Experience

Freelance projects since 2014

 

Museum Development North West
  • Seeds for Actions Project freelancer – development and delivery of online themed networking and coworking sessions for Carbon Literate delegates, and the creation of digital resources to capture insights and case studies.
  • Carbon Literacy for Museums Freelance Facilitator – delivering online training for the sector as part of the Carbon Literacy Project and The Wild Escape.
Visits Collective, for Q, part of the Health Foundation
  • Q Visits Coordinator – coordinating the logistics and event management of a programme of 20 learning visits (online/in person) for health professionals involved in quality improvement, including programme diary management, meeting and budget coordination, reporting and evaluation, 2022 ongoing
British Science Association
  • ResearcherNRA CREST SuperStar Kit Boxes evaluation of pilot project to test boxes of resources and activities designed for teaching science in primary schools. Conducting one to one interviews with teachers and senior leaders in schools. Working in collaboration with Eric Hildrew, 2022-23
  • Researcher Open ended project work in the curriculum at secondary level, 2022 evaluation exploring the impact of a pilot project resource pack with the Gatsby Foundation. One to one interviews with teachers, science technicians and the resource developer creating written and visual reports of the key findings.
Cumbria Museum Directors Group
  • Project Manager for Natural Connections: Collections, Landscape & Wellbeing project – exploring how museums can connect collections and nature to support the health and wellbeing of staff, volunteers and visitors. The project brings together Brantwood, Wordsworth Grasmere, University of Cumbria, Grizedale Forest, Wordsworth Trust, the National Trust and Museum Development North West. Funded by Arts Council England.
Science Museum
  • Stakeholder Review: Embedding and disseminating science capital informed practice at the Science Museum Group. Investigating staff and volunteer understanding of science capital research, how they use it in their work and what could be done to better support them doing this. Interviews with 70 staff and volunteers across the Science Museum Group and 15 museums/science centres. Working in collaboration with Helen Corkery, 2020-21
  • Science Museum Group Participation Review 2020 including interviews with over 40 staff across 4 museums to explore participatory practise across the group and to support the redevelopment of their Participation Toolkit, 2020
  • London: Science City Participation: Internal and External Stakeholder Review, 2018 and 2020
  • Medicine Galleries Participation: Internal Stakeholder Reviews, 2017, 2018, 2020
Research Centre for Museums & Galleries, University of Leicester 
  • Researcher – review of LGBTQ equality work by the RCMG to explore the impact of their research on museum thinking, policy, and practice and on motivating action and awareness among LGBTQ equality campaigners. Including interviews and a survey of museums and heritage organisations. Contributing towards the RCMG’s submission for the 2021 Research Excellence Framework.
Museums Sheffield
Thames Festival Trust
  • Foragers of the Foreshore project- evaluation research with participants and stakeholders to feed into Heritage Lottery Fund report, 2019
Port Sunlight Museum 
  • William Lever in the Congo – working alongside Dr Andy Hardman, University of Manchester, Institute of Cultural Practices, to support PSVT create interpretation and staff support in response to Black Lives Matters, William Lever and the Congo
  • Soap Works – Development and interpretation planning for a new family gallery, including:
    • family visitor research
    • ideation day bringing together staff and volunteers from PSVT and project partner Unilever Art, Archives & Records.
RSPB Sherwood Forest
  • Sherwood Forest – Robin Hood interpretation, visitor research and staff training, 2019 – Developing and editing new outdoor interpretation to weave together the popular story of Robin Hood with key conservation messages. Trained staff and key stakeholders to conduct simple visitor research to test the success of the pilot interpretation panels.
Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge
  • Internal and external stakeholder evaluation for ‘By Endurance We Conquer’ collecting project, funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund, 2019
Unilever Art, Archives and Records Management
The Lab
  • Visitor Evaluation for sensory performance events at Dilston Physic Garden, Northumberland, 2019
Compton Verney
  • March of the Imagination Project Evaluation with schools, Children’s Centres and creative practitioners, 2018-19
Museum Development North West & Cumbria Museum Directors Group
  • Ruskin 200, the Lakes and Wellbeing Scoping a creative audience engagement and interpretation project with museums, heritage and forestry organisations, followed by a successful funding application to Arts Council England for £15k 2018-19
Kingston Centre for Independent Living
Museum Development North West
  • Industrial Heritage Support Programme, 2017-19
University of Sheffield
The Poetry Society
Children & the Arts
  • Start and Great Art Quest – Evaluation, Research & Advocacy, 2017-18 with Marge Ainsley
  • OperaQuest project evaluation, 2016-17
  • Great Art Quest project evaluation, annually 2014-17
National Railway Museum 
National Science and Media Museum
Museums of Cheshire
  • Narrative Study – narratives, interpretation, programming and partnership development, 2016
English National Ballet
Imperial War Museums
Museum Development Yorkshire
National Trust: Nostell Priory
Marge Ainsley Marketing
  • Selling Egypt creative storyboarding for The Atkinson, 2014

Full time employment 2001 – 2014

Imperial War Museum North
Learning & Events Manager
(First World War Centenary)
June 2013 – May 2014
Creating and managing Reactions14, a season of creative responses to the First World War Centenary (including English National Ballet, BBC Philharmonic), and Perspectives14, a programme of talks.
Co-ordinating the Centenary Partnership across Greater Manchester to produce a digital learning project with 26 partner organisations, and supporting the Centenary Partnership across the North West.
National Portrait Gallery
Adult Programmes Officer
November 2011 – June 2013
Creating and managing public programmes for a range of adult audiences, including Late Shift activities every Thursday and Friday evening and three high profile Late Shift Extra events per year. Responsible for creating the programme, liaising with speakers and artists, managing freelancers, health and safety, and co-ordinating a budget of £100,000.
London Transport Museum
Community Curator
June – November 2011
Creating and co-ordinating programmes of community engagement and participatory interpretation of the Transport Poster collection working with community groups, university students and artists.
Museums Sheffield
Adult & Informal Learning Co-ordinator
September 2009 – May 2011
Creating and co-ordinating public programmes. Developing partnerships with universities and informal adult groups. Interpretation for exhibitions and collections.
Museums Sheffield
Gallery Development Co-ordinator
May 2007 – August 2009
Co-ordinating refurbishment of Graves Gallery, Learning Centre and Café. Project and budget management. Content creation for multimedia guide and written interpretation. Funding bids.
Eventus
Project Manager
October 2005 – April 2007
Developing, delivering and managing creative projects in education and regeneration sectors at Eventus, a social enterprise. Created & managed a staff / artist training programme for 27 schools for Creative Partnerships. Designed creative evaluation tools and workshop resources for schools, community and youth groups.
Beighton Villages Development Trust / Eventus
Cultural Development Worker (Heritage)
April 2003 – September 2005
Creative community capacity building project in former mining area. Trained local volunteers to create heritage website and take oral history interviews for the Discover Beighton project. Worked with community to create two major public art works, school resources, village trail, digital animation and celebration events as part of the Full Circle project. Co-ordinated extensive workshop programme. Developed and delivered Communications Plan.
Museums Sheffield
Marketing Assistant
October 2001- May 2003
Developed marketing plans, analysed visitor figures, conducted market and customer research, organised events and co-ordinated a team of volunteers.