Meet the Team

Charlotte Ridpath

Charlotte has a wealth of experience delivering Heritage Lottery Funded projects. She has worked extensively with, and for, charities, Local Authorities and private companies throughout the country.  Her background in community engagement sharing our natural and man-made heritage spans over 15 years. Charlotte has run fundraising schemes and events, developed corporate partnerships and written funding bids for charities, such as The Wildlife Trust. She also has a proven track record of putting heritage sites at the heart of a community, ensuring they have year round support from local people as well as summer tourism. She has developed and run education programmes for environmental charities, and heritage attractions, including Oakham Castle and Wicksteed Park.  This, coupled with a “can do” attitude, boundless energy and exceptional ability to communicate, makes her a perfect fit for our team and yours.

John Steels

 

John spent several years fronting a hip-hop band through the 90s before moving into illustration and video game development where he worked as a lead character artist for 20 years. Eventually, having taken up archery as a hobby and then combined it with medieval re-enactment he decided that this was way more fun than the 07:18 from Brighton to Victoria and decided to become a full time medieval archer. He brings a long love of history, a background in performance and prodigious art skills to the table along with an Archery GB instructor qualification and membership of the Society of Traditional Archers. He can Also play the Lyre, a bit, and will strum it at you relentlessly if you show the slightest bit of interest.

Jane Burditt

 

Jane is a trained primary teacher who has taught across all primary key stages. She has worked for many years in F.E., H.E., S.E.N. as well as working across diverse communities including the prison service and within the adult social care sector. She has a performing arts background which informs the planning of sessions, making complex concepts accessible and memorable. She has organised arts festivals, written funding bids and managed an international performing arts company. Jane has also established vibrant, curriculum linked education programmes for heritage sites and schools. She brings many years of familiarity of working successfully with funders, exceeding their targets. 

We have amazing support from our wonderful volunteers, who we have worked with for years and have the same passion for sharing history in a fun way as we do. 

Testimonials

Delivering education services as a team for Rutland County Council at Oakham Castle we worked with many schools and groups. Here is some of the feedback our sessions garnered.

“We were all so impressed with the amount of resources available to the children. The pitch of the day was perfect. It provided a challenge to the more able children but was also accessible to everyone.”
EYFS Castle Session.

Teacher, St Gilbert’s CofE Primary School, Stamford, 2017

“The whole session was amazing! Completely tailor made based on my prior discussion with Jane. The day was organised but relaxed and although we requested to fit loads in it didn’t feel rushed. The children loved it all and the feedback from parents was that the children were full of the experience of their day and it had been fantastic.”
EYFS Castles session.

Teacher, Langham CofE Primary School, 2017

“Very passionate and engaging session leaders”
Yr1 Castle session.

Teacher, Whissendine CofE Primary School, 2017

“We thoroughly enjoyed the workshop. It was pitched perfectly, carefully thought through and well-paced.”
The Tudors - including Tudor Crime and Punishment (KS2) and Castles (KS1).

Teacher, Somerby Primary School (Whole School Trip), 2018    
 

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