I am a passionate and committed cultural heritage learning professional. I have over 13 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:
- Dorling Kindersley, DK books
- Culture& New Museum School programme
- Queen Mary University, School of History
- 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
- UCL, Institute of Education, Museums and Galleries in Education MA
Below are images of projects I have managed and delivered:
Below are details and examples of specific projects I have managed and delivered:
Behind the Scenes at the Museum, children’s book, 2020
Your access-all-areas guide to the world’s most amazing museums!
Last year I worked with the fantastic editorial team at DK books as the lead consultant on this new children’s book all about museums. The aim was to give children an exclusive tour of the world’s most exciting museums and discover their hidden treasures. It was, by far, one of the most enjoyable freelance projects I have worked on in my career, and I am really proud of the result.
This behind-the-scenes guide showcases a huge range of incredible artefacts from history. It reveals the hard work, care, and effort that goes into collecting, preserving, and storing them.
The book is not out until 15 July 2020, but you can read more about it here on the DK books website
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, 2018
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, 2018
From April – June 2018, 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, and 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, 2017 – 18
From September – December 2017, I delivered an Art Club at William Tyndale Primary School for ten 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 wanderlust 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 is a little film I made to show what we did over the ten weeks.
Priceless, UCL Museums, 2015
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.
Treasure, V&A, 2014
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, 2013
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.