The best public programming in the cultural sector starts with an understanding of our audiences.
I help heritage and cultural organisations build up a picture of their visitors – their expectations, their needs, their reactions to concepts and plans, their feelings, emotions and their learning outcomes. I talk to visitors and users, watch them, interview them, invite them to focus groups and listen to what they say. The written results from this audience-facing research helps clients become more informed and better equipped to create programmes that are truly audience focused.
Other clients commissioning audience research services include…
People’s History Museum, Manchester – summative evaluation of Represent! exhibition and collaborative co-creation process (2019)
Royal Institute of British Architects – evaluation of the national Architecture Ambassadors school engagement project (2018-19)
Open City, London – summative evaluation of the Open House Families weekend of activity (2018)
The British Library – three-year evaluation of a family and community engagement programme (2015–18)
The National Archives – summative evaluation of By Me, William Shakespeare exhibition (2016)
Design Museum – formative testing of ideas for a new exhibition about British design classics (2012)
English Heritage – front end evaluation around the two-hundredth anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo; formative testing in advance of a re-interpretation of Eltham Palace and front end evaluation at Chiswick House (2013)
Imperial War Museum – formative evaluation with families of the First World War gallery text (2013) and summative evaluation of a Cecil Beaton exhibition (2012)
National Maritime Museum – formative evaluation of handheld interactive experience for families (2012)
The Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace, London – summative evaluation and visitor observation (2012)
Museum of Fulham Palace – formative evaluation about site development (2010)