Tuesday, 10 March 2020, 1.30pm to 2.30pm, NAB 1.14
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A lunchtime discussion with four fascinating LSE alumni sharing their experiences and insights of working in the Museum and Heritage Industry, including an overview of the sector, examples of recent projects they've worked on and advice on the recruitment process.
Darren Barker - Founder and Director of Barker Langham
Darren is a Founder of Barker Langham (alongside co-Founder Eric Langham), and leads the company’s work across its strategic, operational, business, analytics, cultural and master planning portfolio. He is a globally experienced and leading cultural and business planner and has developed a diverse range of cultural schemes from museums and historic buildings to parks and landscapes – with work covering vision development, competition brief origination, options appraisals, masterplanning, commercial and operational planning. He is an appointed adviser to the UK Heritage Fund.
The core of his work is planning holistically to ensure the future sustainability of culturally significant assets, places and their future economies. Recent projects include Oman Across Ages Museum, Museum of London West Smithfield, Qasr Al Hosn Fort and Cultural Foundation (Abu Dhabi), Weifang Cultural District (China), Chatsworth Estate, and the development of a brief for new urban park for St Petersburg (Russia).
As part of the development of the company’s work, Darren is also a Director of Barker Langham Recruitment which recruits for key positions in the cultural sector globally, and he lead Barker Langham’s development of its cloud-based business planning tool for the sector – Barker Langham Analytics.
Emma Peplow - Head of Development at History of Parliament Trust
After finishing her PhD in International History, Emma Peplow joined the Marylebone Cricket Club Museum at Lords to create ‘Taking the Field’, and oral history project on grassroots cricket in the UK and Sri Lanka. In 2012 she moved to the History or Parliament Trust as Communications and Outreach Officer before becoming Assistant Director responsible for Communications, Publications and Oral History in 2018. After returning from maternity leave Dr Peplow is currently Head of Development. Whilst at the Trust she has developed its public engagement offering, including funding and managing new engagement projects, and has published and presented on its oral history project in both academic and public engagement contexts.
Samantha Heywood - Freelance Consultant, Curator and Producer
After graduating in 1988 Samantha Heywood worked in retail and the civil service while studying part-time for an MA, before training and working as a history teacher. She got a job in museums more by accident than design, initially as an education officer before experiencing, then leading, several major projects at the Imperial War Museum. By 2009 she was Director of Public Programmes for IWM until leaving in 2015, since then she has worked in a freelance capacity on museum capital projects and exhibitions in the UK, USA, Qatar and Australia as a consultant, curator and producer.
Silwat Haider - Head of Capital Project at the British Museum
Silwat Haider is a construction management and museum professional, with twenty years experience. Having worked for both private and public sector organisations Silwat has a focus on project delivery within the arts and cultural sector. She has worked for major arts funders such as Arts Council England; led on large scale developments funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund; and led project delivery teams at the Natural History Museum and National Portrait Gallery. She currently works at the British Museum as Head of Capital Projects. Silwat graduated from LSE in 1996 with a BSc (Econ) International History, and subsequently completed an MA in Art History from SOAS.
This event will be particularly useful if you:
- are thinking about a career in the Museum and Heritage
- would like to hear about the sort of work and responsibilities jobs in this area can entail.
- would like to get advice for your job search
Attending this event will enable you to:
- describe the key functions and the day to day work of the panellists
- evaluate some of the realities of careers in this sector.
- state strategies to get started in similar lines of work, based on the alumni insights