Dr Miles Oglethorpe has been a Board member of TICCIH since 2003, and was elected President at its last full congress in Santiago, Chile in 2018. He is also Head of Industrial Heritage at Historic Environment Scotland, the national body responsible for the built heritage in Scotland.
A graduate of Durham University, he completed his PhD at the University of Glasgow, subsequently moving to Strathclyde University’s Scottish Industrial Archaeology Survey Unit in 1983. In 1985 he joined the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland in Edinburgh, from where he moved to the Scottish Government heritage agency, Historic Scotland, in 2007.
He has worked with international partners on industrial heritage, notably in Norway and Japan, and led the team responsible for preparing the successful World Heritage nomination for the Forth Bridge in 2015. He also advises ICOMOS on industrial World Heritage related issues, and most recently has been focusing on industrial heritage in the Middle East.
He has edited, authored and co-authored a number of books and papers relating to industrial heritage, and energy in particular. Of these, his book, Scottish Collieries: An Inventory of the Scottish Coal Industry in the Nationalised Era (2006) is the most substantial. Much of his recent energies have been directed at helping TICCIH adapt to the challenges and opportunities created by the CoVid19 pandemic.