Others Closely Involved With The Running Of The Museum
Name: Miss M D Kozlenko (Melissa) – Curator Blog
Bio: Melissa was born in Canada and grew up there, her parents’ families both having emigrated from England, and took a degree in ancient art and archaeology at Brock University in Ontario. Wanting to get into the world of museums and feeling that there were more opportunities in the UK she relocated to Essex where her grandmother lived and set about building her career. After working as a volunteer at the Essex Regiment Museum she obtained a part-time job there, subsequently becoming Collections Assistant at the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum before being appointed our Curator in early 2018. As the only full-time member of staff she oversees all aspects of the day-to-day running of the Museum, while pursuing her off-duty interests of dancing, 1940s vintage, and the gym.
Name: Mr I D Hook (Ian) – Museum Mentor
Bio: In order to comply with the Arts Council England Accreditation standard the Museum is required to have a Museum Mentor, an experienced museum professional who can provide curatorial advice to the Curator and the Trustees when required. Ian became interested in military history at a very early age. After graduating from Hull University he joined the curatorial staff of the National Army Museum, then became Curator of the Essex Regiment Museum. Until very recently he was Project Manager of the War Memorials Register at the Imperial War Museum. Ian’s interest in military matters is not just academic; he served for many years as Drum Major of the Honourable Artillery Company.
Name: Major R P Grenfell (Bob) – Treasurer
Bio: Bob joined the Infantry Junior Leaders’ Battalion in 1969 and 3 years later was posted to the 1st Battalion of the Regiment. He rose through the ranks, serving in Cyprus, Germany, Northern Ireland and Gibraltar, becoming Regimental Sergeant Major of the 1st Battalion in 1992. He was subsequently commissioned, and filled the post of Quartermaster with both the 1st Battalion and the 3rd (Army Reserve) Battalion. After a spell as an admin officer with the 3rd Battalion he became Assistant Regimental Secretary, focussing on Regimental finance and benevolence. A repository of much Regimental history, he serves the Trustees of the Museum as Treasurer.
Name: Mr R J Stevens (Richard) – Working Party Member
Bio: Richard enlisted into the 1st Battalion in 1989 and served with them in England, Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan. He also completed tours of duty as an instructor of recruits at Catterick and as a recruiter in Norwich. After 24 years’ service he retired from the Regular Army as a Colour Sergeant and took up a full-time post with the 3rd (Army Reserve) Battalion based in Bury St Edmunds. Always interested in military history, he became involved with the Museum initially as the 3rd Battalion’s representative at Trustees’ meetings. He now assists the Trustees formally as a member of the Acquisitions, Loans and Disposals Working Party.