MCG Committee

Executive committee members

MCG Chair

Dr. Mia Ridge

Digital Curator, British Library

Mia works with the Digital Scholarship team at the British Library to promote the use of digital technologies and innovative ways of exploring and accessing the Library’s collections. Mia’s PhD in digital humanities (Department of History, Open University) was titled ‘Making digital history: The impact of digitality on public participation and scholarly practices in historical research’.

Formerly Lead Web Developer at the Science Museum Group, Mia has worked internationally as a business analyst, digital consultant and web programmer in the cultural heritage and commercial sectors.

Mia has held international fellowships at Trinity College Dublin/CENDARI, Ireland (2014), the Polis Center Institute on ‘Spatial Narrative and Deep Maps’ (2012) and the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media One Week | One Tool program (2013), and had short Residencies at the Powerhouse Museum (2012) and the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum (2012).

Mia has post-graduate qualifications in software development and an MSc in Human-Centred. She is Chair of the Museums Computer Group (MCG) and a member of the Executive Council of the Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH). Mia has published and presented widely on her key areas of interest including: user experience and human-computer interaction, audience engagement and crowdsourcing in the cultural heritage sector.


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Treasurer

Katherine Biggs

Lead Digital Project Manager, Royal Museums Greenwich

Katherine took over the role of MCG Treasurer in 2016, having been MCG Secretary since 2014. As her day job she is the digital project manager for the new Exploration Wing at the National Maritime Museum, opening in 2018.

Prior to this she worked across all six of Historic Royal Palaces’ sites, specialising in engaging audiences with culture and heritage through digital technology. This included large-scale, interactive 360 degree experiences at family festivals, a MOOC on the FutureLearn platform and app-based digital missions for children.

Katherine also co-managed the British Museum’s Samsung Digital Discovery Centre and its digital learning programmes aimed at families and young audiences. Some of her favourite projects here included developing tablet-based school sessions, 3D printing, augmented reality to discover the Parthenon frieze and a lot of animation.

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Secretary

Jessica Suess

Digital Partnership Manager, Oxford University Museums

Jessica leads on Digital and Evaluation within the Partnership Team at Oxford University Museums. The team coordinates collaborative activity across the four Oxford University Museums, often acting as a guerrilla unit to identify and seize high impact, collaborative opportunities.

A big part of her role is developing shared strategic approaches across the museums, and coordinating collaborative activity with other collections within the university, such as the Bodleian Libraries and Botanic Gardens. She also develops, manages and/or steers collaborative projects, such as introducing free public Wi-Fi across all four museum sites; scoping a new, shared Digital Asset Management System for the museums, and developing a new image IP policy for the university collections.

Jessica also sit on the management committee for the Bate Collection of Musical Instruments in Oxford and the steering group for the Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School.

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Other committee members

Rebecca Atkinson

Online Publications Editor, Museums Association

Rebecca has worked as a journalist for more than 10 years, with the majority of her experience in editing online publications. She has worked at the Museums Association (MA) as its online publications editor since 2010; her role is to edit Museum Practice, write features, news and reviews for Museums Journal and to programme a range of conferences and seminars on various different subjects.

She takes an active interest in digital developments in museums, and has previously organised a number of conferences on mobile technology; run the MA’s annual survey on mobile in museums; and written on the subject for both Museum Practice and Museums Journal. She also writes the journal’s monthly digital reviews, which enables her to keep up to date with new websites and apps.

She sits on the MA Conference panel every year and is also responsible for organising six one-day seminars a year. She regularly speaks at and chair events, and facilitates roundtable discussions. Outside of work, she volunteers on a local arts festival helping with its WordPress website and social media.

Martin Bazley

Director of Martin Bazley & Associates and Chair of the Digital Learning Network

Following seven years’ teaching and a year in publishing, Martin worked for seven years as Online Projects Manager in the Learning Unit at the Science Museum in London and then for three years as E-Learning Officer at SEMLAC (later MLA South East).

Often working with one or more associates, he really enjoys the variety of the projects he undertakes for small, medium and large museums, archives and other heritage organisations and agencies, involving planning and development of digital projects such as websites and digital resources, user testing, audience research, evaluation and consultancy, always with a particular focus on making things work well for users and stakeholders.

He is a regular presenter and provides training on a range of topics including design, development and evaluation of online resources and learning opportunities based on digital technology within the cultural sector. He also acts as Mentor and Monitor for HLF digital projects.

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Georgina Brooke

Web Content Creator and Project Manager, Ashmolean Museum 

In her current role, Georgina is leading on redevelopment of the new site for the Ashmolean Museum.

Prior to this, she worked as Marketing Manager for the tech start-up Echobox and before that for Oxford University Public Affairs where she ran the social media and developed the content for Research in Conversation, a series of interviews with researchers across Oxford University.

After graduating from Oxford University in Classics, she worked as a Digital Project Manager and Content Strategist in the agency Adelphi in London and Singapore. In her spare time she is a keen rock climber.

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Sarah Cole

Creative Geek & Founder, TIME/IMAGE

Sarah founded TIME/IMAGE, a creative consultancy for the cultural heritage sector, out of a youth employment initiative in 2010. TIME/IMAGE works with all sorts of collections to enable access, encourage exploration, and provoke engagement. 

Her best-known project is the British Council Film Collection, a 1940s cultural propaganda film archive that was researched, digitised, and put online under a CC license with great success, making the national news repeatedly between 2010–2014 with the films being watched over 1 million times since 2012.

Sarah has recently been Creative Entrepreneur-in-Residence with the British Library (funded by CreativeWorks London), working on the innovative Poetic Places geocuration app. Sarah has also curated and installed exhibitions and pop-up events, built websites for start-up companies, and enjoyed a Knowledge Exchange Fellowship with the University of Nottingham focussing on interactive exhibitions. 

Sarah also has a particular interest in games, and how they can interact with cultural heritage; she has established Games & GLAMS, writes on various aspects of them, and designs her own games.

Prior to TIME/IMAGE, Sarah worked in media production and museum publishing after acquiring a degree in Classical Civilisation.

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Michael Guthrie

Founder, KnowledgeArc

Michael Guthrie is a founder of KnowledgeArc, a managed archive and content management service for the Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museum sector as well as institutional Open Access repositories for academic and NGO/IGO organisations.

Previous to KnowledgeArc, Michael has been producing digital projects since 1996 in New York and the UK. He began his adventures in museums at the Royal Naval Museum in Portsmouth as IT Officer for the HLF funded, Sea Your History project. As a result of this, Michael stayed in the sector of archiving and became Manager of Biomed Central’s Open Repository service, where he managed 30 or so open access archives based on the DSpace open source archiving and preservation system, and managed the delivery of the World Health Organisation’s IRIS multilingual repository for their half million documents.

After leaving Biomed, Michael has consulted on various heritage digital projects including to Hampshire and Solent Museum Service for the 1914 Centenary project.

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Dafydd James

Head of New Media, Amgueddfa Cymru — National Museum Wales

Dafydd leads the New Media department at Amgueddfa Cymru — National Museum Wales, which is responsible for developing digital content for all seven national museums in Wales.

After gaining a Physics degree and an MSc in Multimedia Engineering, Dafydd began work as e-Learning Officer based at St Fagans: National History Museum. He developed various websites, learning resources and exhibition displays before moving to his current role as Head of New Media. Dafydd is responsible for coordinating the department’s activities and implementing the organisation’s strategic initiatives in digital media.

He is also chair of the Technology Strand for People Collection Wales and a trustee for Audiences Wales.


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Jenn Layton

Jenn is a digital and online-content magpie; always looking for the pretty shiny things from across the spectrum of the internet. Originally studying fashion design with retail management, she’s describes herself as ‘late’ to the museum and culture sector, having arrived via seven years working as a agency account manager and producer. She is experienced in many areas of digital marketing – agency account management, strategy, design and UX, web project management, e-commerce, SEO, email, mobile and content creation.

She is currently taking a career sabbatical to raise her boy, study, help with some social enterprises, and figure out what to do with the next ten years. She also volunteers with the fabulous Co-production Team at Derby Museums Trust, working with them to bring a digital dimension to the work they do and gaining general experience in museum practice.

Jenn received a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and so museum accessibility for people with Autism, both online and in real-time is a real passion of hers.

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Andrew Lewis

Data and Insights Architect, Natural History Museum

Andrew is Data and Insights Architect at the Natural History Museum London, where he leads on data strategy and architecture for business-intelligence insights. Previously, he was Digital Content Delivery Manager at the Victoria and Albert Museum, responsible for the technology and data integration used to deliver the V&A’s digital content on web and mobile. Before moving into the museum sector, he was responsible for developing online, physically-delivered and automated digital information services in public libraries.

Andrew has an MSc in Information and Library Science, a BSc in Cybernetics and Control Engineering and is a qualified and chartered librarian. He is on programme selection committees for various museum digital conferences including Museums and the Web, MuseumNext and Museum Computer Network.

As a cyberneticist, Andrew believes in a holistic, system-based approach to delivering integrated services. He has 16 years’ experience of planning and delivering digital services, a strong belief in evidence-based development and deep knowledge of data and information strategy and managing digital assets.

Andrew is also an active maker of strange stuff.

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Sarah Middle

PhD Candidate, Open University

Sarah is a PhD Candidate at the Open University’s Classical Studies Department and Knowledge Media Institute. Her work focuses on how Humanities researchers use Linked Data resources, particularly those relating to the Ancient World, as well as how such resources might best be integrated with existing research methodologies.

Before returning to study, Sarah worked as Repository Manager at Cambridge University Library, where she was responsible for managing and curating collections of digital objects, such as articles, theses, datasets, images and videos. Her previous roles in academic libraries included working at the Scott Polar Research Institute, where she assisted the Polar Museum team on several digital projects – these included updating the touchscreen interface and advising on a proposed cross-collection search facility.

Prior to working in libraries, Sarah managed digital media projects to encourage students from ‘non-traditional’ backgrounds to apply to Cambridge, and was responsible for editing and developing the student recruitment website. Her qualifications include MA Electronic Communication and Publishing (UCL), Certificate in Web Applications Development (Open University), MA Archaeological Research and BA (Hons.) Ancient History and Archaeology (both Nottingham).

Sarah’s areas of interest include Digital Humanities, metadata standards, information architecture and usability.

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Brian Moss

PhD. Candidate, Newcastle University

Brian is a PhD. Candidate in the Department of Media, Culture & Heritage at Newcastle University. Brian’s primary area of interest is in Mobile Digital Interpretations (MDIs) in the outdoor heritage context, but this extends into areas such as digital interpretations for museum and gallery settings, location-based services, GIS and social media. He is particularly interested in the effective deployment of smartphone technology within the museum and heritage sector and the subsequent influence this has on the embodied sensuous experience.

The Doctoral research that Brian is undertaking is concerned with the influence Smartphone based Mobile Digital Interpretations (MDIs) have on engagement and the embodied experience at outdoor cultural heritage sites, specifically addressing the influence on sense of place. This was made possible through attaining a doctoral scholarship award via the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Programme. Brian also teaches on and assists with the delivery of the Museum, Gallery & Heritage Studies MA. programme within Newcastle University.

Prior to his current position in Newcastle University, Brian worked for several years in the heritage sector, assisting with the integration of digital tools to the visitor experience and completed the Heritage Science MSc. at Queen’s University, Belfast. In addition to this, he served as a researcher on several EU projects, varying from the application of smart technologies for sustainable transport to GIS Modelling, whilst providing R&D support to SMEs in relation to adopting new technologies.

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Ina Pruegel

Digital Engagement Specialist, University of Cambridge Museums

Ina leads, promotes and publicises the strategic development of the Cambridge University Museum’s digital capacity, to connect audiences with collections through digital technologies. She previously worked as Digital Project Manager at Historic Royal Palaces, where she developed digital products and learning experiences.

She has a MA in Digital Media and several years’ experience working for production companies, universities, cultural and heritage organisations with a focus on audience engagement through digital media, storytelling and games.

Ina is an experienced cross-platform producer and project manager, passionate about digital and physical cross-over to create meaningful experiences for audiences. Her professional experience includes website and content development, research, documentary and video production, digital and social media strategies and campaigns, online learning environments, as well as events, workshops and programming. She has published several papers and showcased her digital work at conferences and exhibitions.

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Jennifer Ross

Digital Learning Manager, Imperial War Museums

Jennifer works as Digital Learning Manager at Imperial War Museums (IWM). She leads on the development, delivery and content management of digital learning products offered by IWM. Including creating and project-managing digital learning initiatives for schools, teachers, higher education, young people, families and adult learners, that are creative and innovative and meeting the requirements of National Curriculum.

Previously, Jennifer worked at the National Maritime Museum (NMM) as digital project manager where she managed multidisciplinary project teams and the development of new experiences.

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Tijana Tasich

Digital Consultant

Tijana works as a digital consultant with a focus on strategic leadership, user experience, content strategy and production management.

In her long career, she has worked in a variety of roles within education, marketing and digital departments for the likes of Tate, the Southbank Centre, the British Museum, the Royal Institution of Great Britain and the Design Museum.

She has written blogs, published papers and presented at conferences, including MuseumNext, Museums and the Web, MCN, CultureGeek and WeAreMuseums.

When not at work, she loves spending time with her family, consuming music, art, films and books, travelling and taking photographs.

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Alec Ward

Museum Development Officer Digital & Communications, Museum of London

Alec works for the London Museum Development team, based at the Museum of London. As the Museum Development Officer for Digital and Communications, he leads on the Digital Futures programme and provides support for London’s non-national museums in all areas of digital tech and practice. He runs a number of different training sessions for London’s museums, from creating digital 3D models to developing a social media strategy. Outside of the programme of training events, he also provides support to London’s museums in the form of site visits and one-to-one consultation around digital projects and practice.

Alec runs the Twitter account for the London Museum Development team, having experience of setting up and managing social media platforms in a previous role, for the Museum of the Order of St John.

He is also on the committee for the London Museums of Health and Medicine (LMHM), as one of two Webmasters. For LMHM, he co-manages the website as well as the JISCMail for the group.

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