Enthusiasm and the love for history is at the heart of what we do
The education team at Murton Park is close-knit, with many members of staff having been involved for many years creating a wonderful working relationship with visiting schools. The living history team at Murton Park has a wealth of experience, knowledge and formal qualifications in both education and teaching as well as history. Our staff are enthusiastic about history and have a range of interests and specialisms in the subject, sharing their skills and research to ensure that our teaching is up to date and relevant to the evolving curriculum.
All staff involved in the delivery of the education programme hold an enhanced DBS check.
Keith Fells BA(Hons), PGCE.
Keith graduated with honours with a degree in Business Computing in the late eighties and spent the next 25 years working developing and managing computer systems eventually ending up in a large insurance company in a middle management position.
Keith went back to University and took a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education and qualified as a primary school teacher in 2010.
During this time Keith also volunteered at a York primary school which his children attended. He then took up a position in a York primary school, this is when he first encountered Murton Park. Keith was asked by his Son’s school to attend a couple of Roman days as a parent helper and “had such a great time” he has been here ever since. Initially as a volunteer and soon after as a member of staff on the Murton Park Living History team.
Emma Grimmer BA (Hons), BSc (Hons), PGCE.
Emma first joined the Murton Park team in 2008 having graduated from the University of York and Cardiff University with degrees in Archaeology and Conservation of Objects for Museums. She left to embark on a PGCE in 2012.
After five years in the world of primary schools, she returned to Murton Park where she has taken on the roles of both Living History Interpreter and Conservator for the Farming Museum.
Dave has been involved with historical re-enactment since the 1970’s – the infancy of living history. Over the years he has worked at several museums, particularly in the Birmingham area, as an interpreter and educational officer covering periods from the iron age to modern times.
He is a qualified Teaching Assistant with a particular interest in working with children with special needs.
David joined the Murton team in 2008.
Anita qualified in 2000 with a BSc Hons in Sport Science Education Studies with Qualified Teaching Status followed by an MA in Education Management via Rotherham council affiliated to Sheffield Hallam University.
As well as teaching both KS2 and 3 for the last 20 years (PE, geography, and history) she has also been Head of Dept, Faculty and Lead Mentor of Initial Teacher Trainee Cohorts. But her favourite role was Subject Lead and Creator of an Integrated Curriculum. This was a bridging subject within Year 7 and encompassed the delivery of English history and geography as themed projects across the transition year.
She is an avid Viking reenactor with her family and after bringing her children to Murton Park three years ago for a half term Viking activity, she loved it so much she joined Jorfor Hall’s re-enactment group and now works at Murton Park as a Living History Interpreter.
Samuel Day, BA (HONS), MA
Samuel holds a BA Hons in Viking Studies from the University of Nottingham, and an MA in Medieval Studies from the University of York.
Samuel has been involved in historical interpretation since 2015, when he served as President of the University of Nottingham Medieval Combat Society. His academic interests focus on the portrayal of weapons and combat in Old Norse literature. He joined the Murton Park team in May 2021.
Carolyn Ashley, BSc (hons), PGCE.
Carolyn qualified as a primary teacher in 1994 and worked in Leeds for 18 years before moving to the East Riding.
Going part-time after having two sons, she was able to realise her dream of living history interpreter when her boys reached their teens. She joined the Murton team, initially as a volunteer, in 2018 and continues to teach as well. Having worked with many children with additional needs and with over 25 years of teaching experience she prides herself on making the history accessible to all.
Outside of education and history, Carolyn is a keen WI member and a reasonably competent baker…which goes some way to explain why she has to keep letting her costumes out!
hattie leigh, BA (HONS)
Hattie recently graduated from York St John’s University with a degree in Education Studies. She chose Murton Park for her course placement when she helped redesign the Livestock Gallery into the Discover Farming Gallery. As part of the placement, she spent two days as a Viking and loved it so much that she now works as a Living History Interpreter here and is a great asset to the team!
SARAH FLATMAN, BA (HONS), MA
Sarah holds a BA Hons in History of Art, and graduated with an MA in Art Museum and Gallery Studies in 2021 from Newcastle University.
She has volunteered and worked in various museums across the UK, in roles ranging from visitor experience, curatorial roles, and education. Sarah’s first introduction to museum education was at Oxford Castle and Prison in 2018 where she helped to deliver history workshops to KS1 and KS2 groups. In the summer between her degrees, she designed and led a summer exhibition programme for The Royal West of England Academy and decided to pursue a career in museum education.
Outside of work, Sarah enjoys singing and leading worship at her church, and painting. She has recently started learning to sew and hopes to be able to create her own costumes for the different roles she has at Murton. She also has a hamster named Dr Dylan Fluffington, the Mayor of Hamsterdam!
Simon has a passion for history particularly Cavalry. He is a horse trainer and a mounted reenactor and his role at Murton Park gives him the opportunity to combine his love of history with education.
He is joint owner in the Horse display team Equistry and has performed his displays on horseback many times at Murton Park. In his spare time he trains horses and has appeared in various TV and film productions.
Before joining the Murton Park team, Simon was a cycle trainer teaching Bikeabiity within schools as well as a TA Level 3.
Rachel Green BA (Hons), PGCE
Rachel graduated in 2018 with a BA (Hons) in Education Studies and with a PGCE in 2020.
Before joining the Murton Park team, Rachel spent two years working as a supply teacher in reception to YR6. She saw the advert for Living History Interpreter at Murton Park and thought “This looks fun!”. “And I was right!” she says.
Outside of work, Rachel is a volunteer for Girlguiding UK.
Janet Baker BA(Hons), MA, PGCE
Janet has a long and varied work record, which includes roles in retail, office and education. She also enjoyed some time working as a TV and film extra.
Janet returned to learning once her children were in full time education and gained a FD Young Children’s Learning and Development, BA (Hons) Educational Leadership, MA Education: Early Childhood and two PGCEs, one for Lifelong Learning and one for Primary Education with QTS.
For the last 14 years, Janet has worked in a variety of educational settings, including preschool, primary, secondary, further and higher education. In her last role she taught a range of foundation subjects to KS1 and KS2 classes in her local primary school.
She is excited to be beginning her new role as a Living History Interpreter at Murton Park and becoming part of the team.
jemma bulmer BA (hons)
Jemma has worked in the museum and heritage industry since graduating from an English Literature BA in 2004. Her work has been focused on Historical education, both formal and informal. She is a passionate story teller with a particular interest in bringing characters from the past alive.
In 2018 Jemma went back into education gaining a distinction in Foundation Art and Design from Leeds Arts University, this has led onto further study where she is completing a BA Hons degree in Illustration, also at Leeds Arts University.
Amanda is the first point of contact for most people contacting the museum and looks after school bookings from the first enquiry through to the final invoice. She has a wealth of experience in office management and secretarial practice and runs the remarkably busy Murton Park diary. She has been with the team since 2001.