Michael Spender

Museum and Arts Manager, BCP Council

Michael is lead officer for arts and culture for BCP Council, including the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Cultural Enquiry, the emerging Cultural Collective and the development of a cultural strategy. 

He trained as an art historian, going on to be national director of independent arts and crafts organisations and museums, before joining the Borough of Poole as Museum Manager in 2007. Under his direction Poole Museum has become the most visited free attraction in Dorset and responsible body of the Arts Council funded Wessex Museums Partnership. He is recent Chair of the South West Museums Development Programme. 

Michael has curated several exhibitions of British art and published five books on the subject.