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Verity Walker – a biography
After working as a London tour guide she joined the Imperial War Museum, working on board HMS Belfast (which is moored on the River Thames in London) for three years managing school visits, exhibitions and the ship's marketing. After this she was one of the first graduates of the Heritage Management Masters degree course offered by the University of Birmingham and the Ironbridge Institute (Masters in Social Science, Birmingham, 1989, Kirkcaldy Scholarship winner). Her dissertation analysed the rise of mining heritage in the face of mine closures.
She worked for the National Trust for Scotland for three happy years from 1990 until 1993, based in Lothian, Fife and Borders region, managing events and public affairs. Family life then took her south again and she joined the National Trust, managing in turn public affairs, box office/events and then education and interpretation for the busy NT Thames & Chilterns Region, based at Hughenden Manor in Buckinghamshire.
In 1998 Verity was selected for the Countryside Exchange Programme and was sent to the French-speaking community of Charlevoix in Quebec. This was a life-changing experience which helped to avert a threat of extinction for a small community - and it gave her the taste for consulting. Shortly after her return to the UK in 1999 she left NT to set up Interpretaction. Since then the consultancy has relocated from Marlow in Buckinghamshire to Fortrose back on the Black Isle, where Verity’s daughters Matilda and Adelaide attend local schools.
In ten years, since its small beginnings, Interpretaction has grown to offer a network of multi-talented associates based across the UK and in Europe.
We have become known for friendly, informal consulting that offers attention to detail, pride in good service and exceptionally good value for money. We specialise in community-related interpretation. To date we have worked with over thirty different clients, many of them national organisations with which we build long-standing working links, such as British Waterways, the National Trust and Woodland Trust Scotland.
We enjoy our work, and like to think it shows in the quality of what we do.