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An academic, who is bringing Shropshire’s history to the fore, is being recognised for his work and contribution to the region.

Tim Jenkins, Shropshire Council’s Heritage Project Manager, who has been central in developing University Centre Shrewsbury’s History and Heritage courses, has been awarded the prestigious title of Visiting Professor by the University of Chester.

Professor Jenkins was also recently featured in The Guardian newspaper, in the ‘Good to Meet You’ section, highlighting Shrewsbury’s heritage and the work to establish the University Centre.  In addition, he recently presented a paper to a conference at the University of Wolverhampton on the Second World War.

Previously, Professor Jenkins led the work to restore Shrewsbury’s former Music Hall and the 13th-century Vaughan's Mansion, to create the new Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery.

He has worked with colleagues from the University of Chester, including Dr James Pardoe, to ensure that University Centre Shrewsbury’s History and Heritage courses make the most of Shropshire’s fascinating past. For example, specialist themes students can choose during their History degree include ‘Fortress Salopia - Warfare and the Landscape’ and ‘Darwin Country - Shropshire: Home of the Natural Scientists?’

In addition, Professor Jenkins is a Heritage Advisor for Whitchurch Heritage Centre and Bishop’s Castle Railway Museum, a Ministry of Defence Subject Expert on 20th-century Conflict and Archaeology, and a Trustee of the Assault Glider Trust.

Professor Jenkins gained a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Modern History and Technology and Master of Arts (MA) in Heritage Management from The University of Birmingham after studying at the University of Wales, Bangor, at undergraduate level.

Professor Tim Wheeler, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Chester, said: “Anyone who meets Professor Jenkins cannot fail to be impressed by his remarkable and extensive knowledge, and be drawn in by his passion for History.

“He is making a major contribution to the development of University Centre Shrewsbury, playing a pivotal role in ensuring that the courses embrace the wealth of unique study opportunities created by Shropshire’s heritage and landscape.

“Tim Jenkins thoroughly deserves to be recognised for his outstanding efforts; we are delighted to work with him and to award him the title of Visiting Professor.”

Councillor Keith Barrow, Leader of Shropshire Council, said: “Through his work for Shropshire Council, Tim has done a brilliant job helping to preserve and raise awareness of Shropshire’s heritage so this is great news and much deserved.

“Tim has worked on a number of important projects for the Council and I’ve always been hugely impressed by his knowledge, dedication and enthusiasm.”

Professor Jenkins added: “Shropshire has a unique and diverse cultural heritage. I am privileged to have the opportunity to develop curricula that use the county’s rich historical past, to give students the skills and qualifications that will support them in their future careers, and honoured to be granted this title.”

ENDS

Note to editors

University Centre Shrewsbury is being established by the University of Chester and Shropshire Council after research showed there was strong demand and interest in a new institution to serve the needs of the county.

Visiting Professor is an honorary title given to individuals to recognise the significant contribution they have made to the University. Tim Jenkins has been awarded the accolade of Visiting Professor of History.

University Centre Shrewsbury’s History and Heritage courses also include an MSc History of Science. For further information on courses go to www.ucshrewsbury.co.uk/courses

 

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