About this project

In early 2016 I received a Churchill Fellowship to research the creative process of museum educators and innovative approaches to museum education. I spent most of September in the US, visiting the following organisations: Dallas Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art Denver; Indianapolis Museum of Art; Columbus Museum of Art; and Museum Hack in New York. This blog is partly a project diary, following the process before, during and after my trip. I’m also collecting related ideas, examples and further reading, especially around change management, innovation, ideas generation, and creativity. Most importantly, I am keen to learn from others – I hope that through sharing my experiences I will meet others interested in the same questions. Do please get in contact if you know about or have created relevant projects, programmes, research, reports, blogs or if you have ideas and observations to share. To find out more, please visit my first blog post.


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About me – Sarah Campbell – @museumkiwi

I moved to the UK from New Zealand in 2000, armed with an MA in the History of Art and £300 to my name. My first arts job was at the National Galleries of Scotland in 2002, as the Administrator in the Education Department. Since then, I’ve followed the work, moving to Birmingham in 2004 to join the team at the New Art Gallery, Walsall and then on to Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge in 2006. I started at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2013 as the Head of Schools, Families and Young People and, since March 2016, I’ve taken on the new role of Head of Learning Programmes, which encompasses Schools, Families, Young People, Higher Education, Residencies, Adult Community and Black Heritage [please note that all views on this blog are my own]. I’m a huge fan of engage, the National Association for Gallery Education, and have been an Area Rep for both the West Midlands and East Anglia, Chair of the engage Council, and for the past couple of years, Chair of the Editorial Advisory Board for the engage journal. I have a long-standing interest in creative learning and experimental, playful and unexpected approaches to programming for museum audiences.