Exploring, Discovering, Learning

I want to make the Past, both History and Prehistory, more exciting, relevant and 'hands-on'. It's a fun place with some great stories, I want to share these with everyone.
I work with schools, museums, community groups, either at their place or outdoors in the Landscape.
I develop and deliver projects. I create resources. Exploring the Past and our shared heritage, bridging the divide and Discovering the links between these artefacts, sites or museum and Us. I try to put objects back in context, helping people Learn about the past. I use objects, both orginal and replica, costume, crafts and role play, in other words - Living History.

I'm a member of a small group of like-minded people - The Deja Crew

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Who Am I?

The new season is upon us and I've been asked a couple of times about my background and how I ended up 'dressing up as a Roman' for a living. Where did Victor the veteran come from?
 The following paragraph briefly answers some of the these questions.

Roy is a qualified teacher, who after many years spent in the Pennines and Lake District working in Residential Outdoor Centres, enabling children and adults to explore the wonders of the landscape through outdoor and adventure activities, now concentrates on interpreting these landscapes and their stories of the past.

After completing a Masters degree in Heritage, Education and Interpretation (Newcastle 2002), Roy became Community and Education Advisor for the Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site (2001-2005). Between 2007 and 2009 Roy was involved with the re-development of the GNM:Hancock in Newcastle as Learning Officer.

Roy is now freelance, developing and delivering projects to both children and adults, using Museums and Archaeology to explain the Past and our Shared Heritage. By using objects, museums and sites we can bring these these stories to life, giving them meaning and relevance to people alive now.

Roy has worked with all manner of groups and individuals, from Nursery to University of the Third Age, Company Directors, those with disability and special needs, Community Outreach and Community Groups.
Roy has delivered projects for national organisations, including the British Library's CAMPAIGN Make an Impact! , which used historical documents to help young people to campaign for change.
All of this has involved creating Teaching Resources, Handling Collections and bespoke Learning Experiences for people of all ages and abilities.

Roy has been involved in Touching the Wall and it's predecessors since 2002 and over the years has worked with English Heritage, Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums, Hadrian's Wall Trust , Northumberland National Park, Bede's World and the Darlington Railway Museum among others.

Roy Lawson
mobile: 07960 125218
e-mail: rlwsn@btinternet.com
blog: http://roy-at-work.blogspot.co.uk

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