My innovative work as a museum professional over several decades has encompassed science, engineering, medicine, art and design museums and has been effected in a range of creative, curatorial and strategic leadership roles. Many of my research and exhibition projects have investigated and reflected on museum practice itself, and on the history of collections. Through museums and museum practice, research activities can extend both out of and into material culture — and range across all fields of human endeavour. I have worked with museums in the UK, the USA, Denmark and Canada.

Museums

You are Here: The Design of Information

You Are Here: The Design of Information, Curatorial Advisor, Design Museum, London (2005)   Curatorial Advisor to Lead Curator James Peto concerning overall exhibition structure and science content on this important exhibition looking at information design and graphics;
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From Le Musée des Sciences to the Science Museum

From Le Musée des Sciences to the Science Museum: fifteen years of evolving methodologies in the art-science interface: Doctoral Thesis, School of Art Architecture and Design, LMU (2004) An analytical reflection on my intellectual and professional trajectory from site
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Consultant: Science Museum

Consultant to the Science Museum, London (2003 to 2004)   The revival of national museums as research centres, and an increasing recognition of museum culture as inherently a research culture, has been an important feature of the last
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Consultant: Wellcome Trust

Consultant to the Wellcome Trust, London (2003 to 2004) I have been a judge of the Wellcome Trust SciArt Research and Production Grants and also participated in the international development workshop exploring the form and direction of what
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Atomism & Animism

Atomism & Animism, Science Museum, London (1997 to 1999) This museum-wide collection interpretation project was the fruit of my two-year research residency at the Science Museum. The exhibition was created with some 130 objects, disposed in 16 installations
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Open Book

Open Book: Dulwich Picture Gallery and the Science Museum (1996)   This object exchange between an art museum and a science museum was a meditation on the communicating vases of matter and spirit. I brought together Joshua Reynolds’
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The Spirit and The Letter and The Evil Eye

The Spirit and The Letter and The Evil Eye, Bath Festivals Trust ‘WellSpring’ (with Lyne Lapointe, 1994)   Bookbinding, marbled paper, letterforms, the printed word, eye-hand coordination, amulets, craftsmanship, inkhorns and more all came under scrutiny in this site-specific
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The Wilds and The Deep

The Wilds and The Deep, Battery Maritime Ferry Terminal with Creative Time (New York, with Lyne Lapointe, 1990)   At the bottom tip of Manhattan, this large-scale site project explored the origins of museums in colonial practice. Next
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Eat Me / Drink Me / Love Me

Eat Me / Drink Me / Love Me:  The New Museum (New York, with Lyne Lapointe, 1989)   Invited in 1987 by curator Bill Olander to create a work for The New Museum, we devised a project about
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