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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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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…

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Science and Technology Interactives at National Museum of Scotland

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….

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!

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

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

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!)

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 

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

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...

Observatory interactives get a facelift

Observatory interactives get a facelift

Summer in Scotland isn't a great time for getting a good view of the night sky... with less than seven hours of darkness, and much of that twilight. This summer, the Royal Observatory Edinburgh Visitor Centre have put the slightly quieter time over the school summer...

Lessons from Bannockburn

Lessons from Bannockburn

It's ok, this is not a Scottish Independence Referendum blog post... The National Trust for Scotland's Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre  opened in 2014, the 700th Anniversary of the battle itself. I was lucky enough to visit and get a behind-the-scenes tour for...

Inspiring days

Inspiring days

I'm sure people in all professions value opportunities to get together to "talk shop"; whether it's teachers' inset days, pharma sales rep conventions or IT tech shows. But there's something about working in the cultural sector that makes these get-togethers with...

Get Energised!

Get Energised!

Thank you to National Museums Scotland for inviting me to sit on the steering group and be a judge for secondary school physics challenge Get Energised! The day was a lot of fun, with students taking part in four...