Natalie talks about her passion for history and her role at Hoghton Tower
Natalie Deakin has always had a passion for history. From a young age, she would spend her time reading books and watching documentaries about historical events and figures. This led her to pursue her love of history at school and to go on to study the subject at A-Level.
Natalie's love for history grew stronger with her study and this is what led her to apply for the BA (Hons) History at the University of Central Lancashire.
During her time at UCLan, Natalie found herself drawn to public history and heritage, and she went on to pursue an MA in Applied Heritage Studies. It was during her master's program that she gained the knowledge and experience that would eventually lead her to her current role at Hoghton Tower, an historic house in Lancashire.
After graduation, Natalie landed a full-time job as a Business Support Officer at Hoghton Tower, where she had previously volunteered and worked part-time. Her duties include managing the day-to-day business operations, serving as a responsible person on-site, and ensuring the safety and wellbeing of visitors.
"My degrees have certainly helped me with my career. Most of what I learnt, particularly during my Applied Heritage Studies course, I now apply to my job. "— Natalie Deakin BA (Hons) History and MA Applied Heritage Studies
Natalie's journey to her current position was not without its challenges. She began volunteering as a tour guide at Hoghton Tower in 2017, before moving on to part-time work in the tearoom and behind the bar for weddings and events. As she gained more experience and a working knowledge of the house, she took on more responsibilities as a duty manager, opening and closing the house, cashing up, and serving as a fire marshal and first aider.
Reflecting on her time at UCLan, Natalie has many fond memories. The friends she made to the lectures she attended have all left a lasting impact on her. She has many cherished memories of her time at UCLan with her graduation ceremonies being a real highlight.
Natalie's is delighted to have secured a full-time job in her chosen field. She attributes her success to the experience she gained through volunteering and part-time work, emphasising the importance of networking and gaining hands-on experience in the field.
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