About me

Alexandra FitzsimmonsI lecture in Museum Studies on the MSc Science Communication at Imperial College London: the modules I teach include both theoretical perspectives on museums and the practicalities of exhibition planning.

In over ten years working in the museum sector, I’ve been part of creating exhibitions on subjects ranging from Catholicism to geology, via maths, trains and Roman coins. Whatever the exhibition, my role has been to take ownership of the storyline. For many years I worked for Event Communications Ltd as an Interpreter, where my clients included the National Trust, the Polytechnic Museum, Moscow, Bletchley Park Trust, the Little Company of Mary, and many more. I have also worked more directly with the public, as part of the Learning and Interpretation team at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Becoming aware of the lack of opportunities for families to have fun doing maths, I founded Maths on Toast in 2012. I am now CEO of the charity, which I run part time. We are making maths family and community fun, working to do that in all the places where families are found, including museums. We’re proud to have received funding from Man Charitable Trust, John Lyon’s Charity and many other generous funders.

Going further back, I studied Maths and Classics at Cambridge University and Archaeology at University College London. I am a Fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs. I have held roles as a school governor in Southwark and as an Honorary Lecturer in the Museum Studies department at University College London.

I also write: I’m an Associate of the Society of Authors and my poetry has been published by South Bank Poetry. My book, Looking for Erik, was published by Caper Press in 2017.