Exploring the rich and fascinating past of the historic counties of Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. We uncover the history of the people, ideas and events that shaped the West Midlands and the world beyond.
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Dr Anna Woodham

Anna is a Teaching Fellow at the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage at the University of Birmingham where she teaches on the Heritage Management and Heritage and Identity MA programmes . With a research background in museum and heritage audiences, the social impacts of museum visiting and museum geographies, Anna is particularly interested in how our heritage contributes to and shapes our sense of individual, regional and national identity. Anna’s research has focused on exploring the spatial pattern of school visits to museums, considering the impacts of school visits for pupils at risk of social exclusion.

Before joining the Ironbridge Institute Anna worked at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) on the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Legacy Programme and the evaluation of its impact. This post, and others at DCMS, gave Anna a valuable insight into how Government policy is shaped and implemented. Prior to this Anna has a background of working in the museum sector and before starting her PhD worked in the Paintings, Drawings and Prints department of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.


Dr Anna Woodham