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Charlie Pratley

Lecturer

School of Arts & Humanities

Role

On the MA in Museum and Heritage Development, Charlie leads modules in Purpose, Planning and Development and Working in Heritage and Museums. Her teaching is focused on creating innovative, inclusive arts organisations and is delivered in collaboration with local museum and heritage sites. She also teaches on the undergraduate module, Humanities in the Workplace, and the MA History module, Active Research. As a scholar-practitioner, with significant project experience, Charlie also delivers creative projects in partnership between NTU and external arts organisations.

Career overview

From 2014-2018, Charlie was a Director of Culture Syndicates CIC. With colleagues from NTU, she established this sustainable arts consultancy centred around a pioneering model for paid sector entrant traineeships. Her approach led to an almost 100% employability rate for trainees, fast tracking them into paid entry and officer-level employment. She secured over £200,000 of grant funding and initiated partnerships with organisations such as National Trust to deliver projects. She worked with a wide variety of clients, including national and international organisations such as Barker Langham, National Justice Museum and National Heritage Science Forum, as well as regional services such as Corby Borough Council and Creswell Crags. Highlights include establishing a strong, national level Board, creating an internship model with six East Midlands museums which was then rolled out across Yorkshire to support more diverse recruiting, and creating Life Lines, a co-production WW1 research group with University of Nottingham and Inspire which has produced exhibitions, research and schools resources for more than five years.

Charlie continues her consultancy practice, providing freelance arts project planning, grant application, evaluation and project management to support the diversity and creative impact of arts and culture.

For three years, Charlie was a Trustee of Relate Nottinghamshire, responsible for marketing and business development. She has also worked as the Information Officer for East Midlands Museums Service and Exhibitions Assistant at Lakeside Arts Centre.

External activity

Charlie continues her consultancy practice, providing freelance arts project planning, grant application, evaluation and project management to support the diversity and creative impact of arts and culture.

Sponsors and collaborators

In her NTU role, Charlie is currently working with Mansfield Museum, Ruddington Village Museum and Bassetlaw Museum for the Stories & Objects project. She is also collaborating with Framework Knitters Museum to deliver an exciting student project in ‘collecting for creativity’ for the MA in Museum & Heritage Development. As a key member of staff for MA and BA student placements, Charlie works with a large proportion of the East Midlands arts industry and further afield.

Course(s) I teach on