I have been Academic Director at Ironbridge Institute for 15 years and, amongst other initiatives was responsible for developing the programmes in Distance Learning for heritage there. Ironbridge has been innovative first in developing new programmes in industrial archaeology and then in heritage management, a programme that has been in operation for over 25 years. As a specialist in postgraduate studies, offered in conjunction with the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, the programmes at Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage offer a unique perspective on the heritage industry and how it operates today.
In working with heritage studies, I bring a focus on interpretation, on industrial heritage and on the presentation of archaeological sites. I have broad interests in the technology of the industrial age and how this is interpreted our post-industrial society. My training as a practical archaeologist offers insights into what we can learn of sites of all periods, and how this information can be presented to the public. I have been involved in heritage advisory missions to Libya, Georgia, Russia, Jordan and Brazil and am seeking to develop a research programme in Brazil on railway heritage there.
I currently serve on the Historic England Advisory Committee and am editor of the journal The Historic Environment, published by Maney. Both of these activities reflect my broad interests in how society deals with heritage issues and how the historic assets are increasingly seen in a holistic manner rather than as individual components. I am also a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, a Trustee of JTrails (a Jewish heritage foundation) and a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists.
My research has historically been focused largely in the late Roman period in Britain and especially in the archaeology of the Roman town of Wroxeter in Shropshire. My active archaeological work there is now being superseded by presentation of the research outcomes to the public through museums and on site interpretation.