Robin Draper was born in Birmingham, and grew up in the former mining village of Chasetown (Staffordshire). As a child he regularly visited the historic cathedral city of Lichfield, and was “inspired” by the five spires to be seen (three of them on the cathedral itself).
His career in heritage began in 2010, when he worked for Birmingham City Council, based at Blakesley Hall. He also worked at Sarehole Mill and Aston Hall. During 2011 and 2012 he worked at Lichfield Cathedral, and since 2012 he has worked for English Heritage, based mainly at Boscobel House, but has also provided cover at three monastic sites, three castles and a Roman site. Robin also occasionally works at the Staffordshire Regiment Museum, and volunteers as a guide at the Newman Brothers “Coffin Works” in Birmingham.
Robin has been interested in parish churches since childhood. He is a student of church monuments, and pursues this interest through membership of the Monumental Brass Society and the Church Monuments Society (for whom he leads members coach tours – drawing visitors from around the UK). Between 2002 and 2014 he led church tours for the Staffordshire Historic Churches trust.
His interest in churches has led to a wider interest in the history of architecture, and he would encourage anyone to “look above the shop” when they are “in town”.
Robin also holds national qualifications for tourism guiding in the Heart of England (Blue Badge) and in the town of Tamworth, Staffordshire (Green Badge).
Our past is important. Though we cannot live in it, it is a rich tapestry of things that made us happy, lessons we have learned by experience, and things that happened to our predecessors that we can all learn from. It is a joy to share that history. Robin Draper