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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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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...

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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 so...

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...

2015 Highlights

This year has been such a busy one, I wanted to just take a moment to reflect on and share some of my highlights of 2015. University of Edinburgh MSc Science Communication and Public Engagement In 2015 we welcomed a record number of students onto the 'Museum' module...

Dark Skies, Kielder

Earlier this year, I worked with Abound Design who were commissioned by Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust, on behalf of the Animating Dark Skies Project Partnership,  to produce indoor interpretation at their Kielder Castle and Tower Knowe Visitor...

Sustainable Interactive Interpretation (yes, really!)

This is the content of a talk that I gave with Ken Boyd of FifeX at the Scottish Museums Federation conference and AGM last week. I promised to share the slides and some web links but as the slides are just photos I thought I'd better write some text too! The theme of...

The most public display of science engagement 

Today the science communicator in me feels all warm and fuzzy inside. This was the second solar eclipse I have had the opportunity to view, and I seem to remember a lot more build up last time. I was on placement at the Science Museum in London  and remember many...

Catrine Community Education & Visitor Interpretation Centre

  While most of the projects I get involved in are very frantic with very tight deadlines, some are slow burners. The Catrine "Community Education and Visitor Interpretation Centre" or CEVIC is one of those slow burners. I first got involved in the project in May 2012...