Meet the team

Martin Purslow,

Martin joined the Museum in May 2016 after ten successful years as Chief Executive Officer at the National Trust of Australia (Victoria), in Melbourne – the largest independent cultural heritage organisation in Australia. Martin relocated back to the UK in February. His previous UK roles include inaugural Chief Executive Officer at the Bexley Heritage Trust, London (2000-2005) and Director at The National Galleries of Scotland’s, The Paxton House Trust (1995-2000). Martin completed the Authentic Leadership Development Executive Program at Harvard University Business School, Cambridge USA, in 2015. His academic background encompasses Architecture, Art Gallery and Museum Studies, History of Architecture & Design and the Built Environment, Martin is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (2005).


Anna Nelson,
General Manager

Anna leads the Museum’s events, marketing, site management, retail and catering teams.


Lucy Hockley MA AMA FRSA,
Cultural Engagement Manager

Lucy is responsible for coordinating informal learning opportunities at the Museum and the way we explain our collection and environment to visitors. This includes our work with schools and families. These areas of activity are delivered by a small team of staff and freelancers alongside many volunteers. She is also involved as part of the team working on the Heritage Lottery Funded Gateway Project and looks for collaborative opportunities or projects to develop the programme we offer at the Museum to enhance the visitor experience.

Lucy is a community governor of a local primary school, Council member of Europa Nostra, Jury member of the EU Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra awards, Treasurer of Sussex Museums Group and Networking group member of a European Network for religious heritage. Previously she has volunteered for a number of different heritage organisations, worked on learning activities at the British Museum and for English Heritage, volunteered and worked for a children’s educational charity and delivered academic and business intensive training courses in Europe and beyond.


Julian Bell,

Julian is responsible for the care, research, interpretation and development of the Museum’s Designated buildings and artefact collections, and improvements to their public access. His team work to achieve these goals, undertaking projects such as digitising the Museum’s slide collection, providing digital images for all artefacts, repairing and conserving larger items around the Museum’s site, and facilitating both permanent and temporary displays. Julian’s team also administers the Museum’s woodyard, which is currently under major redevelopment. Once completed, the team will resume demonstrations using the timber crane, rack saw and hand tools. Julian also undertakes various green woodworking demonstrations at the Museum’s events and also externally, helping to publicise the Museum and its activities.Besides his role within the Museum, Julian acts as a mentor for the Museums Association, helping to guide and develop external museum colleagues undertaking the AMA Diploma (Associateship of the Museums Association).

Julian’s previous roles include: Reserve Collections Manager at the National Maritime Museum, Operations & Liaison Officer at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Assistant Keeper: Conservation Management at the Staffordshire Arts & Museum Service, and Documentation Officer at Oldham Museum.


Sue O’Keeffe,
Event & Functions Manager

Sue is responsible for the management of the Museum’s Events & Functions Team, which oversees the delivery of nine major annual events, plus the Museum’s corporate and private venue hire functions. Sue manages and coordinates weddings, theatre, filming and commercial photography, and is responsible for event P&L, health and safety, risk assessment and licensing for all event activity.


Jen Rudd,
Marketing Manager

Jen is responsible for the Museum’s marketing strategy and implementation, including its website and external marketing communications.


Further contacts

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