Bill Martin believes there’s more to Richmond history than Gillette gardens and equestrian statues. As director of the Valentine Richmond History Center, he brings cultural diversity and current relevance to the museum visitor’s experience. The center sponsors over 100 walking tours annually, allowing visitors to experience Richmond beyond museum walls.
Under Bill’s direction, the Valentine developed its current exhibit, History Ink: The Tattoo Archive Project in response to NBC’s “Today” reference to Richmond as the third most tattooed city in the U.S., based on the number of tattoo shops per capita. The project, which photo-documents the work of local tattoo artists, brings the city’s past into the ongoing urban conversation and underscores Martin’s mission to capture and articulate the vibrant contemporary voice of a city rich in history. ”Richmond is changing, and we need to make sure we reflect in our collecting the changes we see in the community,” Martin says.
With a degree in urban studies and twenty-five years in tourism and museum management, Bill brings the city to life for locals and visitors alike.
See Bill’s TEDxRVA 2013 talk here!