Chris Ansell appointed Head of Participation and Learning at National Memorial Arboretum

Published on: Mon, 16/03/2020 - 09:09

Chris Ansell appointed at NMA

Chris Ansell has been appointed as the new Head of Participation and Learning at the National Memorial Arboretum, in Staffordshire. In his new role, Chris will have responsibility for planning, developing and implementing the Arboretum’s participation and learning engagement strategies. This will include the delivery of a wide range of activities to encourage lifelong learning and to ensure their appeal to a diverse audience.

Chris joined the Arboretum team in 2018 as Exhibitions and Interpretation Officer and has played a crucial role overseeing the artistic component of the Arboretum’s Tea for II programme, commemorating the 75th anniversaries of VE Day and VJ Day. From 3 April, the Arboretum will host a new exhibition featuring bespoke artwork by students from UAL Central St Martins, interpreting the experiences of the World War II generation and how tea has evolved to become symbolic of home.

The Arboretum has several exhibition galleries within its Remembrance Centre building which are used for temporary displays of art and cultural artefacts, complementing the permanent Landscapes of Life exhibition. The site’s 150-acres of tranquil woodlands and gardens are home to more than 380 sculpted memorials, including the majestic national Armed Forces Memorial.

Chris previously led Birmingham City University’s cultural engagement activity and managed the university’s Parkside Gallery. In 2017, he earned a master’s degree in Fine Art from the University of Oxford.

Philippa Rawlinson, managing director of the National Memorial Arboretum, said: “Chris has been a fantastic asset to our team since he joined the Arboretum in 2018, delivering a series of engaging and informative exhibitions and we look forward to him building on this solid track record of success in his new role. I look forward to working with him to grow and evolve all aspects of our participation and learning programmes, creating exciting new opportunities for people to engage with Remembrance and ensure the baton of Remembrance is passed on through the generations.”

Chris Ansell, head of participation and Learning at the National Memorial Arboretum, said: “I’m thrilled to be taking on this role at the Arboretum. The stories that we tell on site are incredibly important and it’s vital that we ensure these histories are relevant and accessible to new and existing audiences. Our programme of exhibitions, family activities and learning events offers something for everyone, and I’m looking forward to working with the team to engage more people in participation and learning.”