Museum, & Heritage Education Work.

My academic and professional background is in museum work, research and education, where I've post-graduate qualifications as both an artefact conservator/restorer and as a teacher. Before turning my arts and crafts into my full time business I worked for institutions like English Heritage, York Archaeological Trust and The National Fishing Heritage Centre where I've experience in various labs, studios, libraries/archives, stores, galleries and classrooms. Since then, in a freelance self employed capacity, I've supplied assorted interpretive scale models/dioramas including bespoke historical figure sculpts for clients such as The Tower of London and The National Railway Museum. I've also hand crafted numerous full size replica historic artefacts and period costumes for academics and curators at places such as the National Maritime Museum, the British Museum and National Trust properties. Other heritage education related work has ranged from writing educational resources for training museum staff, spanned the odd spot of consultancy work, tutorials and practical demonstration work, copywriting and illustrating, manufacturing 'merchandising' for gift shops, to making period style 'props' and appearing in front of the camera teaching about period crafts: All for clients as diverse as university research projects, publishers of books and magazines through to producers of Living History TV documentaries and other professional historical interpreters working in schools. As I myself, am also a recreational historic re-enactor and experimental archaeologist you may still find me pottering about varied museums either working directly with the public or conducting my own independent research.

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No two client's requirements are ever the same, so whether you wish to chat about the feasibility of a nascent idea, or have a detailed brief you want a formal quote upon, feel free to get in touch. One thing I will mention based upon repeated experience is that employees of big museums often seem to underestimate how long it may take the varied departments of their own institutions to deal with internal meetings, paperwork, fundraising or getting sponsors to actually deliver on financial promises they have made. This can dramatically slow progress from a first informal commission enquiry to finally issuing a purchase order and releasing funds such that I may actually start work on a project. All this can make your deadline look much less generous than you may have thought, so it's never too soon to Contact me


"Fantastic, even better in real life than in the photos you sent. We're absolutely delighted so thank you very much for all your hard work."
Aileen Peirce, Historic Royal Palaces, Tower of London

"I just got the replica combs this morning. They are amazing, exactly what I was looking for for my PhD research! Thank you ever so much!"
C Petty, Manchester University

"The reproduction Viking clothing arrived today and it looks really good so thanks for your dedicated work in making this happen. Your teaching notes were also really useful - quite a lot to get my head around but very helpful to us for at the moment it seems the clothing we have been using is misleading, and what we say is also misleading."
Stuart Slade, Education Manager, National Maritime Museum Cornwall

"That is good advice... the images you have provided are great. Many thanks."
Samantha Nott, BBC History magazine

"I wanted my monk's garb to be authentic looking eleventh-century English Benedictine as it's so easy to just produce a generic medieval monk's outfit... I've had a number of medieval textile/dress experts comment approvingly on the finished product and I would not hesitate to contact Aidan again should I need something else from the Anglo-Saxon period!."
Dr. Christopher Monk, Freelance cultural historian and Anglo Saxon specialist, Manchester

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