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Interpretation Planning

Good interpretation planning is essential for a cohesive and rewarding visitor experience. It involves researching and understanding both audiences and content. I work with clients to understand their stories and vision and to identify underlying themes and key messages.  My interpretation plans are rooted in an understanding of visitor behaviour and motivations. This allows us to make personal connections and create an engaging and enjoyable visitor experience.

I have created interpretation plans for successful Heritage Lottery Fund applications, site masterplans and whole areas as well as developing plans through to delivery for a wide range of smaller projects in museums, visitor centres and outdoor sites.

I care deeply about widening access to cultural experiences for all audiences and working to remove social and cultural barriers to engagement.

Interactive Exhibitions

I have extensive experience in the delivery of interactive exhibits to increase engagement with objects, collections and stories. I have managed the delivery of hundreds of digital and mechanical interactive experiences covering topics from the fields of science, technology, the natural world, history and world cultures.

Visitors expect a level of interactivity and to be actively engaged and have fun. However, I know that organisations of all sizes face a range of different challenges in making their interpretation interactive. I work with clients (museums and visitor centres) of all sizes and with all budgets, and with design companies. I can help organise the early ideas stage as well as acting as point of contact and liaison with specialist fabrication companies or digital developers through to final installation.

My interactive exhibit work is always audience focused and involves layers of user testing and audience research. I worked for the Visitor Studies Group committee for four years and continue to follow their work. 

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Science Engagement

I particularly enjoy bringing science into areas such as social history and the arts and into organisations more usually focussed elsewhere (for example, electricity activities for the National Trust at Cragside House).

I provide consultation and advice to research centres and universities looking to engage the public through exhibitions, hands-on activities or digital interactive exhibits. I am particularly interested in creating conversations and engagement with people of all ages and backgrounds and working on projects involving community partners.

My work is grounded in best practice and current theory. I graduated from Imperial College London with an MSc in Science Communication in 1999 and have since worked for a range of leading science engagement organisations such as the Wellcome Trust. I teach for the University of Edinburgh on their MSc in Science Communication and Public Engagement and peer review grant applications for several funding bodies in science engagement.