Trained as a historian, I have worked as a freelance heritage and interpretation consultant since 2006, following a previous interpretation career that spanned a wide range of heritage organisations: a private-sector museum; a national museum; a government agency running national historic sites; and a commercial interpretive design company.

 

Principal Interpretation Consultant, Haley Sharpe Design Ltd, Leicester
2000 – 2006
A senior member of an in-house interpretation team for this international heritage design company, with projects covering the UK and Europe, the United States, Canada and the Middle East. Responsible for interpretive concept and strategy development, interpretive master planning, design brief development, research co-ordination, copy writing, client team liaison and project coordination on a wide variety of heritage design projects.

 

Head of Interpretation, Historic Royal Palaces, London
1998 – 2000
Responsible for all Interpretation Department and Education Service strategy, development and management for the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace, and the Banqueting House in Whitehall.

 

Interpretation Manager, Historic Royal Palaces, London
1997 – 1998
Responsible for devising and implementing special interpretive events, and implementing exhibition, audio and live interpretation projects.

 

Publications Editor, National Museum of Science and Industry, London
1997
Responsible for in-house copy editing, proofing and production of guidebooks and academic publications for the Science Museum, the National Railway Museum and the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television.

 

Interpreter and Researcher, Thackray Museum, Leeds
1993 – 1997
Responsible for all aspects of research and interpretive development for the creation of this multiple award-winning museum on the social and technological history of healthcare in Britain, including concept and design brief development, copywriting and audio-visual script writing, interactive concept development and scriptwriting.

 

BA (Hons) History, Class 1, King's College, Cambridge University
1990 – 1993
Double first, including a first-class dissertation on the symbolism of political graphic satire of the Georgian era.

 

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