From Sarah Hayes, Museum Manager, The Coffin Works – posted 29th January 2019
I have known Robin Draper for nine years in a variety of capacities, but most recently as a tour guide at the Coffin Works’ Museum in Birmingham. Robin has been volunteering with us for four years and is on of the most passionate and committed individuals I have had the pleasure of working with. He not only regularly commits to one guiding shift per week, but he also offers his time helping us to lead specialist tours. Robin is a popular member at the Coffin Works’ and as a Blue Badge Guide, he is always keen to share his vast knowledge with the wider volunteer team. We are extremely lucky to have Robin on board as he brings an unrivalled quality and professionalism to the Coffin Works’ tour, as he is able to draw on his extensive knowledge of Birmingham’s industrial past to tailor his tours the the needs of any group.
Robin is also extremely personable and his commitment means that he always goes ‘the extra mile’ to ensure the needs of any tour group is met. his devotion to his work is truly inspiring and the joy he receives in sharing his knowledge is infectious! I cannot recommend Robin highly enough as a tour guide, and as a member of the Coffin Works’ team, we know that we are lucky to have him as a volunteer.
From Claire Gapper – posted 20/05/2018
Robin, thank you so much for an excellent tour round the monuments in south Staffs. A remarkably interesting collection and a beautifully organised itinerary by you. I thought the buffet lunch was a good choice, tea was delightful and you got us back to the station in time to catch our trains.
In the words of the Michelin guides, it was definitely ‘vaut le voyage’.
From Darcy Lloyd MSc. University of York MA Student (Cultural Heritage Management) – posted 09/07/2017
Having attended several of Robin’s tours, I have no hesitation in recommending him to others, whom are interested in this area. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of the tours, which Robin presented in a professional and interactive manner. His interest in architecture and passion for history is a joy to witness, and he is able to engage an audience of all ages and backgrounds. When answering questions and enquiries, Robin was friendly, approachable and willing to engage in debate. The tours were exceptionally organised and timed impeccably, as such, I will most definitely attend another when given the opportunity.
From Lesley Cuninghame, Group Coordinator, The Antiquarian Group, Burton-upon-Trent U3A – posted 07/04/2015
Many thanks for such a fascinating and informative talk. As you will have recognised, the subject (the Tomb Makers of Burton-upon-Trent)is of great interest as many of our members have lived in and around Horninglow for many years. You definitely captured everyone’s imagination….
From Haydn Rhodes and Jan Gill, Tour Guides for Worcester and Dudley Historic Churches Trust – posted 15/01/2015
We have attended Robin Draper’s church car tours for the Staffordshire Historic Churches Trust for several years. As fellow guides for the Worcester Historic Churches Trust we can recommend him as a very good tour guide. Robin has a passion for historic churches, good general knowledge and a deep interest in monuments. His tours are well organised, and attract 30 – 40 visitors regularly. His presentations are clear and informative. He is very enthusiastic and always friendly and courteous.
From Peter Clarke, Treasurer of Staffordshire Historic Churches Trust – posted 02/12/2014
I have known Robin Draper for almost 15 years. For 12 of those years he was a Committee member of the Staffordshire Historic Churches Trust. Robin has organised and conducted tours of churches within the county each year. As part of the organising, he arranged to visit three or four churches during an afternoon – usually on a Saturday. He would do his own research on the church and present the talk himself. At the final church visited he arranged for light refreshments to be provided. He surveyed the route and ensured that our members had full instructions on how to find and access the churches, some of which were off the beaten track. Participants used their own transport; usually there were 30/40 people on each visit.