Butler, Toby

First name/s: Toby
Last name: Butler
Known names / nicknames:
Date of birth:
Year of birth: 1971

Life before Ruskin

Date and place of birth: Kent

Family: Two children, Josh and Lily


2013                Programme Leader, BA History and MA Heritage Studies

2012                Acting Director, Raphael Samuel History Centre

2009- present  Programme Leader, MA Heritage Studies: Place, Memory and History, (Raphael Samuel History Centre, University of East London)

2007-2009       Project Director, Ports of Call, London East Research Institute, University of East London

2000-2002       Editor, Foster Care Magazine; freelance editor and journalist

1997-99           Editor, Third Sector (magazine for charity professionals)

1996-7             Reporter, Museum and Galleries Magazine, Museums Journal

1995-7             Historian and tour guide, Tower of London and Hampton Court Palace

1994                Project director, Aberystwyth Oral History Project

Politics/Trade union activity:

Short spell as vice-president of NUS branch at Central School of Speech and Drama, NUJ at time of entry to Ruskin, then UCU

Trade Union membership (at time of entry to Ruskin) ~ other Trade Union

Life at Ruskin

Dates at Ruskin:

2000-2002 (part time)

Source of funding:

Self funded

Subjects studied at Ruskin:

MA Heritage Studies


A study of Auroville, Tamil Nadhu, (a utopian community) involving oral history



Life after Ruskin



2002-2007       PhD  Royal Holloway, University of London and Museum of London (ESRC CASE studentship) ‘Memoryscape and sound walks: mapping oral history on the River Thames in London’

2006                Associateship of the Museums Association (AMA)

2000 – 2002     MA Public History  (see above)

1991-1994       BA (hons) History – first class; Aberystwyth University



Date of death:
Year of death: 0

Achievements / Publications

History Workshop Journal 76 (2013), Toby Butler and Yasmin Khan (issue editors)


History Workshop Journal 75 (2013), Toby Butler and Jane Caplan (issue editors)


‘Memoryscape’ : Integrating Oral History, Memory and Landscape on the River Thames’ in Hilda Kean and Paul Ashton (Eds) Public History and Heritage Today, Palgrave Macmillan (2012)


Victoria Park Memoryscape Trail (2012) available from Victoria Park visitor’s centre and http://www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/lgsl/451-500/461_parks/victoria_park/memoryscape.aspx (co-authored with Lewis Gibson for Tower Hamlets Council)


‘The historical hearing aid: located oral history from the listener’s perspective’ in Shelley Trower (Ed): Place, Writing, and Voice in Oral History, PalgraveMacmillan (2011)


‘I-Spy Anytown’, Bringing the Outside In: Enriching Student Learning in the Humanities through Environmental Engagement TheHigher Education Academy 10-16 (2011)


‘Digital history: how memoryscapes can change the way we see the world’, Hard Times (Germany)88:9-14 (2010)


‘Memoryscape: integrating oral history, memory and landscape on the river Thames’. In Paul Ashton and Hilda Kean (Eds): People and their Pasts: Public History Today, Palgrave Macmillan 223-239 (2009)


Liquid History: the Elmbridge Riverside audio trail. CD recording, Elmbridge Borough Council (2008)


‘Teaching and learning guide for Memoryscape: How audio walks can deepen our sense of place by integrating art, oral history and cultural geography’. Geography Compass 2 (5): 1750–1754 (2008)


Ports of Call: Walks of Art at the Royal Docks. Triple CD recording, University of East London (2008)


‘Memory lane: how to produce trails for mp3 players that give listeners an evocative experience of place’, Museum Practice 40: 42-45 (2007)


‘Memoryscape: How audio walks can deepen our sense of place by integrating art, oral history and cultural geography’, Geography Compass 1 (3): 350–372 (2007)


‘Doing heritage differently’, Rising East Online 5, http://www.uel.ac.uk/risingeast/archive05/academic/butler.htm (2006)


‘A walk of art: the potential of the sound walk as practice in cultural geography’, Social and Cultural Geography 7(6): 889-908 (2006)


‘Linked: a landmark in sound, a public walk of art’. In Robert Perks and Alistair Thompson (Eds) The Oral history Reader (2nd Edition) London, Routledge 425-433 (2006).


‘Drifting and Dockers – voices from the hidden history of the Thames’ Double CD recording, Museum of London. (2005)


‘Linked: a landmark in sound, a public walk of art’. Cultural Geographies 12(1): 77-88 (2005)



See trails section of www.raphael-samuel.org.uk and courses for details of postgraduate heritage studies courses I teach.

‘Liquid History – the Elmbridge riverside trail’ http://www.memoryscape.org.uk/liquidhistory/ Elmbridge Borough Council (2008)


‘Ports of Call: Walks of Art at the Royal Docks’. www.portsofcall.org.uk University of East London (2008)


‘Memoryscape – voices from the hidden history of the Thames’ Website, www.memoryscape.org.uk  Museum of London (2005)


I have also been deeply involved in the development of www.historyworkshop.org.uk and the redesign of www.raphael-samuel.org.uk

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