During the lockdown of winter 2020, we worked with Fraser Randall project managers to conceive a wellbeing activity to develop and engage the Hastings Museum and Gallery’s audiences remotely and successfully applied for Arts Council/ NLPF funding to deliver it. Midnight at the Museum was a wellbeing and storytelling project for children aged 6-9. WeContinue reading “Midnight at the Museum”
Abu Dhabi’s government was keen to maximise interest and pride in the Qasr al Hosn fort, its oldest and most iconic building. A festival in a large area round the fort was developed to appeal to local Emiratis and ex-pats. Seen as a gateway attraction for the city’s heritage, visitors were encouraged to visit linkedContinue reading “Qasr al Hosn Festival”
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”
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”
Here’s a downloadable, detailed, step-by-step process for how to plan a visitor experience that will be memorable and enjoyable to experience – and memorable and enjoyable to plan!
I’m still working – from home, as usual. Please feel free to get in touch for some advice or thoughts on a project – I’m more than happy to exchange a couple of emails or have a chat for free. My writing and interpretation coaching is now online. If you’re interested in training now, giveContinue reading “Lockdown update”
It’s hard for small children to play on video calls, because they’re a bit young to make small talk – here’s a free board game template so they can make two copies of a board game and send one to a friend. It gives them something to do when they’re talking on a video call.
Chirk Castle, a National Trust property on the border between Wales and England, wanted to improve how they told stories to visitors and help older children and adults have a fun experience (the younger children were more than happy with the dressing up and wooden swords). They asked us to work with them as aContinue reading “Chirk Castle”
Shortlisted for the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year, 2014 Audience development plan, activity plan, interpretation plan, successful Stage 2 HLF bid Ditchling Museum in Sussex asked me to write their interpretation plan and report for their stage 2 HLF funding application. The contract was extended to include extensive consultation in focus groups,Continue reading “Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft”
Anticipating having a bit of time at home with the kids? Here’s a free downloadable activity to make their own museums with stuff from around the home. Best suited to KS1 probably. Free downloadable sheet on story writing and book making to come! Make your own museum download