I have usually worked in or with public, academic or not-for-profit organisations on cultural heritage projects. I currently work freelance, and am available for hire.
People increasingly categorise me as a “geek” because I have focused mainly on digital projects in heritage during the last decade. In my first career decade, a lot of my work was concerned with capital projects to conserve or provide facilities at heritage sites.
My degrees (thus far) are in modern art history (1750 to present), but I have usually worked with archaeologists specialising in prehistoric, Roman or medieval periods. “Art history” means all visual cultural disciplines and includes design, architecture, photography, film and television. My historical studies and research have spread out to cover social, medical, industrial, maritime and regional history.
People also describe me as “an ideas person.” This just means that I have a mind, an imagination – and I’m not afraid to use them.
I try to bridge gaps in knowledge and understanding; to communicate with, and facilitate conversations between, cultural heritage professionals, academics, public sector people, and the public (especially in the UK).
My interest in the past is driven by my need to understand the present and to help build a better future. I dislike sepia-tinted fuzzy nostalgia for a past that was never as cosily utopian as people fondly imagine.
I have worked in, for or with all domains of public cultural heritage: museums, galleries, archives, libraries’ special collections, built and designed environmental heritage.
I worked for English Heritage for 11 years, and was one of the first non-civil servant members of staff (though recruited via the Civil Service Commission). Most of the time, I was the only female at meetings. People seemed surprised to encounter a female manager at the time.
They were the pioneering days of English Heritage. For 10 years, I was in ‘The Guinea Pig Division’ – aka at various times as Properties in Care North, then Historic Properties North. We looked after the scheduled ancient monuments in the North of England (Cheshire & Humberside were most southerly and Cumbria and Northumberland most northerly of the territory).
During the last 10 years, I have worked mostly within, for or with public or not-for-profit heritage organisations, or in universities.
My main web site gives more information about my career and links to some things that I do or have done.