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David GillProfessor David Gill

Professor David Gill is Honorary Professor in the Centre for Heritage at the University of Kent, and Honorary Research Fellow in the School of History and an Academic Associate in the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures at the University of East Anglia (UEA), and regional lead for the RSA Heritage Network.

Twitter: @davidwjgill

Web: https://people.uea.ac.uk/david_w_gill

David is a former Rome Scholar at the British School at Rome, and was a Sir James Knott Fellow at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He was previously a member of the Department of Antiquities at the Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge, and Reader in Mediterranean Archaeology at Swansea University (where he also chaired the university’s e-learning sub-committee). David was Professor of Archaeological Heritage (awarded by UEA) and head of humanities at the University of Suffolk. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. He is the holder of the 2012 Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) Outstanding Public Service Award, and the 2012 SAFE Beacon Award.

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His research embraces cultural property, archaeological ethics, the history of collecting material culture, and heritage tourism. He was a contributing editor of the Dictionary of British Classicists with responsibility for classical archaeology. He has recently completed a biography of museum curator and archaeologist Dr Winifred Lamb, and his study of the nineteenth century collector and philanthropist Dr John Disney is due to be published in late 2020.

Recent publications include:
Context Matters: Collating the Past. (ARCA, 2020).

Winifred Lamb: Aegean prehistorian and museum curator. (Archaeological Lives; Oxford: Archaeopress, 2018).

‘The Ministry of Works and the development of souvenir guides from 1955.’ Public Archaeology 16 (2018): 1-23.

‘The collection of John Disney, antiquarian and university benefactor.’ In With fresh eyes: conference proceedings Portsmouth 2013 and Colchester 2014, edited by A. Khreisheh, The Museum Archaeologist, vol. 36 (2017), 68–79. Colchester: Society for Museum Archaeology.

‘Brian Shefton: classical archaeologist.’ In S. Crawford, K. Ulmschneider, and J. Elsner (eds.), Ark of civilization: refugee scholars and Oxford University, 1930-1945 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017), 151-60

‘Thinking about collecting histories: a response to Marlowe.’ International Journal of Cultural Property 23 (2016), 237-44.

‘Egyptian antiquities on the market’. In F. A. Hassan, G. J. Tassie, L. S. Owens, A. De Trafford, J. van Wetering, and O. El Daly (eds.), The Management of Egypt’s Cultural Heritage, vol. 2 (London: ECHO and Golden House Publications, 2015), 67-77.

‘The Nostell Priory bolsal.’ In J. Boardman, A. Parkin, and S. Waite (eds.), On the fascination of objects: Greek and Etruscan art in the Shefton Collection (Oxford: Oxbow, 2015), 95-106.

‘The material and intellectual consequences of acquiring the Sarpedon krater’. In P.K. Lazrus and A.W. Barker (eds.), All the King’s Horses: Essays on the Impact of Looting and the Illicit Antiquities Trade on our Knowledge of the Past  (Washington DC: Society for American Archaeology, 2012), 25-42.

‘From the Cam to the Cephissus: The Fitzwilliam Museum and Students of the British School at Athens’, Journal of the History of Collections 24, 3 (2012), 337-46 (Special number on Greece and Roman at the Fitzwilliam Museum] [Abstract and article]

Sifting the Soil of Greece: The Early Years of the British School at Athens (1886- 1919) (Bulletin of the Institute of Classics Studies, Supplement 111; London: Institute of Classical Studies, 2011), xiv + 474 pp.

(with Caroline Gill) ‘H.M.S. Belvidera and the Temple of Minerva’, Notes and Queries 57, 2 (2010), 199-210.

(with Christopher Chippindale) ‘South Italian pottery in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston acquired since 1983’, Journal of Field Archaeology 33, 4 (2008), 462-72.

Inscribed silver plate from Tomb II at Vergina: chronological implications’, Hesperia 77, 2 (2008), 335-58.

Ian BaxterProfessor Ian Baxter

Professor Ian Baxter is a historic environment management academic in the School of Social Sciences at Heriot-Watt University, and also Director of the Scottish Confucius Institute for Business & Communication. He is a Board Member of The Heritage Alliance and Vice-Chair of the Built Environment Forum Scotland.

Twitter: @ibheritage

Web: https://researchportal.hw.ac.uk/en/persons/ian-winston-frederick-baxter

Ian originally trained as an archaeologist at Edinburgh University, and completed a PhD at the University of Cambridge investigating strategic management within heritage organisations. He has worked for a number of Universities, including the University of Cambridge (as Director of Public and Professional Programmes), and Glasgow Caledonian University (as Head of Department of Management and Director of Business School Postgraduate Programmes).  He was head of Suffolk Business School at the University of Suffolk from 2012-2015, and remains with the institution as a research supervisor and guest lecturer on specialist modules.

Ian has spent over 20 years working and researching with a variety of heritage and tourism organisations throughout the UK. He was closely involved in the development of the national Heritage Counts programme by the Government’s conservation agency, English Heritage, which established the value and impact of the historic environment and heritage organisations to England (in terms of employment, visitors, quality of life, etc.).  More recently he continued his involvement in heritage auditing through the development of the Scottish Government’s Historic Environment Audit programme with Historic Scotland, where he completed a mapping exercise of conservation and heritage-related organisations in Scotland. He has also managed a variety of tourism development consultancy projects, including the national visitor attractions survey with VisitScotland, and an assessment of organisational support needs for non-governmental and voluntary/charitable organisations in the Scottish historic environment sector. He has recently been appointed to the Scottish Government’s ‘Measuring Success’ group, monitoring the contribution of heritage and culture to the government’s expected national outcomes.

His research interests are policy development, methodologies for establishing historic environment and heritage ‘values’, heritage foresight / scenario planning and tourism/visitor attraction management. He is a member of a number of professional committees, including the ICOMOS-UK Cultural Tourism Committee (a UNESCO advisory committee), and the IHBC’s Education & Training Committee, and has previously served on the National Trust for Scotland’s Archaeology and Economic & Community Development Advisory Panels and English Heritage’s Research Advisory Panel.

Ian is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and also Society of Antiquaries of London, a Member of the Institute of Directors, a Practitioner of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists, and an Affiliate Member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation. He is a Board member and Director of The Heritage Alliance, the Built Environment Forum Scotland, and West Stow Anglo Saxon Village Trust.

Research profile: https://researchportal.hw.ac.uk/en/persons/ian-winston-frederick-baxter
ORCiD profile: http://orcid.org/0000-0001-7932-0805


Heritage Futures

Heritage Futures was originally established as an applied research and teaching group by Ian and colleagues at Glasgow Caledonian University in 2002 having received an internal University start-up grant to develop cross-institution collaboration.  Following staff moves and various changes, the name and Unit was re-established at UCS (now the University of Suffolk) to support the development of heritage as an inter-disciplinary subject at the institution and support the ambitions of the region to develop heritage as a key tourism driver.  As of Autumn 2019, it has evolved again and now exists as an applied research blog led by Ian (back in the north at Heriot-Watt University) and David (based at the University of Kent and the University of East Anglia). Both David and Ian continue to work with partners nationally and internationally to support training and research opportunities, tourism development and economic regeneration across the historic environment sector in the UK and worldwide through applied research and consultancy work.

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