RECENT PROJECTS

 
PRESENTER
"Dan has the perfect mix of knowledge, passion and professionalism"
Richard White, University of Cambridge Museums

 

I'm a trained broadcaster and in the last 15 years I have worked as a presenter, press coordinator as well as media trainer.​ I recently co-presented 'Museum From Home' and 'Museum Passion' for BBC Arts. 

I have coordinated radio and press campaigns that reach audience figures in the multi-millions, including BBC regional and national stations as well as BBC World Service. Press dealings as a museum spokesperson has included the New York Times, UK national broadsheets as well as local papers.

Highlights

  • Museum From Home and Museum Passion BBC Arts (co-presenter with guests including Ian Blatchford director Science Museum, Melanie Keen director Wellcome Collection and Sonia Solicari director Museum of the Home)

  • Molly Houses and Madams: Unravelling Georgian Subcultures British Library (presenter with guests playwright Mark Ravenhill and historian Professor Kate Williams)

  • SoundOut GiveOut (podcast presenter with guests including LGBTQ+ activists around the world)

PRODUCER
"A multimedia extravaganza... a fun mixture of high brow and more popular culture"
Marcus Reeve, Reviewer

 

I'm a podcast and video producer with almost 20 years production experience. As the company manager of an independent media production company I oversaw 5,000 digital and creative projects over a 10 year period.

I have produced numerous cultural events for museum lates, usually creating site specific works that showcase dance, spoken word and choral performances.

Highlights

  • Salon Outrē performance showcase of dance and theatre at V&A Friday Late: Out For Revolution (2017), William Morris Art Gallery​ (2016), V&A Friday Late: Queer And Now (2015)

  • Queer Creatures National Galleries Scotland (videos exploring Ray Harryhausen films through a queer lens)

  • The Founding of Stonewall UK Queer Britain (oral history recordings with guests including Ian McKellan, Michael Cashman and Lisa Power)

  • Sydney Mardi Gras JOY 94.9 (coordinated the radio broacast of the parade to stations across the eastern seaboard of Australia)

 
 
CONSULTANT
"A pioneer completely dedicated to inclusion and making our museum for everyone"
Malini Balluck, V&A Academy

 

I'm a trained broadcaster and in the last 15 years I have worked as a presenter, press coordinator as well as media trainer.​ I recently co-presented 'Museum From Home' and 'Museum Passion' for BBC Arts. 

I have coordinated radio and press campaigns that reach audience figures in the multi-millions, including BBC regional and national stations as well as BBC World Service. Press dealings have included the New York Times, UK national broadsheets as well as local papers.

Highlights

  • Bridging Binaries University of Cambridge Museums (developed LGBTQ+ tours at Fitzwilliam Museum, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Museum of Classical Archaeology, Polar Museum, Zoology Museum)

  • Golwg Queer Amgueddfa Cymru (developed LGBTQ+ tours for National Museum Wales)

  • Queer Heritage and Collections Network Art Fund and National Heritage Lottery Fund (co-project manager)

  • Tan France's Queer Icons Audible (researcher)

 
TOUR GUIDE
"It was a superb, enlightening, hugely enjoyable tour"
Bernard Donoghue, Association of Leading Visitor Attractions

 

The New York Times once called me "a leading figure in the world of alternative museum tours", and it's probably best for me not to argue!

I have developed numerous LGBTQ+ tours and programmes for heritage organisations all across the UK. This has included training up volunteer tour guides to deliver their own tours.

Highlights

  • V&A LGBTQ+ Tours V&A (founded the award-winning volunteer-led LGBTQ+ Tours at the V&A, training each cohort of volunteer guides)

  • Zooming Through Queer History Oscar Wilde Tours (hosting online tours alongside Andrew Lear celebrating British queer history with events including 'Bridgerton: Sex and the Regencity', 'Live Like a Queen: Queer Stately Homes of England' and 'Nureyev: Queer Dance Rebel')

ADVISOR
"Dan offers valuable support, advice and guidance across the museum sector"
Tristram Hunt, V&A

 

I have travelled to every corner of the UK lecturing about diversity, inclusion and equality at galleries, libraries, archives and museums (GLAMs). I was the inaugural winner of the Museums Association 'Museums Change Lives: Radical Changemaker' award in 2018.

Highlights

  • Culture24 trustee and chair of the diversity and inclusion sub-committee

  • Historic England expert advisory group

  • Imperial War Museum Second World War and Holocaust Programme steering group

  • LGBT+ History Month patron

  • Museums Association transformer and representative for the London region

  • Pitt Rivers Museum Beyond The Binary steering group

  • Queer Britain diversity and inclusion advisory committee and collections policy committee

 
 
EDUCATOR
"Dan's respectful and inclusive tone made it feel like we truly were a community of learners coming together, one of the best online learning experiences I've had"
Student, V&A Academy

With over 15 years of experience providing continuing professional development trainint to volunteer and staff teams, I have lectured on inclusive museum practices to students and professionals in institutions across the UK as well as internationally. Bespoke workshops can also be delivered to brief, catering to teams of all sizes as well as one on one.

Highlights

  • A Queer History of Objects V&A Academy (course leader of a six week course with invited expert lecturers in queer history)

  • Gap Year London Programme Sotheby's Institute of Art (course leader of a twelve week personal development programme for pre-college students)

  • Guest lecturer varioius institutions including the BBC Academy, Central Saint Martins, Courtauld Institute of Art, Goldsmiths University of London, University of Leicester, Royal Holloway University of London, Solent University, University of Gothenburg, among others

EXTENDED CREDITS
 

Awards

  • Queer Heritage and Collections Network Best Partnership Museums + Heritage Awards (2021)

  • Museums Change Lives: Radical Changemaker Award Museums Association (2018)

  • V&A LGBTQ+ Tours London Award for Museum Learning Marsh Christian Trust (2017), Ambassadors of the Year Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (2016), Bringing Innovation Award London Volunteers in Museums Awards (2016)

Exhibitions and Programmes 

  • Bridging Binaries: LGBTQ+ Tours University of Cambridge Museums: Fitzwilliam Museum, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Museum of Classical Archaeology, Polar Museum, Zoology Museum (2018-2020)

  • Commission for Diversity in the Public Realm (public workshop) Mayor of London (2020)

  • Fun Palaces National Maritime Museum (2016-2018) and Fun Palaces (2020-2021)

  • Golwg Queer Amgueddfa Cymru (2021)

  • LGBT+ History Month Launch and Molly Houses and Madams: Unravelling Georgian Subcultures British Library (2020 and 2021 respectively)

  • Museum From Home and Museum Passion BBC Arts (2020)

  • Pride In Our City Hull Museums (2021)

  • Queer Asia Exhibition SOAS University (2019)

  • Queer Creatures National Galleries Scotland (2021)

  • Salon Outrē V&A Friday Late: Out For Revolution (2017), William Morris Art Gallery​ (2016), V&A Friday Late: Queer And Now (2015)

  • SoundOut GiveOut​ (2020

  • Tan France's Queer Icons Audible (2021)

  • The Past Is Queer Alphabet Radio (2020) 

Lectures

  • All Inclusive: Championing Diversity in Museums Thinktank Birmingham, Manchester Art Gallery (2016-2018) 

  • Bridgerton: Sex and the Regencity, London's Queer Theatreland, Live Like A Queen: Queer Stately Homes of England, Nureyev: Queer Dance Rebel and Queer Britannia Oscar Wilde Tours (2020-2021)

  • Deconstructing the Art World for Emerging Artists Masterpiece and Sotheby's Institute of Art (2021)

  • LGBT History in Vietnam V&A Museum (2016)

  • Life and Loves of Frederick The Great V&A Museum (2018)

  • Peter Travis, Wizard of Aus: Ceramics, Speedos and Kites, Oh My! Higgins Bedford, Solent University, V&A Museum (2017)

  • Queer Britain ICOM UK (2021)

  • Queer Lens: LGBTQ+ Lives and Bodies in Photography Gothenburg University (2020)

  • Queer Stories at the Museum Amgueddfa Genedlaethol Caerdydd National Museum Cardiff, Association of Leading Visitor Attractions, BBC Academy, British Museum, Central Saint Martins, Charleston Trust, Commercial Crown Service, Courtauld Institute of Art, Fitzwilliam Museum, Imperial War Museum, Museum Ideas Conference, Museums Showoff, National Galleries of Scotland, Reading Museum, Royal Cornwall Museum, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Tate Britain, Tyne and Wear Museums, V&A Museum (2016-2019)

  • Queer Heritage and Collections Network AMaGA Conference, British Art Network, British Museum, Goldsmiths University of London, Heritage Compass, London Metropolitan Archives, M+H Show, Museums Showoff, National Gallery of Ireland, Royal Holloway University of London, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, University of York (2020-2021)

  • Queer Stories from Hounslow Gunnersbury Park Museum (2021)

  • What Does a Queer Museum Look Like? and Tate Lates: Nights In Tate Britain (2019 and 2020 respectively)

  • Where We Belong National Gallery (2020)

Articles and Publications

  • A Queer History of Objects Museum Crush (2021)

  • Casting a Queer Eye Across the Collections Museum Crush (2021)

  • LGBTQ+ Good Practice Guide Arts Council England (2019)

  • Love Is Love: Uncovering LGBTQ+ Stories British Museum (2019)

  • On My Bookshelf Museums Journal (2020)

  • The Compassionate Way: Towards Trans and Non-Binary Inclusive Narratives in Museums Suomen Queer-tutkimuksen Seuran Journal (2020)

  • Why the V&A Gay and Lesbian Tour is Essential The Museum Blog Book (2016)

  • Within and Without: Body Image and the Self Museums Journal (2018)

Quoted in

  • Museums in the Age of Intolerance Sharon Heal in Museum Activism edited by Robert R Janes and Richard Sandell (2019)

  • Power and Privilege in the 21st Century Museum Sally Colvin in Power and Privilege​ (2019)

  • Queer Inclusive Museum Margaret Middleton in Exhibition Fall (2017​)

  • Side-By-Side Memorials Christopher R Linke in New Perceptions of the Vietnam War edited by Nathalie HC Nguyen (2014)