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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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At the end of 2017 and early 2018, Heritage Lottery Fund delivered a pilot scheme in Barrow-in-Furness for grants under £3,000. [see our press release on the launch here and here ] Since the programme closed to applications, we have awarded 20 grants totalling £51,000. We been thrilled to fund a... read more
“Often when we think of our history, we think of kings and queens… We believe that the experiences of the people who helped build the country are just as important and should be recorded,” says Jonathan Platt, Head of HLF East Midlands. Last week we hosted a live chat to discuss the ins and outs of... read more
For the wonderful projects taking part in The National Lottery #ThanksToYou week this 3-9 December , we've pulled together some FAQs to help answer any questions you might have about taking part in this year's campaign. If there's anything we haven't covered, please ask us in the comments below... read more