School Profile: Ginny Copley
Ginny Copley has joined the School as a Museum Liaison and Employability Officer
“Before coming to work in the School of Museum Studies I worked in education and in a range of museums and galleries both in the UK and overseas.
I was a teacher in Further Education and Secondary settings for many years in the UK, the Philippines and Dubai. I have also worked with young people with Special Educational Needs and as a Mental Health Promotion Specialist for the NHS. I was the Education Manager for the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands for 2 years and previous to that I was part of the Education team for Leicester’s museums and galleries.
Working in the Cayman Islands I became familiar with the art and heritage of the region and particularly enjoyed getting to know the art of contemporary Caymanian artists and of Jamaican master painters. I managed both the formal and informal education programmes at the gallery and created a range of learning sessions for schools. I also developed resources that could be accessed remotely by teachers on the sister islands to bring the work of local artists to the classroom.
In Leicester I was part of the exhibition team for both Picasso Ceramics and German Expressionism, this was a real joy as these are such wonderful collections. They are still on display at New Walk Museum in Leicester and I would certainly recommend a visit. Museums and galleries enhance people’s lives and I believe that one of the roles education can play is to make the museum accessible. School learning sessions should be enjoyable and fun as well as educational and crucially it should open the door for children to continue to enjoy galleries and museums throughout their lives.
Along with Sarah Allard, my job share partner, I am responsible for administering the Campus based Practice module and supporting students in relation to employability, work placements, ELTU and AccessAbility. I’m very happy to be here and excited to work with such a great range of museums and galleries in providing valuable work placement opportunities. I’m looking forward to meeting some of the School’s alumni in person and hope to see some of you at our summer Re-connect event.”