Samantha brought to our project her expertise as an educator within the cultural sector, strong project management skills, great written communication skills and a wonderful streak of creativity.
— Kathryn Favelle, Director, Communiuty Engagement, National Library of Australia

Storytorch Consulting: Museum Education Services

I have been fortunate to have held significant positions in several museum, library and arts settings that have resulted in a rewarding career communicating cultural heritage to young people. My previous experience as a teacher, led me towards education programming in museum settings in 2005 and I never looked back. In 2008, I was a research fellow at the Bibliothéque nationale de France (3 months full-time), where I completed a paper on how international libraries can learn from one another, when catering for a young audience.

Leaving full-time work to start a family in 2012, albeit a little later than most, has allowed me to continue participating in the dialogue around museum education, and consult to an exciting industry where I feel most at home. Recent clients include the National Library of Australia and the Royal Australian Mint. For an insight into my passion for cultural heritage, watch a video presentation on the story behind Waltzing Matilda, the Promise of Gold in Victoria, and the inland adventures of Burke and Wills.

At the heart of my approach to education in museum settings, is a deep passion for communicating cultural heritage, and a steely determination to ensure that the geographic location of any student in Australia is no hindrance to accessing museums and keeping places. This ethos has taken me to really remote locations in Australia, showcasing live Shakespeare performances in indigenous communities, and lecturing on invaluable items of cultural significance such as the Jeridlerie Letter (in Jerilderie), Robert O'Hara Burke's pistol and Franco-Australian maritime cartography in small towns where the primary school boasts a double digit enrolment.

Should you have a museum, library or arts education project requiring writing, research, project delivery, a sponsorship proposal or assessment, please contact me.