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Claire Messenger

Manager, International Training Programme

I currently manage the British Museum’s International Training Programme (ITP) where I create, shape, develop and deliver an annual programme and a variety of further engagement projects that reflect current thinking in the culture and heritage sector. Through sharing knowledge, skills and experiences, I work to create and promote a sustainable global network of museum and heritage professionals.

After obtaining a degree in History and Classics at Swansea University, I initially worked as an administrator in the Department of Prints and Drawings before moving to the Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan. Here I managed the department’s administrative team, working principally on loans, exhibitions, the department’s finances, special events and projects.

Currently I lead the team who work full-time on the International Training Programme working extensively with cultural bodies including historic buildings and estates; private and council museums; funds, societies and trusts; university museums and departments; overseas institutions, governments and embassies. This UK and international network has proven essential to delivering programmes and projects for the ITP global alumni and helps to support fellows to shape their own institutions while ensuring the programme remains relevant, flexible and at the forefront of current thinking.

I am a committee member for ICOM UK, the national branch of ICOM in the United Kingdom and I sit on the Supervisory Board of the British Egyptian Society.

I am a member of the Museums Association and I sit on the British Museum’s International Activity Group.

I am an alumnus of the Clore Leadership Programme.

Twitter: @message_claire