Meet the Trustees – David Dent

Lowewood Museum is now under the management of the Lowewood Museum Trust; a new charitable incorporated organisation. In this series of posts, meet the members of the Trust Board, with this article featuring David Dent, the Chair of the Trust.

David Dent has lived in the Borough of Broxbourne for most of his life. His family connections with the village of Wormley date back to the 1880’s.

David is a keen local historian and has collected information and old images of Wormley, Turnford, Broxbourne and Hoddesdon since the late 1970’s. Some of his collection appeared in two books, Hoddesdon’s Past in Pictures and Broxbourne and Wormley’s Past in Pictures, which were published in the 1990’s. His interest in local history was actively encouraged by two Cheshunt and Waltham Cross historians, Jack Edwards and Peter Rooke. Although they are sadly no longer with us, David acknowledges that their contribution and their donations to Lowewood Museum have added greatly to the wonderful collection housed there.

He is a former chair of the Friends of Lowewood Museum and is still a committee member. He is also a committee member of the Friends of Wormley Open Spaces.

David retired in 2017 when the family business of H. Dent and Sons, started by his late father, closed after nearly 60 years.

The long-term future of Lowewood Museum is something David cares very passionately about and he and his fellow trustees are determined to make it an asset that the local community can be justly proud of.

Meet the Trustees – Pete Dockar

Lowewood Museum is now under the management of the Lowewood Museum Trust; a new charitable incorporated organisation. In this series of posts, meet the members of the Trust Board, with this article featuring Pete Dockar.

Pete Dockar lives in Broxbourne with his wife and two young children, having moved from London 10 years ago to be closer to his wife’s family who have lived in the area for many years.

He is responsible for customer and digital banking propositions at Virgin Money UK and is a director of a number of the bank’s subsidiaries.  He was previously at HSBC, holding senior UK and European positions including UK Head of Mortgages.

Pete has a keen interest in Broxbourne’s rich history and local architecture. He is hugely excited about the opportunity for the museum to be a hub that by connecting people to their heritage, strengthens communities and deepens family ties. 

In his spare time, in addition to history he also enjoys running as well as composing and performing music.

Meet the Trustees – Claire Haggarty

Lowewood Museum is now under the management of the Lowewood Museum Trust; a new charitable incorporated organisation. In this series of posts, meet the members of the Trust Board, with this article featuring Claire Haggarty.

Claire Haggerty - trustee of the Lowewood Museum Trust CIO
Claire Haggerty – trustee of the Lowewood Museum Trust CIO

Claire Haggarty is a qualified primary school teacher and volunteer manager from Bedfordshire. “I began working in museums as soon as I graduated from university taking on various seasonal visitor services roles and freelancing as a museum educator. I had great fun working in museum education using costume and theatre to bring history to life. It offered balance to the sometimes stressful duty management of busy visitor attractions dealing with anything from ticketing problems, or visitor complaints right through to first aid calls and broken-down cars in the visitor car park.”

Claire received a Highly Commended at the 2016 Volunteer’s in Museums Awards for Supporting, Managing and Encouraging Others in her work recruiting and training volunteers on the Painted Hall Project at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich. The project which received £7.7million from the Heritage Lottery Fund was a unique opportunity for visitors to see the conservation of 40,000 sq feet of fresco ceiling up-close, and volunteers were recruited to lead visitor tours on the 60-foot internal scaffolding.

Since then, Claire has gone on to work for organisations like Age UK and Bletchley Park as a Volunteer Manager advising on policy development and people strategy. She actively volunteers as a part of her hometown’s good neighbour scheme and as a steering committee member of the Heritage Volunteering Group, a group of heritage professionals who come together to promote best practice in volunteer management across the heritage sector through training and events.

A keen quilter and chef, Claire can otherwise be found in the garden or on her allotment.