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Delapré Abbey Preservation Trust appoints new Head of Engagement and Interpretation

Eleanor Sier joins the team in this crucial new role which will lead on the Abbey’s engagement and inclusion activity alongside displays, exhibitions and events.

Eleanor’s appointment comes at an exciting time for the Trust as it embarks on a new strategic plan which aims to reach and engage more people with heritage, culture, wellbeing and ecology, than ever before. Eleanor has a wealth of experience in the heritage sector having previously held the roles of Heritage Learning and Participation Manager at Toynbee Hall, Learning Officer at Fulham Palace Trust, and Heritage Officer at Phoenix Cinema Trust.

Richard Clinton, Chief Executive of Delapré Abbey Preservation Trust said: “We’re excited to welcome Eleanor to the team. Eleanor impressed the team with her passion for learning and engaging audiences. As we embark on our new strategic journey her genuine understanding of the Trust’s values and their place in developing a positive culture for both our communities and our organisation will help make Delapré Abbey more accessible and relevant to a wider audience.

“I look forward to working with Eleanor, the team, and our partners on developing new programmes and activities that bring people and communities together.”

Eleanor added: “I’m delighted to join the team at Delapré Abbey. It’s a priviledge to work somewhere so beautiful with such a rich history. I’m looking forward to meeting our volunteers and local people to find out what intrigues them about Delapré Abbey.”

The Abbey has over 900 years of exciting and turbulent history which can be explored through a unique hands-on visitor experience. The site of the Wars of the Roses Battle of Northampton has an intriguing past for visitors to explore – from its origins as a Cluniac nunnery, heyday as a country house, and its time as the Record Office before the recent restoration.

During the pandemic, the Trust has refocussed its efforts to broaden its impact and diversify audiences, working with a range of partners from across the town to devise and deliver programmes that connect people to nature and heritage, and improve wellbeing.

If you’re an organisation, school, community group, historian or member of the public and you’d like to say hello, then please do get in touch: eleanor.sier@delapreabbey.org.

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