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Claire Messenger, ITP Manager

Claire Messenger

Manager, International Training Programme

I 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.

With previous roles in the British Museum, leading a departmental administration team and working on loans, exhibitions and special events and projects, I now lead the International Training Programme team.

I work 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 believe in the power of international networking and cultural diplomacy and focus my time on building a global network of colleagues across geographical and cultural boundaries by providing spaces – online and in person – for mutual learning, discussion and collaboration.

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