Simon Olding has had a varied career in the arts and museums sectors since 1979. His most recent senior posts have been Head of Arts and Museums for Bournemouth Borough Council (and Director of the acclaimed Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum) and Director of Policy and Research, Heritage Lottery Fund. He joined the University for the Creative Arts as Director of the Crafts Study Centre in 2002 and was appointed Professor of Modern Crafts in 2003.
Simon's extensive lottery capital experience includes roles as project director for the Russell-Cotes refurbishment, and project champion for the recent Salisbury Arts Centre new build and restoration scheme (in his role as Chair, 1995-2005). He is President of Walford Mill Craft Centre and a Trustee of the The Study Gallery, Poole. He has Fellowships from the Museums Association and the Tourism Society. He is an honorary fellow of the Arts Institute at Bournemouth, and writes on craft histories, ceramics and public art.
Jean Vacher's background is in history, having completed an honours degree in this subject at Royal Holloway College, University of London in 1982. This was followed by three years teaching in further education. Her career in museums began in 1995 with Hampshire County Council Museum Service during which time she completed a master's degree in Museum Studies at the Institute of Archaeology, University of London. In 2001 Jean joined the Crafts Study Centre to lead on a major Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC)-funded project to digitise its collections and in 2003 was invited to become the Centre's Collections Manager. In this role she has project managed three Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)-funded schemes to upgrade the standard of care and access to the Centre's collections. In addition she has assisted the Centre's Director in the writing of grant applications and achieving Accreditation status from the Museums Libraries and Archives council. Besides 20th century and contemporary crafts, she has worked with or curated exhibitions based on a broad range of collections from European peasant art to social and military history.
Please contact Jean for queries related to the Centre's collections as well as research visit and group tour bookings.
Jean is an Associate Member of the Museums Association (AMA).