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Peter D. A. Boyd



Current occupation

2011- present. Independent researcher, author and lecturer.


Full-time employment

2009 - retirement in 2011. Curator of Shrewsbury Museums, Shropshire Museum Service (Shropshire Council). Curator of Shrewsbury Museums following the abolition of Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council and the formation of a new Unitary Authority (Shropshire Council). Shrewsbury Museums collections management and further involvement with the planning for new Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery at the Music Hall (which opened in 2014 - three years after my retirement).

1994 - 2009. Collections Manager, Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council. Management of Shrewsbury Museums Service shared with the Operations Manager. Special responsibility for the documentation, care and interpretation of the museum collections (about 166,000 items) and additional responsibilities regarding other Borough collections (e.g. Borough Silver). Directly responsible for several new galleries at Rowley's House Museum and the former Clive House Museum and, with Orangeleaf (www.orangeleaf.com), the creation and development of the websites Darwin Country, ShrewD Online and Tessellations. Played a major role in the development of museum policies, strategies, acquisition of grant aid and museum registration. Involved with initial planning for new Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery at the Music Hall.

1986 - 1993. Museums Officer and Curator, North Devon Museums Service, North Devon District Council, Museum of North Devon, Barnstaple, Devon. Appointed to (1) develop an integrated Museums Service for North Devon; (2) plan for, develop and run a new regional museum (the Museum of North Devon) in an important Victorian town house; (3) re-organise an existing museum (St. Anne's Chapel Museum) in a medieval chapel; (4) provide a pastoral care service for other museums in North Devon. Responsible for the development and management of two museum buildings, three full-time staff, two part-time staff, one seasonal member of staff and volunteers.

1983 - 1986. Assistant Curator at the Chelmsford and Essex Museum incorporating the Essex Regiment Museum. Deputy to the Curator and involved with the whole range of management and curatorial responsibilities in an important local authority museum.

1981 - 1982. Environmental Officer (Environmental Archaeologist) at the Mary Rose Trust, Portsmouth. Responsible for the planning and operation of procedures for the sampling, analysis, curation and interpretation of plant and animal remains from the wreck and wreck-site of the Tudor warship 'Mary Rose' which sank in the Solent in 1545.

1977 - 1981. Archaeological Scientist (Environmental Archaeologist) at the Department of Human Environment, University of London Institute of Archaeology / Department of Urban Archaeology, Museum of London. Employed to devise and undertake or supervise sampling procedures for plant and animal remains on archaeological sites in the City of London, analysis and curation of samples, the interpretation of results in cultural and environmental terms and the preparation of internal reports and papers for publication.

1975 - 1977. Teacher of Environmental Studies/Environmental Science at St. Peter's High School (Essex County Coucil), Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex. Employed to introduce and teach Environmental Studies/Environmental Science throughout this comprehensive school of 1400 pupils aged 11- 18 years. Also taught General Science.


Temporary or part-time employment (some of which concurrent with above):

1993 - 1994. Part-time Tutor for University of Exeter Department of Adult and Continuing Education employed to teach courses of evening classes on 'Natural History and Ecology of the North Devon Coast', 'Natural History and Ecology of North Devon and Exmoor' and Day School on 'Exmoor since the Ice Age'.

1990 - 1992. Part-time Museum Registration Adviser for Museums & Galleries Commission/Area Museum Council for the South West to provide advice to museums in North Devon, Torridge and Mid Devon to enable them to successfully apply for Museum Registration

1990. Part-time Tutor for University of Exeter Department of Adult and Continuing Education employed to teach evening classes on Marine Biology of the North Devon Coast

1983 - 1985. Part-time Tutor in Micropalaeontology at University of London Goldsmith's College to Final Year Honours Geology students.

1977 - 1981. Part-time Tutor for Open University Science Foundation Course S100/S101 Earth Sciences (Southend-on-Sea Centre)

1980. Part-time Geology Consultant for British Petroleum (BP) Leader of Field Excursion on Mesozoic rocks of Inner Hebrides for BP geologists working in the North Sea.

1976 - 1985. Part-time Consultant in Environmental Archaeology for Essex County Council Planning Department. Periodically 1976- 85

1970 - 1974. Part-time Demonstrator for University of Sheffield Department of Geology in Mineralogy and Petrology and Field Excursions.

1968 - 1970. Part-time Demonstrator for University of Aberdeen Department of Geology in Mineralogy, Palaeontology, Petrology and Field Excursions.

1968. Temporary Research Assistant for Institute of Geological Sciences on Gravity Anomaly Survey in Scotland. Three weeks Summer 1968

1968. Temporary Research Assistant for Nature Conservancy Council on Survey of the Scottish Mountain Flora and moorland ecology experiments at Grouse and Moorland Research Unit, Banchory, Aberdeenshire. Two months Summer 1968

1968. Temporary Tutor and Field Leader for University of Aberdeen Department of Extra-mural Studies American Summer School. One week. Summer 1968

1967. Warden for Nature Conservancy Council and National Trust for Scotland at Ben Lawers Nature Reserve, Perthshire. Two months Summer 1967

1966. Temporary Research Assistant at National Institute of Oceanography, Wormley, Surrey in Marine Biology Department working on the contents of Sperm Whales' stomachs and oceanic squid. Three months Summer 1966.

1965-66. Part-time Teacher for Surrey County Council in General Studies Department, Guildford County Technical College.

1965. Temporary Horticultural Assistant for the British Exhibit at the Paris Floriales, to assist with assembly of flowering specimen shrubs and plants at RHS Gardens Wisley and their incorporation in 'Woodland Garden' display in Paris as the British exhibit for the Paris Floriales. Two weeks 1965.

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