Changemakers focused on giving young people in Fenland new, flexible ways to get involved in volunteering at Fenland’s Museums and creating greater equity between the different generations of people who make up the museums’ workforce and the wider community. These young volunteers researched their local changemaker and working with Youth Champions at each museum to create an exhibition.

Getting ready for a recruitment event at Ramsey Rural Museum

Working with a colleague, Louise Haselgrove, we are supported five museums to ensure that they are safe and  welcoming places for young volunteers and provided training and support for both Youth Champions and volunteers.

Snapping the Stiletto

The travelling exhibition

Snapping the Stiletto was a partnership project working with 11 museums and over 200 volunteers. Volunteers researched collections within the partner museums and co-curated a travelling exhibition celebrating strong Essex Women to help dispel the negative stereotype of the ‘Essex Girl’.

Volunteers also worked with me to take the stories uncovered out from the museums and we visited festivals, theatres and shopping centres celebrating the hidden stories of these women.

Evaluation projects

One of the battle re-enactments

I am currently the Project Evaluator for Great Grimsby’s Viking Journey, a project funded by the National Lottery heritage Fund. This is a two year celebration of Grimsby’s Viking roots and will involve schools, festivals, ship building, themed activities for children and a whole range of engagement activities.

I have evaluated a range of Lottery Funded projects

A beach performance as part of Resorting to the Coast
  • Communicating Connections (Essex record Office) 2022
  • Sharing Cultures (Wisbech and Fenland Museum) 2022
  • The Venetian Waterways Project (Great Yarmouth Borough  Council)  2021
  • Breathing new life into St Benedict’s (Heritage Lincolnshire),  2021
  • Marriot’s Way Heritage Trail (Norfolk County Council),  2020
  • Resorting to the Coast (Essex County Council) 2019
  • Mercury Voices (Mercury Theatre) 2018

Other evaluation projects include work for Share Museums East ‘Working with Volunteers’ and projects for the London Transport Museum, the Cultural Development Service for Essex County Council,  and Museum Development East Midlands.

Volunteers at a ‘thank-you event for Mecury Voices

Learning and engagement programmes and projects

January 31st 2023 is 70 years since the dreadful flooding along the east coast. This event is being marked by local history societies and I was commissioned by the Essex Record Office to produce a teachers’ pack to support local schools to engage with the commemoration.

I recently worked with Heritage Lincolnshire and the Watkin Society on a pilot project aimed at linking  the work of Victorian entrepreneur Edward Watkin to school curricula in Grimsby and Cleethorpes.

Previous work includes projects with Museum of Power in Langford and Wisbech and Fenland Museum supporting them to develop and deliver the learning and engagement portion of NLHF projects. I have also reviewed the learning offer for Ipswich Museum Service and developed new learning sessions for Christchurch Mansion (Ipswich), provided training and support for learning volunteers at the Norris Museum in St Ives and supported the Cambridge Archaeological Unit in their outreach and education programmes linked to excavations at Must Farm.

Talking to a school group visiting excavations at Must Farm

West Stow- Autopsy of the Sunken House

The team at a celebration event

West Stow was given funding from the Heritage Lottery Young Roots fund to work with young people (aged 11-25) and professional archaeologists to systematically dismantle the house and excavate the pit that remains.
Between October 2015 and April 2016 a group of 17 young people worked together on this project under my guidance.

As part of this, they created new interpretation for the site including the film that you can see here