Here at Kids in Museums, we have a dedicated team of staff working hard to ensure that Britain’s museums are family friendly…
ALISON BOWYER – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Alison has worked in the cultural sector for over ten years with previous roles at LAMDA, the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Southbank Centre and the Academy of Ancient Music. She has a longstanding interest in museums and heritage having been a volunteer at Handel House Museum (now Handel and Hendrix in London) and completing a masters degree in Cultural Memory at the University of London.
Alison is delighted to have been appointed to the role of Executive Director at Kids in Museums and is hugely looking forward to working with the team to enable more children and young people to visit museums and participate in culture and heritage more widely. Outside of work Alison was for many years keen musician and has performed in many of the UK’s leading concert halls including the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms. She is also a helpline volunteer for The Mix, a charity which provides emotional support and information on any issue to the under-25s.
DEA BIRKETT – CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Dea is creative director of Kids in Museums, the visitor-led organisation working with museums, galleries and heritage sites to make them more welcoming of children and families – in particular those who have never visited before. Dea is passionate about advocating the importance of museums in providing experiences, opportunities and ambitions to young people. The annual Kids in Museums Manifesto is the foremost family friendly audit document in the museum and arts sector. The Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award, which Kids in Museums founded and runs, is the biggest museum award in Britain and the only one judged by families.
Dea is also an award-winning writer and journalist, author of seven books including Serpent in Paradise, Off the Beaten Track and Three Centuries of Women Travellers (with the National Portrait Gallery). She is a contributor to the Guardian, Mail on Sunday and a wide range of national publications, as well as a regular commentator for the BBC. She is co-Director of TextWorkshop www.textworkshop.co.uk, working with museums and visitor attractions on their messages and written interpretation.
She is Creative Director of Many Rivers Films, an Emmy-nominated film company, making challenging dramas and documentaries. In 2011, she was on the Independent’s One Hundred Happy List.
CAROLINE MARCUS – PROJECT DIRECTOR
Caroline has worked for many years as a leading independent consultant in museum and gallery learning, access and engagement. She is also a part time Visiting Lecturer at the Institute of Education. Before joining Kids in Museums, Caroline was Head of Learning at the Jewish Museum, London. She has also held many roles at the National Gallery, including Access Officer, Outreach Officer and Take One Picture Exhibition Project Manager. She developed and delivered the learning content for the National Gallery’s cultural training model for Initial Teacher Education students. Caroline has expertise in Holocaust education. She is a Trustee of the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu.
VIVIEN TESSERAS – ADMINISTRATOR AND EVENTS MANAGER
Vivien’s first job after leaving university was at the Mermaid Theatre, London. She then moved into publishing and has worked as a freelancer for many years, providing editorial and administrative services to a range of publishing professionals, including publishers, agents and authors. Reading is a passion, as well as all things creative, particularly theatre and dance. She loves visiting museums and galleries, both old favourites like the V & A and new discoveries like the William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow, and has many happy memories of family visits to museums here and abroad when her children were younger. She remembers reading Dea’s article in The Guardian which set the Kids in Museums’ ball rolling, and is looking forward to working for them and helping out with all the excellent work they do to make visits a mutually beneficial experience for families and museums.
CATHERINE McKEAG – PROJECT MANAGER
Catherine is enthusiastic that Kids in Museums projects are will be memorable experiences for children and museum staff across the country. One of her strongest childhood memories is of visiting a Viking village and seeing history brought to life. Replica houses and cooking rabbit on an open fire has fuel her passion about making museums and galleries accessible and fun to all children. After gaining her degree in Documentary Photography, Catherine worked in Spain and South America in museums and language schools. She gained great understanding of strong educational programmes within these cultural spaces. Speaking English, Welsh and Spanish she hopes to use her languages to spread the message of Kids in Museums.
MIKAELA WEBB – PROJECT ADMINISTRATOR
Mikaela works across the various projects at Kids in Museums including Takeover Day and the teen film projects. She studied History at the University of Chichester, graduating in 2010. Her museum life began when she joined the Museum of London’s youth panel, Junction, which opened her eyes to the difference museums can make to a young person. She has since worked at Royal Museums Greenwich as a Visitor Experience Assistant where she loved working with families and school groups as well as assisting in the running of the Youth Advisory Group. Mikaela is now a member of Kids in Museums staff after volunteering at the charity for nearly two years and is excited to be a part of the team.
JENIFER MACINDOE – EVALUATION
Jenifer specialises in creating opportunities for young people to participate and contribute, working as a Heritage Learning & Interpretation Consultant to support historic homes, gardens, national museums and galleries and small volunteer-run sites. Jenifer’s work includes the management of interpretation and visitor engagement projects, audience consultation and visitor evaluation. Jenie has also worked with the business community to develop challenges and industry-related activities for young people and has managed the development of services for young people and communities through the Extended Schools initiative.
LUCE CHOULES - CREATIVE CONSULTANT
Luce looks after the creative projects and visual communication for Kids In Museums. Luce is a multi-disciplinary arts practitioner and explorer, working on commissions and projects in the UK and Europe. She is also the founder of publishing company Foldedsheet, and runs editorial and mapping workshops in the arts, education and culture sector. She enjoys borrowing her nephews for gallery and museum visits at any opportunity, encouraging them to do lots of looking, thinking, talking and sketching.
TOM BARRANCE – KIDS IN MUSEUMS’ CONSULTANT FILM-MAKER
Tom Barrance, Owner/Director of Learnaboutfilm Ltd, has over two decades’ experience of film education and film-making with children, young people and adults. He has been involved in several pioneering film education projects and has delivered training and presentations around the UK and in Europe. Tom devised the acclaimed interactive resources Making Movies Make Sense and Editsense and runs the popular film education website Learn About Film. Tom worked with Kids in Museums on the film Our Take/Barn Ni, made by young people in Newport and Wrexham: https://vimeo.com/62417977