Alison

Director: Alison Grey MA, PGCE

Alison is an experienced consultant with a strong track record in interpretative planning and content development with museum teams, designers and other creative practitioners.She specialises in words and ideas - visioning,concept and content development, interpretative planning, research and writing.  

Alison was seconded to the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford to develop the 39 galleries of art and archaeology from 2008-10 and worked on the five Egyptian Galleries opening in November 2011. She recently developed the content for the full set of Sea City maritime and social history galleries in Southampton.

Alison holds an MA in Public History from Ruskin College, Oxford. She is Associate Lecturer on the Design for Narrative Environments Postgraduate course at the University of the Arts in London (Central St Martin’s College) and in Public History at Ruskin College, Oxford. She is an Associate Member of the UK Visitor Studies Group and the Association of Heritage Interpreters.

Recent projects include:

Fort St Elmo: Working with the teams from Heritage Malta, Land Design Studio designers and subject expert advisors, to review and audit the historic collections and create an interpretive strategy and narrative for the new museum within the fortress and create a series of immersive experiences and activities for visitors across the site.

Bristol Aerospace Centre: Working with the historic collection at Filton to tell the story of 100 years of continuous production on the same site. Displays cover the longstanding RFC and RAF connection as well as milestones in the development of flight and the Filton working community.

Design Museum London: Developing and interpretation toolkit for the museum redevelopment and consultancy for the new Permanent Collections Gallery as well as helping to develop the Collections Lab to evaluate and test new ideas for the museum's redevelopment.

Southampton Sea City Museum: Work with SCC team, designers and project management to define narrative for key galleries and deliver text and interpretation in others including developing interactivity and briefs for film, multimedia graphics, and writing text.

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford: Work with full curatorial team on narrative, design and text for 39 new galleries of world art and archaeology. The primary challenge was to implement the museum theme of “Crossing Cultures, Crossing Time” in all communication.

River and Rowing Museum, Henley: Workshops to develop a new approach to the Thames Gallery (now called Rivers!). Work with curators, environmental experts, sponsors and education team to develop a new interpretive plan and refresh program for the museum.

Past projects include:
     The Grand Harbour Regeneration Company, Malta
     The Design Museum London
     Royal Armouries
     BACT, Filton
     Dorchester Shire Hall for WDDC
     The Ashmolean Museum Oxford
     National Maritime Museum Greenwich
     National Waterfront Museum Swansea
     Royal Observatory Greenwich
     National Maritime Museum Cornwall
     Natural History Museum London
     Science Museum London
     London Museums’ Hub
     Museum of London
     The Great North Museum Newcastle
     Bromley Museums Service
     The Brunel Museum
     The Grant Museum of Zoology London
     Kew Bridge Steam Museum
     Kew Botanical Gardens at Wakehust Place
     Mary Rose Trust
     River & Rowing Museum
     Manchester Museum of Science and Industry
     ThinkTank Birmingham