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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!
What's going on in our community
Welcome to our online forum for people connected to our Great Place Scheme programme. As a UK-wide initiative we know how tricky it can be to get people in the same room so an online community is the perfect way to get folks connected, sharing and learning from each other. Whether you are... read more
OUR CRAFT CHANGES LIVES The Dry Stone Walling Association is offering the opportunity to train for a new career in the traditional craft of dry stone walling. With support from Heritage Lottery Fund Skills for the Future Programme , a National Training Bursary Project has been launched. Our new... read more
Yesterday we hosted a really intersting live chat on the topic of 'When is heritage?' . That is to say - how old does something have to be to be considered heritage? We invited some guests along to talk about their HLF-supported projects which deal with what might be considered 'contemporary'... read more
Stories, Stones and Bones was a dedicated programme created to help communities participate in Scotland's Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology with a focus on engaging new audiences. £850,000 was awarded to 98 projects across Scotland exploring all kinds of heritage. The programme aimed to get... read more