Selfie day

Tuesday, August 28th, 2018

It seems it was ‘selfie day’ when I visited Eling Tide Mill Experience. I wrote the panels for this splendid exhibition a couple of years ago, but only recently had the chance to visit in person. What was it like?  Just Wow! This place has all the secret ingredients. The working flour mill is wonderfully restored,… Read more »

It doesn’t matter what you know

Friday, February 9th, 2018

Quote of the week: “It doesn’t matter how much we know. What matters is how clearly others can understand what we know.” – Simon Sinek For me, this quote sums up the importance of heritage interpretation and why most curators shouldn’t write museum panels.  

An exhibition like you’ve never seen

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

Here’s an exhibition like you’ve never seen before! I’ve just finished writing for the Alice in Wonderland show for Grande Exhibitions in Australia. It’s quite something! Check out this film – the Alice show starts at 3m 27s. (BTW – we also did the interpretive copy for the Leaders Exhibition that follows it.) Saying it’s… Read more »

Stop what you are doing and watch this short video

Sunday, January 7th, 2018

If interpretation, storytelling, writing labels or explaining the meaning of something is part of your role – stop what you are doing and watch this short video. I particularly like the final point about fluency.

Be still, my beating heart

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

Walking around the British Motor Museum in Gaydon, Worcestershire, was an absolute delight. Rarely have I seen such a splendid exhibition that delivers and delights at every turn. Yes, I expected to see some fabulous old cars, but this exhibition had a whole lot more to offer. From fabulous and engaging interactives to one of… Read more »

AIM High – How to beat the big-budget museums.

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

The Association of Independent Museums has featured a guest blog post from 52 Oaks – all about how smaller museums can attract, engage and enthuse visitors. And you don’t need a big budget to do it. Comparing the experiences at Anglesey’s modest independent Transport Museum and the big-budget swanky affair at Crete’s Heraklion Archaeological Museum,… Read more »

Restoration of the Year – The GRAND FINAL.

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

We’re excitedly awaiting tomorrow night’s episode of Channel 4’s Restoration of the Year to see if our client, Cardigan Castle, win the ROTY Grand Final. Having visited at the weekend, we think they thoroughly deserve to win. Watch the show here: http://www.channel4.com/…/great-british-build…/episode-guide

Cardigan Castle wins Restoration of the Year – Georgian Era

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Congratulations to our client Cardigan Castle on winning the Channel 4 Restoration of the Year award for the Georgian Era. They now go into the final to compete for the overall award. The project took the site from being near derelict through a spectacular restoration of their medieval and Georgian buildings. It’s an unbelievable transformation… Read more »