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Nicola Wallis

Sessional Gallery Educator

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 is currently working on a ‘Nursery in Residence’ project in collaboration with Cambridge University Botanic Garden, which aims to investigate how young children learn when spending a sustained period of time in a museum and garden over a full week, and how through joint visit practitioners from different fields of education might collaboratively share their expertise.


Research Interests

Early childhood education; young children in museums; arts & cultural education in the Early Years; practitioner-led research; child-centred practice; participatory research methods; the role of Early Years Education in promoting  democratic engagement and social justice.


Recent/Major Publications

Creating a Balanced Early Years Programme: Conference Report in Enterprising Educators, Journal of Education in Museums, No. 35 (2014)

Babies in the Museum in GEM Case Studies, Vol.17 (May 2016)

Blog posts

Madonnas, Miracles and Miniature Visitors

Creative Families: the first step

Creative Families: the next step

Stories, Statues and Stillness