Heritage: A Museum Studies Approach

The manuscript is nearly finished and close to submission, and we have a publication date for Heritage: A Museum Studies Approach; the new Leicester Reader in Museum Studies co-edited by Sheila Watson, Katy Bunning and myself. It should, according to the Routledge website, be available from 30 Jan 2018. More details on the Routledge website (note…

The earliest reference to a person of Chinese origin in Leicester?

The Chinese Giant Rummaging in the British Newspaper Archive has churned up a few more gems. Ostensibly seeking more information about Mr On Lee and his ‘Chinese oath’, I stumbled upon a reference to ‘The Chinese Giant’ (aka ‘Chang woo goo’). ‘Chang woo goo’ or Zhan Shicai to give him his accepted name today was,…

“Fall seven times, stand up eight.” –Japanese proverb

So I find myself job searching, once again. It’s slightly embarrassing to admit.  After 14 months (six months freelance, eight months full-time), I’ve been made redundant. I really thought the whole ‘heritage consultancy’ thing was going to work out. I thought it was the solution to my precarious post-PhD situation. It wasn’t. Still, I now have…

Archaeology of Wadi Draa

A quick post about a project I was involved in around this time last year. I was asked by Prof David Mattingley and Dr Martin Sterry of the School of Archaeology & Ancient History at the University of Leicester, to help put together a series of exhibition panels about the archaeology of Wadi Draa in…

‘Orrible Victorian Deaths

I did a great webinar in the week organised by the British Newspaper Archive, on how to get the best from the BNA. I tried out some of the tips on searches of my home village (Ufford, nr Woodbridge, Suffolk) and found some great stories and several that are very sad and affecting. Those Victorians certainly reveled…

Willesden Jewish Cemetery Open Events

There are two opportunities in the next few weeks to find out about plans to restore and revitalise Willesden Jewish Cemetery. Details below.   Photo by me.    

Ch ch ch ch changes…

In the last month, three big things have happened: I am now employed on a full-time permanent basis by Tricolor. I am working on behalf of Tricolor at Sutton Hoo (that’s one childhood dream ticked off!). Because of the new job and changed circumstances, I’ve had to ditch the teaching course – but not before…

Heritage and Interpretation (Leicester Readers in Museum Studies)

A quick heads-up: The new Leicester Reader that myself, Sheila Watson and Katy Bunning have been working on over the last eighteen months to two years finally has a publication date (30 June 2017) and is now listed on Amazon. Image via Christian Ostrosky on Flickr, used under a Creative Commons license.

On submitting my first assessment

This week’s reflective journal entry… This week we’ve been asked to reflect on how submitting our first assignment for the ATP made us feel. My key concern was making sure that I had all the elements, uploaded to the right place and that the submission went through without any obstacles. Because I was going to…

Teaching methods

This week’s reflective journal post… For this week’s reflection, we have been asked to consider the particular approaches to and teaching methods within our discipline. In my current role at Loughborough University, there is an inherent challenge in supporting students who are otherwise creative practitioners (as fine artists, graphic designers, textile designers, etc.), to undertake…