Meet the team

Simon Wardell
Acting Museum Director


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.


Jen Rudd,
Marketing Manager

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


Further contacts

View the Board of Trustees or for a complete list of contacts at the Museum, visit our contacts page.