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Learning Advisory Service

The Learning Advisory Service supports HHA Members to realise the full potential of their historic homes and gardens to enthuse, excite and engage visitors of all ages, but especially the younger generation, to better understand and appreciate their heritage.

Whether Members are starting from scratch or looking to develop their existing education offer, the HHA’s FREE Learning Advisory Service can help.

The Service offers advice, training and resource materials on:

• Initiating and extending learning programmes;

• Developing the skills and expertise of house owners, managers and volunteers;

• Audience development;

• Funding opportunities;

• Specific topics, including child protection and teacher training;

• Assessment and evaluation.

HHA Members can find out more about the service and/or book a free visit from an expert Learning Adviser. Please contact Emma Robinson, HHA Director of Policy and Campaigns on for more information, or log in to the Members area of the website.

See below for detailed biographies of the HHA's expert Learning Advisers.

Top L-R: Peter Burke, David Soulden Gail Bromley
Bottom L-R: Donald Henson, Gillian Woolfe

Peter Burke

Peter Burke is the HHA's Education Adviser. He is an educational consultant and a Special Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Nottingham. A former history and economics teacher, Peter has worked in public examinations and as an adviser to the DCSF and the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority. He provides free advice and guidance for Members through the HHA’s Learning Advisory Service which is supported by four further heritage education specialists.  Contact him on 01460 432003 / 07778 799629 or e-mail him on

David Souden

David Souden is a heritage, media and learning consultant, and was previously until 2014 Head of Access & Learning at Historic Royal Palaces. David's career has embraced independent television production and authorship, principally in heritage and history, and lecturing and research in history and historical demography.  He is an adviser and producer on a range of current HLF-funded heritage and museum projects.

Gail Bromley MBE FLS

Gail worked at Kew Gardens for 38 years, initially as a plant taxonomist and later as Head of Education and international adviser on biodiversity education. She developed and managed the education provision at Kew, including higher education and professional training,  adult education, interpretation /informal education provision, schools programmes and Kew’s first volunteer programme. Over this period, Gail was able to gain a broad knowledge and understanding relating to audience engagement and how to integrate the themes of  both the built and natural heritage into formal and informal educational delivery.

She left Kew in 2013 to set up her own company, Planting Values, freelancing in the field of Heriatage Education. Her current work includes writing and editing educational materials, co-managing  capacity building programmes nationally and internationally on behalf of Botanic Gardens Conservation International and National Heritage and fundraising for Botanic Gardens. She has just won a major 3 year EU funded project on Community Education, which she will co-manage. She is a director of the UK-wide Botanic Garden Education Network (BGEN) and Chair of Trustees for National Heritage (NH).

Donald Henson BA, MPhil, FSA, MIfA, FHEA

Don Henson is an archaeologist by profession and a freelance heritage consultant. As well as being an Honorary Lecturer at University College London, Don is a judge for the Sandford Heritage Education Awards, a judge for the British Archaeological Awards and a Trustee of the Yorkshire Dales Landscape Research Trust. Don has published widely on learning and engagement and has in the past advised The Heritage Alliance, The National Trust and Learning Outside the Classroom.

Gillian Woolfe CBE

Gillian has over 30 years’ experience as a former Director of Learning and Public Affairs at Dulwich Picture Gallery, Specialist Advisor to the Clore Duffield Foundation and adviser to the Heritage Lottery Fund, Royal Horticultural Society, the Royal Collection and many others. During the last 15 years Gillian has advised more than a hundred historic houses, palaces, gardens, museums, galleries, wetlands, community centres and cultural visitor-centres both in the UK and abroad. She has devised and developed multi-award-winning creative inclusive learning and engagement programmes such as ‘Good Times’, ‘Prescription for Art’, ‘Raw Urban’ and ‘This is Living’.