Dean Veall here. I am an experienced science communicator and museum learning specialist with over 10 years’ experience of producing and delivering public engagement activities in museum and university settings. I have extensive experience of collaborating with scientists to develop informal science learning opportunities that engage audiences with museum collections and the science of the natural world. Working with learning researchers I have an emerging practice in research-practice partnerships to better understand the value and importance of practice in museum and informal science learning settings.
I am experienced at:
- science communication – producing and facilitating programmes
- museum engagement programmes – using spaces and collections to innovate in how museums engage audiences through public events and exhibitions
- museum learning – developing and delivering high quality experiences for a variety of audiences
- research-practice partnerships that aim to better understand the value and impact of informal science learning and health and wellbeing in museum settings.
2012 – 2018 Learning and Access Officer, Grant Museum of Zoology, UCL
As Learning and Access Officer, I managed the Grant Museum of Zoology’s public programme. This role involved; creatively producing and delivering the innovative adult events programme that connects audiences with the collections and research at University College London; developing and delivering the learning programmes for schools and families and managing the Student Volunteering Programme.
2010 – 2012 Lifelong Learning Officer, Winding House Museum
At the Winding House Museum, I was responsible for the development and delivery of learning activities as Lifelong Learning Officer. I created a vibrant and exciting Schools Service for the Winding House Museum that used the collection to support delivery of the National Curriculum for Wales from Foundation Phase to Key Stage four.
2007-2010 New Audiences Programme Developer, Natural History Museum
Part of the New Audiences Team I developed and delivered an innovative science learning programme for looked-after children and their placement families, Following footprints. Following footprints was a partnership project between the Museum and the with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The programme involved a series of four bespoke family workshops delivered in the museum and culminated in a public event with families acting as honorary museum educators and leading a unique tour of the galleries.
2006 – 2010 Science Educator, Natural History Museum
As a Science Educator I led on the delivery of the Museum’s Learning programme and developed extensive experience of delivering informal science experiences for a variety of different audiences. This involved; delivery of the schools programme exploring Museum science through workshops with Museum scientists, large scale science shows and gallery and specimen based workshops, facilitating and hosting ‘meet the scientist’ sessions for school and families audiences and delivery of outdoor workshops and specimen handling trolley based activities for families.