Freelance Museum Consultancy

Curriculum Vitae

Name                       Kate Pontin

Date of birth            08.08.63

Current Employment Details

Consultant: Education and Evaluation (March 2000 – present)

Recent contract work includes:

  • Evaluation Framework for Leicester City Museums
  • Evaluation of Build the Truce for the Imperial War Museum
  • Evaluation of a Wellcome funded project I’m A Scientist Get me out of Here – an on-line project for secondary school pupils to engage with scientists
  • Evaluation of new interpretation strategies for the National Trust southwest
  • Summative overview of evaluations at the IWM for future display plans
  • Evaluation of outreach programme for the British Postal Museum and Archive
  • Front end evaluation for the Sedgwick Museum in Cambridge working with families, adults and teachers
  • Education advocacy for design of new galleries at Peterborough Museum
  • Evaluation of archives project Moving Here with minority groups for the National Archives
  • Evaluation of inclusive project for Birmingham Museums
  • Evaluation of new education programme for Science Museum Wroughton
  • Front End evaluation for the Natural History Museum – Dinodiets and Antarctica
  • Evaluation of young people’s project What Eye See Too for Sussex and Surrey Museums
  • Evaluation of Across the Board – a travelling exhibition on games – at Gosport
  • Evaluation advisor for the south east museums hub, including focus on secondary school work
  • Education advisor and evaluator for a hub/non-hub partnership in the west midlands – at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum and Lunt Roman Fort
  • Education Development Plan for Musical Museum in Brentford
  • Evaluation of “Re:evolution”, an inclusion programme for young people in the south west including museums in Yeovil and Swindon
  • Evaluation of audience development projects (young people)  for campaign for learning in museums and galleries
  • Evaluation of National Trust Programme
  • Evaluation of  Represent an audience development project at Birmingham Museums
  • Education pack for Warwickshire Regimental Museum

Other Roles:

  • Museums Association Mentor
  • School Governor
  • Associate Tutor for the University of Leicester, Museum Studies Dpt for distance learning courses in museum studies, visitor studies and interpretation.
  • Visitor Studies Group committee member


  • Developing methodologies for evaluation in museums and heritage organisations
  • Other research interests include evaluation and audience studies especially those with young people and minority groups

Research Publications:

  • Evaluation of school work in the Rutland Dinosaur Gallery in Museum, Media and Message (Ed, E Hooper Greenhill), 1995
  • Talking to each other: conversations between carers and children in an exhibition in JEM 18, 1997
  • Museum and Gallery INSET: Teachers’ attitudes and priorities, in JEM 21, 2000, pp 3-8 (with Vicky Woollard)
  • Hawthorne, E. and Pontin, K; Museum Fever and Represent, lessons for working with young people in museums, West Midlands Regional Museums Council
  • What is evaluation for? In the responsive Museum, working with Audiences in the Twenty-First Century, Ed Lang, Reeve and Woollard
  • Across the Board, an evaluation in the Journal for Education in Museums 2006
  • Learning to Live, Museums, young people and education, ippr, Ed K Bellamy and Carey Oppenheim (eds).  “Why Young People? Atracting a new audience to our museums”

Other articles include items in newsletters of GEM News, Visitor Studies Group (on line), Geological Curators’ Group


  • “Designing Websites” course, Spelthorne College, Ashford, Surrey
  • Using Computer software for qualitative analysis, Visitor Studies Group workshop
  • cpd unit (University of Leicester) on IT in museums
  • Child Protection, community cohesion, sustainable schools
  • Working with those with mental health problems

Previous Posts

Local Heritage Education Officer
London Borough of Hillingdon (full time 1992 – 1996 and part-time 1996-2000)
- setting up of a new service and subsequent running of a museums and archives education and outreach service, including loans, teacher training, packs, workshops, and events, reminiscence work and display. The post included management of a budget and staff. 

Museum Education Officer (Natural Sciences)
Leicestershire Museums, Arts and Records Service (1988 –1992) 

Graduate Trainee (Natural Sciences)
Leicestershire Museums, Arts and Records Service 1986 -1988
Curatorial Trainee in Natural Sciences Department.  .

Previous voluntary professional posts

Committee member: Group for Education in Museums, Geological Curator’s Group, Earth Sciences Teachers’ Association, Visitor Studies Group including Chair


A’ Levels (1981) in Maths, Geology and Chemistry

BSc (Hons) in Geological Sciences at the University of Birmingham (1984)
Subsidiary subjects passed in Archaeology, Computer Science and Surveying. 

MA in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester (Certificate course in 1986/7 converted to a master degree in 1993.  Thesis on the evaluation of school use of natural sciences gallery at Leicestershire Museum and Art Gallery).

Museums Diploma and AMA passed in 1989, FMA Passed 2007
Postgraduate study 1994-2001 on learning in museums and research methodology