Board of Trustees
The Museum of Bath at Work is operated by Bath Industrial Heritage Trust Ltd, a registered charity and company limited by guarantee. There are currently ten Trustees who are the Directors of the company, and one salaried employee, the Museum Director.
Edward is a qualified Mechanical Engineer and has worked for the last 30 years at Bath-based family firm Cross Manufacturing Co (1938) Ltd which makes specialised metallic seals and retaining rings for the Aerospace, Automotive and Power Generation Industries worldwide. He has been a Director of the firm since 1999, which now has factories on three sites in the South West with over 500 employees. He was introduced to the Museum of Bath at Work by his late father, Michael Cross, who had been instrumental in helping to establish the Museum and who chaired it in the early days. Edward has been a Trustee of the Museum since 1995.
Ann Cullis (Company Secretary)
Ann started her career as a lecturer in art history and then worked in the voluntary sector as office manager for a small business. For over twenty years she worked as a manager in local government (in Swindon and then in Bath), working in arts, tourism, outdoor events, and economic development. Her experience includes procurement, contract management, advice & business support to voluntary sector organisations, and risk assessment for outdoor events.
In 2014-19 she devised and led the extensive programme of World War 1 Centenary commemorations for Bath & North East Somerset Council, wrote the accompanying souvenir publication (2018), and has worked as a curator and producer of events. She is a member of Bath Writers & Artists Group, and volunteers for the Friends of Bath Jewish Burial Ground, the American Museum & Gardens, and as a Bath BID ‘welcome ambassador’.
Ann loves researching her 19th and 20th century family history, which features numerous small businesses and industries including three pubs, an Eating-House (working men’s dining rooms), tin-plate manufacturing, coal merchant, chemist & druggist, a connection by marriage to Moreland’s ‘England’s Glory’ matches, and (allegedly) the first UK manufacturer of menthol-impregnated tissues (known in the 1910s as paper handkerchiefs). The array of trades that are displayed in the Museum of Bath at Work make her feel right at home.
Dr Sara Frears,
Sara has been a Trustee of the Museum since 2011, but has been involved for much longer. Her father Russell Frears was one of the founders of the Museum and it has been a part of her life since its inception in 1978.
She trained as a Zoologist in Aberystwyth and Aberdeen and subsequently held research posts in Pretoria, South Africa and Dunedin, New Zealand; she was a Teaching Fellow at the University of Otago, Dunedin until the birth of her twins in 1998. Returning to the UK, she worked on a house renovation in Bristol and had another baby; these responsibilities were the focus of her work over the next decade.
Sara has been a school governor for many years, initially at her children’s primary school and for the last seven years at Ashton Park Secondary School where she is currently Vice Chair. In 2010 she trained as a teaching assistant and has been employed as a Museum Educator in Bristol City Museums since 2013. She also works as a Family Support Practitioner, initially based in a south Bristol school, now at East Bristol Children’s Centres, specialising in working with families who have experienced domestic abuse. She sings in a choir, plays the piano, loves gardening, walking (especially with a dog), baking bread, and continues to support her children as they enter the adult world.
Director/Trustee until 26 June 2020 and currently has observer status at Board meetings; acting Chair of fundraising committee.
Jeremy Hall (Treasurer)
Jerry is semi-retired having spent a varied career in education, telecoms and most recently accountancy. He currently devotes considerable time on accountancy to assist a family member’s hospitality businesses.
As Treasurer of Bath Industrial Heritage Trust Ltd, he is working on implementing an online cashbook to help manage funds more easily.
Professor (Emerita) June Hannam, Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
June has been a trustee of the Museum of Bath at Work since 2018. She taught history for over 30 years at the University of the West of England where she was at various times Head of History, Professor of Modern History and Associate Dean Research. Her PhD (Sheffield) was on ‘women’s work in Leeds, 1880-1914’ and she has published widely on socialism and feminism in Britain. Her most recent publication is a pamphlet for Bristol Radical History on Mabel Tothill, Feminist, Socialist, Pacifist (2019).
Since retirement June has been keen to encourage interest in labour history and women’s history in the South West. This led her to become involved in the Museum of Bath at Work. She is also co-organiser of the Larkhall History Society, Co-chair of the West of England and South Wales Women’s History Network, and a Patron of the Cleveland Pools project. She is on the editorial board of Women’s History Review and of Llafur, the Welsh Labour History Journal.
Born in Broad Street in the centre of Bath, Euel spent long periods of his childhood in and out of hospital and says he had very haphazard schooling. He joined the Civil Service in London and spent six years in the service, passing his one and only exam. When he returned to Bath he got what was to be a temporary job with Bristol Omnibus Co. which turned into 35 years as a bus conductor, driver, coach driver, and tour guide.
Euel was then appointed to the Board of Directors of the First South West and Wales Pension Scheme. He was responsible for his local area, Bath, Bristol, Weston-super-Mare and Wells, visiting depots and giving advice to employees on pensions options and early retirement, and reporting to the Board on ill health requests and deaths in service.
During his spare time Euel joined classes at the Technical College (now Bath College) on history and architecture related subjects and also passed the qualification to be a Mayor’s Guide. Noticing that Euel’s home had a shelf full of books on industrial archaeology, Stuart Burroughs the Museum Director invited him to volunteer at the Museum when he took early retirement in 2004/5.
After graduating in 1959 from Central School of Arts & Crafts in London, Peter arrived in Bath 1967 to be a designer at Bath Cabinet Makers Ltd and was later Design Director at Arkana Ltd. In 1973 he founded Bath-based design and development consultancy Alchemede Ltd with focus on design/tech led assignments for UK manufacturing and retail sectors, plus Republic of Ireland & overseas projects funded by the European Commission. He retired from the company in 1997 for consultancy to BESO Know How, Russia, Uzbekistan.
He was Principal of the London College of Furniture in the 1980s, and oversaw the merger with the then City of London Polytechnic due to abolition ILEA in 1990. In 1986 he was awarded a MPhil in Product Strategy in Manufacturing (University of Bath).
Peter has a long record in public service and local politics. He was elected a Councillor in 1992 for Bath District Council and 1996-2007 for Bath & North East Somerset Council, and was engaged with Planning, Development Control, Transportation, Environmental and local community issues. He was Mayor of Bath for the Municipal Year 2005-06, and chaired the Bath World Heritage Site Steering Group 2013-17, enabling the WHS Manager to gain UNESCO adoption for the current 2016-2022 World Heritage Site Plan.
Professor Ann Sumner
Ann is an art historian, curator, former museum director and museum consultant, as well as an academic researcher who publishes and lectures regularly. She is passionate about audience engagement with a particular interest in the arts and industry, and co-authored the Joseph Wright of Derby Project: Creating a Centre of Excellence, for Derby Museums Trust in 2018.
Born and educated in Bath, Ann has held curatorial positions at the National Portrait Gallery, Whitworth Art Gallery, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Harewood House Trust and the Holburne Museum. In 2000 she became Head of Fine Art at the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, becoming Director of the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham and Barber Professor of Fine Art and Curatorial Practice in 2007, and the first Director of Birmingham Museums Trust in 2012. From 2014-17 she headed up the Public Art Project at the University of Leeds, as Head of Cultural Engagement, and ran the Yorkshire Year of the Textile project 2016-17 inspired by the county’s rich textile heritage. In 2018 she was made a Fellow of Aberystwyth University. She is currently Visiting Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University where she leads the research on the American sculptor Mitzi Cunliffe who lived there in the 1950s.
Ann is Chair of the Methodist Modern Art Collection, is a Trustee of Leeds Art Fund, and sits on Advisory Committees at the School of Art, Aberystwyth University and Ironbridge Museums Trust. She is President of Bath Evening Art Society.
Dr Trevor Turpin (Chair)
Trevor studied economics at the University of Bath where he was inspired and introduced to Industrial Archaeology by Angus Buchanan. On graduation in 1971, and after a season as a stage carpenter at Liverpool Playhouse, he worked in local and central government followed by 11 years managing river pollution of the Bristol Avon. He took a Masters in Environmental Pollution Control at Manchester and then worked as an environmental consultant for 30 years, and led EIA infrastructure projects throughout the UK and abroad.
Trevor was elected to the Board of the Institute of Environmental Assessment and served on the Professional Standards Committee for several years. For three years he was Associate Director of Studies for the MSc in Environmental Management by distance learning at the University of Bath. He co-authored the well regarded Environmental Impact Assessment Handbook, now in its 3rd edition.
Having studied Arts, Design and the History of Technology with the Open University he then researched the approach of engineers to environmental design of dams for his doctorate at Manchester. This led to his book Dam, and he has written several booklets for the Museum of Bath at Work including on the Bath-based Horstmann engineering family. He prepared an exhibition on the Forgotten Rivers of London through Literature for his MA in Literature and Landscape at Bath Spa University and curated the exhibition at the Museum in 2017 on Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s connection to Bath.
Trevor has an eclectic range of interests: a season ticket holder with Charlton Athletic, a 50-year passion for restoring and campaigning vintage and classic cars, and grows dahlias and hopes one day to have his efforts recognised by the village show judges.
Trevor was invited to join the Trustees of the Museum by Russell Frears in 2007 and is Chair of Bath Industrial Heritage Trust Ltd.
Geoff Wallis, C.Eng. MIMech.E
Whilst training as an apprentice at Rolls Royce Aero Engines in Bristol and studying Engineering at the University of Bath, Geoff worked as a volunteer restoring the Crofton steam pumps in Wiltshire. This completely changed his perception of engineering, so he abandoned the aircraft industry and joined a newly-founded company, Dorothea Restoration Engineers Ltd, offering a new service, ‘restoration engineering’. He carried out repairs to historic machinery, traditional wind and watermills, and architectural metalwork, serving as director for over 30 years, latterly as MD. He felt privileged to carry out major projects on high-profile sites for Historic England, the National Trust, Historic Royal Palaces, museums and local authorities throughout the UK and abroad.
Geoff became a chartered engineer in 1987 and retired from the company in 2007 to become a consultant carrying out conservation surveys, project-planning, and contract supervision. He acts as tutor at several British universities, and is Course Leader in Architectural and Structural Metalwork Conservation at West Dean College near Chichester. He has delivered conservation craft training widely in the UK, and in Myanmar, Zanzibar and India.
Geoff is a past president of the Newcomen Society for the Study of The History of Technology, and of the Bristol Industrial Archaeology Society. He is a trustee of the National Heritage Ironwork Group https://nhig.org.uk/, and serves on the Council of the Association for Industrial Archaeology. Together with his wife, he established the Bulgarian Partners Trust which has raised significant sums to support humanitarian work in that country.
Stuart Burroughs, Museum Director
A Bathonian, Stuart’s interests in the commercial development of the city have overlapped with his professional career in museums and he is an author, a regular lecturer, and well respected local historian.
He is Chairman of the Bristol Industrial Archaeological Society, was until recently a trustee at the Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution, and is curatorial advisor to the Bath Postal Museum. In his spare time he is an enthusiastic member of the Bath School of Samba and a bellringer.