MD North Forum: The National Museum of the Royal Navy, Hartlepool, Friday 27 September 2024

Our museum forums offer you “a professional day out” – a chance to catch up with your museum colleagues in the region, visit an interesting venue, get the most out of being at a site, hear some interesting case studies – and enjoy being out in a different museum with different colleagues!

Forums usually start with tea and coffee from 10am and introductions from 10:30am. A delicious, complimentary lunch is provided. Meetings usually finish around 3:30-4pm.

Every forum will involve a chance to view and discuss at least one aspect of the host site, hear short case studies from different speakers, and share brief updates with colleagues.


10:00-10.30 Arrival and Refreshments
10.30-10:45 MDN Welcome & Introduction to the day, Ian Bapty, Museum Development Adviser, Museum Development North
10:45-11:10 Susie Doyle, Chief of Staff and Edward Perry, CEO, The Auckland Project
11:10–11:35 Barry Hall, Bowes Railway Museum
11:35-12:00 Roslyn Adamson, General Manager/Project Director, National Museum of the Royal Navy, Hartlepool
12:00-12:45 Lunch
12:45-1:30 Tour of the Museum: A tour of the centrepiece of the Museum, the 1817 Royal Navy frigate, HMS Trincomalee. The group will see below decks on the ship, and hear about the particular conservation challenges it offers, as well as the opportunities for discussion around empire and colonialism.
1:30-1:55 Paul Taylor, Strategic Development and Sustainability Manager and Georgina Ascroft, Museum and Gallery Manager, Hartlepool Borough Council, Culture and Heritage in Hartlepool’s regeneration
1:55-2:20 Gillian Kirkbride, Heritage Venues & Collections Manager, The Story, Durham
2:20-2:45 Rachel Ward and Jodie Larder, Development Managers, National Lottery Heritage Fund
2:45-3:15 Sharing Updates, Your News
3:15-3.30 Closing Discussion, MDN Thanks & Signposting, Ian Bapty, Museum Development Adviser, Museum Development North

Whilst we hope there’s something in the plan for the day that appeals to you, we often find that it’s the unexpected and spontaneous conversations that spark most ideas and opportunities! So, join us for a refreshing, professional day out and see what fresh thinking you can gain.

Access: The meeting room is on the second floor, but there is level access across the quayside to a lift and there is an accessible toilet on the ground floor below. For the tour, the meeting room is a short distance to the ship. There is level access to the Gun Deck of HMS Trincomalee via a ramp, but the below decks and top decks have steep steps (no lift).

For more information, please contact:



The National Museum of the Royal Navy
Hartlepool, TS24 0XZ