Full portfolio


Volk’s Electric Railway: Saving Volk’s Evaluation 

Working with Padmini Broomfield to carry out an evaluation of the HLF funded redevelopment of the electric railway in Brighton.

Dorset History Centre: Unlocking the Bankes Archive Evaluation

Developing an evaluation framework and writing end of project evaluation report for the archive’s HLF Heritage Grant project.

Charleston: Centenary Project Evaluation

Working with Culture Shift to write evaluation report for the HLF supported development of the barn into a gallery.

Apples and Snakes: Spoken Word Archive Evaluation

Writing an evaluation report for the Our Heritage HLF funded Spoken Word Archive project. 

Rustington Parish Council: A new home for Rustington Museum

Developing and writing a successful Our Heritage HLF application of £71,400 for the relocation of Rustington Museum.

Learning On My Doorstep: Building Local Cultural Connections

Managing the project, with Fran Stovold, responsible for overseeing the financial management and reporting to ACE.

Hastings Museum and Art Gallery: Finding Our Place 2 – Delivering the Vision

Project managing the delivery of a Business Development Plan, a Collections Review, Marketing Plan and the appointment of consultants and interns for ACE Museum Resilience Grant.

National Paralympic Heritage Trust: Evaluation Plan Review

Providing recommendations to ensure evaluation plan meets needs of Heritage Lottery and other funders.



Army Museums Ogilby Trust: Making Collection Interpretation Relevant

Delivering accessible interpretation training for the ACE funded Army Museums into the Future project.


Rustington Parish Council: Rustington Museum Relocation Preparation

Project managing the production of a building specification and options appraisal for new location in a refurbished building.


Peter Ashley Activities Centres: Funding Advice and Support

Providing mentoring, advice and training to support the delivery of a HLF Start Up grant.


Chichester Community Development Trust: Graylingwell Chapel Redevelopment Project

Project managing consultants, mentoring staff and writing a successful first round HLF Heritage Grant application of £145,000.



Guildford Borough Council Heritage Services: Wanborough Barn Education Feasibility Study

Researching the learning potential of Wanborough Barn.


Royal Holloway, University of London: Citizen’s Activity Plan

Supporting the project manager with the research and development of an activity plan for a successful HLF Heritage Grant application.


Hastings Museum & Art Gallery: Finding our Place – A New Vision for Hastings Museum Project Manager

Project managing consultants and mentoring staff for ACE Museum Resilience Grant to undertake feasibility scoping and museum development.


Henfield Museum: Access Audit

Undertaking audit to support Accreditation.

Egham Museum: Community Consultation 

Interviewing members of local community and stakeholders to support museum business planning.


Arundel Museum: Audience Consultation

Researching and consultating with community groups and local schools to support development of outreach loan boxes for Reaching Out, a project supported by an HLF Our Heritage grant.


South East Museum Development Service: Access Review

Providing access audit training and mentoring for four Hampshire museums, and producing an access review toolkit.



Outside In: Project Manager 

Managing and evaluating an Our Heritage HLF project ‘Step Up’ to develop a training programme for people facing barriers to accessing heritage.


Reading Museum Service: Case Study

Researching and writing a case study for ACE funded Reading Engaged, a community consultation project.


Chichester Community Development Trust: Graylingwell Heritage Project

Evaluating the Our Heritage HLF funded project, and providing mentoring to the project manager. 


Dr Jenner’s House: Access Training

Delivering access audit training.


Affinity Sutton: Who do we think we are?

Researching and developing an HLF Our Heritage application.


Surrey Heritage: Learning On My Doorstep – Museums Enriching the Curriculum 

Managing the project, with Fran Stovold, responsible for overseeing the financial management and reporting.  


Coultershaw Heritage Site: Learning and Development Officer

Developing the learning and participation elements of the HLF Heritage Grant funded redevelopment project.


Coultershaw Heritage Site: Evaluation

Evaluating the HLF funded redevelopment project.


Hastings Pier Charity: Evaluation 

Developing a framework, delivering training and baseline assessment with Susan Potter for the learning, education and volunteering activity plan for the HLF Heritage Grant funded redevelopment of the Pier.  


Reading Museum Service: Reading Engaged

Reviewing Reading Museum’s current and potential audiences to refresh its understanding of its audiences for an ACE Strategic Support Fund project.

Artists First: Celebrating 25 Years of Working with Disabled Artists

Researching and developing a successful HLF Our Heritage application.


The Jurassic Coast Museums Partnership: Evaluation

Evaluating the ACE Strategic Support Fund project.


South East Museum Development Service: Collaborate SE

Developing the South East regional network of museums working with young people funded by Artsworks South East.



South East Museum Development Service: Access Interpretation Training

Delivering access interpretation training.


Isle of Wight museums & archives: Access Audit Training

Delivering access audit training.

South West Museum Development Programme: Review

Reviewing the small grants programme and writing advocacy documents to demonstrate benefits of programme to funders.


Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove: World Stories South East

Managing a south-east wide project as part of the Cultural Olympiad on behalf of Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove.



South West Museum Development Programme: Access Training

Delivering access audit training.


Bexhill Museum: Volunteer Management Plan

Developing a volunteer management plan and delivering training for volunteers to implement the plan.


Dorset Museums Association: Website Review

Liaising with partner museums to review and update website content.


Russell Cotes Art Gallery and Museum: Evaluation

Evaluating the In Our Own Words exhibition.


South East Museum Development Service: Projects Evaluation

Evaluating two South East wide projects managed by Hampshire Solent Museum Development Service.


Southampton City Council Arts and Heritage: Evaluation

Evaluating the restortation of the Hamtun Street Mural, an Our Heritage HLF project. 



Tuppenny Barn: Access Audit

Undertaking an access audit for an organic growing and learning charity.


Southampton City Council Arts and Heritage: Exhibition Research

Researching content for the Titanic exhibits at SeaCity Museum. 


Southampton City Council Arts and Heritage: Community Exhibition

Working with artist facilitator Louise Bristow on the development and delivery of community workshops leading to an exhibition for the opening of the Tudor House Museum.


Hampshire Museum Service: Burleson Windmill

Writing a volunteer management plan and forward plan.


ArtRefuge: Organisational Review

Reviewing vision and constitution.


Museums, Libraries and Archives South East: Skills4Learning

Project managing a skills development programme for teachers and museum professionals.



Museums, Libraries and Archives South East: Case Studies

Producing five case studies showcasing examples of best practice from Renaissance funded projects in the South East.


South East Museum Development Service: Different Stories: New Perspectives

Managing an audience development project working with eight museum to engage with audiences under-represented in their audience profile.


ArtRefuge: Evaluation

Evaluating the ACE Grant funded LOCUS project, an art project working with refugee and asylum seekers.


South East Museum Development Service: Mental Health and Heritage – working in partnership

Managing four museums in Surrey to develop a programme of work with a partner organisations from the mental health sector. 


Reading Museum Service: Volunteer Management Plan Training

Developing and delivering training, and providing mentoring support.


Petersfield Museum: Access Audit

Undertaking an access audit.


Redoubt Fortress and Military Museum: Learning Audit

Reviewing and assessing the learning provision to provide recommendations for the development of a learning service.


Renaissance South East: Analysis of Museum Training Needs

Researching the training needs of museums across the South East.



Rye Art Gallery: Access Audit

Undertaking an access audit.


Pallant House Gallery: Evaluation

Evaluating the Partners in Art programme.


Reading Museum Service: Evaluation

Evaluating the HLF funded loans service project ‘Out of the Box’.


Reading Museum Service: Learning Sustainability Study

Consulting with user and non-users and writing an audience development plan.


Fishbourne Roman Palace: Access Development Plan

Undertaking an access audit and writing a action plan.

HMS Warrior: Access Audit

Undertaking an access audit.






I have known Sonia for many years in her capacity as Museum Development Officer, Access Officer  and Project Manager on other regional projects. I am therefore delighted to have had her manage our countywide Learning On My Doorstep cultural education project – twice now – as I know she has the right expertise to help us bring it to fruition. From the beginning, Sonia has been clear about the parameters of the project, taking time to understand what we want to achieve. Sonia has helped identify pinch points ahead of time, and is able to draw on her many years of experience to shape our ideas and find solutions where necessary. I have felt very comfortable handing over the control of project documentation, progress tracking and budget, all of which she manages in an efficient and timely manner. Equally important is Sonia’s ability to communicate with people at all levels which, with multiple partners and very tight timings, has been vital for our success. This clever juggling act is something Sonia manages with integrity – and bucket loads of patience!

Haidee Thomas

Museums Engagement Officer, Surrey Museums Partnership

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