Collections Trust Biographies

Dr Miles K Oglethorpe

miles oglethorpeMiles Oglethorpe is Head of Education, Outreach and Publications at Historic Scotland, the Agency responsible for safeguarding and promoting the historic environment within the Scottish Government.

Whilst completing his PhD at the University of Glasgow, he joined the Scottish Industrial Archaeology Survey at Strathclyde University, transferring to Edinburgh and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) in 1985, where he specialised in the recording of historic industrial and engineering heritage.

He is a member of the English Heritage Industrial Archaeology Panel, and is steering group secretary of Capturing the Energy, an initiative that is attempting to record the extent and achievements of the UK offshore oil and gas industries. He is also a Board member of The International Committee on the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage (TICCIH), and chaired the TICCIH Mining Section.

He has edited, authored and co-authored a number of books and papers relating to industrial heritage. These include a book entitled, ‘Scottish Collieries’, which is an account of the growth and decline of Scotland’s coal mining industry in the last decades of the 20th century and was published in 2006 in partnership with then Scottish Mining Museum. The book contains the results of research carried out over many years, and reflects his long-standing interest in coal mining, and in Scotland’s mining communities.

Don Mockett CEng; MIE; FMES. Convenor of the Scottish Mining Museum Collection Trust.

don mockettBorn and Educated in Kent, served an engineering apprenticeship and qualified as a mechanical engineer at Canterbury, followed by post graduate studies at the University of Leeds. Joined the NCB management training scheme, subsequently appointed to technical and junior management posts in the Kent coalfield.

Moved to Scotland in 1959 as the West Fife Area Coal Preparation Engineer. In 1961 appointed to the NCB Fife and Alloa Area Marketing Department as the technical and planning officer. Became the Assistant Marketing Manager in 1965 and Marketing Manager Scottish North Area in 1969. Following the establishment of the Scottish Area in 1973 appointed Head of Planning and subsequently after a number of appointments became the Scottish Area Marketing Director in 1984.

Following retirement in 1986 appointed to DTI Domestic Coal Consumers Council and to BSI as an adviser on fuel and energy using equipment. Represented consumers on a number of Coal Trade bodies; Chairman of the Coal and Equipment Testing Council and the Scottish Approved Coal Merchants Scheme.

Became involved with the Friends of Scottish Mining Museum in 1987, acting as Secretary and then Chairman until 2007. Appointed as a Trustee of the Trust in 1993 and became Chairman in 1996 until 2008. Since retiring as Chairman has continued to work at the Museum as a Volunteer.

Became the Convenor of the Scottish Mining Museum Collection Trust on it formation in 1999.

David Seath

david seathAfter graduating from Heriot-Watt University, joined the National Coal Board rising through various managerial roles at collieries in Ayrshire, Fife, Lothians and Stirlingshire. Following period as Manager of Monktonhall Colliery moved to British Coal Headquarters becoming Manager, Mines Rescue. Represented British Coal on various ECSC Experts Committees on health and safety, including the Working Party on Rescue, Mine Fires and Explosions. Represented the UK on the Committee on Safety and Health in Mines set up by the ILO in Geneva. On leaving British Coal acted as independent consultant on various mining projects in Europe and America.

Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, Secretary of The Mining Institute of Scotland and Chairman of The Mining Institute of Scotland Trust.

Currently works in local government as Head of Department responsible for Fleet, Procurement and Property matters.

Kirsty Lingstadt

Kirsty Lingstadt works at RCAHMS where she is responsible for the development of the collections. This involves the development of cataloguing systems and programmes, management of stores, conservation, access to the collections and the public service.

She previously worked for South Lanarkshire Council Museums, Scottish Mining Museum and Fife Council Museums Service and Service. Within all these organisations she undertook a wide range of tasks managing collections, researching and arranging exhibition programmes and associated activities across a wide range of venues as well as running community outreach programmes.

Prior to this Kirsty completed a MA (Hons) in Scottish Historical Studies at the University of Edinburgh followed by a Masters in Museum Studies at the University of Leicester. She is an Associate member of the Museums Association and mentor on this scheme. In addition she is the voluntary Secretary for the Business Archives Council and is a Board member for Museums Galleries Scotland.

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