Looking at the numbers.

I’m the go-to stats person at work, well, one of them. I like numbers, I like records and I like to see how many people we are reaching. That’s why I get excited when I see the DCMS publishes a new set of stats, like the fresh of the press Sponsored Museums Performance Indicators. Now,…

I Really Hate Clipboards

Clipboards. Something that no learning department in a school, museum or gallery would be complete without. You know what though? As in, I really hate them. I understand how they can be practical. These wooden boards with a clip on them let you write. These things let you draw. These things let you do those things absolutely…

What I’ve learned about looking after volunteers

In all of my jobs, I manage volunteers. In some of my roles, this management is more hands on than in others. Recently I was looking after (curating?) a team of around 100 volunteers for a charity that does a lot of work with museums, galleries and other cultural and heritage sites, helping them respond…

Looking back at Summer – Tiny Towner Summer Specials

This is a post that I have been meaning to write for a while. Sometimes, it’s hard to find a time to sit and reflect, so I have carved out some time to stop and think and share. Since starting at Towner Art Gallery, I have focused a lot on developing our Early Years offer…

Museum Mannequins: An everyday Adventure in Museum Education

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of museum mannequins. Long term readers of this blog will be familiar with my fondness for these plastic people, as would anyone who follows my Instagram feed. Mannequins can be a useful tool for interpretation in museums, especially when it comes to demonstrating how costumes would have…

The Museum of Greek Children’s Art

Like the Museum of Cycladic Art, The Museum of Greek Children’s Art is a museum rather than a gallery. This got me thinking – why do we see ‘museum’ when ‘gallery’ might fit better? Again, the art is the focus – it’s right there in the title!- but the place identifies as a μουσείο rather…

Art Relay: From Workshop to Exhibition

As you might remember, I’ve started a great new job at Towner in Eastbourne. It’s a contemporary art museum on the South Coast of England and I’ve been hard at work in the Learning Department. This week, we’ve had our Easter Holiday events for the kids: a series of workshops collectively known as Arts Relay….