MARIELLA FROSTRUP is the first patron of Kids in Museums. Mariella has firmly established herself at the top end of opinion forming journalists and TV presenters. Defying any attempt to pigeonhole her skills and talents, Mariella has made her mark on a wide variety of programmes.
On television in a fifteen-year career she has continued to impress both audiences and critics with her friendly, accessible and intelligent screen presence. Her projects run the gamut from current affairs (Panorama, Question Time and Backlash) to movies and the arts, presenting Open Book and the recent Memory Season on BBC Radio 4.
Mariella is also a respected arts critic and has sat on the judging panels of many awards including the Booker Prize, the Orange Prize for Fiction, the Evening Standard Film Awards, the Amnesty International Media Awards, the Whitbread Book Of The Year, the London Film Festival and the RIBA Stirling Prize Awards 2006. Mariella lives in London with her husband and two children.
DAN SNOW is also a patron of Kids in Museums. He is a well-known historian, broadcaster and television presenter. He was born and raised in London, and remembers spending every weekend of his childhood being taken to castles, battlefields, country houses and churches. He developed a great love of history which he went on to pursue at Oxford University. While there he also rowed in the Boat Race three times. He left Oxford and immediately started presenting military history programmes with his father, Peter Snow. Their series, Battlefield Britain, won a BAFTA award. It told the story of 8 of the decisive clashes in British history from Boudicca to the Battle of Britain.
He has a regular slot on the ONE show on BBC1 and is also part of the BBC Events team, presenting anniversary programmes commemorating the end of World War Two in July 2005, Trafalgar in October 2005 and the Falklands War in 2007. His longer documentary work on BBC2 includes programmes on Hadrian, Montezuma, Dunkirk, the Royal Navy and World War Two archaeology. In the summer of 2011 Dan started presenting a regular BBC1 history show, ‘National Treasures Live.’ He has written or contributed to several books including ‘Death or Victory;’ the story of the siege of Quebec in 1759 and ‘Confusion of Command’ in which he published his great grandfather’s war diaries.
DAMIAN DIBBEN is an author and screenwriter with a passion for history and adventure. His internationally acclaimed series of books, THE HISTORY KEEPERS, are published in 26 languages in 40 countries, with a movie in development with Working Title, (Les Miserables, Billy Elliot).
Having worked first as an actor and then a successful screenwriter in the UK and Hollywood, THE HISTORY KEEPERS marked Damian’s first move into fiction writing. It has led to him being described by The Observer, as “one of the hottest properties in children’s fiction today”. Whilst researching the books – in which hero Jake Djones travels back in time through history – Damian is often to be found dipping in and out of the British Museum, as well as travelling around the world, most recently to China. On the subject of Kids in Museums he says, “I grew up in central London and museums totally shaped my life, from a young age, so I feel truly passionate on the subject of getting young people into museums.” The second book in the sequence, CIRCUS MAXIMUS, is just published.
BETTANY HUGHES is a rare talent in the broadcasting world. Following a scholarship to Oxford to read Ancient and Modern History, she has combined academic research with her campaigning work and investigations around the world to produce ground-breaking films and radio series. Her best-selling first book, Helen of Troy: Goddess, Princess, Whore has been translated into ten languages. Her book about Socrates, The Hemlock Cup; Socrates, Athens and the Search for the Good Life was a New York Times Bestseller.
In 2010 Bettany was made an Honorary Fellow of the Historical Association in recognition of her contribution to scholarship and an Honorary Fellow of Cardiff University in recognition of her contribution to public understanding. Bettany has written and presented many TV and Radio programmes including the forthcoming BBC 2 series Divine Women, ITV1’s Country At War, The Real Downton Abbey, Our Country At Christmas, BBC2’s The Seven Wonders of the Buddhist World (2011), BBC1’s The Day Jesus Died (2010) and Forgiveness (2011), BBC 2’s Atlantis: The Evidence (Timewatch Special) (2010), Channel 4’s The Bible: A History (Daughters Of Eve) (2010). Bettany is an advisor to the Foundation for Science Technology and Civilisation. She is a Research Fellow at King’s College, London.
MICHAEL SHEEN Recognised as one of the most talented of the new generation of British actors, Michael Sheen was born in Newport Wales and began his career on stage before making a successful transition to the big screen.
Trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, Sheen won the coveted Laurence Olivier Bursary for consistently outstanding performances. While still a student at RADA, Sheen landed a starring role opposite Vanessa Redgrave in 1991′s When She Danced, which marked his West End debut.
Sheen has since earned an Olivier Award nomination for his performance as Mozart in the West End production of Peter Hall’s revival of Amadeus, which he went on to make his Broadway debut in the U.S. production in 1999.
He also received Olivier Award nominations for his performances in Look Back in Anger and Caligula, and Frost/Nixon for which he won a London Critics Circle Award and the London Evening Standard Award for Best Actor in 2003. He has also received acclaim for his performances in such plays as Romeo and Juliet, Peer Gynt and Henry V.
On television, Sheen’s credits include his heart-breaking portrayal of performer in the BBC’s Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa! For which Sheen received a BAFTA nomination and the 2006 Royal Television Society Best Actor Award. He also received a 2005 BAFTA-nomination for his performance in Dirty Filthy Love, a drama in which he starred as an architect struggling to live with his obsessive-compulsive disorder. He also guest starred in an episode of Doctor Who alongside Matt Smith.
Sheen starred during the summer of 2007 on Broadway in the hit Frost/Nixon, which went on to translate into film. Sheen received a Distinguished Performance Award nomination from the Drama League for his work, among other accolades. This followed the sell-out run in London, where Sheen received nominations for Best Actor from the Olivier Awards and Evening Standard Awards.
Sheen’s other films include Music Within the story of Richard Pimentel, an early champion of the rights of the disabled and a primary activist behind the Americans with Disabilities Act. Sheen played Richard’s best friend Art; a wheelchair-bound genius who uses his wit to deflect the prejudice associated with his twisted form. Prior to Music Within, he was featured in Ed Zwick’s Blood Diamond, opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and Djimon Hounsou, and as Prime Minister Tony Blair in Stephen Frears’ acclaimed drama The Queen.
Along with the film, Sheen received many accolades for his performance including winning the Los Angeles Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor and a BAFTA nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
Sheen’s other credits include Ridley Scott’s Kingdom of Heaven; Laws of Attraction with Julianne Moore; Richard Donner’s Timeline; Stephen Fry’s Bright Young Things; Shekhar Kapur’s The Four Feathers; and Wilde with Stephen Fry and Jude Law
Having previously portrayed the British Prime Minister, also under Frears’ direction, in the television movie The Deal, The Queen marked Sheen’s third collaboration with Frears. Sheen made his feature film debut in the director’s Mary Reilly as Dr. Jekyll’s footman, along with a cast that included Julia Roberts, John Malkovich and Glenn Close.
In January 2009, Sheen was announced on The Queen’s annual honor list as being appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his contributions to the arts. Since then he’s filmed several projects including The Special Relationship, sequel to The Queen. This film sees Sheen reprising his role as Tony Blair in which the former prime minister’s relationships with American presidents Bill Clinton and George Bush are explored. This has landed Michael a 2010 Emmy nomination for ‘Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie’.
Sheen was then seen on screen starring in the back-to-back hits, Frost/Nixon directed by Ron Howard from Peter Morgan’s screen adaptation of his play which received an Academy AwardR nomination for Best Picture, and Underworld: The Rise of the Lycans, the prequel to the popular Underworld franchise.
In Frost/Nixon Sheen portrayed David Frost, which centered on his quest for the former president to accept a lucrative offer in 1977 to participate in a series of television interviews about the events that led Nixon to resign. For Underworld: The Rise of the Lycans, Sheen reprised his role as the dark Lycan master, Lucian, who rallies the werewolves to rise up against Viktor (Bill Nighy), the cruel vampire king who has enslaved them.
Sheen also starred in Tom Hooper’s The Damned United (2009), the darkly humorous story of confrontational Leeds United football manager Brian Clough, based on the popular novel by David Pearce. Edge-of-the-seat thriller Unthinkable (2010) saw Sheen take the role of an American Muslim, who is interrogated by FBI agents about three nuclear weapons set to detonate across the US. Directed by Gregor Jordan, Samuel L. Jackson also starred alongside Carrie-Ann Moss, both playing detectives.
Avoiding any chance of being type cast, Sheen joined the lineup for New Moon (2009), the sequel to the hugely successful Twilight; the film adaptions of Stephanie Meyer’s phenomenal novels. This sees Sheen playing Aro, the leader of the Volturi, a powerful coven of vampires. Tron Legacy, the eagerly anticipated follow up to Tron is sees Sheen acting alongside Jeff Bridges who reprises his role of Kevin Flynn from the original film. In the animated Tinkerbell and the Great Fairy Rescue (2010), Sheen plays the voice of Dr Griffiths alongside Jesse McCartney and Lucy Liu.
In addition to these projects, Sheen starred in Golden Globe Award-winning director Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland (2010), the much anticipated remake of the Lewis Carroll classic. Playing The White Rabbit, he starred opposite Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway.
Michael has also recently created, co-directed and starred in the original and groundbreaking piece, The Passion of Port Talbot, a live three-day continuous event for National Theatre Wales, which took place in his hometown of Port Talbot. This has lead for Michael and Bill Mitchell to be jointly nominated for Best Director for a UK Theatre Award 2011.
Sheen’s other recent projects include Beautiful Boy, opposite Maria Bello where he portrays the husband of a troubled marriage leveled by their 18 year old son’s suicide, following a mass shooting he committed. Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris which debuted in Cannes, the comedy Jesus Henry Christ, opposite Toni Collette, and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, returning as Aro. 2011 will also see the release of Resistance, where he plays the role of Tommy Atkins opposite Andrea Riseborough. He can also be seen in the crime film Few Options. Michael then returned to the London stage autumn 2011 in the most anticipated performance of his career in Hamlet at the Young Vic directed by Ian Rickson. 2012 saw Michael starring as the lead in the film adaptation of The Passion of Port Talbot, The Gospel of Us. Later this year Michael will be seen as starring as the leads in TV film Masters of Sex and Maria Mundi and the Midas Box.
Michael next appears in the new Showtime series, entitled Masters of Sex, in which Sheen both stars and produces, directed by John Madden which is on Channel 4. He has just finished filming alongside Tina Fey again, in the upcoming romantic comedy feature, ADMISSION.
The Kids in Museums trustees are an interesting bunch, bringing a wide range of experience and outlooks to the board. The trustees oversee the vision and aims of the organisation and the implementation of the projects.
DR. ELIZABETH MACKENZIE is a member of the Ship’s Advisory Council, ss Great Britain Trust, and Vice-Chairman for the British Association of Friends of Museums (BAFM).
From 1998-2004 she was Chairman of BAFM having served as a Vice-Chairman and Regional Representative for the South West. She was also co-chair of Museums and Galleries Month in 2007, and has been on the Museums Association Governing Bodies Forum. In 2005 and 2006, she was a judge for the Gulbenkian Prize for Museum of the Year. Before retiring, Liz was a Consultant Cytopathologist in Bristol and President of the British Society for Clinical Cytology.
JULIE TAYLOR is Director of External Relations, Arts Educational Schools, London.
From 2001 until 2010 Julie Taylor was the Head of Public Relations for Guardian News and Media (GNM), publisher of the award-winning Guardian and Observer newspapers and The Guardian. Previously Julie was Director of Communications at the Museums and Galleries Commission, responsible for the organisation’s publishing programme, public affairs and marketing as well as internal and external communications. She has managed PR for the National Magazine Company, promoting a range of flagship titles including Esquire, Harpers & Queen and Country Living. In addition she has worked for a range of arts organisations including Birmingham Royal Ballet, Opera North, the National Theatre, and the Arts Council. Prior to joining ArtsEd Julie worked on a freelance basis offering strategic communications advice to a range of private and public sector clients.
Julie is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, a trustee of Museums Sheffield, and a judge of the Daily Telegraph’s Family Friendly Museum Award.
ANRA KENNEDY Content and Partnerships Director at Culture24. Anra is responsible for the development and delivery of Culture24’s partnerships, content strategy and portfolio of websites. She works nationally and internationally to help museums and galleries connect with audiences online and is currently leading Connecting Collections, a project aimed at making digital collections useful and discoverable for children aged 7 to 14.
Originally a primary school teacher, Anra joined Culture24 in 2001 as an arts writer and education specialist. She’s created a range of web and gallery-based digital & educational resources in the commercial and non-profit sectors. Anra has three daughters (each with very strong opinions on museums), is a secondary school governor and is on the board of Group for Education in Museums.
PHILIP MOULD OBE (Chair) is an international art dealer who through his books, television programmes and articles has become one of the best known personalities of the art world. He is widely consulted as an art world pundit, frequently sought for speaking engagements, and constantly in demand for his professional services as a specialist in early British art and portraiture.
Together with running his own fine art gallery in London’s fashionable Dover Street at the heart of Mayfair, Philip is celebrated for his discoveries. Because of his specialist talent for unearthing long-lost, forgotten masterpieces or exceptional works of art Philip’s expertise is in demand from collectors, academics and museums on both sides of the Atlantic.
Philip has written several books which reveal the extraordinary culture of detection behind art discoveries including Sleepers: In Search of Lost Old Masters (published in paperback as The Trail of Lot 163 by 4th Estate, London) and Sleuth: The Amazing Quest for Lost Treasures, the latter of which is sold in the USA under the title The Art Detective – Fakes, Frauds and Finds and the Search for Lost Treasures.
For the last three years Philip has become internationally known for his acclaimed BBC1 series Fake or Fortune? which he co-presents with Fiona Bruce. Now the most watched art programme on television (viewing figures of 4-5 million in Britain alone) the programme makes real-time art discoveries as well as revealing fakes. The third series is airing in January 2014 and he is shortly commencing work for the fourth series to be broadcast in 2015. Philip is also a regular on BBC1’s Antiques Road Show.
From 1988 to early 2011, Philip held the prestigious position of official art adviser to the House of Commons and to the House of Lords for which he received the OBE. He is Chairman of Kids in Museums, President and formerly Chairman of Plantlife, the international wild plant conservation charity, a trustee of the English Heritage Foundation, and a patron of Fight for Sight. In 2013 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by his former university, East Anglia.
VICTORIA DAVISON is the COO of Marsh UK. She is an expert in financial strategy and planning, and has worked on projects in many of the world’s financial centers. Previously she spent 18 years working at UBS, where she co-founded an organization to support and promote families and was an active board member of their various women’s organizations. Victoria lives in London with her husband and four children.
TONY BUTLER is the Director of Museum of Anglian Life (MEAL). Apart from its regular function as an open-air museum, MEAL’s work focuses on training and skills development for vulnerable people, therapeutic care for those with mental health difficulties and heritage apprenticeships. He is also leading the Happy Museum project which aims to establish a community of museum practice based on well-being and sustainability.
Tony was a the Museums fellow on the Clore Leadership programme in 2007-08 and is also trustee of the Poetry Trust and Aldeburgh Museum. He lives in rural Suffolk with his partner Rachel and their two girls.
BERNARD DONOGHUE is the Director of the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions, the representative body for the most important, popular and iconic museums, galleries, cathedrals, gardens, heritage sites, historic houses, zoos and leisure attractions in the UK. He is a trustee of the Geffrye Museum of the Home, London, and of the Heritage Alliance. He is an appointed member of the Cathedral Council of St Paul’s Cathedral, London, and a Fellow of the Tourism Society.
He is a founder Trustee and Director of the Kaleidoscope Trust; a former Trustee of Centrepoint, the youth homelessness charity and was Chair of Centrepoint’s Marketing, Communications and Policy Committee (1995 – 2012); a Fellow and former Trustee of the World-Wide Fund for Nature UK, was Chair of WWF-UK’s 50th Anniversary Taskforce 2010 – 2012 and has been Chair of WWF-UK’s Council of Ambassadors since 2011. He is Chairman of the London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT), having been a Board member since 2005 and Deputy Chair since 2007. He was Head of Government and Public Affairs for VisitBritain, the national tourist board between 1997 and 2010. He was a Board Director of Marketing Manchester, 2001 – 2010, and Chairman of VisitManchester, the Manchester tourist board, 2008 – 2010. He was Co-Chair of British Tourism Week, 2008 – 2010.
Prior to VisitBritain Bernard held lobbying, policy, campaigning and communications roles for the National AIDS Trust; Sense – the National Deafblind and Rubella organisation; and Disability Daily, a national campaigning consortium of disability and carers’ organisations, which he founded. Bernard has worked as a policy and communications advisor in the House of Lords and Commons for various MPs and Peers; for the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe, based in Strasbourg; and for the late Diana, Princess of Wales. He was a member of the Prime Minister’s Communications Advisory Group between 2007 – 2009. He is the author of the ‘British Tourism Framework Review’, published in 2009 and commissioned by the then Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.
VICTORIA BROACKES is Head of Exhibitions in the V&A Department of Theatre & Performance, and Head of the London Design Festival at the V&A.
In 2013 Vicky co-curated the V&A’s major summer exhibition David Bowie is, the fastest selling exhibition in the museum’s history. Other exhibitions for the V&A have included Kylie: The Exhibition (2007) to The Story of the Supremes (2008) and The House of Annie Lennox (2011).
Published work includes the V&A catalogue for David Bowie is – the first book to be authorised by and to permit full access to his archive. She has also contributed to The Encyclopaedia of Interior Design, Connaissance des Arts, The Museums Journal and Telegraph online. Victoria has also appeared on panels discussing subjects ranging from the importance of design to the cultural relevance of Popular Culture.
Vicky has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the University of York and a Masters degree in History of Design from the Royal College of Art in London. She has also worked at the Musee du Louvre in Paris in the 1990s.
Victoria has four daughters and is a Trustee of Working Families, a charitable organisation dedicated to promoting work/life balance. She is a Liveryman of the Goldsmiths’ Company and sits on the Modern Collections Committee.
SASHA HAINES is Head of Legal Affairs for the Media Distribution division of The Walt Disney Company (Europe, Middle East & Africa). This division is responsible for the distribution of Disney, Pixar, Marvel and LucasFilm content (TV, films, games etc) across a range of platforms throughout Europe, including to many new digital services such as Apple, Google and Amazon.
Before joining Disney in 2005, Sasha was a partner at the international law firm, Allen & Overy, specialising in intellectual property law and was involved with both litigation and commercial work. Between Allen & Overy and Disney, she pursued a different ambition, obtaining an MSc in Philosophy from the LSE.
Sasha lives in London with her husband and two young children, and the whole family loves visiting museums and galleries.