Current and recent
Training in Visitor Studies for the Baltic Museology Summer School, Lithuanian Museums and the Northern Ireland Museums Council.
In addition to running general training on Visitor Studies and Evaluation, Alison also trains people how to use specific evaluation tools. She has run a course for the Eden Project and the South East Museums Hub about Personal Meaning Mapping. She delivered training sessions for the South West Museums Hub and GEM London on how to run focus groups. She has experience in consulting children and families and has run practical workshops for Curiosity & Imagination, GEM and the Visitor Studies Group about creative ways of doing this.
A series of training days in developing a learning and access policy for a wide range of museums, including several small, volunteer-run museums in West Sussex and for education staff at several museums and galleries in Sweden.
She has also developed and delivered training workshops on Project Management for the Group for Education in Museums and the Museum Professionals Group.
Other training days developed include Interpretation and Audiences and The Learning Potential of Interactives for the Northern Ireland Museums Council.
Much of her other work includes an element of staff training in order to build capacity and make projects more sustainable (for example, Ashmolean Museum and Yorkshire Museums Hub).
She has a strong commitment to professional development and is working towards her FMA (Fellowship of the Museums Association). She is also a mentor and professional reviewer for the Museums Association
She is a part-time tutor at the University of St Andrews, lecturing on the part-time Museum & Gallery Studies course and also lectures on the University of Greenwich postgraduate diploma course.
She has also worked for CHNTO (Cultural Heritage National Training Organisation) undertaking a skills needs assessment with a focus on education and lifelong learning.