Supporting organisations to develop creative and exciting interpretation, exhibitions and engagement projects for diverse audiences.

About me

I set up my freelance consultancy in 2011 to help more organisations create outstanding exhibitions, interpretation and engagement projects. I work in many different media including hands-on exhibits and activities, digital interactives and film to stimulate active learning and engagement. My clients come in all sizes and many different types including the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Edinburgh International Science Festival, Catrine Community Trust, National Mining Museum Scotland, V&A Dundee and the University of Edinburgh.

Latest blog posts

Book review: Poverty Safari by Darren McGarvey

Book review: Poverty Safari by Darren McGarvey

Poverty Safari met all my expectations in terms of shining a spotlight on the class divide in modern Scotland. But where the book totally exceeded my expectations was in its relevance to our work in the cultural sector.

Review: Pitlochry Dam Visitor Centre

Review: Pitlochry Dam Visitor Centre

New visitor experiences at established tourism sites face a unique challenge. They will always be fighting against nostalgia as older generations re-visit with younger family members and rose-tinted childhood memories. Pitlochry Dam is one of those sites.

Top Secret

Top Secret

The ‘Top Secret’ exhibition at the Science Museum London is about the work of British Intelligence organisation GCHQ. The subject matter, which ranges from Bletchley Park code-breaking to Soviet spy rings and modern cyber hacking, is fascinating to adults of all ages, but we were aware we would need a layer of more child-friendly interpretation to appeal to the whole family.

Interactive Exhibit Design

Interactive Exhibit Design

Downloadable resources from the session on Understanding Exhibit Design at the BIG Event 2019 at Our Dynamic Earth. In the workshop, we progressed a couple of ideas from delegates towards prototype stage while illustrating the ideal development process.

Scotland from the Sky 2

Scotland from the Sky 2

Scotland from the Sky part 2 at Stanley Mills shares some of the amazing aerial photography in the Historic Environment Scotland archive that inspired series two of Jamie Crawford’s BBC Scotland series exploring Scotland from above.

Three lessons from MuseumNext I want to shout about

Three lessons from MuseumNext I want to shout about

What exactly is it about about MuseumNext London that is so energising and makes me want to return? This year, I’ve identified three lessons I’d like to shout about and I’m sharing them here…