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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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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

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.

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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...

The art and science of electricity

  This week for a client proposal I've been pulling together all the electricity exhibitions, exhibits and activities that I've worked on over the years. There have certainly been a few! Electricity is a great topic to cover with hands-on exhibits but there are...

Museum Association Conference 2016

Downloadable slides (pdf) from my Museums Association Conference Careers Hub session: Expertise for hire: successful working with freelancers. Monday 7 November 2016.

Expertise for Hire

Today marks five years of working as a freelance consultant in the museums, heritage, interpretation and public engagement worlds. I'm also currently working on a presentation for the Museums Association Careers Hub titled: “Expertise for hire: successful working with...

Catrine Walks – community built heritage walk ‘app’

Catrine is a small village in East Ayrshire with a fascinating history in the textiles industry. Sadly, not many people have heard of Catrine, certainly not compared to the nearby and better-preserved World Heritage Site of New Lanark. Catrine Community Trust has been...

Science and Technology Interactives at National Museum of Scotland

Today is the public opening of the new galleries at the National Museum of Scotland: Six new Science and Technology galleries and four from the department of Art and Design. This is the most recent phase of the Masterplan for the Victorian building on the Chambers...

If the world were a village….

....a hands-on educational activity for 7-11 year olds In spring last year, I was approached by Global Renewables Lancashire Operations Limited about the design and manufacture of a hands-on activity as part of their education programme. Global Renewables run waste...

Visitor Studies: It’s what you do with it!

VSG Conference, 16-18 March 2016, Royal Geographical Society, London. "If you only had one post-it?" (copright Andrew McIntryre) "Tell me a story about your audience...." (various) As I'm not quite ready to summarise my three days on one post it note, let's instead...