Rowena Riley CV

Artist, Writer & Illustrator, Heritage Consultant



Museum Studies MA University of Leicester 1995-1997. BA Hons Arts, First Class, Open University 1984-1995, Exeter College of Art and Design 1975-1977. Foundation Certificate, Falmouth School of Art and Design 1974-1975.

2017 – 2023 Heritage Interpretation Consultant:


The PCC of St. Andrew’s Church, Kingsbury: Heritage Engagement Consultant for their NLHF ‘Rekindling’ project.

Friends of St. Giles’ Church, Imber, Wiltshire: Consult, research & create heritage exhibition.

Friends of St. Mary’s Church, Hartley Wintney, Hampshire: Research & create heritage exhibition.

Paignton Parish Church: Consultation & report for potential Church & Bishop’s Palace Hlf project.

Exeter Diocese – Growing the Rural Church Project for: St. Michael & All Angels, Cadbury; St. Blaise, Haccombe; St. John the Baptist, Meshaw: Heritage reports for community engagement, and interpretation projects.

Broadhempston PPC, St. Peter & St. Paul’s Church: Develop Activity Plan proposal for Hlf project.

The CCT: Heritage & Conservation reports for audience development and heritage interpretation at Inglesham, Cameley, Low Ham, Parracombe and Saintbury churches.

2017 – 2021 Researcher and Writer, freelance

Oct 2015 – Jan 2017 Torbryan, Holy Trinity Church, HLF Project Officer, The Churches Conservation Trust

Nov 2014 – Oct 2015 Heritage Projects Officer West, The Churches Conservation Trust

Jan 2014 – Oct 2014 Heritage Learning Officer (Maternity Cover) The Churches Conservation Trust.

2010-2016: Children’s Author and Illustrator, freelance

2005-2009: Lifelong Learning Officer, Caerphilly CBC Museum and Heritage Service, Wales.

1999-2005: Senior Lifelong Learning Officer, Wolverhampton Art Gallery and Museum Service

1998-2000: Access Advisor: National Curriculum for Art 2000, for QCA

1996-1999: Volunteer – Project leader: Heritage Education for Teenagers with Severe Learning Difficulties, Acton Scott Historic Working Farm, Shropshire

1989-1992: Art Teacher, MacIntyre, Womaston House Secondary Special School for students with Severe Learning Difficulties, Powys, Wales.

1981-1997 Art Tutor

1977-1999: Artist and Designer. Freelance.

Higher Education, Professional Development Work, and Talks:

2019 April, RTE radio interview for ‘Seascapes: The Legacy of the Joseph Sprott’.

 2016 December 6th, St. Cuthbert’s Reredos Project Concluding Seminar: talk on developing interpretation and learning ‘Case Study: Interpreting Holy Trinity Torbryan.’ 2015-16 Public talks on Mysterious Case of the Survival of the Roodscreen, and the Torbryan project, to local history groups, parish councillors and village residents.

2015 Portland living Landscapes Day, DWT, talk on developing learning programmes. 2008 Teacher Training for Cardiff Advisory Teacher for History: ‘The Age of the Princes in Wales’.  2008 ‘Performance, Learning and Heritage’ International Conference, Manchester University Department of Applied Theatre, presented ‘Case Study: The Great Debate’.  2005 – 2007 EU Interreg IIIC Cultured: Workshop ‘Policy’, Ubeda Spain: Presentation on the Environmental Design Course Demonstration project; Regional Workshop, Brussels: Talk on Environmental Design Course project to European Universities and Heritage Organisations. Development of published Guidelines for Europe. 2003-2004 Visiting lecturer University of Central England to PGCE students.   2004 ‘Touching Audiences’ Conference for Museum Professionals, Wolverhampton Art Gallery. 2004-2007 ‘Inspiring Learning for All’ MLA cross sector training. 2002-2005 ‘Writing Workshops for Curators’, Wolverhampton Arts and Museum Service. 2000 DfES and Engage: Introduction to new National Curriculum for Art for Museums and Galleries. 1998 National Conference for Special Educational Needs: talk on ‘Thinking through Objects’ using visual and sensory memory in SEN in museum service education for pupils with learning difficulties. 1996-2005 Museum staff training in working with pupils with learning difficulties, WAMS and GEM. 1989-1992 Special Educational Needs teachers and Care staff training in how to use art in SEN.

Advisory work

  • Advisory Board for ‘Performance, Learning and Heritage Research Project’, Centre for Applied Theatre Research, Manchester University.
  • ‘Inspiring Learning for All Network’ CyMAL, Welsh Assembly Government Wales.
  • ‘Making Meaning in Art Museums: Visitor’s Interpretive Strategies Research Project’, Research Centre for Museums and Galleries, Leicester University.2001.
  • QCA Development of National Curriculum for Art Programmes of Study 2000, and Art and ICT 2002.

Historical and Professional Publications

‘Wrecks, Salvage and Profit: The Gallweys of Kilkern’, Ardfield Rathbarry Journal 2023.

‘The Wrecking of the San Francisco’ & ‘ The Joseph Sprott’, Ardfield Rathbarry Journal 2017

‘Empty Old Churches and New Education,’ article in English Heritage Conservation Bulletin 73 November 2014.

‘Age of the Princes: The Welsh Prince’s Court’, Teaching pack for Primary School Teachers in Wales. The Winding House, Caerphilly CBC 2009.

Hard Targets’ article on the ‘Environmental Design Course’, CyMAL Welsh Assembly Government Magazine, Spring 2008.

Touching Audiences: Designing for Interpretation in the Art Gallery’, editor, Wolverhampton Art Gallery 2004.

The Creation Research Project: ICT in Art for Children with Special Educational Needs’, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, 2002.


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Artist / Writer author, illustrator, research and interpretation

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