Course studied: MA Heritage Management
Graduating year: 2012
Job: Head of Volunteering at Brunels's SS Great Britain.
Anneka Coleman completed the MA in Heritage Management in 2011- 2012. After graduating she worked at Stonehenge, creating a new volunteer programme for the opening of the Visitor Centre in 2013.
Anneka is now Head of Volunteering at Brunel’s SS Great Britain. She grew the existing team of volunteers in readiness for the opening of the new Being Brunel Museum in 2018.
"I have found that in reality working in the heritage sector requires such a broad range of skills and the course content, coupled with two varied placements, was just the experience I needed to get into the sector."
Anneka's Bath Spa story
I thoroughly enjoyed my Master's course and think back on it with very fond memories. We had a small group and so we quickly all became good friends. Alison Hems was a fantastic tutor and we all owe our successes in large part to her.
Each week we studied something new; covering various topics and meeting numerous professionals who helped me to gain a thorough understanding of what working in the heritage sector would entail. The projects, essays and placements were varied and each student was encouraged to discover and explore topics of interest to them. I really valued the flexibility of the course and while we all came away with the same fundamental knowledge we all had a tailored and bespoke experience, developing the skills we required for our future career choices.
I have used the skills and knowledge I gained in both of my jobs since graduating – as part of the English Heritage team at Stonehenge - who opened the visitor centre in 2013 and now as Head of Volunteering at Brunel’s SS Great Britain. I have found that in reality working in the heritage sector requires such a broad range of skills and the course content, coupled with two varied placements, was just the experience I needed to get into the sector.
Without my MA I don’t think I would have had the two amazing jobs, at incredible organisations, that I am fortunate to have had. I owe Alison and Bath Spa University a great deal.
Why did you choose Bath Spa University?
What better place to study heritage than a World Heritage Site.
The best thing about the course I studied was...
The variety of content, guest lecturers, practical experience and the supportive and encouraging staff and students.
Qualifications, experience and achievements
- Professional Diploma in Law, University of Plymouth
- MA Heritage Management, Bath Spa University.