Working in the Education Team
Matthew Exley, Education Manager tells us what it's like working in the Education Team at National Museums Liverpool.
What is a typical working day like?
My typical working day includes ensuring the smooth running of any formal or informal programming taking place in the museum. I might be setting up a hands-on archaeology session, or dressing a Victorian slum. Sometimes I will deliver an early year’s session or a training programme for those caring with people living with dementia.
By lunch time a lot of the practical set up and delivery has taken place so I can concentrate on planning a thorough and engaging programme of events for the museum, meet with project partners, and attend exhibition meetings where we plan what the museum will be doing over the next 12-24 months.
Alongside my formal role I am also a member of the Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion group and the LGBT+ Staff Network. This means I do a lot of work in championing diversity within NML including organising NML’s first presence at Liverpool Pride and working closely with local LGBT+ organisations to make us as inclusive and welcoming a museum service as possible.
What’s your favourite part of your role?
I love the variety in my job, looking at my desk at the moment I have pieces of Roman pottery and a 1960s Action Man to put away. I might be speaking to a 3 year old in a messy play activity in the morning then leading a memory walk for a group with dementia in the afternoon. No two days are the same and we are always planning new and exciting activities to make the museum really come to life.
What advice would you give to someone interested in a career in museum education?
In my education team we have a hugely diverse skill set, teachers, historians, martial artists, actors, but the thing they all have in common is that they are all brilliant at engaging the public.
Enthusiasm counts for more than anything so if you can make the objects and stories our museums tell exciting, interesting, and engaging you’ll do well!