Claire began volunteering at the Museum of London in the Archaeological Archive as part of the 12th Volunteer Inclusion Project run by the Museum. She was the first Archive volunteer to publicly document her volunteering experience on her weekly blog, which has enabled volunteer managers to evaluate the volunteer roles and also give an example to potential new Museum volunteers of what they can expect from their role.
Claire has volunteered in a number of departments at the Museum and has also acted as an advisor for the Museum in its development of its Morning Explorer programme, a scheme aimed at engaging families with children diagnosed with autistic spectrum conditions. She is an advocate for autism awareness and is always on the look out to improve the way that museums engage with people who are autistic to enhance their experience. Claire is an Ambassador for the Museum’s autism related projects, promoting them by speaking at conferences and writing articles to be included in national Museum Journals.
In the last year, Claire acted as the broker between the Museum of London and CASPA which ultimately led to the introduction of an eight week project for eight young autistic adults. She joins the project one day a week, offering support to CASPA volunteers and tracking the group’s progress, reporting their success on her blog. Team CASPA’s success has been remarkable and was recently recognised in the London Volunteers in Museums Awards where they were awarded ‘Best Team’.