I'm Neil, HLF Skills for the Future Project Co-ordinator for Oxford University Museums and Collections. I'm originally from the Furness peninsula in Cumbria. I grew up surrounded by a combination of shipbuilding heritage, amazing prehistoric archaeology and the impressive ruins of Furness Abbey. All three have influenced the path I have taken professionally. I have a MA in Landscape Archaeology from Bristol University and almost 15 years working in the museum/ heritage sector, mainly in education roles. I have worked at the Dock Museum, Barrow-in-Furness, for English Heritage in Swindon, on a HLF funded project in Newport South Wales, the Museum of Oxford and The Ashmolean. It may be a cliche, but I really am passionate about museum education. I have experience of setting up a museum education service from scratch, working with a hugely diverse range of audiences, and lots of different collections. I have particular interests in community education, community curation and training future museum education and outreach professionals. Outside of work I am a proud dad of 2 small boys, I enjoy exploring the Oxfordshire countryside, and adding to my collection of vinyl!
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Yesterday we hosted an engaging live chat about archives , with a host of expert guest who have worked with everything from photos and glass plate negatives, to sound recordings, and even seal blubber stove smoke-stained diaries, maps and letters! It was great to hear about the variety of routes... read more
As part of the HLF South East England Team’s focus on LGBT+ Heritage, we welcome Beth Asbury, the project manager for Out in Oxford , to have a chat with us. The Out In Oxford project, based at the Pitt Rivers Museum, created an LGBT+ Heritage Trail across all of the University of Oxford’s... read more
We have compiled a short handout containing top tips for planning and delivering a project focused on, or involving, community archaeology. It covers: The archaeology project life-cycle Types of activities that can be included Rough guide to costs and support needs Important points to consider... read more
HLF recently spoke to Sado Jirde , Director at the Black South West Network (BSWN), about the HLF-supported There IS Black In The Union Jack project (#ThereISBlackInTheUnionJack). Sado, There IS Black In The Union Jack is a film and history project by BSWN which looks at the relationships between... read more