Kids in Museums is managed by a small team based in our office in South London.
The team is united by its commitment to making all museums better for children, young people and families.
Alison Bowyer – Executive Director
Alison has worked in the cultural sector for over 10 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 how people engage with heritage, having been a volunteer at Handel House Museum (now Handel and Hendrix) in London and completing degrees in Cultural Memory at the University of London and history at the University of Cambridge. Her favourite museums are the Wellcome Collection and the People’s History Museum.
Outside of work, Alison was for many years keen musician and has performed in most of the UK’s leading concert halls including the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms. She was a volunteer for young people’s helpline, The Mix, for seven years and is now a mentor for Arts Emergency.
Laura Bedford – Head of Programmes
Laura has worked in or with museums for over 15 years. All her roles have been learning focused and involved working with a variety of audiences. Whilst working at Geffrye Museum she rolled out a new early years programme, co-created exhibitions with family learning groups, consulted with families in order to pilot new digital provision, managed an after school club for young people with learning disabilities and co-produced events with the youth advisory panel.
Laura previously managed the National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing and was the director for GEM’s health and wellbeing intermediate course. She strongly believes that museums can change lives and has seen first-hand the impact that culture can have for audiences of all ages. Her favourite museums for their work around children, young people and families are Mansfield Museum in Nottinghamshire and Cardiff Story Museum.
Jocelyn Murdoch – Content and Communications Manager
Jocelyn has several years’ experience working in PR and communications in the heritage and charitable sectors. A graduate of the University of York, Jocelyn began her career at City of York Council before moving to London and joining Historic Royal Palaces. Since then, she has worked with the Eden Project and the Heritage Lottery Fund, as well as voluntarily for a women’s charity.
Out of the office, she can most often be found with her nose in a book, going to the theatre, walking in the countryside or planning her next travels. Some of her favourite heritage places to visit are the V&A jewellery collection, Lincoln Cathedral and the British Library.
Ella Ottaway – Fundraising and Administration Officer
Ella has previously worked for organisations such as Historic Royal Palaces, the University of Sussex and Santander. She has recently completed a Masters in Art History and Museum Curating, where her research focused on ways of developing and engaging audiences through curatorial practice. Alongside her studies, Ella was involved with a range of projects at the University, including digital engagement and widening participation programmes.
Before joining Kids in Museums full-time, Ella was a volunteer with the charity for three years. As someone who is very family oriented and interested in arts and culture, working for Kids in Museums seems like her dream job!
Ella’s favourite museum is the V&A, as she has many happy memories of childhood visits to the dress exhibitions. She also loves visiting Kensington Palace after spending time interning with the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection.
Anita Daimond – North Wales Coordinator
As a child, Anita caused great concern as she gleefully ran along the top of the walls of Warwick Castle during a family holiday. Perhaps this was the start of her interest in archaeology and her passion for exploring.
Anita first worked with school children in the museums sector during her degree placement year. She then worked in environmental and fieldwork education before moving over to the heritage sector engaging people with archaeology. She has developed many new initiatives to promote inclusion, including a youth project that combined archaeology with adventurous activities.
Anita currently engages people with heritage, landscape and ecology both on land and in sea kayaks. She recently discovered a new favourite heritage site, Rhiw Bach, an abandoned Victorian slate mining village hidden away in the mountains of Snowdonia at a height of 400m.
Rachel Cooper – Volunteer Support Assistant
Rachel lives in Birmingham, the city where she grew up. She developed her childhood passion for history at open air museums in the West Midlands such as Blists Hill Victorian Town, which remains her favourite museum. She joined the Kids in Museums volunteer team as an undergraduate in Cardiff, hoping to help young people enjoy the magic of museums that she felt as a child.
Rachel firmly believes that everyone can enjoy history if provided with the right setting, so she divides her time between looking after the Kids in Museums volunteer team, co-leading the West Midlands Emerging Museum Professionals group, and delivering history-themed gin workshops.
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All vacancies at Kids in Museums will be advertised on our Vacancies page.