Dr Matt Thompson
Head Collections Curator
Matt Thompson trained as a field archaeologist and
spent several years working in commercial archaeology
before moving into the museums and heritage sector.
He has working in a number of regional and national
museums in a curatorial and managerial capacity. He
was previously Director of Collections and Education at
the Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust and is currently the
Head Collections Curator for English Heritage.
English Heritage is a charitable trust that cares for, researches and makes accessible
more than 400 historic sites and properties in England along with their associated
object collections. These collections range from Old Master paintings to archaeological
archives and include significant quantities of human remains.
Matt’s research interests include the role of heritage in creating and understanding
regional and national identity, the relationship between railways and archaeology
and the role of myth and legend in understanding the past.