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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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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.

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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...

Exploring electricity at Cragside

Exploring electricity at Cragside

  Before 2017, I was only dimly aware of Cragside House and Estate. I had driven past about five years ago on a holiday in Northumberland, googled the site, and made a mental note to visit next time. If I'd had any idea what lay beyond the NT ticket booth that...

A Healthy Future for Thackray Medical Museum

A Healthy Future for Thackray Medical Museum

Breaking News: It's great to be able to share today that Thackray Medical Museum in Leeds has been awarded £1.5m from the Heritage Lottery Fund. I became involved in this project earlier this year and for a short time worked with the team quite intensively to create...

Celebrating Six Years Freelance

Celebrating Six Years Freelance

A short video celebrating projects I've been involved with over the last six years of freelance work. You can also view this video and others on my Vimeo site.

Interactive exhibits: innovate or evolve?

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*

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...