What We Do
Historical Interpretation & Research
For developers and placemakers, I can undertake historical research and provide content for interpretation panels and online platforms. I can unlock the heritage story of your sites, whether industrial, rural, military, cultural and to ensure your message around remembering and respecting the past incarnations of the site is communicated effectively.
Community Heritage Projects
To add value to your development, I can engage the local community in projects which will build confidence that the local heritage is valued and safeguarded for the future. Experienced in volunteer management, I will identify local organisations who already have considerable knowledge and expertise, and establish partnerships which will leave a legacy.
Learning resources & Activity Plans
With over 10 years of teaching experience and an MA in Museum & Gallery Education, I can create curriculum-linked learning resource packs for teachers, schools and universities, as well as special interest groups and adult learners. I can create activity plans for heritage sites, which will generate new streams of income and bring in more visitors.
Historically Themed Events
An experienced producer of vintage fairs and events, I can bring my events with a retro feelgood twist, to generate a buzz around new developments and bring in new audiences, whilst providing entertaining opportunities for existing and new residents to come together. I pioneered the first Vintage & Craft Market on the Berkeley Homes Royal Arsenal Development site in Woolwich.
Why Choose Learn Heritage?
An education and heritage professional with extensive experience both in the public and private sector, including a Local Authority Museum, a Volunteer-run Heritage Centre and Civic Society and a Building Preservation Trust. I have delivered projects funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Libor. My skillset includes Volunteer Management & Training, Heritage Interpretation and Learning and Activities Programming. I have also worked in the UK and abroad in administration for international organisations and banks. In addition, I am Managing Director of my own vintage events company.
Based close to Woolwich, South East London, I am well situated to oversee the impact on the town’s historical heritage as it undergoes a period of rapid regeneration.
Can We Help?
If you have a development project where we might help – please tell us a few details and get in touch.
Julie helped to develop a complex programme of HLF-funded digital and physical learning activities, taking over from a previous contractor. An experienced professional, she hit the ground running at a point when the project was under pressure and managed to deliver successful results by completing the required work and realising successful outcomes against the challenges we were experiencing.
As Heritage Learning Consultant at St. George’s Garrison Church, Woolwich (Heritage of London Trust Operations) I undertook research for the interpretation panel in front of the church, drafted website content, devised self-guided tours for teachers, and a teachers’ resource pack. The pack’s themes unlock local history, and make connections between local communities and St George’s, looking at its significance as a memorial, as a historic building, as a survivor of enemy attacks during two World Wars, and as a tangible record of the Royal Artillery’s presence in Woolwich and, on a global scale, during the British Empire period.
As Heritage Project Officer at St. George’s Garrison Church, Woolwich (Heritage of London Trust Operations), I organised teacher consultation groups, managed a volunteer team, including recruitment and training, scoped out an activity plan, organised events and school visits. I forged community links between the church and a local Sixth Form College, National Citizen Service, local community groups & historical societies.
As Learning & Audience Development Officer at Honeywood Museum, London Borough of Sutton, I devised a new Formal & Informal Learning Programme for the Museum. I organised staff training, partnering with Museum of London in bringing blended learning methods to the museum, with new digital workshops for schools. I also conducted outreach sessions to schools, created digital content for the website, and collaborated with other heritage sites in the borough. I enrolled the museum in nationwide events, such as Kids in Museums. I ensured that the value of the local heritage, particularly Carshalton’s Victorian heritage and the significance of the industrial heritage of the River Wandle and railway heritage were foregrounded.
As Learning Manager, Fleur de Lis Heritage Centre, I undertook research for a new museum display ‘Our Villages,’ which looked at the rural heritage around Faversham, leaving a legacy for local village residents, to ensure they were represented at the heritage centre. I conducted outreach sessions to village schools, using student volunteers, so that children from local villages actively researched and learned about their village history. This culminated in an event to which parents were invited, so that children could share their work.