Hello, I’m Shane Kelleher, the Industrial Heritage Support Officer for England.
I am an archaeologist by training and have a particular interest in the understanding, conservation, interpretation, and management of our industrial heritage. I have spent the past six years as the Archaeology and Monuments Officer/Museum Archaeologist at the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust. Prior to that I was a built heritage and conservation specialist at the University of Birmingham. I have been involved in different capacities with some of the country’s iconic industrial buildings, sites, and museums, and have experience in managing volunteers, developing marketing material and websites, social media, developing funding bids, volunteering, and heritage project management. In addition, I am a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (MCIfA), an Affiliate Member of the Institute for Historic Building Conservation, a Council member of the Association for Industrial Archaeology, a Trustee Director and Secretary of the Birmingham Conservation Trust, an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Birmingham, and a specialist lecturer at Birmingham City University.
I will be providing information and support for industrial heritage sites and the organisations that run them. This will include facilitating and setting up relevant training, co-ordinating direct support for sites/organisations via mentors and local contacts, providing up-to-date information on funding and other opportunities, and developing new national partnerships and funding initiatives. Overall, I’m here as a ‘clearing house’ – please do get in touch and I’ll do my best to help you find the particular support or advice that you need.
I hope that I can help, and I look forward to working with you.