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Museum Assistants
Our team of Museum Assistants look after the day-to-day running of our sites. The current team includes: Alex, Charlie, George, Karen, Kevin, Lisa, Martin, Matt, Melissa, Shajan, Tony and our casuals Caroline, Carys, Sue, Joanna, Colin, Lauren, Rosemary, Cristina, Elaine, Virginia, Valerie, and Rudi. Tickets for events can be booked online or by telephoning the museums directly.

Farhana Begum (Museums Business Manager)
This role focuses on delivering a high quality museums service in partnership with our stakeholders, aiming to make St Albans City and District a centre of excellence for culture and heritage.
E: farhana.begum@stalbans.gov.uk

Catherine Newley (Audience Development Manager)
Catherine leads on developing new and existing audiences in order to increase access to and engagement with our collections and programmes. She manages the Audience Development Team, including the Curators, Learning team and Volunteer Coordinator.
E: catherine.newley@stalbans.gov.uk
T: 07789 615001

Jo Taylor (Visitor Services Manager - St Albans Museum + Gallery)
Jo is responsible for the day-to-day running of St Albans Museum + Gallery, including managing our Visitor Services team.
E: joanna.taylor@stalbans.gov.uk
T: 01727 814653

Alex Rose (Visitor Services Manager - Verulamium Museum)
Alex is responsible for the day-to-day running of Verulamium Museum, including managing our Visitor Services team.
E: alex.rose@stalbans.gov.uk
T: 01727 819476

Eleanor Payne (Commercial Services Manager)
Eleanor is responsible for the commercial offer at our museums with responsibilities for income generation across venue hire, catering and retail areas of the Museum service.
E: eleanor.payne@stalbans.gov.uk
T: 01727 819337

Simon West (District Archaeologist)
Simon has worked for St Albans City and District for over 25 years and has excellent knowledge of the District's archaeology. Half of his time is spent working on planning matters (including applications) as well as other Council projects.
E: simon.west@stalbans.gov.uk 
T: 01727 819338

David Thorold (Curator, Pre-historic to Medieval)
Based at Verulamium Museum, David looks after collections from pre-historic times to the Medieval era. He is an archaeologist with particular expertise in coins.
E: david.thorold@stalbans.gov.uk 
T: 01727 819334

Sarah Keeling (Curator, Post Medieval to Contemporary)
Sarah looks after collections from the 15th Century to the present day.
E: sarah.keeling@stalbans.gov.uk
T: 01727 814602

Ines Basille (Museums and Gallery Programme Coordinator)
Ines works with Sarah on programming exhibitions, projects and events for St Albans Museum + Gallery. Her post is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
E: ines.basille@stalbans.gov.uk
T: 01727 814612

Megan Fox (Bookings Officer)
Our Bookings Officer deals with all school bookings and private hires. The phones can be very busy at times and email is a better way to get in touch.
E: museumbookings@stalbans.gov.uk (Schools)
E: museumevents@stalbans.gov.uk (Private Hire)
T: 01727 751 814

Learning and Engagement Officer (post currently vacant)
The Learning and Engagement Officer is responsible for the formal and informal learning programmes across both our museum sites. This includes schools, family and adult learning. Please visit our Learn pages for more information.

Sally Beniston (Assistant Learning & Interpretation Officer) Currently on maternity leave
Sally works with the Learning and Engagement Officer on the schools, family and adult learning programmes. Please visit our Learn pages for more information.

Julia Good (Volunteer Coordinator) Currently on maternity leave
St Albans Museums has a fantastic team of volunteers often working behind the scenes to contribute to collections research, documentation and our public programming. Our volunteers are coordinated by Julia, who recruits and manages them for specific projects. A recent example of this is The Pickling Project

Matt Fittock (Finds Liaison Officer)
Matt records archaeological finds discovered by members of the public. This post is funded by the DCMS as part of the Portable Antiquities Scheme. Matt is based at Verulamium but works across Hertfordshire & Bedfordshire.
Finds: Matt may not always be available on site but finds can be left for future identification and recording. 
Treasure: If you have something you think is treasure - please do report this to us. Objects that count as treasure (broadly) are: objects comprised mostly of silver or gold and more than 300 years old; 2 or more coins of silver or gold and more than 300 years old (a single coin is not treasure); 10 or more coins of bronze and more than 300 years old; more than 1 item of pre-historic metalwork from the same find spot.
E: matthew.fittock@stalbans.gov.uk
T: 01727 819379