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Communications and consultancy for the cultural sector

I'm a writer and project manager with a deep knowledge of cultural sector policy, and a concern for the environment.

 

I have over 20 years' experience of work with national and international charities, museums and arts institutions. I often manage digital projects.

07581 176 708

Projects

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International Institute for Conservation

IIC is a learned society with a global membership for conservation professionals.

I have produced a large proportion of its communications and managed its website for the past three years. I was part of its pandemic events transformation, as it ran its major Edinburgh Congress online in November 2020, while also building its membership in emerging economies.

In autumn 2021, IIC represented the conservation profession in the Green Zone at COP26. I was heavily involved in the programming, including scripting and project managing the film Nothing Is Stable, which looked at the effects of the climate emergency on world heritage (as well as linking this generation's need to step up to IIC's own origins in the ashes of war).

 

World Cities Culture Report

This substantial 300 page report, commissioned by the Mayor of London's office for the World Cities Cultural Forum, describes how culture is increasingly being used as a 'golden thread' running through the strategy of major cities to address issues from gentrification to environment and social cohesion.

I was commissioned to write and edit content for around half of the chapters, based on material sent by each city, from London to Lagos and Singapore. Since the publication of the last print version in 2018, I've worked on subsequent online updates, adding new cities which have joined the project.

 

Rebuilding Heritage at The Heritage Alliance

Work for The Heritage Alliance in 2021 - 2022 on its Rebuilding Heritage programme, which offered heritage organisations of all sizes the skills, insights and resilience to adapt to business uncertainty during and after the pandemic.

In the live phase, I worked on marketing and newsletter campaigns to recruit heritage and museum people onto the tailored training programme.  More recently I wrote up guides and toolkits on its legacy site, on topics from hybrid working to business planning - capturing the cultural shifts of the early 2020s.

 

 

History of Place

This HLF supported project traced the lives of deaf and disabled people through eight historic buildings over 800 years, and delivered three exhibitions in major museums in 2018.

As well as project managing the website, editing and writing content, I helped to recruit developers for innovative digital games associated with the project.

 

National Museum Directors' Council

I write NMDC's in depth monthly newsletter which draws together policy, comment and new sector initiatives for a wide audience including political and museum leaders.

 

I also managed NMDC's last website upgrade and contribute research and words periodically to NMDC's own policy reports.

 

The Poetry Society

I managed this year-long major project to create The Poetry Society's new website, its first in more than a decade. 

 

I led in discovering what The Poetry Society wanted, created a brief, helped select a developer and rationalised material extending to hundreds of pages.

 

The new site has a clean modern look and guides users through a plethora of opportunities and projects.

A few older projects

Youth map of London

One of a number of fold out paper trail maps I researched and wrote for London museums, with design by Raff Teo.

This youth map, commissioned by the Museum of London traces the lives of young people in the city through objects in museum collections: from a 20-something Neaderthal woman who passed through the Thames Valley in 400,000BC to a 14 year old caught up in the Great Fire and some apprentices imprisoned for their fancy haircuts.

Now I suspect we would build in digital and gamify it, to bring out the sense of treasure hunt, although giving audiences something physical to keep still has power.

 

College of Medicine

For seven years I worked on various aspects of the College of Medicine's communications from its beginning as a start up in 2010. The College draws together people from the worlds of medicine, food, social care and the arts and promotes the idea that our health comes from our whole ecosystem, and that the rise of chronic illness in Western society must be seen through this lens.

My work included interviewing some fascinating thought leaders from many fields, producing annual reports, marketing and other publications as well as maintaining newsletters, twitter and the first two iterations of the College's website.

The image is one I commissioned from museum educator Chris Keady to illustrate social prescribing.

 

Write Queer London

Write Queer London was an ACE-sponsored literary festival which I ran growing out of work at the Museum of London to trace collections and stories relating to the diverse cultures of the capital. I successfully applied for ACE funding to support the festival, and drew in substantial gratis support from many museums including the British Museum and Islington Museum.

Work included commissioning three poets to produce original works relating to objects in London museums, as well as talks, guided tours and events.

A few older projects

Youth map of London

One of a number of fold out paper trail maps I researched and wrote for London museums, with design by Raff Teo.

This youth map, commissioned by the Museum of London traces the lives of young people in the city through objects in museum collections: from a 20-something Neanderthal woman who passed through the Thames Valley in 400,000BC to a 14 year old caught up in the Great Fire and some apprentices imprisoned for their fancy haircuts.

Now I suspect we would build in digital and gamify it, to bring out the sense of treasure hunt, although giving audiences something physical to keep still has power.

 

College of Medicine

For seven years I worked on various aspects of the College of Medicine's communications from its beginning as a start up in 2010. The College draws together people from the worlds of medicine, food, social care and the arts and promotes the idea that our health comes from our whole ecosystem, and that the rise of chronic illness in Western society must be seen through this lens.

My work included interviewing some fascinating thought leaders from many fields, producing annual reports, marketing and other publications as well as maintaining newsletters, twitter and the first two iterations of the College's website.

The image is one I commissioned from museum educator Chris Keady to illustrate social prescribing.

 

Write Queer London

Write Queer London was an ACE-sponsored literary festival which I ran growing out of work at the Museum of London to trace collections and stories relating to the diverse cultures of the capital. I successfully applied for ACE funding to support the festival, and drew in substantial gratis support from many museums including the British Museum and Islington Museum.

Work included commissioning three poets to produce original works relating to objects in London museums, as well as talks, guided tours and events.

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

Kate led the process of The Poetry Society’s website development, from the initial brief to building pages, in exemplary fashion. She helped us keep a clear eye on both the scope and scheduling of the project, and was very hands-on at all stages.

Mike Sims, Publishing Manager, The Poetry Society

CONTACT

Where to find me

Kate Smith
Goosegrass Culture

I will either be stalking the woods, moors and teashops of Pickering, North Yorkshire - or clutching a coffee in the urban mishmash of West Norwood, London. Do drop me an email to discuss potential projects.

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Email: kate@goosegrassculture.co.uk

Tel: 07581 176 708

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