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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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Making the most of a Family Day Out

It’s every family’s hope that their days out will be full of fun and making great memories. But those of us working with Heritage sites should ask ourselves; do the families who visit feel truly welcome? Do they have fun? Is it clear there is stuff for them to DO?  My...

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...

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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...

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

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

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!

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...

Organisational values in Interpretation

Common Cause and values-based communication I first became aware of a values-based approach to communication and the 'Common Cause' work through the network that is now Learning for Sustainability Scotland. This approach really resonated with me as I followed National...

Exciting Funding News at Kew Gardens

I am very pleased to share the news that the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) have awarded £14.7million for the restoration of the historic Temperate House at Kew Gardens. This is particularly exciting news for me as I spent most of last year from early Summer into the...

Rockets and Telescopes

A couple of new exhibits for the Royal Observatory Edinburgh Visitor Centre. Installed last night in a blizzard! First a model of the James Clark Maxwell Telescope on Mauna Kea in Hawaii. This telescope is home to the SCUBA camera developed and built at the Royal...

Visitor Studies Group – Conference 2013

The Visitor Studies Group (www.visitors.org.uk) is a community of professionals who promote dialogue, facilitate debate and provide continuing professional development in Visitor Studies for anybody working in cultural and natural heritage organisations. I have been...

Holiday Greetings!

Holiday Greetings from a cold and beautiful Edinburgh. I'd like to extend warm greetings to all those who made 2012 such a rewarding first year for me as a sole trader. So, to those I worked with in 2012, thank you. And to you all, I hope that 2013 brings exciting and...