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Melissa Whittaker

Melissa Whittaker

Producer for Design Lab Nation

Melissa Whittaker is the Producer for DesignLab Nation – V&A’s National Schools Programme, which aims to inspire the next generation of designers, makers and innovators and expand the reach of the V&A collections on a national scale.

The programme brings together secondary schools in partnership with regional museums, designers, industries, and the V&A to engage students and support teachers through in-depth design projects.

Melissa has a background in art history from The Courtauld Institute of Art and has worked in the Schools & Colleges Team based at V&A South Kensington for four years.

She held previous roles in museum education teams at The Postal Museum and at Heritage Lottery Fund.


Melissa Whittaker will be speaking at the Creative Museums Summit 2024:

DesignLab Nation: How Can We Inspire The Next Generation Of Designers, Makers And Innovators? 

Shopping centres to football team monikers are often connected with the craft historically produced in the area. However, with the generational decline in industry as a source of community pride, coupled with an emerging crisis of creative education in UK schools, are young people across the UK facing a creative disconnect? How can museums collaborate to enrich creative networks between regional and national collections, between teachers and between the past and present of local making and designers in the UK? Through these networks, how can museums support students to build knowledge and develop key 21st century skills necessary for workplaces of the future – creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking?

Melissa Whittaker