We drive engagement

We develop and deliver public engagement programmes, events (e.g. late evenings) and interactive apps to promote public interest in the work of major museums and city attractions.

Here, we provide a few recent case studies to demonstrate the breadth and permutations of our work. If you’re interested in speaking to us, please reach out — we’d be delighted to determine how we can help your organisation.

Case Studies

The National Media Museum (NMeM) contains one of the world’s greatest collections, relating to photography, film and television.

Forensic Outreach was awarded a contract with The Science Museum Group and The National Media Museum to produce CSI: Bradford, a six-day festival, that was part of the British Science Festival and British Science Festival Fringe 2015. The aim was to engage and inspire school and college students, young adults and families.

Our programme proved extraordinarily successful — with 4,917 visitors to these events and 656 students participating. The most critical KPI, “instances of participation” was set at a target of roughly 4,000. There were over 16,497 instances of participation by the festival’s conclusion — exceeding all expectations.

The Museum of London tells the story of the world’s greatest city and its people. It cares for more than two million objects in its collections and attracts over 400,000 visitors per year. It holds the largest archaeological archive in Europe.

Since 2015, Forensic Outreach has produced educational programmes including several late evenings for the Museum of London — with additional events slated for the remainder of 2016 and commissions scheduled in 2017.

These late evenings were designed to complement the content presented as part of the Sherlock: The Man Who Never Lived and Will Never Die, The Crime Museum Uncovered and the current Fire! Fire! exhibitions. The majority of our events are sold out and have repeatedly been hailed as tremendously successful for the Museum.

Enjoy Work in Chiswick Park is the European home to some of the world’s largest companies including: CBS News; Discovery Networks Europe; Ericsson; Paramount Pictures, PepsiCo; Starbucks; the Walt Disney Company; and more.

In 2015, we were invited to deliver a light-touch, half-day event focusing on fingerprinting technologies and forensic anthropological specimens to staff and within the business park and their families.

Enjoy Work, the company behind the event, confirmed: “The event went down really well and the feedback we have received was great. Many thanks.”

Accenture, the global technology consulting firm, and Stemettes hosted “Girls in STEM” events for 1,800 girls across the UK and Ireland in early 2016. We will be continuing our partnership with them across four cities in 2017.

Previously, we were invited to lead the equivalent of half-day programmes at the Royal Institution (London) and Sage Gateshead (Newcastle) — in other words, concurrent programmes across two separate locations.

Feedback collected independently from participating schools indicated an overwhelmingly positive response. The UK Cabinet Office’s Director of Data Paul Maltby, commented: “An infectious energy at the RI… top session on cryptography.”

FrontLineCon was first held in London in 2016 before an audience of 400 people at the famed Royal Institution. We brought together distinguished specialists in crime, security and forensic science from across United Kingdom and abroad for the general public and schools. The event was a spectacular success – and we were asked to bring the concept to the USA in 2017.

This event enabled young people and members of the general public to interact directly with true pioneers in crime, security and forensic science.

The conference will be moving to New York City in April 2017, where it will be held at Miller Theatre, Columbia University. The event will return to London for a second time next November 2017.

In September 2016, we delivered a series of innovative, immersive late evening productions for Merlin Entertainments’ London Dungeon – one of London’s biggest and most popular attractions.  

These events explored the story of Jack the Ripper and his canonical victims through the lens of modern-day forensic science. Development and delivery took one full year.

This included: the development of an original script; training a team of forensic specialists to blend in seamlessly with Dungeon actors in four scenes; and other critical aspects of production (e.g. organising equipment and creating unique props).

In 2014, Forensic Outreach featured as an act in Science Discovered! – a science conference organised by the travel agency Adaptable Travel for KS4 and KS5 students across the country. Headline acts included Professor Brian Cox, Professor Andrea Sella and Simon Watt.

This event was held at the Piccadilly Theatre, a venue which held over 1,200 students. Our talk and demonstration explored the mathematics of codebreaking through the story of the Zodiac Killer.

Students were invited to contribute their answers to the mystery unravelling before them using a dedicated hashtag on Twitter.

CERCA TROVA was a unique, online competition held in partnership with US science equipment retailer, Ward’s Science. Over 1,000 schools participated in digital challenges for chances to win brilliant prizes.

Students ages 11 to 16 years-old were invited to take part in this groundbreaking STEAM competition. Teachers downloaded lesson plans and supplementary resources and worked alongside their classrooms to unravel virtual puzzles. These puzzles were inspired by a powerful narrative: the recovery of a real-life missing Da Vinci painting.

The competition featured art historians and scientists from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tate London, The Getty Conservation Institute, The Courtauld Institute of Art — and an FBI cryptanalyst – as judges.