I am a passionate and committed heritage learning professional. I have over 12 years experience of creating and managing projects in different museums, cultural organisations and heritage sites such as Open House London, Historic Royal Palaces (HRP), the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), UCL Museums and Culture&.
I combine this practical experience with an academic grounding in theory, through my role as Visiting Lecturer on the MA in Museums and Galleries in Education at UCL Institute of Education and as a PhD researcher. I also have an in-depth understanding of cultural policy, strategy and best practice through my roles in sector support organisations such as GEM and ICOM.
For more information about how we can work together, please go to work with me.
Recent freelance and consultancy clients include:
- Culture& New Museum School programme
- UCL, Institute of Education
- National Army Museum
- Heart n Soul
- UCL Museums, UCL Culture
- Gunnersbury Park Museum
- Jane Austen House Museum
- V&A, work-based learning programmes
- Historic England
- English Heritage
- Reading University, Museum Studies Course
- Queen Mary University, School of History
Below are images of projects I’ve managed and delivered:
Below are details and examples of specific projects I have managed and delivered:
New Museum School programme 2018-20
I am the Lead Assessor and Course Tutor for the New Museum School (NMS) work-based learning traineeship programme run by Culture& and Create Jobs and funded by the National Heritage Lottery Fund. The aim of the NMS programme is to diversify the museum workforce by providing work-based training for BAME young people. I am responsible for teaching, mentoring and assessing 16 trainees on placements in museums and galleries across London to complete their Level 3 Diploma in Cultural Heritage. To find out more go to the New Museum School page on the Culture& website.
Immortalised project, Historic England
During August and September 2018 myself and Poppy Szaybo were commissioned by Historic England to create schools resources and case studies for Primary and Second school students to support their fantastic Immortalised project.
Immortalised was a season of activity to explore how, why and who England remembers in its streets, buildings and spaces. There are more statues of men called John than there are of real, non-royal women and the number of statues to those from minority groups is embarrassingly small. The project looks at the changing memorial landscape and how some of our once revered public figures have become symbols of difficult histories. Who has been left out, who should perhaps be contextualised.
You can read more about the project on my blog.
Little Flamingos Club, Gunnersbury Park
From April – June I worked on devising, developing and producing a new set of Early Years’ resources and activities at Gunnersbury Park Museum for families with babies and toddlers called the ‘Little Flamingos Club’. I was commissioned to develop and produce a series of monthly workshops and a set of multi-sensory explorer bags that would help bring the stories of the house, it’s objects and the park to life for babies and toddlers. This became the Little Flamingos Club. You can read more about the project on my blog.
UCL Art Club, UCL Museums
From September – December 2017 I delivered an Art Club at William Tyndale Primary School for 10 weeks. I was commissioned as a freelancer to deliver this project for UCL Culture, UCL Museums. I worked with 15 Year 6 students to explore objects from UCL Museums’ collections, including objects from the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, Grant Museum of Zoology and UCL Geology collection. We explored these objects through the lens of surrealist artist Joseph Cornell and his concept of wunderlust and the creation of shadow boxes. We had master-classes from artists Natalie Ryde and Rebecca Loweth to help the students develop different collage and sculpture techniques and then they created their own shadow boxes. It was a wonderful project to be involved in. Here’s a little film I made to show what we did over the 10 weeks.
Priceless, UCL Museums
In 2015 I worked with Salmagundi Films on an outreach project as part of UCL East initiative at UCL Culture. We produced a film called ‘Priceless’ with young people local to Stratford and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, asking them to think about what they hold precious to them and what their take on museum collections is.
What do you treasure? In July and August 2014, I worked with Dante or Die Theatre and two Westway Development Trust community groups to create a new Pop-up Performance for families, inspired by the V&A and its collection, called ‘Treasure’. The Thursday morning Parents’ Group and Pimento Community Project visited the Museum to seek out treasured objects and then transformed their experiences into a brand new play for families to enjoy. This video is a summary of the project. For more information about the families programme at the V&A please go to Families.
Tudors at the Tower, Historic Royal Palaces
In 2013 I worked on a project with animators Aardman at Historic Royal Palaces to produce a 360 degree animation of the coronation of Anne Boleyn in 1533. It was part of the Tudors at the Tower event. We worked with local primary school children in Tower Hamlets, our Youth Panel and an Elders Group from Age UK from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
Header image: UCL Culture, UCL Museums, Black History Month tour in the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, 2014 © Matt Clayton