Meet the Team

Lesley Wilkinson BA(Hons)

Lesley Wilkinson

Living History Interpreter and Duty Manager

Lesley read Dance and Psychology at the University College of Ripon and York St John. She is an experienced performer and choreographer and in a diverse career has held a variety of positions in the entertainment and hospitality industry. In 2010 she co-directed the famous York Mystery Plays.
Lesley joined the Danelaw team in 2004.

Mike Tyler BA(Hons), MA, MCIPS, TFHA, PhD.

Curator, Yorkshire Museum of Farming and Living History Interpreter

After working in the finance industry, Mike pursued an academic career and worked as a lecturer at the Universities of York and Huddersfield. A published historian, he is currently an Honorary Visiting Fellow in the Dept. of History at the University of York and a Research Associate at the Centre for Medieval Studies. In 2016 Mike was awarded an inaugural Teacher Fellowship by the Historical Association. He was Artistic Director of the York Mystery Plays in 2002 and 2006. Mike joined the Danelaw team in 2004.

Shona Griffiths

Shona Griffiths

Living History Interpreter

Shona left college in Aberdeen and then spent several years as Public Affairs Officer for Shell Expro. Shona has worked as a historical interpreter for York Archaeological Trust and Barley Hall. For seven years she worked on behalf of English Heritage and established living history projects at Clifford’s Tower in York.  Her main interests are in the areas of early medieval history and specifically medieval medicine. She is also a trained and qualified chef, which has proved useful in her career as a historical interpreter.

Keith Fells BA(Hons), PGCE.

Keith Fells

Living History Interpreter

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 East Anglian based insurance company in a middle management position.

In 2009, following several years of frustration due to the inertia that is oft seen in large companies, Keith opted to take voluntary redundancy and a whole new career path. He 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 covering a maternity leave absence and following 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 Living History team.

Keith’s motto in life is “Growing older is compulsory, growing up is optional”.

Daniel Kirk BA(Hons), MA.

Deputy Site Manager, Events Coordinator and Living History Interpreter

Dan joined the Danelaw team in 2010 having graduated in Modern and Contemporary History from Bangor University, specialising in 20th Century British History.

Dan has previously worked for a variety of cultural organisations including York Archaeological Trust running a variety of themed events, and  York Museums Trust as a learning facilitator delivering the schools formal education programme as well as activities and events for a family audience.

Dan returned to Murton Park on a full time basis in September 2017, taking up the roles of Deputy Site Manager and Events Coordinator. He has recently completed an MA in Learning and Visitor Studies in Museums and Galleries with the University of Leicester. Dan’s dissertation focused on family activities during the school holidays and he plans to use this up to date knowledge to create an exciting, entertaining and educational events programme at Murton Park for all ages.

David Hunt

Living History Interpreter

Dave has been involved with historical re-enactment since the 1970’s – the infancy of living history. Over the years he has worked at a number of 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.

Tabbetha Atyeo BA(Hons)


Living History Interpreter

Tabbetha was born in Sedalia, Missouri. After serving in the army for six years, she studied history at the University of Maryland before moving to the UK with her family in 2007. Her interests are many and varied, but she has a particular specialism in the history of costume and of domestic interiors. She first visited the site with her son when his school came on a Viking day.  After a period of volunteering, Tabbetha joined the  Danelaw team in 2015.

Amanda Clarke.


Bookings Officer

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 very busy diary Danelaw diary.  She has been with the team since 2001.

Shelley Rogerson BA(Hons).


Farm Manager

Shelley studied product design at Leeds Polytechnic, then chose to follow her true passion for farming and livestock by becoming livestock keeper, then farm development officer at Home Farm, Temple Newsam, the largest rare breeds centre in the country, where she worked for 29 years. With a wealth of knowledge of rare breeds, she is a committee member of the RBST York group and helps to run the RBST stand at the Great Yorkshire show and other displays around the country. Shelley joined the team in 2015.

Click here for further information about the Rare Breeds Survival Trust.