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Claire Holman

Senior Lecturer – Modelmaking


Claire’s successful freelance career in the professional modelmaking Industry working in the UK and Canada. Her work has ranged from making props from X-files, dioramas for the British Museum to the architectural competition model of the Southbank development on the Thames, London.Claire’s experience covers multiple disciplines within the modelmaking industry such as, Advertising & TV, Museum & Heritage, Toy, and Architectural where she was able to develop a broad understanding of the industries community with which to draw on for curriculum enrichment.Claire has over 16 years of experience as a Senior Lecturer in the subject specialism of modelmaking, she is Year leader for level 4 (1st year), in this time she has been able to develop many initiatives to create greater inclusivity from gender balance to disability access.

Professional practice

Claire is an active member of the professional modelmaking community and facilitates many of the course’s work experience and collaborative projects. Claire is instrumental in sourcing and forging new contacts with industry from film production departments to smaller selective makers, she uses this experience to guide students when and how to professionally approach industry.
Claire is currently collaborating with end users to create a text book of making practice under the umbrella of the modelmaking industry.
Claire is also currently developing a programme of staff development sessions that explores team communication through sculpting using transactional analysis theory.


  • Silver for student thank you awards (2015–2016)

Research Specialism

Claire’s research interest lays with the growth of maker culture within a global setting but primarily focusing on how the UK is responding to what is being seen as the new industrial revolution. The upsurgence of makerspaces and how communities use them is thriving and clearly internalised in many countries around the world. Claire is researching how this new culture is impacting national, regional and local communities and how we respond to it to make it ‘fit’ the UK.

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