We do collections advice. Whether it’s public, private, independent or technical advice, we can help.
Curate images, sound, and 3D assets. We can help you get it online or on to devices, and help study it too.
Engaging content from our unique perspective, wherever you need it. From museums to hotels to airports to offices.
We help organisations and networks to develop and change. Diversity, inclusion, leadership work? That too.
Research is our passion. Historical, museological, scientific, technological; it’s in our bones.
We excel in creating, developing, and delivering place-based and online training and courses.
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We were interested in recruiting people because of their ideas about museums and diverse life experiences, not in spite of them. In the first instalment discussing the findings from Citizen Curators I talked about how this curatorial community was developed. Today I take a closer look at how diverse the cohorts were, and what factors were at…
In early 2022 we were asked by Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Maritime Archaeology Society (CISMAS) if we could help them with an intriguing project. In the small museum on the island of Tresco, Isles of Scilly, is a large 3.5m high wooden carving from the stern (back) of HMS Colossus which was wrecked in…
Community, engagement, co-curation are all interchangeable ideas with strong resonance in the international museum sector. These ideas are challenging the very notion of what a museum is, and for whose benefit they exist. This is the first in a series of articles that reveals the findings of four years of action research underpinning the Citizen…
In the Autumn I was pleased to see an article I contributed to the Museum X Takeover of Museums Journal published by the Museums Association as part of a seminal issue that set out its stall for a Black British Museum. Titled, ‘You’ve got to get your history right’, this article will form the basis…
Curating narrows the gap between creating knowledge and communication. Our philosophy is inspired by the concept of creating collections of things. The act of collecting is about constructing knowledge (information and emotional) through explanation and stories.
Possessing that knowledge bestows a person power. It is the curator’s purpose to share that knowledge (and its power) as widely and equitably as possible through brilliant communication and interpretation.
Read more about our philosophy on curating.
What we provide
Digital and place-based course development for colleges, adult education, universities, individual organisations and groups. We have developed and are delivering a major work-based curatorial training and museum awareness course for Cornish museums called Citizen Curators on behalf of Cornwall Museums Partnership, supported by the Museums Association Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund.
We help organisations analyse information and explore new subjects. Recently we have helped Historic England to update a guide to good practice and communicate shipwrecks to non-divers through 3D imaging on Sketchfab. Our research into medieval inscriptions has helped archaeologists at Tintagel to read words hidden for a thousand years.
Support for undertaking organisational change, leadership development and diversity and inclusion work. Our Director is an Accredited member of the Association of Facilitators and we have led facilitation events for the National Trust, Arts Council England and contributed insights to the Cultural Governance Alliance led by the Clore Leadership Programme.
Curate it all…
…food, clothes, garden, music, colours, lights, writing, your room.
Good curating gives meaning to the choices you make when you choose, select and arrange.
It determines the ideas, people and stories you really care about.