Volunteers

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.

Kids in Museums is always looking for more volunteers. To apply to get involved please complete the application form (download this here) and email it to [email protected]. For the General volunteer description 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 – TAKEOVER TEAM MEMBER AND OFFICE VOLUNTEER

Jane Allnut

Jane 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.

 

RHONDA CARRIER –  COMMISSIONING EDITOR

rhonda-carrier-photoRhonda, 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.

DES CHEUNG – MAILING LIST MANAGER

LAURA FRENCH – ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR

YENTL LOVE – PICTURE EDITOR

Yentl Love

Yentl is currently studying a degree in Ancient History at Cardiff University. After years of obsessing over the ‘Horrible Histories’ series as a child, Yentl has grown to be passionate about the past, and in particular the societies of ancient Greece, Egypt and Rome. These interests have led Yentl to being an avid viewer of historical documentaries, and she is interested in exploring opportunities of combining filming and reviewing in the future. After attending museum exhibitions all across Europe, Yentl is excited to be given the opportunity to visit and review as many more museums as she can in the future.

 

BECKY MACNAUGHTON – NEWS EDITOR

Becky MacnaughtonBecky currently works in magazine publishing and is studying for a Diploma in Journalism with the NCTJ. Previously, she has worked as a bookseller, a barista and an audio-transcriber, and she’s recently finished an HLF-funded project which encouraged children and young people to engage more fully with Museums at Night events. In her spare time, Becky visits museums and art galleries as a way to find inspiration for the novel she one-day hopes to write. She’s very excited to become News Editor, and is looking forward to covering the exciting things that are happening for children in the museums sector.

MAGGIE MONTEATH – OFFICE VOLUNTEER, AWARD VOLUNTEER LEAD

Maggie MonteathMaggie 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.

ELLA OTTOWAY – FACEBOOK LEAD

MELANIE ROBINSON – WEBSITE UPDATER

m-robinsonMelanie joined the Kids in Museums volunteers team in 2016 as website updater. She has also joined in with the reviews team and has done precisely one review so far ! there are more to come however. Melanie has a background in languages which comes in very useful when visiting art galleries and museums in Europe! London is pretty much on a par with any of the major cities abroad. She loves visiting museums and exhibitions at weekends with or without nieces in tow! Melanie loves techy stuff especially installations designed especially for children to explore as well as nature discovery trails in the wild spaces and parks of the city.

 
 
 

NICOLA SHONE – REVIEWS EDITOR

Nicola 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.

ROSE SILVESTER – TWITTER LEAD (@KIDSINMUSEUMS)

Rose Silvester
Rose 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.

HANNAH SWEETAPPLE – MANIFESTO MANAGER

CHLOE TURNER – TWITTER LEAD (@TAKEOVERMUSEUMS) AND TEEN TWITTER TAKEOVER LEAD

Chloe has lived in Manchester for the past five years, working and volunteering at the National Football Museum (despite knowing nothing about football), Peoples History Museum, Jewish Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry. Chloe studied history when living in Manchester and is shortly coming to the end of a Masters in Museum Studies with the University of Leicester’s distance learning course. Chloe moved to London in February for a change of scenery, and to further her career. She worked at the Science Museum, and is now at the Museum of Brands as their Visitor Services Coordinator. To add to the impression she is obsessed with museums she also has a blog, which you can read here: http://www.ennigaldietc.com. She is looking forward to volunteering with Kids In Museums to understand museums from a family perspective.

 

GENERAL VOLUNTEERS:

 

KIRSTY ACKLAND

ZOE ALZAMORA

SUZAN ARAL 

Suzan 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.

MIRANDA BAXTER

Miranda Baxter
Miranda is a museum and gallery educator who began her career volunteering for the family and schools’ programmes at the Fred Jones’ Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma in 2000.
She has since worked with family, access, adult and community audiences at the National Gallery and Dulwich Picture Gallery, both in programming and also strategic roles.
Miranda has also been a teaching artist and head of education at the Mall Galleries in London.
With a background in art practice and history, she has also studied education in museums and galleries and enjoys writing about how audiences interact with artists and art.
She has also developed a theoretical and practical soft-spot for early years learning in museums and galleries over the past five years. She has produced programmes and more recently, offspring!
When not perusing an art gallery, Miranda is swimming, preferably outdoors. She believes that like art and museums, swimming is empowering and for everyone. She learns a lot from the children, young people and adults she teaches at her local pool. Having experienced first-hand the importance of kids’ visibility and voices, she is thrilled to be contributing to Kids in Museums.

 

EMMA BRYANT

Emma Bryant

Emma 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.

PETER DURLING


Peter 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.

PHILLIPA ELLIS 

Phillipa has spent the last 15 years working in advertising and marketing,  representing some of the world’s biggest brands with experience across a range of sectors including Travel, Retail and FMCG.

Phillipa has always had an interest in multiple art-forms, enjoying visual art, theatre, spoken word and performance and is a regular visitor to Edinburgh Fringe. Phillipa is one of four directors of Brockley Street Art Festival brockleystreetart.com leading the marketing, programming and participation in this community arts festival which aims to transform neighbourhood walls and shutters, working with local, national and international street artists.

Since having her children (now 4 and 6) Phillipa has captured her experiences of enjoying the arts through her own blog artsaloud.com , which aims to inspire families to get out and enjoy more of the arts together, road-testing exhibitions and events from a family perspective.

She also contributes to Londonist: Phillipa Ellis as a family theatre reviewer. Phillipa is particularly passionate about arts education, and is currently pursuing a new career in this area. She volunteers at the October Gallery and the Southbank Centre as well as South London Gallery’s art and play project: the Shop of Possibilities.

This September she began an MA in Education in Arts and Cultural Settings
at Kings College London.

CATHERINE FORBES

 

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.

RACHEL JOB

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.

AMY JOHNSTONE

 

REBECCA KEELING

 

LOIS KEITH

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.

 

RUTH McKEW

Ruth 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.

 

 

GRAEME MCKIRDY

 

KATHRYN MILLS-WEBB

Kathryn is a London-based volunteer who works in public relations primarily on the business to business/marketing side of things, so she is really looking forward to doing something a bit different with Kids in Museums.

Kathryn also has two small children who are six and two and so appreciates the importance of a child friendly museum, good cafe etc!

LISA MITCHELL

KARIN MOLSON

KATHRYN MORGAN

LIANNE POTTS

LYNDEN RICKWOOD

MARTINA  SANTANGELO

Martina Santangelo

Martina is an italian art historian, a graduate of Rome University, her beloved home town, and Bologna University.

On moving to London in September 2016, she started work as a retail assistant in the Museum of London and Tate Britain.

Shops in museums have a strategical position because you can see what’s going on around you and, if you pay attention, see how people feel in that place. Martina started to focus on children smiling, talking, creating and imagining. Museums, she thought, must be the places where children need to grow and learn, to develop a creative and critical way of thinking.

Martina feels museums can create the opportunity for widespread cultural and artistic participation. That means an healthy society, starting from kids and young people.

At present Martina still observes visitors in the shops of Tate Britain and she’s also an intern in the learning department of the Jewish Museum in Camden Town, where she assists in school workshops by being the main point of contact for the students in the galleries.

Martina is looking forward to playing a role in museum education and supporting Kids in Museums in the spread of passion and knowledge. This will be a challenge and a mission from now on!

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.

 

JACK SHOULDER

Jack Shoulder

Jack 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.

DAPHNE STYLIANOU

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.

GEORGIA WENLOCK

KATE WHITWORTH

SARAH YENERALSKI 

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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.

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