Oxford University Museums Partnership Manager
Lucy Shaw manages the Oxford University Museums Partnership on behalf of the University of Oxford
Oxford University Museums are an Arts Council funded Major Partner Museum consortium (Ashmolean Museum, Museum of the History of Science, Pitt Rivers Museum and Museum of Natural History). Her role consists of working with Oxford University Museums’ partners, and the wider museum sector to deliver a programme of wide-ranging projects and activities from audience development, education and outreach, to collections management, conservation, and skills and knowledge sharing.
A major strand of her current work has been in developing Oxford Cultural Leaders, an international programme for museums, heritage and the arts, in partnership with the Saïd Business School. This exciting new programme has been created in response to the clear message from government that cultural organisations need to look beyond the state for their income, demonstrating their commercial acumen and ability to deliver successfully new business models. Oxford Cultural Leaders will address the need for cultural organisations to reinvent themselves as businesses, albeit not-for-profit, with entrepreneurial ways of thinking and behaving, by developing and supporting a cadre of leaders who are able to skilfully and confidently tackle these challenges.
Lucy has over 20 years experience of the museum sector and has worked with a wide variety of museums, galleries and related organisations, from voluntary run independents and local authority services to the nationals. She started her career as a social history curator in the East Midlands before moving to working at a strategic level with national and regional agencies, professional bodies, and course providers. Before joining the University of Oxford she was running a successful business as a consultant developing, leading and managing projects and programmes that focused on strategic development, organisational change and workforce diversity.
She has published in Cultural Trends, Museum Management and Curatorship, the Museums Journal, and Museum Ideas.
Lucy is an Associate member of the Museums Association and is a mentor and professional reviewer for the Museums Association’s AMA scheme. She is also an Action Learning facilitator and an accredited business and performance coach.