Our new Learning and Access Officer, Jamie Menzies: I’m originally from Prestwick, so I’m incredibly excited to be back by the sea and to get stuck in with my new role. I’m currently on my fifth day, and have been doing my best to absorb everything I can about the amazing vessels, exhibitions and collection here at the Scottish Maritime Museum.

I am a geologist by training, which means I love learning outdoors and can see the potential for science teaching everywhere – from mountain tops and volcanoes to the rainy Irvine Harbourside, I enjoy getting messy and could talk to you for hours about rocks.

My last job was at the Life Science Centre in Newcastle which day to day included setting myself and other people on fire (risk assessed, of course), animal handling and teaching school groups anything from the science of space to the science of poo. I’ve done a whole bunch of volunteering with various science education organisations and hope to bring my passion for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) here to the museum. Over the next three years my post will include developing and running a new Education programme at our Irvine and Dumbarton sites, creating a ‘Men’s Shed’ at the Irvine site to improve the health and wellbeing of older men, and creating a programme of work with young adults. Much to do!

There will be lots of exciting changes made to the Education programme in the coming months (think fossils, splashing around with water, show off science demos and hopefully some explosions). Teachers, group leaders and interested volunteers – please get in touch if you would like to book a visit or if you have any ideas to share at [email protected] .