How can supplementary schools and museums work together?

"How can supplementary schools and museums work together?"

In this blog post Emma Taylor, Supplementary Schools Programme Manager at the Museum of London, gives us insight into her work with supplementary schools, how museums are well placed to engage with this new audience, and the mutual benefits this brings. I have been working with supplementary schools for five years, both at the British Museum and now at the Museum  Read more →

Cultural Heritage and 3D: The Power of Virtual Things

"Cultural Heritage and 3D: The Power of Virtual Things"

Alec Ward, Museum Development Officer Digital & Communications at London Museum Development, tells us about the popular 3D digital models course as part of their Digital Futures training programme, and the potential this technology can bring. As part of London Museum Development’s Arts Council England funded training offer to London’s non-national museums, we run a programme of digital training courses. The Digital Futures  Read more →

GEM – Supporting learning and sharing for professionals under pressure

"GEM – Supporting learning and sharing for professionals under pressure"

  In this post Holly Bee, Education Officer at GEM, gives us insight into the Learning and Sharing Centre (LSC) project, and how the work being delivered will provide resilience for museums and the sector’s educators.  Museum educators are on the frontline of heritage. When a museum reaches out, makes a collection come alive or turns a visit into an adventure,  Read more →

Reflection on Museums and Wellbeing

"Reflection on Museums and Wellbeing"

In this post Laura Bedford, Project Coordinator for the National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing, shares her thoughts and reflections on wellbeing and museums. I have been the project co-ordinator for the National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing for around three months and in this piece written the week after our second conference and wellbeing in museums week I  Read more →

Proactive, Empower and Confident Freelancing Event

"Proactive, Empower and Confident Freelancing Event"

  In this post Christina Lister, marketing and comms freelancer and co-founder of the Museum Freelance Network, gives insight on establishing the Museum Freelance Network and reflects on the success of the first event. Fellow freelancer Laura Crossley and I founded the Museum Freelance Network following a #museumhour chat I guest-hosted in the summer of 2016 on freelancing. It seemed  Read more →

Interview with Katie Childs

"Interview with Katie Childs"

In this interview Katie Childs tells us about her intriguing career to date, currently Policy and Projects Manager for the National Museum Directors’ Council (NMDC) but soon to be Head of Partnerships and Stakeholder Relations at IWM. Describe your career path Unconventional. I always had a love for museums, and my Saturday and holiday job when I was at sixth-form college was  Read more →

Interview with Rose Hughes

"Interview with Rose Hughes"

Rose Hughes, Learning Officer at the Museum of Brands, Packaging & Advertising, is our first interviewee of the year. In this lively post she tells us about her love of illustration and her road into the museum sector. Describe your career path Growing up in Lincoln, I spent my weekends painting portraits at street fairs and working in a craft  Read more →

Like a Kamikaze Worm: throw yourself into using games for learning

"Like a Kamikaze Worm: throw yourself into using games for learning"

In this enthusiastic and informative post Laura Southall, the Learning Project Manager at the IWM and former Head of Learning at the RIBA, encourages us to dive in the deep end with gamification.   Imagine my surprise this weekend when a curator friend of mine text me using an emoji for the first time! I replied immediately to congratulate him on this  Read more →

Can the cultural sector rise above government agenda: cultural policy, influence and autonomy

"Can the cultural sector rise above government agenda: cultural policy, influence and autonomy"

                In the second of our Editor’s blogs, Carrie Svinning discusses her thoughts on government cultural policy, decision-making and autonomy. It has been an intense period of politics lately with Brexit, our new appointed Prime Minister Theresa May, and a notable set of cabinet changes. We as the cultural sector sit at the  Read more →

Interview with Miriam Craik-Horan

"Interview with Miriam Craik-Horan"

Miriam Craik-Horan (left of the photo), Producer of Further and Higher Education Programmes at the Design Museum, gives us insight into her career and her connection to the museum sector. Describe your career path I have worked in the cultural sector for about 6-7 years, coordinating a national portfolio of learning programmes at the Crafts Council before I took up my post  Read more →

Design Thinking: Mindsets, toolsets and skillsets for the future

"Design Thinking: Mindsets, toolsets and skillsets for the future"

In this post by Bridget McKenzie from Flow Associates, Bridget investigates what skills will be needed in the museums and heritage sector of the near future through the exploration of design thinking. My reflections draw on my work as director of Flow Associates helping arts, museums and heritage organisations to engage with learning audiences, to develop staff skills and build  Read more →

Interview with Dhikshana Turakhia Pering

"Interview with Dhikshana Turakhia Pering"

Dhikshana Turakhia Pering, Learning Officer for the Young People’s Skills Programme at the London Transport Museum, answers our questions about her career and relationship to the museum sector.  Describe your career path My career in the sector started in 2006 during my Art History and History degree at the University of Aberdeen, volunteering and interning at the Wallace Collection, British Museum and  Read more →

Influencing Policy

"Influencing Policy"

In light of recent reviews and policy changes, Katie Childs from the National Museum Directors’ Council, calls for museums to map out their own future and influence policy through decisive action and a collective voice. Since the Chancellor of the Exchequer stood at the Dispatch Box in the House of Commons in November 2015 and said cutting investment in arts  Read more →



Emma Winch and Alex Brown, from Hackney Museum, give us an insight into the development of their Antiuniversity Now Project, exploring alternative education through new ways of sharing knowledge and collaborative learning. The idea behind the Antiuniversity Now project is simple. We invite people to teach and learn any subject, in any form, anywhere. A small team of four organisers, with a range  Read more →

Hurdles to Participation

"Hurdles to Participation"

In this informative post Sally Whitaker, independent adviser, summarises her Kids in Museums literature review into the hurdles to participation children, families and young people face when visiting museums. This week sees the launch of a literature review I undertook for Kids in Museums exploring what is currently known about the hurdles or barriers to participation by children, families and young people in museums. The review identified  Read more →