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Jo Jones says hello

I have been in post as Director of Museums and Galleries for
Canterbury City Council for five weeks and am really enjoying my new
job. I feel very privileged to be working in a beautiful part of the
country with such committed and knowledgeable staff, stakeholders and
partners, including the Friends of Herne Bay Museum. Thank you to all
the Friends who made me so welcome at the ‘Not The End of The Pier’
exhibition opening at the Museum on 5th July.

Previously I was Arts and Cultural Services Manager for Museums and
Galleries for Sefton MBC, based in Southport, Merseyside. I led on the
museum and gallery aspect of The Atkinson, a £16 million project to
combine three Grade Two Listed buildings and integrate a gallery,
museum, library and theatre. This new cultural facility will open in

One of my priorities for Canterbury district is to create a shared
vision for the museum and gallery service with staff and stakeholders. A
strategy for the service will also be developed and I am very keen that
this is accompanied by an action plan with dates for achieving
improvements to the service so that progress can be monitored.

I had a very positive meeting with the committee of Friends of Herne
Bay Museum on 7th July. It was evident that the Friends have a number of
good ideas and I am looking forward to our staff and the Friends
working together to develop the Museum.


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