Fiona C. Hutchison

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Reinwardt Academy, Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten

Masters of Museology (awarded with distinction)

Conducted taught part of course in Amsterdam. Modules included Professional Development, Project Management, Collection Development, Audience Development, Product Development and Sustainable Development. Gained valuable expertise in conservation, documentation, marketing and exhibition work. Completed individual papers and collaborated with other students on joint projects. These included a de-accessioning policy on behalf of the Müderport museum, a social inclusion plan and management strategy for the National Museum of Psychiatry and a paper and presentation on the topic of slavery heritage for the Netherlands National Institute of Slavery. Also made an exhibition plan for Natuurmonumenten (a Dutch natural heritage body). Conducted internship placement as Curator of Piping Museum in the National Piping Centre, Glasgow. Completed thesis on the nation-building role of National History Museums, using the case study of the National Museum of Singapore.


University of Edinburgh

2:1 History (Hons)

Courses: Scottish, British, European and American history.

Outside Courses: Archaeology and Architectural History.

Thesis, grade 1, on the topic of William Blake’s response to revolution.


Professional/research experience

May 2011 - July 2011:

University of Exeter

Worked on Business Voucher ESRC project for Centre for Sport Leisure and Tourism Research on project looking at changing policy support for the tourism sector in England. Conducted online surveys and telephone interviews with staff from Local Enterprise Partnerships and Destination Management Organisations. Liased with DCMS and VisitEngland.

March 2009 - February 2010:

Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh

Working as part of the Visitor Experience team at this popular heritage attraction. Identifying visitor needs and being polite and friendly is paramount to this role. Responsible for welcoming visitors, instructing them on the audio tours, giving directions and answering questions. Built up a good degree of knowledge about the site. Also given tours at corporate events which are held in the evenings.

May 2008 - October 2008:

National Piping Centre Glasgow

In completion of internship for Reinwardt Academy took up the temporary, un-paid position as Curator of this museum. Obtained valuable experience in all aspects of museum work, including visitor services, documentation, climate monitoring and coordinating maintenance work. Acted in partnership with National Museums Scotland, who own the national piping collection. Worked to improve all areas of the museum, formulated a Forward Plan and other important documents for the institution.

October 2006 - February 2007:

Lyon and Turnbull Auctioneers, Edinburgh

Mainly responsible for helping customers view a wide range of antiques and contemporary collectables, providing a high level of service and appropriate advice on the items on sale and the buying process. Also stock checking, packaging, working on reception, helping jewellery, silver, furniture, book and art experts set up the sale room before auctions and dismantle afterwards. Showed the lots on stage during the sale. Towards end of time working there had the added responsibility of directing other members of the viewing team on the days of the auction.

June 2006 - August 2006:

Ayrshire and Arran

Conducted research on behalf of an eminent biographer for his book Harold Macmillan, published in 2009. Researched the former prime minister’s Scottish origins in Ayrshire and the island of Arran. Accessed census records, monumental inscriptions and secondary sources to bring together an accurate and detailed account of the Macmillan family.


CV: Membership of Professional Bodies/Professional Qualifications


Museums Association


Visitor Studies Group


International Council of Museums