Meet Kaye Hall: Our Interest Group Moderator for Heritage Education and Professional Development

Kaye Hall holds a Master of Education (MEd) Social Context and Education Policy from The University of the West Indies (UWI) as well as a teaching certificate in Heritage for Human Resource Management and Training from the University of Florence.  She currently works as the Education and Community Outreach Officer at the Barbados Museum and Historical Society (BMHS) where she manages its public education programming.  In this role she fosters partnerships with regional education bodies to ensure the propagation and revitalisation of heritage education, as well as with schools, colleges, communities and individual students to ensure that the inculcation of heritage is a rewarding lifelong learning experience.

Kaye believes in customising education programmes to meet the interests and needs of education audiences and stakeholders, as well as incorporating learning through play and entertainment.  From her pedagogical standpoint, if the learning material is engaging and fun then not only is it easier to assimilate, it’s also easier to remember and becomes a positive part of the students’ growth and development. 

Under her remit, the BMHS has expanded its outreach activities within the primary and secondary school network, as well as with tertiary and vocational institutions.  She has expanded the Museum’s 25-year-old Junior Curator Programme beyond history to include elements of the liberal and fine arts and earth sciences, as well as increased and formalised the organisation’s internship offerings to include a number of new disciplines.  She has also embarked on the revitalisation of docent and volunteer programmes to work in tandem with the government’s and university’s citizenship and heritage goals.

Kaye’s efforts to build relationships for the BMHS have seen an increase in its interactions with education funding groups as well as non-governmental organisations, which support public service education and the BMHS has befitted from the enhancement of its profile within those sectors.  She has also facilitated and conducted museum education and Caribbean and National history workshops at institutions including our Barbados’ private and public schools, Erdiston Teachers Training College and the Ministry of the Creative Economy, Culture and Sports on behalf of the Government of Barbados. 

Kaye has been responsible for planning everything from smaller educational workshops and research group presentations to international conferences. She has also collaborated on large-scale projects such as the execution of an international Natural History Film Festival in the Museum’s Walled Garden Theatre facility where the Museum partnered with Science North – a Science education centre which is also an agency of the Government of Ontario. She has also contributed to the Barbados-based activity for the St Andrews University and UIW-led EU-LAC Museums collaboration which has produced the International Museums Conference Itinerant Identities: Community Museums, Museum Communities, the Virtual Museum of Caribbean Migration and Memory, and the Enigma of Arrival the Politics and Poetics of Caribbean Migration to Britain, a travelling exhibition co-curated across the Caribbean to document our shared historical experience with the so called Windrush migration phenomenon. 

Programming activity for this EU-LAC Museum project included from a collaborative interpretive re-enactment activity with the Theatre Arts Students of the Barbados Community College (BCC) based on oral history and other research and a fictionalised account of the migration experience written for young audiences entitled Barrel Children produced by the Museum’s Education Intern under Kaye’s supervision. Kaye was also responsible for organising the logistics and content for a visit by a group of students from the Isle of Skye to Barbados’ Scotland District to interact with our shared cultural heritage.

Kaye has been the Public Relations Officer for ICOM Barbados – the local chapter of the International Council of Museums for the past 4 years. In this role she has assisted with the development of several interactive theme-based educational tour products for the group’s fundraising and public education initiatives.  She has also been largely responsible for raising the social media profile of the group from below 100 followers to its current figure of approximately 500.  Most recently, she has undertaken the moderation of the Caribbean Heritage Network’s Education and Professional Development Forum, an activity which she hopes will bring the region’s heritage educators and professionals together to share ideas and best practices for mutual benefit. 

Kaye thinks of History as a fluid and dynamic medium, the interpretations of which can be used to enrich the cultural lives of the current generation and aid in developing committed citizens in the future.  Toward this end, she envisions the Museum becoming one which functions as a cultural home away from home and can teach how the past can influence a positive sustainable life and future for all.

We invite you to interact with her on the Interest Group for Heritage Education and Professional Development