Industry Day 2015 Speaker: Dr David Hopes
David Hopes is currently Director of Robert Burns Birthplace Museum (RBBM). He holds a Master's degree in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester and was briefly a Research Associate there with the Research Centre for Museums and Galleries. Previous to this he was a Research Fellow jointly appointed by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, investigating the use of digitised cultural collections in virtual learning environments, the subject of his PhD.
David has worked for over a decade as a curator on a number of high-profile museum projects including the initiative to build RBBM (2008-2011), the creation of the Museum of the University of St Andrews (MUSA) (2006-08), the Museum Galleries Scotland-funded Distributed National Burns Collections Project (2003-05), and the Open Museum's Greater Pollok Kist project (2002-03), which established the first community-run museum in the UK. David's first post as a curator was in Burns House Museum, Mauchline (2001).
In 2003-05, he was Project Officer of a groundbreaking government-funded Strategic Change Initiative, called the Distributed National Burns Collections project. The DNBC project aimed to encourage 25 different organisations across Scotland - museums, libraries and archives with material relating to Robert Burns - to work together to improve stewardship of, and increase access to, a distributed collection of national importance. A full description of the project may be found on the project website www.burnsscotland.com.