Each year, midway through the Programme, participants undertake a study trip to a cultural organisation or location outside the UK, their 'OSV'. MRL provides a travel bursary for the trip, plus guidance and contacts; though this is very much a personal research project.  The discovery process on the trip is focused on the 'resilience journey' an organisation has been on or is going through:

  • How it has changed over time? Is it thriving, in a steady state or in decline?

  • How is it organised, designed and funded?

  • What are the differences between organisations in different countries?

  • How do different national and organisational cultures, explicit and implicit norms, affect what can and can't be done or said?

The OSV is one of the highlights of the MRL Programme and is a particularly useful way for MRL participants to think about how the internal culture and norms of their organisations determine how effective and resilient they are.

2018 - 2019 MRL Group's osv destinations

  • Alex Willett, V&A, Project Manager / Project Director, Lyon, France, Musee des Beaux Arts de Lyon,  

  • Caroline Pantling, The Scout Association, Heritage Service Manager, Dallas, USA, Boy Scouts of America,  

  • Ceri Horrocks, Salford Community Leisure Ltd, Heritage Development Manager, Finland, Vapriiki, Tampere Museums Network, Serlachius Museum

  • David Martin, Bristol Culture Team, Operations Manager, Hong Kong, Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change,  

  • Hannah Steggles, The Arkwright Society, Head of Heritage, Den Gamble By, Workers Museum, National Museum, Experimentarium, Denmark

  • Jo Beggs , Manchester Museums Partnership , Head of Development , Gdansk & Warsaw, Poland, Centre for Solidarity, Sala BHP Shipyard Museum, Museum of WW1, National Maritime Museum, POLIN Museum of History of Polish Jews, Warsaw Uprising Museum, Katyn Museum, Museum of Cylesian Uprising, Mausoleum of Struggle of Martyrdom, Dollhouse Museum

  • Kate Parry , Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Cumbria Museum Consortium Manager, Stiftinga Isvanmore Museum, Norway 

  • Katy Price, Black Country Living Museum, Development Manager (Projects), Australia, Sovereign Hill, Royal Botanic Gardens, Museums, Victoria, New South Wales, Australia

  • Linn Robinson, Stockport Council Culture & Lesiure (Museums Service), Museums Officer, Den Gamble By, Workers Museum, National Museum, Experimentarium

  • Michael Turnpenny, Head of Museum Development Yorkshire, Munich, Landestelle fur di nichtstaatlichen Musenin Bayern & Musis, Germany

  • Nicky Boden, National Trust, Visitor Experience Consultant, Yerba Buena Centre, Oakland Museum, California

  • Sally Dixon, Beamish Museum , Assistant Director - Partnerships & Communications , Ruhr Valley, Cloppenburg, Hagen & Henrichschutte, Germany

  • Sam Astill, South West Heritage Trust, (Somerset Museums Service), Principal Museums Officer, Ostersund, Jamtli, Sweden

  • Sara Blair-Manning, National Trust, General Manager, (South Nottinghamshire/North Lincolnshire), Smithsonian, President Lincoln's Cottage, Washington DC

  • Sophie Henderson, Migration Museum Project, Director, New York & Washington, Tennement Museum, Ellis Island
    National Museum of African American History, New York and Washington

2017 - 2018 MRL Group's osv destinations

  • Andrea Mercer, Senior Manager Audiences and Communities, Derby Museums - Exploratorium and Palo Alto Arts Centre, California

  • Belinda Betts,Project Director, Blackpool Museum Project - Titanic, Belfast

  • Caroline McDonald, Museum Manager, Tyne and Wear Museums, Great North Museum Hancock - Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

  • Francis Ranford, Director of Learning & Engagement, Culture Coventry - Heureka Science Centre, Helsinki, Finland

  • Gary Webb, Head of Landscape & Gardens, Compton Verney - Paleis Het Loo Museum Foundation, Appledorn, Holland

  • Helen Martinez, Museum Service Manager, Erewash Museum - Royal British Columbia Museum and Museum of Vancouver, Canada

  • Jenny Cousins, Director, Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket - Bucharest and Sibiu open air museums - Romania

  • Jill Iredale, Curator, Fine Art, Bradford Museums - New York

  • Josefine Frank, Assistant Head of Learning, Black Country Living Museum - Westphalian State Museum of Industrial Heritage, German Mining Museum, Bochum, Dresden State Art Collections: Residenzschloss and Zwinger
    German Hygiene Museum Dresden Dormund & Dresden, Germany

  • Julia Cort, Community Learning Manager, Horniman Museum and Gardens - Oakland Museum of California (OMCA)

  • Lucy Hockley, Cultural Engagement Manager - Den Gamle By, Aarhus, Denmark

  • Natalie Watson, Interim Director, Alred Gillet Trust - Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto, Canada

  • Richard Gough, Volunteer Coordinator, Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust - Colonial Williamsburg, USA

  • Sajida Carr, Programme Director, Creative Black Country - Swedish Arts Council

  • Sarah Price, Head of Engagement and Learning, Culture Durham, Durham University - Providence, Rhode Island

2016 - 2017 MRL group's OSV destinations

  • Jo Burns, Development Manager, Wirral Museums Service, Museum Hack, Oslo, Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo

  • Abigail Morris, Director, Jewish Museum, London - Pinotecca di Brera, Milan

  • Anra Kennedy, Culture24Content & Partnerships Director, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston (ISGM),Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minnesota (MIA)

  • Carol King, National Civil War Centre, Newark - Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto

  • Paul Baker, Director, Creswell Crags, Workers Museum Copenhagen Institute Works,Copenhagen Medical Museum, Copenhagen Design Museum, Copenhagen Christiana, Copenhagen Danish Architecture Centre, Copenhagen

  • Amy Cotterill, Museum Development Officer, Cultural Development, Essex County Council, Brooklyn Museum, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Museum of Modern Art

  • Mike Galer, Director National Tramway Museum, Crich, Sporvejsmuseet Skjoldenaesholm (National Tramway Museum of Denmark at Skjoldenaesholm), Viking Ship Museum, Roskilde

  • Debbie Queen, Sacrewell, Peterborough, Turmaden des Capita Agriturismo Binissues Agricultural Museum

  • Jo Smith, Development Manager, Birmingham Museums Trust, Göteborgs stadsmuseum National Museum of World Cultures

  • Aneesa Riffat, Curator, National Holocaust Centre and Museum, Newark, Uffizi Gallery, Florence

  • Sophie Branscombe, Innovation Manager, Cultural Institute, King’s College London, Benesse Art Site Naoshima and Setouchi Triennale, Japan

  • Mark Reeves, General Manager Food & Drink, Black Country Living Museum, Guinness Storehouse and Jameson's distillery, Dublin

2015 - 2016 mrl group's destinations and reports

Elizabeth Dollimore