Claire Adler, Heritage Consultant: Learning, Community, Development

As a Heritage Consultant, the fundamental basis for the work I undertake and enjoy is that I love making heritage accessible to the widest possible audiences through telling the stories of people and places in an engaging way.  This can be by embedding museums and heritage sites in their communities or enabling communities to engage with their heritage.

Claire Adler is a Museum and Heritage Consultant who specialises in:

  • Researching and writing National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) applications, including applications, Activity Plans and Business Plans.
  • Mentoring and monitoring Heritage Lottery Funded projects as an NLHF appointed Expert Advisor for Learning and Community Engagement.
  • Creating successful community and partnership projects with new audiences for museums, heritage sites, health organisations and community groups.
  • Working as a Critical Friend on projects to help museums, community groups, churches and special interest groups to develop their projects to the highest standards.
  • Delivering training about museum and project development, community engagement and heritage interpretation for local, regional and national organisations.
  • Making heritage accessible

Key Skills:

  • Activity planning
  • Business planning
  • Analysis and review
  • Audience development
  • Community consultation
  • Interpretation
  • Project management
  • Partnership development
  • Community engagement
  • Staff and volunteer management and structures
  • Stakeholder communication
  • Mentoring
  • Strategic development
  • Training
  • Critical Friend

With over 20 years of experience of setting up museums, developing museum education services and engaging museums with their local communities. I have set up the Huguenot Museum, Rochester (opened May 2015) and Hackney Museum and I have worked with museums and heritage sites as varied as the Natural History Museum to Wisbech Cemetery. As a result of this work, over the past 10 years I have become very interested in working with communities to help them understand and interpret the history of their locality and community to encourage community development and cohesion. This work has involved working with community groups, churches, cathedrals, NHS Trusts and whole town redevelopments.

I have worked on over 50 projects for NLHF and clients, which has equated to over £100million of lottery funding.

I have a Museums Association Diploma and a Masters Degree in Museums Studies from University of Leicester, where I specialised in Museum Education.  I am based in Cambridge but work across the UK.

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Below are some of the projects I have worked on