Burton gallery appoints learning development officer

THE Burton Art Gallery and Museum has appointed Jo Simpson as its new Learning and Development Officer. This new position is grant-funded for three years through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and is specifically linked to expanding and developing lea

THE Burton Art Gallery and Museum has appointed Jo Simpson as its new Learning and Development Officer. This new position is grant-funded for three years through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and is specifically linked to expanding and developing learning opportunities following the Burton's recent acquisition of the prestigious RJ Lloyd Collection of pottery, an acquisition made possible by the determination and support of the Friends of the Burton Art Gallery and Museum.Pam Biggs, chairman of the Friends of the Burton Art Gallery and Museum, said: "Key to the Friends' support in the purchase of the collection was the provision of the learning and development officer post as it will ensure the collection continues to play a vital role in inspiring potters of today. "The collection is a rich resource which will engage and enthuse, by demonstrating the skills and heritage of the past."Jo has come from Roadford Lake where she has been working as an education officer for the last five years. She was born in Barnstaple and brought up in Parkham. She has a background in archaeology and heritage education and now lives near Crediton with her partner and young daughter. Councillor David Lausen, Lead Member for Culture, said: "We are delighted to welcome Jo to the post. The role provides a fabulous opportunity to celebrate our history and engage local people's interest in their rich heritage."Crucially Jo's role will involve the renovation of the upstairs gallery spaces, which will be designed and refurbished ready to house the collection. Keen to work with schools, colleges and local community groups running workshops, talks, and seminars as well as working on longer term projects with individual groups, Jo is already contacting schools and groups to discuss possible projects. Jo can be contacted at jo.simpson@torridge.gov.uk or by phone on (01237) 471455

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