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Pete Brown

Pete Brown
email: pete.brown @ unlikeminds.co.uk
phone: 07811 693 870


Pete has been working in lifelong learning for over 20 years, mainly in museums and galleries, interpreting science, art, history and human cultures with a wide range of audiences through programmes, exhibition making and gallery development. Successful museum learning blends curatorial knowledge and expertise with public engagement and Pete’s goal has always been to create a collaborative and reflective culture.


Creating and sustaining relationships with strategic collaborators, developing outreach partnerships, advocacy, teamwork with curatorial, exhibitions and marketing specialists, writing interpretive materials and resources, leading formal and informal learning programmes, creating novel ways of interpreting museum and gallery collections, developing evaluation systems, strategic and operational plans, workforce management and development, finance and fundraising.


2010 2011 Head of Learning & Access (maternity cover)
IWM North, Trafford Quays, Manchester
2005 2010 Head of Learning & Interpretation,
The Manchester Museum, University of Manchester
2005 2005 Inspiring the Workforce Coordinator and
Learning Manager-Schools,
The Manchester Museum, University of Manchester
2004 2004 Inspiring Learning Coordinator,
The Manchester Museum, University of Manchester
2001 2004 Education Officer,
People’s History Museum, Manchester
1999 2001 Education & Access Officer, Smithills Hall & Hall i’ th’ Wood, Bolton Museums Service
1998 1999 Freelance Museum & Gallery Educator
1996 1998 Education Officer,
Calderdale MBC Museums & Arts Division, Halifax
1988 1990 Education/display officer & curatorial assistant,
Steinhart Aquarium, California Academy of Sciences
(Natural History Museum) Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.


  • Bolton Museums, Art Gallery & Aquarium
  • Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester
  • Saddleworth Museum & Art Gallery
  • The Museum of Science & Industry in Manchester
  • Towneley Hall, Burnley
  • Manchester City Art Galleries
  • Hallé Concerts Society

Pro bono involvements

Active member of the Museums Association, North West Federation of Museums, IMTAL (International Museum Theatre Alliance), GEM (Group for Education in Museums) and The Museum Network.

Major projects

Papers and presentations

Co-teaching Art Gallery & Museum Studies Masters course option Collaboration and Curation, University of Manchester spring semester
Us and Them: who benefits from experimental exhibition making? Museum Management and Curatorship. Volume 26, Issue 2, 2011, Pages 129 – 148
International Partnership meeting 30 May 2010 E=Mu2 (Researching the relationship between museums and local authorities and the potential contribution to local government agendas), The Musée du Louvre, University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, the City of Split, Croatia, and The European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centres (ENCATC)
International partnership, MusLi Grundtvig Museums Literacy adult learning project partners meeting, Bolzano, Italy, June 7-9
ENCATC News Issue 3 2010, European project report MusLi
E=Mu2 research group presentation The Manchester Museum and Local Government Agendas, 25 July, Sorbonne, Paris
Book chapter, McGhie, Brown and Horsley 2010, Dealing with Darwin at the Manchester Museum in Filippoupoliti. A. (Ed.) Science Exhibitions, Communication and Evaluation.
Co-teaching Art Gallery & Museum Studies Masters course option Learning & Interpretation, University of Manchester spring semester
Co-teaching Art Gallery & Museum Studies Masters course option ‘Text writing’, University of Manchester spring semester
International partnership, MusLi partners meeting, Brussels, Belgium, June 24-26

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