I am an emerging museum professional based in the United Kingdom. I am passionate about the interpretation of museum collections in exhibitions and learning materials. I believe authentic and engaging artefact stories make museums accessible and meaningful to visitors.


WHAT I DO

I research museum collections to inform best practices for interpretation. Researching new and already accessioned museum collections from a variety of historical backgrounds to ensure the histories and cultures associated are being appropriately interpreted in records and on display.

I develop digital collections and learning resources to promote first-hand learning. Creating worksheets and craft activities that encourage students to engage with the collections in the museum and in schools. Working with communities and focus groups to structure resources around audience feedback.

I utilise print and web media to promote the museum and collections. Developing marketing strategies around museum goals and collections, becoming versed in current social media, engaging with local and international audiences.

I create professional graphics for use in museum displays and marketing. Working with museum departments to design in-house graphics. Projects include creating children’s characters and worksheets for learning, murals and object label inserts for exhibitions, and posters and booklets for marketing.

Artefact illustration of a lead bale seal. Stippling has be done on areas fo corosion on the top and sides. The surviving text reads "Bourran...PS...Bordeaux"

ARTEFACT RESEARCH & INTERPRETATION

A museum’s role is not a passive repository, but rather an institution where artefacts serve as the primary educational tools for the past and present. In order to properly serve as a learning resource, I believe new and already accessioned museum collections must be researched in depth to ensure the histories and cultures associated are being appropriately interpreted. In my museum experiences and degree I have had the oppurtunity to identify and research artefacts from a variety of backgrounds in storage and for display.

PROFESSIONALLY WRITTEN & DESIGNED LEARNING MATERIALS

Museum artefacts serve as invaluable primary resources for research and learning. I have individual and team experience in the writing and graphic design of KS1 and KS2 learning resources that encourage students to engage with collections on display. This includes worksheets, colouring pages, and the developement of learning characters who help guide learners through the museum. In developing these materials I have worked with focus groups of all ages to structure resources around visitor needs, whether that be the organisation of a worksheet or the aesthetic preference of a learning character.

DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY

As we continue into a digital age, the internet has become an irreplacable resource for international learning. I believe no museum is fully accessible if its collections catalogue is not available to the public online. Digitising collections allows a usually guarded learning resource to become accessible to schools and interested individuals, and may even encourage future tourism. During my experience in museums I have helped digitise collections through archival scanning, artefact photography, and even 3D modelling.

SOCIAL MEDIA & MARKETING

Online marketing and social media have become more important than ever in engaging the public with museum collections. I believe it is important for museums to be present online, as this is becoming the platform for social discussion and interaction. An engaged museum can learn more about its audience’s needs and interests by participating in an open forum. Online marketing also provides museums with a cheap advertising medium to showcase objects and attract new visitors who would not have normally been reached through more expensive traditional marketing.