Professor Andrews is a research worker in human and primate evolution, palaeoecology of Neogene environments, and taphonomy of vertebrate bones. He worked for 35 years at the Natural History Museum, London, where he was Head of Human Origins until his retirement in the year 2000. Since then he has been the curator of Blandford Museum while retaining emeritus positions at the Natural History Museum and the Universities of London and York. At Blandford Museum he heads a team of one deputy curator (Dr Michael le Bas) and two assistant curators (Carolyn Martin and Tessa Pearce), and together they are responsible for the day to day running of the museum, the development and installation of exhibits, and managing the collections. Dr Andrews has written and edited ten books and more than 200 articles in the scientific and popular press. His book: An Apes View of Human Evolution has just been published by Cambridge University Press, and a second book: Atlas of Taphonomy is due out early in 2016. A third book which he has edited with three others has been delayed, but it should be published later in 2016.
Deputy Curator and Archivist - Michael Le Bas
Dr Le Bas took early retirement after teaching geology, volcanology and mineralogy, for nearly 40 years at Cambridge, Leicester and The Open University. He holds honorary status at Leicester University and The Natural History Museum, London and formerly at Southampton University. His research focused on carbonate volcanism of Africa and Asia. He has been a Fellow of The Geological Society, London, since 1957 (Vice-President 1987-8), and has lectured world-wide.
He spent two years in the Royal Engineers organising military ports in the Middle East.
Retirement brought him to Blandford and the Museum where he developed interests in the local history, archaeology and architecture. He gives talks on these subjects and is currently writing on the Saxon origins of Blandford, having just completed in 2013 a second edition of 'The World War II Defences of Blandford Forum'. He spends much time looking after the collections and building exhibits.
Assistant Curator - Carolyn Martin
Carolyn came down to Dorset in 2006 with husband Dan and lives in Milborne St Andrew. Equipped with a joint degree in Humanities with Classics from The Open University and using her computer skills, she is completing the catalogue of museum artefacts using the MODESplus computer package. This has entailed checking the lists of the many thousands of items on show and in the store. She is also much involved in building the new museum displays and in cataloguing the museum library.
Assistant Curator - Tessa Pearce
Born and educated in Salisbury but now living in Dorset, Tessa has always been fascinated by the prehistoric landscape in this region. With a degree in Applied Social Science, she has spent most of her professional life in rural development. On retirement, her enduring interest in and passion for archeology and local history prompted Tessa to walk through the door at Blandford Museum and offer her services as a volunteer. Tessa works on the collections and displays at the museum. She also stewards.