Recent Consultancy Projects
Review of Learning at Bletchley Park
Client: Bletchley Park Trust https://www.bletchleypark.org.uk/
About: I led a small team of consultants with Sheila McGregor to review all aspects of the learning programme at Bletchley Park, the home of secret intelligence during World War 2. We consulted with staff and volunteers and analysed the huge amount of evaluation data already collected by the learning team from teachers, pupils, families and other users. A specialist on our team, Becky Palmer, advised on how digital technology could be used most effectively to enhance learners’ experience onsite and online.
Testimonial: We thoroughly enjoyed working with you and the team. Overall the report will be a great help in sparking discussions about future delivery and I am even more mindful of the need to carve out time for CPD, reflection and development. Kate Travers, Head of Learning, Bletchley Park Trust
Project development for Heritage MK
Client: Heritage MK is a consortium of five organisations: Bletchley Park Trust, City Discovery Centre, Cowper and Newton Museum, Living Archive and Milton Keynes Museum
Funding: Arts Council England, Resilience and Milton Keynes Council
About: I managed a small team of associates with expertise in fundraising and museum management to help the partners refine and agree a vision, mission and strategy for Heritage MK (formerly MK Collection). This formed the basis for a five-year business plan and fund-raising strategy, with a role profile and job description for a business development manager. We consulted with individual partners and facilitated workshops to discuss the way forward.
Testimonial: Thanks for all your hard work over the last few months. You were all invaluable in guiding us through the process of developing MK Collection’s second stage strategy. I know all the partners found it very useful in helping us to shape our future plans. Your work in facilitating our discussions was excellent and your patience admirable! Iain Standen, CEO, Bletchley Park Trust
Supporting the evaluation of Culture Shifts for Open Eye
Client: Open Eye Gallery – Liverpool https://openeye.org.uk/about/
Funding: Arts Council England touring, local authorities in the Liverpool City Region and Open Eye
About: I am supporting the Culture Shifts creative producer to manage the evaluation of this complex project. Culture Shifts is a socially engaged photography programme, working with 11 national and international photographers embedded in communities across 7 areas of Liverpool City Region. Evidence will come from participants’ digital stories, the photographers and visitors to various exhibitions and online platforms. My role is to help the creative producer describe and analyse the impact of the project and its potential to change photography practice.
Find out more: https://openeye.org.uk/whatson-category/culture-shifts/
Evaluation of Strengthening our Common Life
Client: Culture& (formerly Cultural Co-operation)
Funding: Heritage Lottery Fund, Skills for the Future
About: I was contracted with Norinne Betjemann to evaluate the first round of this programme, now in its fourth year. 12 training placements in ten heritage organisations took place over an 18 month programme. Partners hosting placements included Historic Royal Palaces, King’s College London, Horniman Museum, Garden Museum and Southbank Centre. Trainees were from British minority ethnic backgrounds, and this was one of a handful of projects promoting diversity in the heritage workforce. We devised and managed the evaluation which was based on the generic learning outcomes framework and collected evidence from online surveys, interviews and focus groups.
Find out more: https://www.cultureand.org/strengthening-our-common-life/
Researching and writing a learning and outreach plan for Attenborough Arts Centre
Client and funding: Attenborough Arts Centre, University of Leicester
About: I consulted with local special schools, colleges and arts groups in Leicester and Leicestershire and wrote a three-year learning and outreach plan for Attenborough Arts Centre that focused on arts for and with disabled children and young people. My research report was used to support Attenborough’s successful applications for Arts Council England national portfolio organisation and capital funding.
Iain Standen, CEO, Bletchley Park Trust
Shane Downer, Heritage Officer, Milton Keynes Council
Kate Travers, Head of Learning, Bletchley Park Trust
Michaela Butter, FRSA MBE, Director, Attenborough Arts Centre
Stephen Newbould, Artistic Director, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group