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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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How to connect with museum visitors (2)

How to connect with museum visitors (2)

What are the first steps for planning interpretation, exhibitions or activities that really connect with visitors? How to capture your vision for communicating with stakeholders.

How to connect with museum visitors (1)

How to connect with museum visitors (1)

How to create interpretation, exhibitions or activities that really connect with visitors. Techniques I use that involve visualisation to help staff to put themselves in visitors’ shoes.

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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 Community Education & Visitor Information Centre (CEVIC)

Catrine Community Education & Visitor Information Centre (CEVIC)

Catrine is a small village in East Ayrshire with a fascinating history in the textiles industry. Catrine Community Trust has been working to put Catrine on the map with an HLF-funded project I started work on in 2012 and opened in 2017. The project, entirely community...

The art and science of electricity

The art and science of electricity

"Crackle Tubes", Energise, National Museum of Scotland 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...

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...

Catrine Walks – community built heritage walk ‘app’

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

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...

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...