, Salford Business School,

 

Previous Experience:

Museum and Heritage Consultant, Nicola Power Heritage Consultancy working for museums charities and heritage organisations: Heritage Lottery Fund, National Historic Ships UK, Museum of London, Birmingham Museums Trust, Museums in Cambridgeshire, Churches Conservation Trust, Arts Development East Cambridgeshire,

Head of Museums, Salford Heritage Service, Salford City Council

Heritage Development Manager, Salford Heritage Service, Salford City Council

Assistant Curator, Tameside Museums and Galleries Service, Tameside Borough Council, Manchester

Collections Officer, Manchester Jewish Museum, Manchester

Exhibitions Officer, National Museum of Labour History, Manchester

Collections Assistant, Preston Hall Museum, Stockton- on- Tees, Co Durham

 

Role in Tricolor Projects:

2017/18 National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art – Evaluation of an HLF funded Capital and Interpretation Project

Experience

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