Hello and welcome

Sometimes, with all the best will in the world, there just isn’t the time or the team member available in your organisation to research, create and deliver new programmes, prepare that grant application, the teachers’ resource pack or train your team members and everything else that’s on your wish/to do list. I know, I’ve been there and that’s where a consultant like me comes in to help.

I’m a heritage education consultant who’s passionate about supporting and empowering others to provide inspiring, high quality learning opportunities for visitors to heritage sites, museums and galleries and community spaces.

Having worked in charities throughout my career I specialise in creating engagement opportunities that help your visitors create special memories when you have a small budget.

I have experience in the following areas and if you feel that I can be of help then please do get in touch.

  • School visit programmes
  • Family learning
  • Early Years
  • Playful experiences
  • Guided tours and person-led engagement
  • Visible Thinking in historic sites
  • Forest School
  • Arts Award Advisor (Explore, Discover, Bronze & Silver)
  • Researching and writing for teachers resources, websites and exhibitions
  • Event management
  • Community engagement
  • Working with volunteers
  • Developing and leading training programmes
  • Grant applications and writing activity plans
  • Project management
  • Risk management for learning

“It’s always a pleasure to work with Melissa, her professionalism and knowledge shine through in all that she does. Melissa makes all the difference just when you need her.”

Liz Power, Director


Based in Grantham, Lincolnshire, I am ideally placed to support venues in the East Midlands, London, the Home Counties, South Yorkshire and some parts of the West Midlands

Developing my creative practice

For the last few years I have been using Visible Thinking routines to engage visitors with historic sites and collections. I am very grateful to Arts Council England in supporting my research and practice in this area. I will be piloting new training programmes for educational settings and historic sites in 2021 to share my learning.

“I have been working in partnership with Melissa for about 4 years. Melissa’s extensive knowledge about learning, volunteers and heritage learning coupled with her passion make working with her an absolute joy. She is always seeking to extend her knowledge and skills, and is someone who enjoys challenging themselves and working outside of their normal context. I have personally never met anyone so devoted to their role, and to heritage learning in a broader sense, and Melissa would be the first person I would direct any questions to about curricula (from Early Years to post-16), new research into learning, as well as broader heritage issues and latest developments. Melissa ensures she is extremely well informed about the heritage sector, and the heritage learning sector and is involved in a wide variety of relevant networks, groups and memberships. Melissa’s vast knowledge and skills are rendered even more impressive by her demeanour which is warm, empathetic and always approachable.”

Rachel Bryant, Sandford Cascade Project Officer, 2015-2019


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