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David Dawson

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David is Senior Policy Adviser (Digital Futures) at MLA (Museums, Libraries and Archives Council.
David studied Archaeology at Durham University, and completed the Museum Studies Course at Leicester in 1985, and later becoming an Associate of the Museums Association in 1988. His first post in a museum was working on a documentation project, completing cards for the archaeology collections of the Museum of Sussex Archaeology. He then worked for Canterbury City Museums, becoming Curator of Human History. While in Canterbury he worked on the displays of the new Canterbury Heritage Museum, and helped commission a new museum store. In 1988 he moved to Oxfordshire Museums Service as Assistant Keeper of Antiquities, taking on responsibility for documentation in the County. He then became Curator of the County Museum and Head of Documentation. He joined mda in 1992, as Business Manager of mda Services, before becoming Outreach Manager (ICT), giving advice and training to museums in documenting their collections, with a focus on helping small museums as well as working with a number of museums in the UK and abroad. Whilst at mda, he was closely involved in the development of the Aquarelle Project. In 1998 David joined the Museums & Galleries Commission as New Technology Adviser, before becoming Senior ICT Adviser. He managed the DCMS/Resource IT Challenge Fund, and is currently working on a range of other projects and strategic developments. He represents MLA on a number of different Groups and initiatives.

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