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”
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”
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”
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”
Here’s a free download that gives a detailed, step-by-step process in how to plan an interpretive story.
We were delighted to work with Royal Hospital Chelsea, one of London’s true hidden gems, on a new interpretation toolkit that would guide the organisation through a period of growth and change. We ran a workshop with staff to explore what their core stories were and how they could communicate them effectively and passionately. InterpretationContinue reading “Royal Hospital Chelsea”
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”
Biggin Hill is one of the most famous centres of the Battle of Britain. Here ordinary people carried out extraordinary acts. Creating a new museum around its chapel would help new audiences understand its significance and create an important local hub. Working with Barker Langham, we produced an interpretation plan to help the museum deliverContinue reading “Biggin Hill Memorial Museum”
At ITHRA, the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture in Dharam, Saudi Arabia, we worked on a landmark new natural history gallery. The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture is the first of its kind in Saudi Arabia – a public meeting place with a cinema, performance spaces, cafes and galleries created to an internationalContinue reading “Arabian Journeys, ITHRA”