My work is mostly museum-based, but I began my career as an archaeologist and this has led me in all sorts of different directions: to archives, heritage, the built environment, art galleries, gardens and beyond.
I often work with archaeology, anthropology and social history collections, but I’m not limited to those. I also work with decorative arts and design collections; and have worked with science and engineering collections too. And I feel very privileged to work with two of the museum world’s most bonkers a-little-bit-of-everything collections, at the Horniman Museum and Sir John Soane’s Museum.
Coming from archaeology, my specialism is in learning through objects, but of course I also love buildings, works of art, photographs, maps, and archive materials.
I divide my time between being a desk-based consultant (writing, developing workshops, managing projects); and a freelance facilitator (leading workshops, giving tours, teaching). So in the picture above I am rolling down a hill and it is work.
I research and write content for websites and printed materials such as teachers’ packs and family trails. Examples include the British Museum’s Teaching History with 100 Objects, William Morris Gallery’s family trail and unit meeting activities for Girlguiding.
Recent consultancy projects include a partnership between the British Museum and a local college for Museum Takeover Day 2017. I prepared and ran a series of workshops with college students and supported the students on Takeover Day when they delivered hands-on activities for primary school groups at the museum.
For a very different project, in 2017-18, I worked with a botanical garden to develop a set of written resources and a “tool kit” for visitors under five to use as they explore, learn and have fun in the gardens with their parents and carers.
In 2016-17 I developed and piloted a schools programme for the City of London Police Museum.
The photo above is from a project I ran for Kenwood House with a children’s centre, producing a book of photographs and activity ideas. I planned our sessions in consultation with children’s centre staff, led the sessions, put the book together, and, crucially, taught families how to roll down the hill at Kenwood (find out more here).
As a freelancer, I deliver workshops and tours which often include object-handling; making; dressing-up and/or electronic gadgetry and always incorporate lots of looking, discussion and doing. I regularly deliver school sessions at the V&A and the British Museum. I often deliver family art and craft sessions at the Museum of London and family activities at the Horniman Museum. I co-run architecture clubs for children and teenagers at Sir John Soane’s Museum. I describe pictures for blind and partially sighted visitors to the National Portrait Gallery. I deliver workshops for under-fives too.
More about my background and my work:
I must mention my Gravatar image, which is a photo taken by a three-year-old called Aiden during one of my projects with Kenwood House. Thank you Aiden.