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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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How to connect with museum visitors (2)

How to connect with museum visitors (2)

What are the first steps for planning interpretation, exhibitions or activities that really connect with visitors? How to capture your vision for communicating with stakeholders.

How to connect with museum visitors (1)

How to connect with museum visitors (1)

How to create interpretation, exhibitions or activities that really connect with visitors. Techniques I use that involve visualisation to help staff to put themselves in visitors’ shoes.

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Curating digital content

Curating digital content

The sudden closure of all physical public spaces due to the COVID19 outbreak of 2020 has led to an explosion of online content. However, many people report either feelings of overwhelm by the choice or disinterest in the content on offer. The problem lies, I believe, in the lack of curation of the online content.

Parasites: Battle for Survival

Parasites: Battle for Survival

Tips for creating digital exhibits to engage young people with cutting-edge scientific research. Based on the National Museum of Scotland exhibition “Parasites: Battle for Survival”.

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…

Book review: Deep Work by Cal Newport

Book review: Deep Work by Cal Newport

If you’ve had enough of endlessly ticking small tasks off ‘to do’ lists and feel like you’re losing the ability to really focus, then this is the ideal book to help you get back control.

V&A Dundee Scottish Design Galleries

V&A Dundee Scottish Design Galleries

One of the highlights of the Scottish cultural scene in 2018 was the opening of the V&A Dundee. As the daughter and granddaughter of Dundonians, I felt extremely proud to have worked on the project and privileged to work with the fantastic creative learning and...

Aberdeen Music Hall Transformed

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

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...