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Visitor Engagement

One of my favourite elements of working in a museum is having the opportunity to engage with the public. I take great pleasure in being able to expand visitors' perceptions of and ways of looking at museum objects, be that through creative engagement activities, the creation of educational resources, or through delivering engaging tours

Employment Experience

June 2022 - Present

Visitor Engagement Representative

Princeton University Art Museum

As part of Princeton University Art Museum's visitor engagement team, I am responsible for managing daily gallery operations, including opening and closing the Museum’s two pop-up gallery spaces. I provide engaging and informative introductions to the rotating temporary exhibitions and I am on hand to answer any enquiries.


I also provide oversight and training for the Museum's team of Gallery Attendants, and I assist with the promotion, setup, and execution of Museum programs and events. I run museum events independently where required.


My role also involves assisting with the conceptualization, planning, and delivery of creative activities aimed at engaging visitors with exhibition content. Furthermore, I assist with the Museum's official social media channels by generating and publishing Instagram stories to promote ongoing exhibitions, events, and creative activities.

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Creative Programming

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October - November 2019

Sculpt, Mould, Cast

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

I collaborated with the Ashmolean’s Learning team and local Oxford artist Francesca Shakespeare to facilitate a three-day practical workshop in which a group of adult amateur artists produced pint-sized plaster casts of their own.

Each artist made a preparatory sketch of an object from the Ashmolean's 1000-strong cast collection, translated their 2D drawings into a three-dimensional form using clay, and then cast their clay model in Plaster of Paris. The finished casts were either left white, or painted in vibrant polychromy to resemble original ancient Greek and Roman statuary.

The creative programme was complemented by a series of short talks delivered by myself, which introduced the attendees to topics covered by my PhD research: the history of plaster casts in general and the Ashmolean's collection in particular, ancient sculpture production, and the use of polychromy in antiquity.

July 2019

Festival of Archaeology

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

The Ashmolean's annual Festival of Archaeology event aims to engage families with the Museum's archaeological collections through free activites, talks, and performances.

 

The theme for the 2019 interation was "Daily Life in Ancient Rome" to coincide with the Museum's temporary exhibition on the Roman town of Pompeii.

I collaborated with the Ashmolean's Learning team on a drop-in plaster cast making workshop. Children (and their parents!) were given the chance to make their own plaster ornaments reminiscent of oscilla, circular relief-decorated discs that adorned many ancient Roman peristyle gardens.

As well as casting their oscilla discs using Plaster of Paris, participants had the option to burnish their creations using gold powder.

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February 2017

"Life" Drawing

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

February 2016

Students Go Potty!

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

October 2015

Pharaoh's Bucket List

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

In conjunction with the Ashmolean's Student Creative Board, I organised a life drawing workshop in the Museum's Cast Gallery.

 

The session evoked the historical uses of casts within art academies: they were often employed by young artists to hone their skills in the absence of a live model. A life drawing instructor from Oxford Brookes University facilitated the event.

The next Student Creative Board activity that I helped to organise was a pottery-making workshop.

 

We invited local potter Charlie Clarke to guide a group of student attendees through the process of making vessels and small-scale sculptures from air-dry clay. The works were inspired by those within the Museum's wider ceramics collections.

The Student Creative Board's first workshop was hosted at the Ashmolean's LiveFriday after-hours event.

Based in the Ancient Egypt galleries, we invited participants to dress up as an ancient Egyptian and snap a photo of an object that they would take with them to the afterlife. We encouraged attendees to think about what would represent them/their wishes best, just as the pharaohs might have!

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Resource Creation

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February 2020

Zurich Portrait Prize & Zurich Youth Portrait Prize Exhibitions

Crawford Art Gallery, Cork

Working alongside the Crawford's education assistant, I created two educational resource packs to complement the Crawford's temporary Zurich portrait Prize exhibitions.

 

These comprised an introductory guide to the Zurich exhibition and looking at portraits more generally, as well as eight case studies of portraits taken from the Crawford’s own collections and the Zurich prize exhibitors.

 

The packs were intended for use by primary and post-primary teachers as a starting point for lesson plans, as well as to support school visits to the Gallery. The resources aim to develop and consolidate pupils' visual literacy and critical thinking skills, fostering curiosity about self-representation and identity.

During a Roman Society placement at the Great North Museum, I produced educational resources for secondary school children, aimed at engaging them with the Hadrian's Cavalry temporary exhibition. 

The resources included quizzes, trails to follow, and enrichment activities to develop close reading and comprehension skills.

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September 2017

Hadrian's Cavalry Exhibition

Great North Museum, Newcastle-upon-Tyne