Head of Learning and Interpretation
Dr Dominique Bouchard is Head of Learning and Interpretation at English Heritage where she leads on interpretation, contemporary art, learning, digital, publishing, and youth engagement teams across more than 420 historic buildings, monuments and sites, from world-famous prehistoric sites to grand medieval castles, from Roman forts on the edges of the empire to a Cold War bunker. She has more than fifteen years’ experience leading exhibitions, public programmes and learning in museums in Hong Kong, Ireland and the UK.
Dominique is an academic, curator and educator, with particular expertise in contested histories and divided societies, including Northern Ireland and Hong Kong. She holds a BS in Applied Physics and BA in Mathematics from Columbia University in New York and received her DPhil at the University of Oxford in classical archaeology. She has worked as expert consultant for the European Commission, Council of Europe and UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the area of museums, heritage and divided societies. She lectures on Museum Studies courses in the UK, Ireland and Hong Kong, and her publications are in the area of curatorial practice, interaction design, digital technology in museums, and community engagement in divided societies. Her research interests are in the areas of public history, especially difficult histories, the role of historicity and authenticity in the development of public historical narratives, and public participation in heritage curation/management.