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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The top ten lessons learned in ten years freelancing for museums and heritage sites. Follow-up article to my top ten high points.
To celebrate ten years working freelance in the museum and heritage sector, here are my top ten high points.
How can museums without digital staff use interpretation planning techniques for in-person visits to plan their websites?
Travelling, and visiting amazing places, is one of the best things about my job and it's one of the things I’ve missed the most while working through this Covid19 pandemic. It's the absolute definition of a 'busman's holiday' for an interpretation professional but, I...
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 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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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…