Megan Dowsett is a freelance creative consultant working with museums and galleries.

Through the name Norris and the Flamingo, she shares the sense of adventure that runs through all of life, wherever we are on our journey. A sense of imagination, of possibility and discovery, for children and adults alike.

Her core values come down to two simple things:

People: At the heart of everything she does, people are there – be it audiences of any age or background, volunteers, staff or freelancers and apprentices. She believes that the best projects take everybody with them on a learning journey.

Creativity: In every role she’s taken, creativity has played a key priority. Working in Museums and Galleries, creativity brings a valuable opportunity to think about the same things in a different way.

Museums and galleries are the perfect place to bring the joy of discovery and magic of adventure to everyone who passes through the doors - and to invite those who haven't yet braved these sometimes intimidating buildings, to do so in a dynamic and inviting way.

Over twelve years working in these exciting settings, Megan has developed extensive experience in both managing and delivering creative projects that engage with a wide variety of audiences.

5 June 2018

Playdough Fun

20180519_103124 20180519_103124 20180519_103124 Feets' playdough set has kept us happy for a long time. One of those sets I would snottily say 'we don't need to buy it, we can make it'. But then I so rarely made it, and before you realise it, time has passed and your precious children are deprived of playdough! So she gratefully received a 'cooking' playdough set, complete with pasta maker and moulds for all sorts of food. Which, this time, we joyfully subverted into faces. A collaborative effort, of course!

29 May 2018

Garden on a Plate

20180510_143751Did we all do these when we were little? It's such a funny, random, theme for all those summer shows. A flash back to the 80s - or did it continue to the present?! 20180510_145737
Anyway, since Feets decided to start collecting blossom so she could plant it in the garden, I suggested making a garden on a plate. It kept us all very happy for the best part of a day, despite the need to keep Bean away from Feets' plate, which was of course far more intriguing than her own! We went to the park to collect sticks, stones, fallen blossom and leave, and then made playdough to plant the broccoli and blossom into. 20180510_143615 The whole project came to life when we thought to bring the fairies and dinosaurs into it, and then build a bridge between the plates, and then bring out a saucepan of water to form a river under the bridge ...

(and yes, Bean tried to eat the broccoli!)

22 May 2018

Granny and Me: The first two pages

I've been working very hard on this! And we are nearly there. This book has been an amazing learning journey for me, and a beautiful story to tell. Scanned from a Xerox Multifunction Device I thought it was a story for one special child, but I realise it is a magical way for any child to explore loss, grief, missing people. Scanned from a Xerox Multifunction Device (1)

16 May 2018

a book - a gift - a memento - a puzzle

20180423_204206 I made a book for a friend's hen party. Her hen do took the form of a 'treasure hunt' across London, with clues that she had to solve to find each location. This book therefore needed a format to present each clue, with the answer to be found separately. Great chance to use pockets and tags! Every page had two pockets, with the clue on a tag in one pocket and the answer in the other. 20180423_204059 Using eccentric photos of the bride and her friends seemed a good way to make it light, humorous and bring all the group into it - always nice to have a memento from the day!

1 May 2018

Katie Morag

It's been a while since I've posted a beautiful book for children, but since we're on holiday in Scotland, I'd like to share my latest inspiring book ... well-known and well-loved, I believe, it's Mairi Hedderwick's Katie Morag.

As is so often the case, these fabulously illustrated stories of a much loved world far removed from our own London life, are familiar to Feets and me thanks to CBeebies,  but I've only ever seen the books in passing.

Take a look some time - and see how many different media she's managed to incorporate into one picture!

17 April 2018

Songs of Flight


My brother, Owen, and I spent Easter Monday at the Roald Dahl Museum, working with families to write songs about the experience of flying. 20180402_160325 It was the first time we’d worked together and, well it worked out beautifully!  I haven’t often co-delivered, but it’s a great opportunity to play to different people’s strengths, and ultimately come up with something really good.  Naturally, there were things we’d like to try differently, but in generally, with only 45 minutes with each group, we achieved a lot. 20180402_154633 Owen brings an incredible talent in singing, guitar and improvisation, along with his irresistible charm and sense of how to pitch things at just the right level.  Combined with my background in interpreting museum themes for families and enabling our youngest audiences to become creators, we involved every visitor to the workshop in the writing of a new and original song.  

In planning, it was also wonderful to read Going Solo for the first time, and to feel Roald Dahl’s experience of flight, and of Africa, and how widely it influenced his later writing.

10 April 2018

Brixton Windmill Live and Kicking!

It has been such a privilege to work with Brixton Windmill, and I'm really proud to be a part of their journey as they anticipate their new education facility, set to open later this year.
For now, the schools workshops are live on the website, the team are armed with amazing volunteers and freelancers ready to deliver, and the adventure continues!  Visit the website for a taste of the workshops.