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.

25 October 2017

It really is better than salt dough!

20171022_202002I've had my eye on this recipe for 'white' salt dough for a long time, and finally tried it out with Feets the other day for some early Christmas presents. And the Typical Mom is pretty much right!

It's not perfect - it cracks a bit as it dries, but so does salt dough, and it has some strange brown splotches that I think are from me burning it, so we might manage even better next time, but we are pretty happy.

And they are pretty effective as gifts from a three year old! We pressed lace (bumpy lace worked well) and dried leaves into it, and cut out with cookie cutters ... all happy! Now to explore some more creative uses ...

18 October 2017

Homes from Sticks

20170831_110233 Utterly inspired by two days at a Forest School this summer, Feets begged for more.  So when we went camping in Dorset, I took a headful of ideas that would keep up the Forest School vibe.  We spent a glorious morning collecting sticks before seeing what kinds of houses we could make for our sylvanian families.  Feets was most determined to use thread, which kept her very busy, while I carefully stacked sticks up the side.  We were both very content!
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11 October 2017

Checking out the Postal Museum

Postage Stamp Thanks to the Early Years Network, I was able to explore the all shiny-new Postal Museum.  Actually, it's pretty exciting turning up, just seeing teams of postal vans at platforms at the depot across the way - it sets my geeky cogs going ... how does it really all work?  How on earth does my letter, posted in a panic one evening, so often land on the doorstep the next morning?  Especially since these days, I've noticed, so much London delivery is done on foot.

From a learning perspective, the new galleries are, of course, a dream.  They feel similar in aesthetic and layout to the new design gallery at London Transport Museum (LTM)- is this reflective of an evolving style in gallery design?  Or were the same designers involved?  Either way, they are rich with interactives, costumes to try on, buttons to press, lights to light up and a chance to design your own 'selfie stamp'.
Similarly, the beautiful, spanking new 'Sorted', role-play area for children has probably taken inspiration from All Aboard at LTM.  With a beautiful London backdrop, a mini post office and a mini sorting office complete with slide, there will be some very happy, tiny posties soon enough.

4 October 2017

Volcano of Seeds and Pulses

20170907_214159 20170907_112724 Feets has been asking a lot about volcanoes recently.  So naturally, when she said she'd like to make a seed picture and I asked what our pictures should include, she said volcanoes.

So here they are, hers and mine.

We got quite a long way before starting to mix ...! 20170907_214312