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Welcome. If you’ve arrived here via my homepage, you will already know that I work with clients on a diverse range of projects in interpretation, exhibitions and engagement.

Since 2011, I have been using this blog to share projects I’m working on, reviews, sector events I’ve attended (museums, heritage, and science communication), case studies, and news related to the sector.

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Aberdeen Music Hall Transformed

Aberdeen Music Hall reopened to the public with a series of community events on Saturday 8 December. From 2016 to 2018 the Music Hall building was closed for transformation and renovation for a new generation. The original ‘County Assembly Rooms’ building which the...

Making the most of a Family Day Out

It’s every family’s hope that their days out will be full of fun and making great memories. But those of us working with Heritage sites should ask ourselves; do the families who visit feel truly welcome? Do they have fun? Is it clear there is stuff for them to DO?  My...

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New website launch

Hi, What do you do? A relatively simple question to answer if you're a doctor or lawyer or accountant. You hear it all the time at social gatherings, and it's a normal opener at conferences and networking events. But it's really not so simple to answer for most...

Create the Perfect Freelance Brief

By Marge Ainsley & Lyndsey Clark   Freelancers are the fastest growing group of workers in the creative industries. The chances are you’ll work with or engage the services of a freelancer at some point in your career. We are delighted that the Museums Association...

News: Kew Temperate House re-opens

Kew Gardens is to reopen its Temperate House - the world's largest Victorian glasshouse - after a five-year restoration. BBC News story Sometimes in this business, it takes a long time to see the fruits of our labour! Read more from back in 2012 when I was working on...

A personal tribute to Prof Stephen Hawking

I first read A Brief History of time by prof Stephen Hawking in 1995 during my BSc in applied maths and theoretical physics. I really enjoyed the book at that time (realistically it's probably pitched at about undergraduate level). I was excited by the mathematics I...

Exploring electricity at Cragside

  Before 2017, I was only dimly aware of Cragside House and Estate. I had driven past about five years ago on a holiday in Northumberland, googled the site, and made a mental note to visit next time. If I'd had any idea what lay beyond the NT ticket booth that day I...

A Healthy Future for Thackray Medical Museum

Breaking News: It's great to be able to share today that Thackray Medical Museum in Leeds has been awarded £1.5m from the Heritage Lottery Fund. I became involved in this project earlier this year and for a short time worked with the team quite intensively to create...

Celebrating Six Years Freelance

A short video celebrating projects I've been involved with over the last six years of freelance work. You can also view this video and others on my Vimeo site.

Interactive exhibits: innovate or evolve?

A conversation about how we are thinking about exhibits and exhibitions in 2017. I wanted to discuss what has changed in the way we think about exhibits in the last 10 years, what we have learned about the way people…

A scientist’s adventures in Artland*

At the start of this year, I was reflecting (as is customary) on my 2016 projects and thinking about what training and professional development I might want to do in 2017. Something I had been thinking more about was educational theory, pedagogy and learning theory....

MSc Science Communication and Public Engagement – Five years on

As summer begins, another cohort has passed through the taught modules of the University of Edinburgh MSc in Science Communication and Public Engagement and onto the dissertation stage to complete their degrees. This is starting to feel like an established routine at...

Review: Maths Gallery at the Science Museum

Last month I was in London for the Visitor Studies Group annual conference, close to the first anniversary of the death of architect Zaha Hadid in March 2016. It seemed fitting tribute to visit the maths gallery at the Science Museum, or to give it it's rather formal...

Catrine CEVIC photo gallery

Photos of the HLF-funded Community Education and Visitor Information Centre in the village of Catrine, East Ayrshire. I was interpretation project manager along with Fergus Sutherland. Graphic Design is by Tea and Type. [gallery...