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Charlie Pratley

Senior Lecturer

School of Arts & Humanities


Charlie is a Senior Lecturer in Museum Studies, specialising in knowledge exchange, community co-production and employability. On the MA in Museum and Heritage Development, Charlie leads modules in Purpose, Planning and Development and Working in Museums and Heritage. She is also responsible for student placements.

As a Teacher-Practitioner within NTU, Charlie is currently working with colleagues to develop impactful projects between communities, academia and creative industries. She is responsible for supporting knowledge exchange practice through her role on the Research and Innovation Committee and the Institute for Knowledge Exchange Conference committee.

Charlie currently has a Trent Institute of Teaching and Learning grant with a cross-disciplinary team of colleagues to develop a framework for inclusive curricula co-creation with students, a graduate and National Trust.

Charlie co-supervises PhD theses involving heritage practice elements, particularly knowledge exchange or co-production with communities.

Career overview

To date, Charlie has delivered around 100 projects with museums, heritage and cultural organisations.

From 2014-2018, Charlie was a co-founder and Director of Culture Syndicates CIC. With colleagues from NTU, she established this arts consultancy centred around a pioneering model for paid sector entrant traineeships. Her approach led to an almost 100% employability rate for trainees, fast tracking them into paid entry and officer-level employment. She secured over £200,000 of grant funding and initiated partnerships with organisations such as National Trust to deliver projects. She worked with a wide variety of clients, including national and international organisations such as Barker Langham, National Justice Museum and National Heritage Science Forum, as well as regional services such as Corby Borough Council and Creswell Crags. Highlights include creating an internship model with six East Midlands museums which was rolled out across Yorkshire to support more diverse recruiting, and creating Life Lines, a co-production WW1 research group with University of Nottingham and Inspire which produced exhibitions, research and schools resources, often independently, for six years.

Charlie is a former Arts Council England Relationship Manager for Creative Media, which gives her an in-depth knowledge of project development and grant capture. For three years, Charlie was a Trustee of Relate Nottinghamshire, responsible for marketing and business development. She has also worked as the Information Officer for East Midlands Museums Service and Exhibitions Assistant at Lakeside Arts Centre.

External activity

Charlie continues her consultancy practice within her NTU role, providing arts project planning, grant application, project management, evaluation and mentoring on employability, co-production and strategy to support the diversity and creative impact of arts and culture.

Sponsors and collaborators

Charlie is currently Co-Investigator on 50 Years of Middle Street Resource Centre, a National Lottery Heritage Fund project. She is responsible for the skills development framework for paid student interns and advises on co-production of exhibitions with communities.

Charlie has worked with Miner2Major, National Lottery Heritage Fund Landscape Partnership Scheme, for three years to research needs and barriers to an interpretation strategy for Sherwood Forest. From this, she created a ‘bottom up’ interpretation strategy and an action plan to support exploration of diversity, globalism and localism with partners such as The Wildlife Trust, RSPB and Nottinghamshire County Council. Prior to this, she researched community needs for Nottinghamshire County Council’s Heritage Way project.


PRATLEY, C., ELMUGHRABI, A., BLAJ-WARD, L., JOHNSON, S. and PEARCE, R., 2022. Engaging students as pedagogic consultants to co-create inclusive, reflective learning experiences and communities. In: EUROSoTL 2022 proceedings. Manchester: Manchester Metropolitan University, pp. 15-28.

PRATLEY, C., 2022. Hollow Earth: Art, Caves and the Subterranean Imaginary. In: Nottingham Contemporary Wednesday Walkthrough, Nottingham Contemporary, 05 October 2022.

PRATLEY, C. and GREGORY, N., 2022. Celebrating diverse heritage: Norma Gregory on 'Digging deep, Black miners' heritage'. In: Celebrating diverse heritage: Norma Gregory on 'Digging deep, Black miners' heritage' [seminar], Online, 20 July 2022.

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Four UN Sustainability Goals that Charlie works towards:

11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities Badge 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth Badge 15 - Life On Land Badge 3 - Good Health and Well-Being Badge