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Helen Wilkinson

Helen is a consultant and researcher specialising in museums and the broader cultural sector. Helen recently completed a PhD at the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester where her research focused on changing approaches to museum practice in the UK since the 1960s. Wherever possible, she tries to bring relevant historical and theoretical perspectives to bear on her consultancy work, adding depth to the Museum Consultancy’s thinking.

Helen led the Museums Association’s work on policy development and projects from 2002 to 2009 and was the author of the major 2005 report, Collections for the Future, which has helped set the agenda for a range of new approaches to collections and collecting in British museums. She has advised the Crafts Council on its policy and public affairs work, worked with Lucy Shaw to develop internship guidelines for Renaissance London/the Mayor of London and provided research and analysis to inform the review of Renaissance.

Helen started her museum career as a curator and researcher, first at the National Media Museum and then at the V&A, before moving into a management role at the V&A.

To contact Helen, please email