How to create a piece of community digital art

One of the better aspects of my lockdown (the summer 2020 one, in case anyone is reading this in the future and the summer 2020 one was the first of hundreds) was a piece of digital community art I created with Hastings Museum and Art Gallery. Though inevitably we learned as we went along andContinue reading “How to create a piece of community digital art”

Empathy

I talk a lot about empathy in my work. It’s really easy to get into a myopic rut when you’re under pressure – repeating what you believe works or will get your manager’s approval, creating content to please your peers not your visitors, working within academic norms. But it’s really important to try to seeContinue reading “Empathy”

Cultural planning during a global pandemic

It was relatively easy to work out how to plan cultural content during lockdown (if you had the energy or manpower) – make it digital, make it empathetic and use it to help people make connections. We probably all feel at the moment that it was dead simple pre-lockdown too, when we had the budgetContinue reading “Cultural planning during a global pandemic”

Hastings Digital Quilt

It’s all too easy to default to offering a passive experience on social media, sharing the ‘object of the day’ or, during lockdown, photos of ‘what we’re missing’. Hastings Museum and Art Gallery didn’t fall into that trap. As the 2020 lockdown began it quickly became a digital museum, with creatively put together content thatContinue reading “Hastings Digital Quilt”

Land of Iron, North York Moors National Park

The North York Moors were, with Leach Studio (now Core Creative), updating their visitor centre and outdoor interpretation. They were telling a story about the intense industrial development in the Moors in the Victorian era, driven by the discovery of ironstone, and the subsequent explosion of mining and railway development in this tranquil place. TheyContinue reading “Land of Iron, North York Moors National Park”

Eastbury House, National Trust

Eastbury House in Barking is a beautiful Elizabethan manor house, set within an early twentieth century housing estate in east London. The National Trust wished to investigate and understand more fully a ‘lost’ period in the house’s history, between the wars. My research uncovered all kinds of exciting stories, involving Balloon Aprons, Constance Spry, theatreContinue reading “Eastbury House, National Trust”

National Museum of the Royal Navy

The National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth were creating an exciting, volunteer led exhibition and brought me in to train staff and volunteers, so that they could be sure of a consistent and appropriate tone of voice in the final text. I ran two workshops in engaging writing for a team across twoContinue reading “National Museum of the Royal Navy”

British Museum Sheikh Zayed exhibition

The British Museum approached me to write the text for their Sheikh Zayed exhibition. It was important that the text conveyed the British Museum’s character of trustworthy authority and confidence. I created a tone of voice that was warm and personal, straightforward and clear, steering clear of a too elaborate or emotional tone in favourContinue reading “British Museum Sheikh Zayed exhibition”