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Press release

Museum increases learning capacity

Four new senior posts for the Natural History Museum’s
Learning Department

The Natural History Museum’s Department for Learning has made four major new appointments. This marks the first stage in the implementation of the Museum’s new Learning Strategy, which will lead to the department increasing its staff by 50 per cent in the coming months.

'Learning is at the heart of everything we do,’ says Honor Gay, Head of Learning at the Natural History Museum, ‘whether it’s welcoming a five-year-old child to the Museum for the first time, providing challenging activities on our website for a GCSE student or getting someone in their forties passionate about science. Working with my new colleagues we will create a targeted programme of activities for schools, new audiences and adult and family visitors.’

Head of Formal Learning
Justine Millard
Justine will lead the development of the Museum’s schools programmes and services. She and her team will work with teachers to develop a high-quality, relevant and innovative schools programme, including new programmes for GCSE and A-level science students. Justine will also provide expert advice and practical support for teachers.

Head of Gallery Learning
Martin Lawrence and Emma Pegram
(Job Share)
Martin and Emma will lead a team that develops and manages the learning component of the Natural History Museum’s permanent galleries, Special Exhibitions and website. They will set and evaluate learning outcomes for gallery and exhibition developments and the educational spaces, with overall management of Earth Lab, Darwin Centre Live and Investigate.

Head of Lifelong Learning
Nick Ives and Margarita Petri
(Job Share)
Nick and Margarita will lead, develop and manage the Natural History Museum’s informal learning programme for adults and families, ensuring it meets the needs of this diverse audience. This involves strategic planning, programme development and the delivery, monitoring, evaluation and review of current lifelong learning activity.

Head of New Audiences
Saira MacNicol

Saira will lead, develop and manage the Museum’s programme to deliver Diverse World, an audience development strategy. This involves developing and sustaining relationships with priority new audiences, particularly black and ethnic minority communities and young people. It also entails overseeing, supporting and reporting on Museum-wide activity to engage other audiences prioritised in ‘Diverse World: people with physical and sensory disabilities, women in science and children under seven.

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Notes for editors
Winner of the 2004 Large Visitor Attraction of the Year award, the Natural History Museum is also a world-leading science research centre. Through its collections and scientific expertise, the Museum is helping to conserve the extraordinary richness and diversity of the natural world with groundbreaking projects in 68 countries. The Museum is committed to encouraging public engagement with science. This has been greatly enhanced by the Darwin Centre, a major new initiative, which offers visitors unique access behind the scenes of the Museum. Phase One of the project opened to the public in 2002 and Phase Two is scheduled to open in 2008.

Visitor information
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 10.00–17.50,
Sunday 11.00–17.50
Visitor enquiries: Monday–Friday 020 7942 5000,
Saturday and Sunday 020 7942 5011
Nearest station: South Kensington

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Natalie Brooke, Becky Chetley or Sarah Hoyle
Natural History Museum Press Office
Tel: 020 7942 5654 / 5106
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Issued September 2004