Darren Barker & Eric Langham founded the multi-award winning museum and cultural consultancy Barker Langham in 2005.
Barker Langham is one of the world’s leading cultural practices, creating transformational projects around the globe. Working collaboratively across curation, strategy, interpretation, business planning, audience development and recruitment, they have realised over 250 museum and cultural projects.
Darren and Eric are recognised across the sector as pioneering cultural planners and thought leaders who have shaped the development of iconic museum projects around the world.
They have directed the creative and strategic development of exceptional cultural experiences for clients including Expo 2020 Dubai, Museum of London West Smithfield (UK), Grand Canal Museum (China), United Kingdom Holocaust Memorial, National Museum of Qatar, House of European History (Belgium), and Diriyah Gate, NEOM and Misk (Saudi Arabia).
They have continued their commitment to providing guidance to the wider cultural sector, in particular supporting recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, and leading vital conversations around climate, social justice and the future of museums. This has included the establishment of an international virtual internship programme, curated sessions for ICOM UK’s Working Internationally Conference and the launch of Barker Langham Analytics – a free cloud-based financial planning tool for cultural organisations.
Support for charities and non-profit organisations are central to the Barker Langham ethos, with recent support for the Camissa Museum in South Africa, True Form Projects – which collects and shares community cultural histories in Birmingham – and the brain injury recovery charity SameYou.
Darren and Eric are expert advisors and mentors for the UK Heritage Fund, the International Council of Museums, the European Union, the Museums Association and UNESCO. In 2021, Eric was appointed as a Trustee of the Migration Museum and Darren as a Trustee of the Florence Nightingale Museum.