Mathilde Lester

Research Executive

As a Research Executive working primarily with Australian and New Zealand clients, Mathilde works to devise research objectives and methods, manage project timings and deliverables and uncover rich, nuanced findings and insights; she loves visitor experiences that are creative and meaningful, and she believes audience research can be the same.

Mathilde is a highly experienced audience researcher. Previous to MHM, she was employed by Museums Victoria where she evaluated major visitor experience projects ranging from public programs to exhibitions to digital immersion. Her research and insights contributed to audience development and understanding, and helped shape the Museum’s products, offering and brand.

Prior to this, Mathilde studied a MA in Museum Studies at University College London. While studying, she worked and interned at a number of institutions including the British Museum and the East End Women’s Museum. Her first-class master’s thesis – entitled Visitor Meaning-Making at Co-curated Displays – specialised in visitor studies, evaluation and museum communication.

As well as her masters, Mathilde holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Art History from the University of Melbourne.