Dr Miles K Oglethorpe
Miles 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.
After 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. He is also a trustee of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.
Outside of his current connections with the mining industry, he is a member of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and an active supporter of both Christian Aid and the British Heart Foundation.
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.