I have been interpreting heritage and culture with energy and passion for more than 20 years. It delights me to help history and the arts come alive, become relevant and create an impact on individuals and communities.
I have worked on freelance activity and interpretation projects for Tricolor Ltd since April 2017. My career has included theatre, music and event management for the National Trust and Cotswold District Council. I have developed learning programmes for National Trust properties, Burghley House and Hatfield House. HLF funded community involvement projects have included exhibition curation for London Canal Museum and volunteer management.
I particularly enjoy the research and writing aspects of historical interpretation. My most recent and hugely immersive project have been at Bury St Edmunds Guildhall, where I have been researching, distilling and writing 800 years of history for interpretative panels. In a major refurbishment of the Boats and Cargoes exhibition for London Canal Museum I was responsible for commissioning designers, working up concepts, text writing and editing, picture and artefact sourcing and seeing the project through to successful installation. Other publications include family guide books for the National Trust (Calke Abbey and Hardwick Hall) and London Canal Museum, Waterways of the Western Front (a hard-back WW1 exhibition book), oral history publications and the creation of family interpretation packs. Learning is at the heart of all museums.
To remain rooted in that I frequently teach Roman and Egyptian history workshops at Verulamium Museum, and combine my love of literature with the Victorian era, teaching sessions at the Charles Dickens Museum. My motivation is to see visitors engage with exhibits and to see curiosity aroused in the history. Ultimately, i love to contribute to a sense of rootedness and belonging by encouraging an understanding of the past.