Associate – Violet Koska

Violet is a museum learning professional with over 9 years’ experience designing, implementing and evaluating museum learning programmes that meaningfully engage and positively impact. She brings a wealth of experience engaging schools, families and young people with their heritage, confidently exploring both the familiar and challenging aspects of our past. Inspired by museums from an early age, it was during a visit to a local museum during her A-Levels that she was delighted to see that a job existed delivering school sessions for children: she had found her vocation and her passion for heritage continues to this day. Her degree in History enables her to confidently engage people with the national, local and personal histories that shape and define our lives today. Her Masters in Arts Management and Policy provides the frameworks and principles that underpin her practice.

She is passionate about the contribution that heritage can make to society and History’s unique ability to allow people to explore contentious and sometimes uncomfortable issues in a safe environment. Her work at Hackney Museum centred on exploring the history of migration to Hackney, investigating stories of belonging and integration but also racism and prejudice. Her programmes on the abolition of the Transatlantic slave trade and post war migration to Hackney demonstrate her ability to sensitively approach challenging topics, using them as opportunities to reflect on how the past shapes the present and the future and the importance of individual agency.

Her recent work combined her extensive programme delivery experience with an analytical and strategic approach. ‘Transforming the schools programme’ at London Transport Museum aimed to turn the schools programme into a leading edge service that provides an excellent, high quality and sustainable offer. As a reflexive practitioner with a solid understanding of recent academic research and pedagogical frameworks, she drew on best practice examples to propose innovative recommendations that were informed by in-depth evaluation and impact studies and supported by robust systems for change.

Examples of Violet’s work include:

Museum Learning Consultant, London Transport Museum, including Transforming LTM’s schools programme and delivering on their young people’s programme.

Freelance work with Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, Orleans House Gallery, Horniman Museum and Gardens, Facilitator, Churchill Cabinet War rooms, where she engaged visitors with object handling and stories from this iconic collection

Schools and Families Learning Officer, Hackney Museum including leading on successful fundraising of a £0.5 million HLF project, management of formal, informal and early years learning service and introduction of schools outreach programme.

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