The project team

Siân Bayne: The University of Edinburgh

Siân Bayne is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Edinburgh. Her research focuses on the ways in which technological change informs and alters both higher education and museum education. Founder of the Digital Cultures and Education research group, she was PI on the research strand of the National Museums Online Learning Project (2007-2009). She is also Programme Co-Director for the MSc in E-learning – a fully-online Masters programme which uses multiple social media and innovative online methods to teach practitioners about the impact of digital technologies on educational practice.

Rebecca Bailey: RCAHMS

Rebecca BaileyRebecca Bailey is Head of Education and Outreach at RCAHMS and has oversight of the interaction between the organisation and its users, including public service, education, communication, publishing, and the design and content of online media. She designed, initiated and had oversight of the very successful centenary Treasured Places project that included the opening of the RCAHMS Canmore database to online user interaction and contribution for the first time. She also has oversight of one of the UK’s most significant cultural online education resources – Scran – and was Project Executive for the development of the innovative new web service Scotland’s Places which provides cross searching of multiple online collections.

Sarah Saunders: National Galleries of Scotland

Sarah Saunders is Deputy Head of Education at the National Galleries of Scotland, responsible for onsite and online education programmes across all sites and interpretation for temporary exhibitions and gallery projects including the Portrait of the Nation HLF project. Formerly a lecturer and manager in further education, she was FE/HE Students Education Officer at the V&A from 2002-2006 where she coordinated a large programme of events and interpretation for temporary exhibitions and gallery projects, notably the William and Judith Bollinger Jewellery Gallery. From 2006-2008 she was Learning and Programmes Officer at National Museums Scotland, working on events and interpretation for exhibitions and four World Cultures galleries for The Royal Museum HLF project. She joined the National Galleries of Scotland in August 2008.

Hugh Wallace: National Museums Scotland

Hugh Wallace is Head of Digital Media (Public Programmes) at National Museums Scotland where he has overall responsibility for their web presence and digital projects. He has fifteen years experience of working with the Internet and new media spanning a variety of sectors, including four years with a commercial web agency. From 2003 Hugh worked for Oxfam as their Head of Interactive Media, developing their online strategy and championing innovative approaches to online campaigning, fundraising and volunteering through community-building, blogging and use of social networks. He joined National Museums Scotland in July 2009.

Christine McLean: National Museums Scotland

Christine McLeanChristine McLean is Community Engagement Manager (Public Programmes) at National Museums Scotland. She has responsibility for developing and delivering strategies to widen access and diversify National Museums Scotland’s audiences across Scotland. In 2006-07, she worked with colleagues at the National Library of Scotland and National Galleries of Scotland to create an online learning resource and web pages to support the touring, national exhibition Fonn ‘s Duthchas: Land & Legacy for the Year of Highland Culture, while from August 2007, she was line manager for the new (temporary) post of Web Learning Officer at National Museums Scotland and oversaw the development of online learning resources to support school education in relation to Scottish history.

Jen Ross: The University of Edinburgh

Jen Ross Jen Ross is Associate Lecturer in Higher and Community Education in the School of Education at the University of Edinburgh. Jen was Research Associate on the National Museums Online Learning Project, and is currently PI on the Student Writing Online Project. She is a member of the School of Education Digital Cultures and Education research group, teaches on the MSc in E-learning and develops social media in her role as Technical Coordinator for the MSc programme.

Michela Clari: The University of Edinburgh

Michela ClariMichela Clari is a doctoral student in the School of Education at the University of Edinburgh. Funded by an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award in partnership between the University and RCAHMS, she is researching the changing patterns of power and participation through social media in museum access and education. The doctoral award is part of ‘Beyond Text’, an AHRC-funded 5-year multidisciplinary research programme which aims to explore questions of communication across time and place through performance, sounds images and objects.