Before joining the Lanchester Interactive Archive I was an English, Media and History teacher in secondary schools in Coventry and Warwickshire, teaching everything from ‘Romeo and Juliet’ to the Industrial Revolution as well as covering Marxist and Feminist theory of film. After saying goodbye to the classroom I came to Coventry University to complete a postgraduate degree in Media Practice, immersing myself in experimental film-making, sound and documentary. I spent time travelling around the country, from the Tate Britain to the Isle of Skye, completing my final project – a 30 minute documentary – over the space of ten amazing days on Raasay.
Most recently I worked for Coventry City Council in their Employment Support Service working on an European Social Fund programme to help young, unemployed people get into work. I’ve also volunteered with various community and educational cultural projects including helping to run a community cinema, working on a Coventry/Cork cultural project, producing marketing and teaching material for a touring theatrical production as well as working in schools to direct plays and run a variety of extra-curricular enrichement opportunities. In my spare time I’ll probably be at the cinema or trying to get through my ever expanding pile of books on my ‘To Read’ list. I’m also a keen cook and currently in the process of trying to complete the ‘Couch to 5K’ challenge.
I joined the Archive knowing very little about Fred or his many achievements and have quickly been amazed at his intellect. I’m thrilled to be part of the team within the University and the Archive and humbled to be working with communities and schools in my hometown.