Museums and Heritage Protection

Museums and Heritage Protection

Interested in museums and heritage protection?

So are these folk!

The website is constantly being updated as our network grows.

Gail Boyle BA PG CertMusStud FMA FSA
Bristol: England

Hello! I’m Gail and I’m the Senior Curator of Archaeology and World Cultures at Bristol Museums. I am interested in Museum Archaeology and I manage the Society for Museum Archaeology (SMA) Facebook page as well as being their Digital Officer.

I studied Archaeology & Ancient History (BA Joint Hons.) at the University of Nottingham and then Museum Studies as a postgraduate at the University of Leicester. Highlights of my career include working with major touring exhibitions in collaboration with the British Museum and the development of M Shed in Bristol.

I am also a member of the Treasure Valuation Committee and sit on several national heritage-related advisory boards, including the Portable Antiquities Advisory Group and Historic England’s Archaeological Archives Advisory Panel. As Chair of the Society for Museum Archaeology (2012–2018) I enabled the Society to provide professional advice and support on best practice and how to shape its future strategy at a national level: I have co-authored 3 SMA national surveys of ‘Museums Collecting Archaeology’ (2016-2018) as well as national guidance on the rationalisation of archaeological collections and am the architect and project manager of the Society’s ‘SMART’ project.

I am the Vice-Chair of Bristol & Gloucestershire Archaeological Society Council and Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. I have long-standing collaborative and teaching relationships with both the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England and have recently been commissioned as a contributor to a new Handbook of Museum Archaeology by Oxford University Press. I was previously a Trustee at Dr Jenner’s House, Museum & Garden in Gloucestershire.

Please contact me on: or @boyle123g

Katy Whittaker
Wiltshire: England

Hi, I’m Katy. I work within Heritage Protection, Research and Archives. I am also interested in post-medieval and prehistoric archaeology, experimental stone and wood working archaeology as well as aerial photography, LIDAR and GIS. I have experience in supporting mental and physical health and well- being, which includes landscapes archaeology, walking for health, public archaeology and supporting local societies and museums.

Please message a MWAH Admin (on the About page) for my details, or contact me on Twitter @Artefactual_KW

Louise McAward-White
London/ Home Counties: England

My current speciality/area focuses on museum careers, especially early career/career change and reviewing transferable skills. I can also help with CV/application review, volunteer management, working with trustees in small organisations, collections management systems, documentation/collections management skills, and any other general mentoring!

Please contact me on Twitter: @louisemcaw_w, or find me on LinkedIn or Facebook.