Our guest today, Piotr Bienkowski, was born in Wimbledon, London, to Polish parents who fought in the Warsaw Uprising. His disciplinary background is as an archaeologist and museum curator.
He has been Professor of Archaeology and Museology at the University of Manchester, Director of Manchester Museum, Chair of the North West Federation of Museums and Galleries, and before that Head of Antiquities at National Museums Liverpool.
For many years, he was editor of Levant, (1985-92), and Annual Professor at the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem (1999-2000) as well as the journal of the Council for British Research in the Levant, and editor of the British Academy Monographs in Archaeology series.
He has directed excavations in southern Jordan since 1989 and has published 15 books and around 50 peer-reviewed papers in academic journals and books, as well as around 80 other publications on archaeology, history, museum change, ethics and participation.
He now runs a cultural consultancy specialising in change management and community participation in the cultural sector, and directed Our Museum, the largest ever programme of organisational change in museums (2011-18) working in the UK and Europe.
He is a leading authority on the archaeology of Jordan and directs an excavation in Petra. He lives in Dumfries, UK
Find out more about Piotr on his website: http://www.piotrbienkowski.co.uk