Oswestry High School for Boys

Oswestry High School for Girls

Martin Elliott

After graduating in archaeology from the University of Wales, Cardiff, I went to Leicester University for a post-grad Certificate, and later Diploma, in Museum Studies. After 5 years in Coventry as a curator of archaeology and local history I became, in the early 1970s, Assistant Director of a part government-funded regional body which supported the development of museums and galleries. I had a spell as Director to cover a sabbatical. I was there for over 20 years taking on a variety of responsibilities. As well as these I founded a national Group specialising in Touring Exhibitions ( still going strong ); was President of a regional Federation of like-minded professionals; was accepted into the Institute of Management; and was elected a Fellow of the Museums Association also serving on its national Council. Initially my work was in a public sector with good funding for the heritage. But by the mid-90s times had changed and I welcomed an early retirement. I did some consultancy but was also able to devote time to my main interests : travel; genealogy; West Bromwich Albion ( I was a 'baggy' even before OHSB ); the Rolling Stones; and - most enjoyably - my 4 grandchildren. My son ( with 3 of them ) is a financial adviser with the Nationwide BS living in Birmingham and my daughter, who headed up the digital team at the ( then ) News International, is a full-time 'mum' in East Dulwich. I live ( 2013 ) in Leighton Buzzard, Beds, but occasionally find myself drawn back to Shropshire for old-times sake ( even though the school is now a magistrates' court and housing estate ). And I still browse through my cherished copy of our school 'Magazine' no. 78 ( Summer 1961 ). Which must mean something.