Dr Katharine Walker has been appointed as the new Centre Manager at the New Forest Heritage Centre.
Kath has previously held other roles within the New Forest Heritage Centre since joining in 2016, including Collections and Engagement Manager and Deputy Centre Manager. She was originally employed as Ecademy Project Officer and was instrumental in that role in establishing New Forest Knowledge, a digital and community portal which provides access to the cultural heritage of the New Forest.
Chair of Trustees, the Hon Mrs Mary Montagu-Scott, said, “I am delighted that Kath Walker has accepted the position of Centre Manager. She brings with her many excellent skills and a wealth of experience in collections management and in developing professional partnerships. She has demonstrated commitment to the New Forest Heritage Trust and its charitable objectives and she has an outstanding knowledge of the New Forest and its unique heritage. All the trustees are looking forward to continuing to work with her in her new role.”
Kath replaces Giles Gould who recently left the Heritage Centre to take up a role with an environmental charity in Bristol. Kath will continue to build on the significant progress made under his leadership. While the Heritage Centre was closed during the national lockdowns, work continued behind the scenes in updating the Library storage which quadrupled the shelf space and now allows the Library to display previously unseen collections. Additionally, the operation of the café was brought in-house and the refurbished and expanded café welcomed its first customers once the Centre was fully reopened in May 2021.
The aim is to transform the Heritage Centre into an inspiring and engaging cultural hub for the New Forest and Kath takes on the leadership of the Centre as it moves into an exciting new period of redevelopment. “I am keen that we place our audiences and communities at the heart of everything we do and make full use of our wonderful Reference Library and collections. I am excited about the great new projects on the horizon and look forward to working with our many partners and supporters,” said Kath Walker.
The New Forest Heritage Trust is also seeking to recruit new trustees to its Board. Anyone who is interested in joining the Trust and in being involved at this crucial and exciting time for the Heritage Centre should email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
For more information about the New Forest Heritage Centre and upcoming events, including the summer exhibition ‘Wood and Waves’, please visit the website: www.newforestheritage.org.uk