Following undergraduate studies in Modern and Medieval Languages at Cambridge University, Nicola trained as a primary school teacher, and then read for a post-graduate diploma in Museum Studies. She has specialised in Early Years Education since 2005, and has an MA in Early Childhood Studies. She began working in Museum Education in 2007.
Nicola was a lead teacher on the BRIC project (2014-2017), which was supported by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union and investigated Young Children, Democracy and Public Spaces.
She also worked on the University of Cambridge Museums’ Nursery in Residence project in collaboration with Cambridge University Botanic Garden, which investigated young children’s meaning making during a sustained period of engagement with a museum and garden. The project also explored the role of practitioner-led research in informal learning contexts.
Thanks to an ESRC Impact Acceleration Award, the findings from this project were shared through a seminar series (Lines of Enquiry) which brought together academics, practitioners and stakeholders with an interest in early childhood and cultural learning.
Job title: Museum Educator
Hackett, A., MacRae, C., McCall, K., Penfold, L., Wallis, N., Bates, E. and Cooke, L., (2018) Coda: posthumous conversations. A reading group to discuss the work of Dr Elee Kirk, Children’s Geographies 16 (5) 571-577
Wallis, N. (2018) Titian, tapestries and toilets; what do preschoolers and their families value in a museum visit? Museum and Society 16 (3) 352-368
Wallis, N. (2016) Babies in the Museum in GEM Case Studies, Vol.17
Wallis, N. (2014) Creating a Balanced Early Years Programme: Conference Report in Enterprising Educators, Journal of Education in Museums, No. 35