Charlotte Derry

Charlotte Derry

Charlotte is a museum professional and play trainer, working as a creative play practitioner and consultant within schools and cultural organisations. She founded Playful Places having worked on training, research and resources to help cultural places and visitor attractions develop better opportunities for play and playing. Clients have included Play Wales, Kids in Museums, Chester Zoo, The Happy Museum, The National Trust, English Heritage and MonLife Museums, The Tees Valley Museum Group and the National Maritime Museum. (Link to Clients/ Case Studies) 

Charlotte is also a regional mentor for OPAL (Outdoor Play and Learning), supporting school leaders with sustainable and affordable culture change to help them make the most of their school grounds and improve the quality of children’s playtimes. She is a regular workshop facilitator for Kids in Museums, and was part of the editorial and publishing group for Stuff and Nonsense Thinking Differently about Children’s Play, Inspired by the work of Stuart Lester – contributing two chapters on children’s play, movement and “Occuplaying” in museums with Megan Dickerson.

In 2017, funded by Happy Museum, Charlotte co-developed the book Rules for a Playful Museum with the Visitor Team at Manchester Museum and the Playful Places Network was set up to further support the Happy Museum Community of Practice with developing play and playful engagement with museum and gallery collections and spaces. The network is now run by an independent and voluntary group with an aim to facilitate affordable and regular peer to peer learning opportunities, and to share practice and ideas about play and play development. 

You can see more about Charlotte’s work with clients, associates and partners in the sections below, and within the case study sections of this site. Link to case studies.

When she’s not working, Charlotte plays at being a mum, wild swimmer, walker, gardener and yoga teacher and is passionate about food, music, cooking outside, and being in nature. Her work is driven by the desire to and find creative ways to improve the quality of life and well-being of both visitors and staff in cultural venues, and to advocate for spatial and social equality within public space for children and young people.