Emma Gascoigne

Learning Consultant

An experienced engagement professional, Emma is passionate about diversity and inclusion in the heritage sector and the importance of community voice in the development and delivery of heritage projects.

BA (Hons) Psychology, Carleton University; MLitt Museum and Gallery Studies, University of St Andrews

An experienced engagement professional, Emma is passionate about diversity and inclusion in the heritage sector and the importance of community voice in the development and delivery of heritage projects.

My love of heritage started in the small local history museum in my hometown in Canada, where I worked every summer through high school and my undergraduate degree. I had the opportunity to try my hand at pretty much everything: working front of house, curating both physical and digital exhibitions, collections management, delivering public programmes for adults and schools. I was hooked.

With a career covering museums, art galleries and the historic environment, my background is rooted in heritage learning and participation. I am experienced in developing and delivering successful NLHF projects that achieve meaningful outcomes for people and communities and in supporting clients to grow and diversify their engagement practice. I have a particular interest in the impact of creative and social heritage activity on wellbeing and community cohesion and, as a former Special School governor, the benefits of heritage participation for children and young people with additional needs.

I find it hugely rewarding to be able to support clients through the journey they are on and to work together to make their projects something truly special.

Specialist skills:

  • Heritage learning
  • Activities and engagement, particularly with underserved groups
  • Audience development
  • Consultation planning and delivery
  • Community curation
  • Project evaluation

Previous work:

  • Project Coordinating a NLCF arts for mental health project
  • Activity planning for a successful £3.2 million project application to the NLHF by an independent museum
  • Education Officer at an award-winning commercial art gallery
  • Project Coordinating a NLHF oral history project for a domestic abuse support charity
  • Learning Producer for a leading public body caring for and promoting the historic environment

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06 May 2022

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