Meet the Keeper Staff

The Museum has a professional staff including five specialist collections curators who give talks, carry out research for displays and exhibitions, and look after the safekeeping of collections assembled by the Archaeological Society before 1957 and by the County Council and Milton Keynes corporation since then. The Museum team is led by  Richard de Peyer, the Museum’s Director

Keeper of Archaeology Collections- Brett Thorn

Brett Thorn, Keeper of Archaeology
Brett Thorn, Keeper of Archaeology

Brett has an MA in archaeology from Exeter, and is an Associate of the Museum’s Association. His special interests lie in the Roman period, ancient British numismatics, and historical bladed weapons. Brett has been involved with archaeology at the museum for over 20 years. With a Master’s degree specialising in the Roman military, he ended up working in a county with no evidence for any Roman soldiers!



Keeper of Art Collections – Mel Czapski

Keeper MelMel has a BA(Hons) in History of Art and Heritage Management from Buckingham University and worked at Waddesdon Manor before joining the Museum where she specialises in English art and studio ceramics.



Keeper of Natural Science Collections – Mike Palmer

Mike PalmerSince graduating in Environmental Science Mike has spent time working on a bird reserve in the Liverpool Docks and then as a member of Liverpool Museum’s Botany Department before joining Bucks County Museum in 2000




Keeper of Social History Collections – Will Phillips

Keeper willWill studied History of Art and Architecture at Reading University before completing an MA in Museum Studies at University College London. He worked for nine years at the Museum of English Rural Life and moved to Bucks in 2008 as Keeper of Social History. His special interests include traditional signwriting and canal folk art.






Museum Director – Richard de Peyer

Richard de Peyer portraitRichard has worked in museums all over the UK – mainly in the independent charitable sector and has been Curator of the Dorset County Museum and Director at the Macclesfield Silk Heritage Trust. He has been a council member of the Association of Independent Museums and of Museums Association and  has been a member of their ethics panel. His special interests are in textiles, history and archaeology but leaves the hard grind to his  hard working specialists!