Mentoring is a well-established method for supporting individuals’ personal and professional development. It involves an individual with certain experience or skills (a mentor) having conversations with someone who is less experienced (a mentee), in order to help the mentee’s personal and professional development.
The museums community has recognised the value of mentoring for decades and mentors are now a key part of many initiatives in the sector, helping both individuals and organisations to thrive, for example, the Accreditation scheme, Museum Development programmes, Catalyst: Inspiring a Culture of Philanthropy, South West Museums Sustainability Programme and the Associateship of the Museums Association.
The organisations behind these programmes recognise that good mentoring requires skills and confidence. They know that mentors benefit from ongoing support to play their parts effectively. So they have worked together to create this special one-day conference for anybody who is, or is about to be, using mentoring to help museums in the South of England.