I began my museum career at the Science Museum, London, in 1996, where I worked on the initial content development of the Wellcome Wing and produced two touring exhibitions. I became increasingly interested in the impact of exhibition design on the way ideas are communicated, and so left to work with exhibition design companies, first in-house at MET Studio Design, and then freelance. My work involved all aspects of exhibition development from masterplanning museums and concept development to over-seeing design development and production. In 2001 I was awarded a Fellowship by NESTA (the National Endowment for Science, Technology & the Arts) to investigate how exhibitions can display controversy and uncertainty. In 2006 I embarked on a PhD (part time) at the University of Manchester, which examined the processes and practices of exhibition production. I completed my research in 2011 and have combined the understanding gained from my research with my experience as a practitioner to inform my consultancy work.
I lectured at Imperial College London from 2000-2014, where I taught modules in visual culture and science studies at undergraduate level, and museum studies and exhibition development on the MSc in Science Communication, for which I also supervised Masters dissertations. From 2006-2009 I was a visiting lecturer on the MA in Museum & Art Gallery Studies at the University of Manchester. More recently (2014-15) I taught the module Current Issues for Museums on the MA in Museums, Galleries & Contemporary Culture at the University of Westminster.
I am a committee member of London Museums Group, and was a member of the Museums Association’s editorial panel from 2007-2009.
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