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.

30 January 2018

Schools at Brixton Windmill

I have spent the past three months reviewing the schools programme for Brixton Windmill.  It has been an incredible journey, and I've learnt a huge amount about my local area - what a privilege to do a project on my own doorstep!  From cogwheels to maps and census documents, and folktales to historical costumes, I've traveled a long way in a short time.  Watch this space for updates to the website.20180122_110021 Over the last couple of weeks, I've delivered trials of the four new primary workshops with local schools.  It's rewarding to work directly with this audience again, and no matter what innovative learning strategies I'm able to offer, to be reminded that the most exciting and enriching part of any educational visit is the building itself.

This adventure has brought me face-to-face with the national curriculum once more, and exchanges with so many people - teachers, volunteers at the Windmill and fellow Museum professionals - have left me feeling empowered, enriched and excited for the next step on my journey.  I've also had ample opportunity for reflection, sitting down with the impressive Friends of Windmill Gardens to consider what their aims for the learning programme are, which audiences we most want to work with and how best to achieve that.

Time for a morning off!