A quick interview with Jo Saull, who recently left her position as AV manager at the Imperial War Museum to take up a role at one London’s biggest and busiest attractions
Hi Jo. Congratulations on your new role! What attracted you to the Science Museum?
The Science Museum inspires visitors with incredible objects and stories of scientific achievement. For someone like myself who loves technology and engineering it’s THE museum to be part of.
What will your main responsibilities be in your new position?
I’ll be working with a brilliant team of technicians who keep all the exhibits running smoothly and support the creation of new galleries. There’s an ambitious programme of activities coming up and the team have a crucial role to play. I’m really excited to be joining them.
What trends and changes have you seen in the AV industry over the past five-years?
In the exhibition AV industry I have always found designers to be much more engaged with technology, resulting in beautifully integrated solutions which maintain an element of magic for our visitors. Cultural organisations can sometimes be slow to respond to change but the convergence of IT/AV is impacting roles and there is plenty of work to be done to successfully merge teams from quite different disciplines.
Finally, what’s the best part of being part of the AV industry?
Being part of networks like the AV Cultural Forum and AV User Group where end users can share knowledge and feed in to future product development. The AV industry is full of amazing people who will always find a way to achieve the impossible.
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