Paula Carter

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The British Museum, Day of the Dead Festival

The high profile and hugely popular Day of the Dead festival held at the British Museum in November 2009 attracted over 35 000 people. Being responsible for this complex event was a hugely rewarding experience allowing me to utilise my project management skills and experience in the following ways:

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  • recruiting and organising project teams for each of the key delivery areas
  • arranging the project in five clear stages delivered by 4 core teams;  scheduling each stage to ensure teams complemented each other and minimising duplication of effort
  • personally leading the production team to create a visual spectacle in the Museum's Great Court as the central space for the day's events
  • working with the project teams to allocate the budget in such a way that agree the budget allocation for the project
  • monitoring individual teams and supporting and mentoring them to ensure they were able to deliver their contributions to the overall project
  • chairing the project board and submitting regular reports to the project champion
  • delivering the event in budget and on time

British Museum Friends

Revitalising the Members' Open Evenings at the British Museum has been a tremendously satisfying task over the last couple of years. The evenings form a major benefit of the Membership package and are typically attended by 2500 people.  My specialist knowledge of the cultural sector has been of particular relevance alongside my project and event management skills .

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  • The open evenings form one of the major benefits of membership and are typically attended by 2000 members
  • creating a new and varied programme for each event featuring films, lectures, talks, music and performances
  • providing members with an intimate and exclusive view of the Museum and its collections

British Iraqi Friendship Society

Creating a membership system, website and fundraising strategy to enable this new charity I wrote and set up a new website for the charity enabling it to reach existing members and new audiences.

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  • creating a membership management system for the newly formed society
  • designing and developing a database and associated processes to manage member recruitment,  retention and communications
  • advising on future strategies to help the Society grow and move forward in its key aim of engaging British society with Iraqi cultural activities
  • creating a fundraising strategy including:
    • stratified organisational membership and benefits packages
    • strategies to increase member retention
    • an event strategy to increase fundraising potential

British Archaeological Expedition to Kuwait

I provided consultancy to the British Archaeological Expedition to Kuwait to consolidate multiple data sources ready for publication in Maritime Interactions in the Arabian Neolithic .

Society for Arabian Studies

I ghost-edited the 2009 edition of the Bulletin of the Society for Arabian Studies

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  • I worked with international contacts to gather information on recent work across the Arabian peninsula
  • I edited each contribution to publication standard and compiled for final publication


“Paula's calm and professional approach to the creation and implementation of a new management system for our membership services allowed the charity to grow and develop into a successful arts & cultural organisation“

Sir Terence Clark, Vice Chairman, British Iraqi Friendship Society