Anthony Richards is an expert in creating and managing informal learning experiences designed to make content relevant, engaging and fun for family and educational audiences. With almost 30 years experience in the Museum and attractions field, Anthony was part of the senior team at the Science Museum London, helping to plan its strategic development and broadening audiences through creative programming and public facing teams.
Anthony has worked on the gallery floor in Launchpad (at the Science Museum, London), and has designed exhibits, managed the hands-on galleries and events for families within the Museum and started the successful Outreach programme.
He managed and created visitor programmes ranging from Science Night sleepovers (for 400 children monthly, now in its 20th year) to numerous shows and performances, workshops and teachers’ courses. He led the content and operations of the new Launchpad gallery that attracted over 1.2 million visitors a year, as well as the schools visits programme which reaches nearly 500,000 children each year.
As part of this cultural shift at the Museum, Anthony managed, recruited and trained a team of Explainers and learning advocates within the Museum and oversaw all live interpretation including the recent and innovative ‘Cockroach Tour’ and tours of the contemporary art works. He also managed the Punk Science comedy team and spearheaded the ground breaking Lates programme, which welcomes 5000 young people per night and is much imitated and admired nationally and internationally.
More recently he introduced ‘Early Birds’ a successful and exclusive opening for children on the autistic spectrum, and the award winning provision for deaf children and their families. He has been a judge on the Annual Prize for Science Books, trained in inquiry learning at the San Francisco Exploratorium and toured science shows around the country. He has trained teams extensively in the UK and abroad, and speaks regularly on visitor services, managing floor staff and bringing institutions to life with imaginative and targeted programmes.
Anthony was a trustee of the Association of Science and Discovery Centres, the body that unites science centres and museums across the UK and has advised organisations such as the National Trust, the National History Museum, the Museum of London, art galleries such as the BALTIC and Turner Contemporary and even actors and directors at the Donmar Warehouse.
In 2013 Anthony worked for KCA London providing consultation and training projects in Malta and Saudi Arabia, particularly focusing on developing and delivering content in visitor attractions and inspiring and motivating staff to do so. He joined KCA London as a Partner in May 2014. Today, Anthony is a Senior Learning & Operations Consultant for Mishkat Interactive Centre in Saudi Arabia and specialises in new projects across the Gulf region including the training of guides and managers at the Etihad Museum Dubai, and the Energy Exhibit in Khobar, Saudi Arabia.