Martin Thomas

Martin Thomas is based in Torbay, where he works as a consultant. Clients include museums, galleries, archives, arts organisations, local government and development agencies.

Current and recent work includes:

- Creative Programmer for the Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) as part of its Arts Council major partner museum programme (since 2012)
- Consultancy for The Dartington Hall Trust - securing a Round 1 pass from Heritage Lottery Fund for Dartington's 'Heritage Revealed' project (2015)
- Options Appraisal for the new £30M cultural centre for Plymouth City Council and Plymouth Culture (2015)
- Co-authored the National Trust's application to Heritage Lottery Fund, securing £2.5M in 2012 for the 'Saving Castle Drogo' project for conservation and interpretation (underway 2013-17)
- Mentor for Heritage Lottery Fund, advising on numerous heritage developments across the south west since 2010.

Other clients have included DAISI (Devon Arts In Schools Initiative), Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, Falmouth Art Gallery, Royal Cornwall Museum, and Dorset History Centre - the archive service for Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole. Work for local government and regional bodies included consultancies for Devon County Council, Teignbridge District Council, Government Office for the South West, and Culture South West's advisor for the 'Find Your Talent' programme (£1.7M investment in North Somerset, 2008/09). He worked as a regional assessor and national monitor for Artsmark, the national scheme for promoting and evaluating the arts in schools.

Previously Martin was Head of Learning for Arts Council England's south west region responsible for the 'Children, Young People and the Arts' strategy; and Head of Development for South West Museums, Libraries & Archives Council. He worked at Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery for six years where programmed a diverse range of events. Among these were Plymouth's contribution to the cultural programme for the UK Presidency of the European Union (1998) and the city's 'Year of Lifelong Learning' (2002).

He studied at Lancashire Polytechnic, Southeast Missouri State University and the University of Manchester.

In 2014 he was appointed as a Trustee of Glastonbury Abbey; and he served on the National Trust South West Advisory Board during 2009-15. He is a member of the International Council Of Museums and the ICOM Committee for Education & Cultural Action (CECA).

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RSA champions a new Education Charter / Fri 09 Jan 2009

The RSA - the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce - has launched a campaign for 21st-century education and learning. The Education Campaign is an emerging project due to be launched this...

Find Your Talent / Mon 05 Jan 2009

Find Your Talent (FYT) is being piloted in 10 pathfinder areas across England and offers children and young people regular involvement with culture. The three-year programme, which will run until 2011, is funded by the D...

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Gilbert &amp; George art in Devon: visit RAMM, Exeter / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2014-03-24T00:00:00Z">Mon 24 Mar</span> to <span  itemprop="endDate" content="2014-06-22T00:00:00Z">Sun 22 Jun 2014</span> <span>(3 months)</span>Gilbert & George art in Devon: visit RAMM, Exeter / Mon 24 Mar to Sun 22 Jun 2014 (3 months)

Gilbert & George now open at RAMM (until 22 June 2014). RAMM is the first ARTIST ROOMS Associate to present an exhibition of Gilbert & George. The exhibition like the rest of RAMM is free admission. Worth noting some v...

Seminar: teenage pregnancy, culture and sport / Fri 06 Feb 2009

One of the highest priority performance indicators in Local Area Agreements in the South West relates to teenage pregnancy. This seminar organised by Government Office (DCSF and DCMS) and Culture South West will explore ...