Meet Our Team - Murton Park
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Meet Our Team

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.

JEMMA BULMER BA (HONS) – HEAD OF LIVING HISTORY

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 has completed a BA Hons degree in Illustration, also at Leeds Arts University.

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 took on the roles of both Living History Interpreter and Conservator for the Farming Museum. In 2022 she took over as Collections Manager for the museum and is really enjoying working to develop and improve it.

SIMON BURROWS

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.

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!

EMILY RAY BA (HONS) MA

Emily completed her BA in Theatre and History in her native land of Colorado before moving to England in 2022 to pursue her MA in Medieval Studies at the University of York. She has always loved dressing up and telling stories so she is delighted to join the Murton Park team.

Outside of work, Emily is a committee member for the Lords of Misrule, a drama society that performs medieval plays. She is also a textile artist who enjoys sewing, knitting, spinning, and dyeing. 

DAN COULTAS, BA (HONS), MA, MCMI, AFCGI, MRIN - LIVING HISTORY SUPERVISOR

Dan joined the team in 2023 after completing an MA in Medieval Studies at the University of Leeds. Prior to that he served for 13 years as a submarine warfare officer in the Royal Navy.

A historical researcher specialising in the Viking Age, he has published several books, including two for children. In the past Dan has been a youth worker for the Army Welfare Service, a Scout Leader, and a St John Ambulance instructor. He currently volunteers for a number of community organisations and often gives talks at public events on historical topics.

DAVE HUNT

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.

ANDREW DERYCH, BA (HONS), MA

Andrew brings a decade of experience working in various positions within the heritage industry, having completed his Masters degree in The Classical Mediterranean in 2013. He moreover serves on the committee of a local archaeology society, with a focus on digital engagement. A big fan of dressing up, he is in his element delivering the education visits here at Murton Park!

If you can’t find him in a history book or debate, sharing his passion with others, the best place to look is outside. He may be out hiking in his role as an Explorer Scout leader, or on the cricket field in a playing or coaching capacity. An opening batter, he managed an U-11’s team last summer and hopes to kick on this season!

CHRIS BRAY, BA (HONS), MA

Chris holds a Masters degree in Cultural Heritage Management. He has conducted award-winning research into the provision of hands-on opportunities in regional museums, and is passionate about the provision of experiential learning in heritage education. As such, he is delighted to be working with the rest of the team at Murton Park to provide fun, educational and interactive visits for school groups.

Beyond Murton, Chris is an avid early-medieval re-enactor and craftsperson, working with textiles, wood, leather and other traditional mediums to create replica artefacts. When not sharing his enthusiasm for history with the public, Chris can probably be found up a mountain, putting his new costume to the test through an extended hike!

Tom Amey BA (Hons) MA

Tom joined the Murton team in 2024, after completing an undergraduate degree in History and MA in Medieval Studies, both at the University of York. His specialism is the Anglo-Saxon period, and particularly the clothing and tools of everyday people; a perfect match for the Living History team at Murton Park! His passion has always been to share his love and knowledge of the past with others and relishes in the opportunity to make Murton Park’s living history days engaging, educational and exciting.

Tom has never been able to give up studying and researches and writes on the early medieval period. He also enjoys historical crafts and experimental archaeology, reproducing archaeological artefacts with traditional methods. When not nose-deep in a book or in the workshop, Tom can be found in the garden or out and about in nature.

AMANDA CLARKE

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.

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