Who is Chris Castle?

OMA Award

I am a  consultant, educator, and peer reviewer for museums, galleries, historic sites, government agencies, and professional associations in Canada, the United States, and the U.K. I am also the owner and editor of the monthly e-newsletter, Museum Education Monitor.

I have published and spoken widely on museum education and the professional development of museum educators and have taught courses for the University of Toronto, the University of Victoria, Brock University, and several professional associations. I have helped to develop local communities of practice for museum educators in Toronto (MERT), Hamilton (HAM-ED) and Whitby (MAGEC-D) , Ontario. At the international level I serve on the board of museum-ed and on the advisory panel for the Journal of Education in Museums (JEM), published by the Group for Education in Museums. In 2005 I was honoured to have been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award of Excellence by the Ontario Museum Association in recognition of my contributions to the development of museum education.

Gibson House Gate

I started my career as first the Curator of the Oakville Museum and then the Curator of The Gibson House Museum in Toronto.

Coming to the field with a B.A. in Modern History from the University of Toronto (1975) I hold an M.A. in Teaching, Museum Education (1981) from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Toronto (2001).

Throughout my career I have seen evidence of the vital role that museums, galleries, parks and heritage institutions play in the development of healthy and sustainable communities. I am dedicated to helping build and maintain quality relationships.

I follow the Codes of Professional Conduct & Ethics developed by the Arts Consultants Canada (ACCA) as well as the Canadian Museums Association's Ethical Guidelines.

Image Credits - In text: Courtesy City of Toronto/Gibson House Museum