Would you like to volunteer for Kids in Museums?
New volunteers would join an award-winning team and be an integral part of Kids in Museums support for museums, galleries and historic homes. Click here for our Volunteer Charter
Kids in Museums is always looking for more volunteers so do get in touch if you’re interested. Email your CV and a Letter of Interest (include the skills you think you can offer, the skills you’re interested in developing and tell us why you’d like to be involved) to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, click here.
We’re very lucky at Kids in Museums to have several highly skilled and dedicated volunteers helping us run the organisation. Meet the team below.
JANE ALLNUTT has been volunteering with Kids in Museums for over 4 years and has loved every minute of it! It is always challenging and she finds herself doing unexpected jobs and discovering skills Jane never thought she’d learn! Jane teaches part time in Primary schools and is also a freelance educator at Chelmsford museum and the Essex Record Office.
SUZAN ARAL has worked as a graphic designer and illustrator for over 20 years in cities as far afield as London, Athens, Hong Kong and Istanbul. Many projects she has worked on have been for museums and the creative sector. Her most rewarding design projects are those that help young visitors engage with museums and their exhibits. Suzan has always carried a sketchbook with her and whenever she gets the chance, she can be found sketching street scenes, market stalls and other details of everyday life that catch her eye.
EMILY BECKWITH is currently a full time MA student following the course Museums & Galleries in Education at the Institute of Education.
Before moving to London for last September, she had been living in the Netherlands where she studied Cultural Heritage Studies at the Reinwardt Academy in Amsterdam. As well as studying she volunteers at Imagine Art Club, where she helps facilitate the After School Club by delivering art activities as a means to help children build confidence and develop problem solving, social and critical thinking skills.
She is loving London life, as there is always something to see or do and there are SO MANY museums to visit. She has a particular passion for historic houses and art galleries. It is her ambition to work within museum education or interpretation facilitating or creating, accessible, engaging and thought provoking visitor experiences.
SARAH BENNETT is the Kids in Museums Manifesto Manager. Inspired by family stories and adventures in nearby Warwick and Kenilworth castles as a child, Sarah developed an interest in history from a young age but ended up working as an IT Training Consultant for many years. Always a keen visitor to museums and heritage sites in her spare time, she studied for her History degree as a mature student, and now loves visiting them with her two young daughters enthusiastically in tow. Sarah works part-time on a freelance basis as a Heritage Educator, working mainly with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust – teaching school groups, running informal family learning workshops and developing learning resources. She has also worked for the National Trust in the past. Sarah loves exploring the family offer at different museums all around the UK and dreams of a day all heritage sites are truly family friendly. Her personal favourites run at least into double figures but Lanhydrock (NT), the Herbert, and pretty much any museum in London spring to mind. An advocate of lifelong learning, Sarah loves seeking out new learning opportunities and is passionate about encouraging a love of history in children (running a history club at her local primary school). She is also possibly one of ‘Horrible Histories’ biggest fans, knowing a worrying number of songs/sketches off by heart. Sarah is frequently spreading the Kids in Museums message and is delighted to have joined the team as a volunteer. She is excited about her role and opportunities to promote the Kids in Museums Manifesto further.
EMMA BRYANT works in the Education Department at the Wallace Collection, London, running the schools programmes. She got to know the team at Kids in Museums in 2010 when they visited a family exhibition called Shhh…It’s a Secret. Emma helped twelve 8-11 year old pupils to curate, design and interpret it, thus learning how effective children are at working out what works for them, their peers and families in museums . She continues to work with this age group, giving the children as much say as possible in the development and content of the public tours that they regularly deliver. Kids in Museums have enthusiastically supported her work at the Wallace and now she is looking forward to volunteering and visiting other museums and galleries on their behalf, as well spreading the word about Kids in Museums.
RHONDA CARRIER, Kids in Museums’ Commissioning Editor, has London’s free museums to thank for keeping her sane when her three sons (now 11, 9 and 5) were tiny and she lived in a minuscule flat in Marylebone. Now based in Manchester, she is Head of Content for the leading family travel website takethefamily.com and a freelance contributor to the likes of The Guardian and The Observer, National Geographic Traveller, Conde Nast Traveller, easyJet Traveller, Food and Travel, The Mail Online and many others. A former guidebook writer for Time Out, Frommer’s and other major publishers, she has written about museums around the world and is passionate about their importance for children and parents alike. Rhonda is also a volunteer for the family holiday association CHICKS. Her website and blog can be found at www.rhondastravels.net.
JOE CARROLL Ever since visiting London as a child, using a family day-saver ticket on the District line, Joe has loved spending his weekends in London’s museums and galleries. Since moving to London after studying English Literature at university, Joe spends his weekdays researching for a literary copyright society and volunteers twice-monthly at the Museum of the Order of St John in Clerkenwell. Although he has no kids of his own, Joe likes to borrow his friends’ toddlers and take them to his favourite museums. His personal favourites include the Horniman Museum & Gardens, Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum and getting lost in the V&A.
REBECCA CARVILLE has been a primary school teacher for 5 years and before that studied for a BA History degree. Rebecca is also currently volunteering part-time for the National Trust as a room guide. She has always had a passion for history, and enjoys spending time visiting places of historical interest and reading about historical events. Rebecca loves seeing how children interact with museums, something she has experienced from leading school trips and taking her godson out! Exploring and discovering a museum for the first time is completely different to visiting it as an adult and she loves their different take on things. Rebecca is a creative individual and enjoys making things, knitting/sewing/crafting and loves how children respond to these activities too. Rebecca really enjoy visits to the theatre in her spare time.
EMILY COWAN is a final year undergraduate studying Ancient History at Cardiff University. Emily spends a lot of time in galleries and museums, which is why she decided to volunteer with Kids in Museums. Emily has volunteered in museums and archives in both Hampshire and Cardiff and hopes to volunteer in London.
SUSIE DALTON is originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, but is now based in Edinburgh and in her final year of her Archaeology degree at the University of Edinburgh. She has a part-time job as an Educational Session Leader at the Museum on the Mound in Edinburgh which involves carrying out workshops with primary school children, which she loves. She’s also a regular volunteer at the National Museum of Scotland. She started volunteering with Kids in Museums because she loves being able to expand on her passion of helping to make museum environments exciting and educationally valuable for children and young families, and she’s really excited about getting more involved!
EMMA N DOUBLE is an art historian, arts writer and children’s illustrator, and has dabbled in arts TV production. She was an undergraduate at University College London after a year at Camberwell College of Arts, gaining a wide range of experience volunteering for the Whitechapel Gallery, Tate Britain and the Guildhall Art Gallery as well as interning for a DCMS shadow minister. She most recently completed her Masters in the History of Art at the University of York, specialising in Georgian and Victorian art. During her studies she worked with York Art Gallery as the first Friends of York Art Gallery Research Scholar, gaining much first-hand experience speaking to families and creating family-friendly interpretation panels, arts films and a book for the gallery alongside her research. She also volunteered at Fairfax House as an exhibitions tour guide, and as a visitor assistant for the York Mystery Plays. She is currently based in France, working as a Communications Officer for a contemporary art gallery in Nîmes, and is a freelance arts writer for numerous magazines in Britain and France. She returns to London this summer to start her career in the arts sector, and is excited about working further with Kids in Museums to promote its very worthy cause.
LIAM DOYLE studied biology at Cardiff University and completed a Master of Research looking at the ecological impacts of climate change. Upon graduating he became first a volunteer and then a staff member in the learning department at the National Museum in Cardiff, where he engages with visitors of all ages using handling objects, guided tours and creative workshops. His main interest lies in natural history. He is delighted to have joined Kids in Museums as a volunteer and is excited about what the future has to offer.
BENJAMIN DREW has an MA in Museum Cultures, his main focus of study was education and technology in museums. He is currently developing his career in museum education, volunteering in an educational capacity at The British Museum, Benjamin Franklin House and the Museum of London Docklands. Benjamin is also the Cultural Ambassador in residence in Gearies Primary School where he works alongside teachers to help develop specialist lessons and resources that focus on culture in both the local community and in London. Within this role, Benjamin worked with the children, who form the school’s cultural trust, to create and deliver the school’s cultural charter. He is interested in the use of technology in museums and look forward to contributing articles on this subject.
PETER DURLING moved down to South Wales from Cheshire and is currently reading Ancient History at Cardiff University in his final year. Peter’s real passion is for history, a subject he enjoys academically and in his free time. When his head isn’t buried in books, Peter enjoys sports, particularly football, of which he is Vice Captain for an IMG 11-a-side team. He cherishes education and has a background in community projects such as the Leading Edge Project, a programme aiming to improve teaching standards in the Cheshire East region. When he can find time, Peter is a keen traveller, the highlight of his exploits being a 3-week InterRailing trip seeing 12 cities in 9 different countries and he hopes to expand his cultural horizons after university through further travel. Peter has a real desire to enter the conservation and heritage sector in a professional capacity after graduation and has recently been accepted as a Young Ambassador for the National Roman Legion Museum, a role he is extremely honoured to hold. Museums are places Peter has always taken pleasure in visiting, and his involvement with Kids in Museums so far has been incredibly fulfilling, the recent Taking Over Day being an outstanding example.
BABS GUTHRIE is a freelance web editor and digital media consultant working in the charity and heritage sector. Her first proper job was in the Museum of Reading, teaching children about charnel pits, playing with the macroscope and learning to love MODES. She’s since worked at the British Museum, the Museum of London, Royal Museums Greenwich and many years ago did her dissertation at UCL’s glorious Petrie Museum (still a firm favourite). Babs gets excited about digital innovation that increases museum access and engagement, Egyptology, dinosaurs and Gin Palaces.
ELAINE HILL is based in Northern Ireland and currently works as a Heritage Development Officer at Mid-Antrim Museum. She has been working in the museum sector for 15 years, mostly as a local museum Curator and also in a number of learning and development roles in both Northern Ireland and Scotland. She is particularly interested in the diverse ways museums can engage audiences and how museums of all sizes can find ways to engage families and young people. Elaine also has an interest in digital engagement and is committed to learning more about using this in museums. She is delighted to be volunteering for Kids in Museums and is looking forward to getting involved and promoting the message further.
ALICE HOCKEY is a graduate of the University of Glasgow and after studying History of Art and Philosophy moved to London to pursue a career in the world of museums. Museums, galleries and cultural sites have always played a large part in her growing up, whether for research or pleasure, at home and abroad, it is a passion she hopes to inspire in others.
Lois has a background in education and worked for many years as an English teacher in inner city comprehensive schools and on programmes for schools television and developing courses and teaching materials.
She is a writer of fiction and non-fiction. Her books explore the lives of disabled people and have been translated into a number of languages. Her first book, Mustn’t Grumble, Writing By Disabled Women, won the MIND Book of the Year Award and she is the recipient of the Sue Napolitano award for disabled writers.
From 2003-2015, she was the Equality and Diversity Manager for the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama and had a parallel ‘career’ as a creative writing lecturer, most recently at Birkbeck College, University of London. She works freelance as a creative writing tutor and equality trainer, specialising in helping arts organisations improve their diversity and become ‘disability confident’.
She has served on a number of boards and committees including: Disability Arts in London, Channel 4’s Disability Committee, the Almeida Theatre’s Access Committee CandoCo Dance Company, Disability Equality in Education and the Alliance for Inclusive Education. She is currently a Trustee at Shape Arts and a volunteer at Kids in Museums.
In 2016, Lois was awarded an OBE for services to equality and diversity in higher education and the performing arts.
RACHEL JOB is the Kids in Museums Reviews Editor. Rachel recently graduated with a degree in anthropology from the University of Aberdeen and became interested in museums after looking at museum collections as part of her course. Over the past few year she has volunteered at Kenwood House and the Horniman Museum in London, and the Maritime Museum and University Museums in Aberdeen. She is now living in France where she is teaching English in primary schools, visiting the museums of Saint-Etienne and exploring the surrounding countryside on her bike.
KATIE McGILL is the fundraising administrator for Bath Abbey. She previously worked at the Kids in Museums office as the Administrator and Events Manager, and still volunteers for Kids in Museums in her spare time. She has also worked in the learning departments at the Natural History Museum and Tate Britain, facilitating workshops for school groups and developing new learning activities. Katie studied History at Kings College London, having been inspired to study the subject through hundreds of museum adventures as a child. She still loves to explore new museums all around the country and discover new ways that museums are becoming family friendly and fun.
RUTH McKEW has two daughters aged 4 and 6 and lives near Chester, where she works for a museum design and consultative company. Ruth’s museum career began in a museum now called Dig! In York and after the first day working there with families and school groups she went home knowing what she wanted to do in her career. Ruth worked in small museums in Cheshire before going freelance. As a freelance curator she did lots of work with museums of all sizes offering help with development, collections care and learning. In 2009 as a family they moved to Malawi for three years. While there she found various projects at museums and archives to get involved with and enjoyed living in a different culture and exploring that part of Africa. Back in the UK Ruth works part-time and enjoys being part of a team that develops exhibitions and learning in museums and heritage sites. She loves visiting museums and working with staff to communicate better with their audiences. Outside of work she is involved in the local church and helps out with children’s and youth work and plays tennis and squash.
MAGGIE MONTEATH taught throughout the Primary age group, including Early Years, for 20 years. Already a keen museum visitor, she organised regular class visits to heritage sites where she saw the possibilities of inspiring ‘awe and wonder’ through object handling. Moving into museum education Maggie set up the Education Service at Haslemere Museum from scratch and was proud to be listed among the final 20 museums in the very first Family Friendly Museum Awards. Maggie is now a freelance museum education consultant specialising in developing learning opportunities for the primary age group and their families. She is looking forward to introducing her young grandson to museums.
TEMPE NELL is based in London and since graduating from Cambridge University with a degree in History of Art in 2009, has worked as private tutor, au pair, governess, museum education coordinator, classical musician and as gallery assistant at an art dealers. Having discovered that all roads lead to museum education work (ish), she is currently studying for an MA in Museum and Gallery Education at the Institute of Education, whilst continuing to work in museums and tutoring. Tempe is part-time Learning Coordinator at the Golden Hinde Trust and volunteers in the CPS and Engage teams at the Horniman Museum, engaging visitors with object handling and interactive learning as well as helping conduct visitor surveys. She sings as an associate member in the National Portrait Gallery Choir in Residence and she enjoys cycling, travelling, writing, being entertained and entertaining. She is dedicated to maintaining a very full plate, with a healthy appetite for unusual challenges (including marine mammal surveys in the Hebrides) whilst keeping to a balanced diet of education work with the arts (and extended metaphors). She is very excited to be joining the Kids in Museums team and believes wholeheartedly in their promotion of accessibility to museums for children of all ages.
FRANCESCA PELLEGRINO is the Kids in Museums Teen Twitter Takeover Lead. She has been working in the cultural sector for 4 years and has a real passion for audience engagement in museums, from children to families in all their forms and young people. Francesca also has an interest in digital engagement in museums from social media (which she loves!) to exploring lots of other aspects. Francesca currently works for Epping Forest District Museum in Essex and Lowewood Museum in Hertfordshire as their Audience Development Officer, a job she absolutely loves. Her favourite museums and galleries include the Louvre and Musee d’Orsay in Paris, the National Gallery and the Museum of Brands in London. Francesca also enjoys visiting small local museums and has a real passion for supporting and shouting about the fantastic work they do. Having worked on a number of Kids in Museums initiatives, such as starting a youth panel and running the museum’s first takeover day. Francesca can’t wait to get more involved in Kids in Museums and spreading their fantastic message.
SARAH ROGERS previously worked at the Imperial War Museum for 7 years. Firstly in the Events Team on various museum hosted events and openings, before moving on to become Exhibition Project Manager, where she worked on the planning and installation of a number of major exhibitions. More recently Sarah worked at a London higher education college that specialises in design and communication subjects. She has a 2 year old daughter and is expecting her second child in the not too distant future. As a family they love visiting museums and heritage sites in their spare time and Sarah firmly believes that children are never too young to participate in and enjoy all that Museums have to offer. Sarah also loves to visit the coast as often as possible and reading as much as she can, with a particular obsession for fiction based around 20th century social history.
SOPHIE SERRARIS brings in international experience and inspiration. She has been working as a project manager of national food project EETiKET (Belgium) and Kids in Museum’s Your Museum Cafe Project, coaching museums and their cafes on welcoming families and exploring commercial and cultural links. Sophie’s loyal support to Kids in Museums over the past years perfectly matches her work as a creative museum consultant. Her own business called iMuseum Consultancy specialises in child/family friendly initiatives. She runs many pioneering projects all about co-creation and audience engagement. Sophie is heart-driven in work and life and loves to inspire (young) people. As a cultural omnivore she enjoys sinking her teeth into everything ranging from Art to Zoos, and all fashion, food, heritage and theatre performances in between.
NICOLA SHONE is a second year Cardiff student studying for a English Literature and Philosophy Joint Honours Degree. Nicola loves museums, art, children and learning new things and wherever she can, teaching new things too. Nicola has lived in London, Pembrokeshire and Cardiff which has given her a good experience of diverse people, cultures and places. She loves reading, writing and travelling. Nicola is half Cypriot Greek and half Welsh which is a fun mix to have as it means she often visits Cyprus and can talk some Greek as well as English and having learnt minimal Welsh at GCSE! Nicola likes walking, swimming and badminton and enjoys meeting new people. She has always loved museums and looks forward to volunteering with Kids in Museums.
JACK SHOULDER does a lot of work in Museum Education as Towner’s Learning and Participation Assistant during the week and as a Family Learning Facilitator at the British Museum, facilitating family workshops in the Samsung Digital Discovery Centre helping families get the most out of their visit to the museum on the weekends. When he’s not working in museums, he goes exploring them for his blog and spreading the Kids in Museums message.
ROSE SILVESTER is the Kids in Museums Lead Tweeter. Rose is now retired after a long career as a technician in the School of Chemistry at the University of Bristol. An Open University degree project led to her joining Bristol Magpies (now called the Friends of Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives or FBMGA) and serving on the committees of this Friends group for several years. She has also edited the Newsletter and Annual Journal for the British Association of Friends of Museums (BAFM) and currently volunteers at the University of Bristol Theatre Collection and the Ken Stradling Collection in Bristol. All her museum activities are voluntary and unpaid and she is a firm believer in the mutual benefits of volunteering. Rose is also a member of the Friends of the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford, the Friends of Somerset Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury, the Friends of the Museum of Bath at Work, the Friends of the Royal West of England Academy, the Friends of the Landmark Trust, and a supporter of Farms for City Children.
Daphne has a background in Anthropology and is interested in material culture, the arts and heritage. She has done research around the role of museums and cultural heritage and believes an inclusive approach to cultural institutions is shaping a better environment for kids to engage with the arts.
GARETH WHITLEY currently works at a museum, gallery and family attraction in North Wales. He has worked in museums since 2010, having previously worked with children as a play worker, since graduating from university in 2007. Gareth believes that museums have an important part to play in helping to develop a young person’s sense of self, the world around them and their own particular place as well as providing an important opportunity for all types of families to enjoy spending time together. Gareth is excited about working with Kids in Museums and all the excellent work they continue to do to help museums find more ways to open up our combined cultural heritage.
SARAH YENERALSKI is the Kids in Museums Reviews Editor. Sarah loves to spend her free time visiting museums with her two young children. She graduated some time ago from Leicester University with a degree in History of Art. After graduation, Sarah worked in Corporate and Private Banking. Sarah volunteers in her local museum in Romford – Havering Museum, where she has enjoyed a number of different roles including helping with their family activities . Presently she is in charge of social media and the Havering Museum blog. Over the last two years Sarah has managed Takeover Days at Havering Museum. Sarah also works part-time in her local school as a SEND Teaching Assistant. For fun, Sarah and family love to visit other museums and galleries and take part in classic car events. Sarah also loves to visit family in Devon where she grew up.