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He is a vocal supporter for decolonization and inclusion in museums and heritage. He is also a champion of interactive experiences, and we quote here, bringing history to life.
Not only that, he's a trustee of the Holburne Museum, he is a pop culture connoisseur, and at some point, he managed to get paid to play with Lego.
I guess it's a similar thing to a lot of people that I'd always just had an interest in history. That was the first thing that really got me interested in this kind of work. When I was at university, I went to University in Bath and I was doing history undergrad, and then, you know, the times are changing. Now, obviously, jobs are much harder to come by, it's much more challenging. Our tutors were encouraging us to think about, ok, what can you actually do practically with these skills that you're gaining through the courses? It was then that I thought about maybe I'll start volunteering and seeing how I could practically apply my skills. So I volunteered at the Holburne Museum of Bath, and I did that for about two years. Now I kind of did a lot of different roles. I was a gallery steward, I was on the front desk, I was in the shop for a bit, I also did a bit of collections work. Turns out collections are not for me, I am a bit clumsy, so I think like there is a potential for me to break some really, really important historic artifacts. So I'm gonna steer clear of that. But that was a great opportunity to figure that out. From there, I started working in museums and historic sites. My first job outside of Uni was Exeter Cathedral, which is where the Lego comes into it. I was lucky enough to be in the fundraising and development department. And yeah, one of my primary roles was to build, well help build a Lego version of the cathedral, out of like over 300,000 Lego bricks.