Bryony Robins

Bryony Robins is a co-Director for Royal Institution of Cornwall with overall responsibility for public programmes and collections.

The organisation is currently going through a major transformation to turn it round and create a thriving community resource for Cornwall that welcomes everyone and provides an inspiring and engaging programme of activities. The RIC comprises; museum, archive, library and art gallery. It published an annual journal, awards literary prizes, runs a schools programme and wide ranging community engagement activities. Our communities are at the heart of every thing we create and involved in all our decision making.

Having trained in the arts, I became interested in museums though an appreciation of how cultural activities engage and enrich people’s lives by enabling us to make connections through our heritage, creativity and sense of place. Landscapes and the environment are particularly important to me both personally and in my cultural practice.

My cultural development experience has included leading regional programmes in digital engagement and learning for Renaissance EM, MLA East Midlands and Museums Sheffield, and arts development for Nottinghamshire County Council. I have developed a number of revitalization and capital projects; helping cultural organisations to redefine their offer, strengthen their resilience and build ambition. My previous role was leading the transformation project at Newark Museums and the development of the National Civil War Centre.

How the Fellowship impacted me

Clore gave me a toolkit of skills and my fellows and mentors inspired a sense of spirit; the bravery to try new things, to lead in an open and honest manner, to share the adventure, to build love and trust and be true to my values.