Royal Armouries director receives honorary degree - Monday, 19 July 2010
Royal Armouries Museum Director, Steven Burt, has been awarded an honorary degree by Leeds Metropolitan University in recognition of his major achievements in the field of education.
In his Royal Armouries’ role, Steven is responsible for delivering a successful, visitor-focused, educational heritage attraction across the museum’s three sites – at Leeds, the Tower of London and Fort Nelson in Hampshire.
Originally from Leeds, Steven was runner-up in the prestigious ‘Spirit of Leeds’ award in 2008 for outstanding contribution to the city. Steven is well known for his public lectures and books on the history of the ‘Capital of the North’ and is the Thoresby (Leeds Historical) Society’s former president.
Other career highlights include:
- Starting his career as a teacher with a passion for history, that led to his work on the creation of the Thackray Medical Museum which opened in 1997.
- Acting as Advisory Teacher for Leeds City Council’s Inspection Service, when he spent five years working in a series of settings including West Yorkshire Playhouse.
- Working as Resources Manager for Education Leeds, being responsible for the second largest museum’s loans service in the country as well as contributing to the introduction of the new online services for schools.
- Working as head of South Leeds City Learning Centre, part of the Government’s Excellence in Cities’ initiative, that used the latest technology to actively engage young people in learning. The success of this centre’s activities led to further promotion and Steven became Area Manager for South of the city.
Steven received his honorary doctorate in Education from the University’s Carnegie Faculty of Sport and Education.
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Notes to editors
- Royal Armouries is the national museum of arms and armour and has sites in Leeds, HM Tower of London, Fort Nelson and Louisville, Kentucky. It is the first British national museum to open a permanent presence in another country
- Admission to the museum is free. However, there may be a small charge for some special events.
- Open all year daily, 10am-5pm. Closed 24-25 December
- Information Line: 0113 220 1999
- Website: www.royalarmouries.org
- The Royal Armouries Museum should not be confused with Royal Armouries International plc, the private sector corporate hospitality business.