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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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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.

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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...

New website launch

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

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...

News: Kew Temperate House re-opens

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

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...