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My work as a researcher and consultant has built on skills learnt both as a trained historian and working in the City of London. Areas of specialism include conducting Oral Histories, Participatory Research and Historical Research Presentation Skills. I have also consulted on how best to improve museums and public spaces for people with Intellectual Disabilities and Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

 

Please get in contact through the form below, or send me an email at tom.weir@dmu.ac.uk if you would be interested in discussing a project with me.

 

A quick flavour of some projects I have previously worked on:

 

In 2017 I produced the research documents for a new section of the World Rugby Museum, looking at various non-traditional forms of the game. These included Wheelchair Rugby, Gay Rugby, Blind Rugby and Golden Oldies Rugby. Research involved arranging and conducting a number of interviews with key individuals, and also some participatory research at training sessions. In addition to interviews and producing photos/videos for the exhibition, I was also able to source a Wheelchair Rugby Chair, which is to become the centrepiece of the exhibit.   

 

Since 2014 I have been co-author with Colin Veitch MA on the Saracens WW1 history project. We gained a Heritage Lottery Fund grant award, to help in our pursuit of players from the Saracens Rugby Club who served and fell in the Great War. In 2015 some of our findings were featured in the World Rugby Museum. At the end of the project in 2018 the project concluded with the unveiling of an honours board to pay respect to those players, a presentation at Allianz park and an article in the match day programme. This has consisted of a mix of genealogical and archival research.

 

Taking my academic knowledge into the public sphere, in 2017 I worked for three months with Sarah Levett at Leicester City Council: Arts and Museums Service and Michaela Butter at Attenborough Arts to produce a well received report on improving access for people with Intellectual/Learning Disabilities. This included a wide range of suggestions from making subtle tweaks to physical spaces, improving websites and suggestions to aid staff.