My name is James Hester.
Originally from the US, I earned a BA (Hons) in Public History before moving to the UK to complete an MA in Medieval Studies in 2005.
I have served as an educator and curator for several museums in the US and the UK, most notably as Royal Armouries Curator of Tower Collections at the Tower of London. The root idea of a museum (‘Temple of the Muses’ or ‘Temple of Inspiration’) has always been important to me. History is not something to be hoarded in universities or dusty tomes, but rather to be shared for the benefit of humanity as a whole.
Sitting down with friends to discuss world affairs, I’d always find myself referencing this or that historical anecdote that was pertinent to the issue. What seemed plain-enough observations to me of the similarities of certain contemporary situations or actions with those of the past, turned out to be valuable insights to those previously unaware of them. More and more people assured me that these insights would be useful, not just to the general public, but to those making big decisions.
And the rest, as they say, is history.
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