Staff at the Ironbridge Institute


Anna Brennand

CEO of Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust

Anna Brennand is the CEO of Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, having spent a number of years as deputy CEO and Director of Finance and Resources for the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, delivering the museum’s commercial strategy and fundraising. Anna has considerable experience in finance as a qualified accountant and having worked in London for international money brokers before moving to ...

Willem Derde

Visiting Research Associate
Director of Ename Center for Public Archaeology and Heritage Presentation, Belgium

Willem Derde’s research interests are on heritage interpretation with a special focus on the cultural differences between Europe and Asia. The recent shift towards a more community oriented approach to heritage has taken place in the context of major economic, political and social changes on a global scale. However, it has become clear that the focus on communal perspectives when dealing ...

Traci Dix-Williams

Director of Operations, Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust

Traci Dix-Williams is the Director of Operations at the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust and has over 25 years of experience fulfilling various roles throughout the Trust. She brings to the Institute experience in curating social history, including research and interpretation, managing and redeveloping museums, as well as co-ordinating the day to day management of a multi-site museum. Traci’s ...

Dr Hilary du Cros

Visiting Research Fellow
Associate Professor, Hong Kong Institute of Education
Senior Research Coordinator, UNESCO Observatory for Research in Local Cultures and Creativity in Education

Hilary du Cros has taught in Hong Kong and Macau and has conducted research and consulting in the Asia Pacific region over the last 25 years. She has a unique perspective on culture, heritage and arts management, tourism and of sustaining cultural diversity. Dr du Cros also has a long history of active involvement in organizations on a national and international level, such as United Nations ...

Professor Maria Gravari-Barbas

Visiting Research Fellow
Director of the Institute for Research and High Studies on Tourism, Paris 1 - Sorbonne University

Professor Maria Gravari-Barbas is the director of the UNESCO Chair “Tourism, Culture, Development” of Paris 1- Sorbonne University and the coordinator of the UNITWIN network of the same name, comprising more than 25 top level universities all around the world. Maria is the Director of the Institute for Research and High Studies on Tourism (IREST) at Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne ...

James Rebanks

Visiting Research Associate
CEO of Rebanks Consulting

James is a passionate advocate of innovative ways of better connecting cultural and natural heritage and economics and an experienced analyst of environmental and cultural issues. He is an authority on the economics of heritage and landscapes. A well-known communicator on natural economy and heritage issues, James is regularly asked to speak and write about the uses of cultural and natural ...

Professor Helaine Silverman

Visiting Research Fellow
Director of CHAMP/Collaborative for Cultural Heritage Management and Policy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Helaine’s research interests focus on the cooperative and conflictual production of archaeological monuments as cultural heritage sites for visual, performative, economic and political consumption as undertaken by national governments, regional authorities, local administrations, and community stakeholders within the context of the global tourism industry and UNESCO’s international ...

Dr Matt Thompson

Senior Curator at Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust

Matt Thompson is the Senior Curator at the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust having started life as an archaeologist. He has experience in working with a range of museums, from small independent museums to large, national ones. His current role covers the whole of the Trust’s collections across all ten sites, including the library and archives and the scheduled monuments and archaeology present ...