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Tranzit Art Café

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Iroda is the Hungarian word for Office. This sign is at the Tranzit Art Café, in a former bus station in Kostolányi Dezsö tér, in the XI. district of Budapest.



Continuing the A to Z of some of the topics, projects and clients with whom I have worked over the last 25 years: Kielder Water & Forest Park, Kirkleatham Museum; Lindisfarne Gospels; Maritime; Northumberland; Open Treasure, Durham Cathedral; Pilgrim Roots; Quarry Bank, National Trust; Romans; skills sharing; Thames foreshore archaeology, training; Ulster Museum; volunteers; Woodhorn Museum and Archives; Xylophone (glass); Yorkshire; Teacups, Zebras and Dancing Kaisers at Wallington. 

2021 marks 25 years of working as a freelancer and consultant in cultural heritage.  During that time, the projects and clients I have worked with cover the whole alphabet.  Here are some of them to start with: Archives, Archaeology; British Library, British Museum, Beamish: Churches, Community Consultations, Carlisle Castle; Darlington Railway Museum, Head of Steam; English Heritage, Evaluation; Forestry; Glass; Henry VIII, Heritage Schools, Historic England; Imperial War Museum; Journey to Justice.  More to follow in the next instalment!

These new evaluation principles have just been launched, to help cultural organisations evaluate their work more effectively.  The principles are about the intentions for evaluation, applicable to cultural organisations, funders and the evaluators themselves. Evaluation should be:

  • Beneficial, resulting in learning or change
  • Robust, but proportionate
  • People-centred
  • Connected - findings are transparent and shared with other organisations

Read more about the principles here

Good learning resources stand the test of time. Back in 2006, I created resource boxes about the Railways, the Seaside and Victorian Childhood for the museums in the Tees Valley and the boxes are still regularly used by schools.  I'm starting work with Head of Steam, Darlington Railway Museum, to find out what sort of learning resources teachers would like while the museum will be closed for re-development (December 2022 to Spring 2024) and when it re-opens. At Kirkleatham Museum, I'll be carrying out an audit of all their existing resource boxes and refreshing them in appearance and content.