You have to fight to get where you want to in life

Isobel Aptaker who has been the curator at The Dacorum Heritage Trust since 2008.
Isobel Aptaker who has been the curator at The Dacorum Heritage Trust since 2008.

What’s your earliest memory?

Visiting stately homes at weekends with my family.

What do you wish they’d taught you at school, but didn’t?

You have to fight to get where you want to in life.

Ignore what you’re doing now – if you could do any job in the world, what would it be and why?

Keeper of the Queen’s Axe for no other reason than it’s a great job title.

Of all the places you’ve been in your life, which would you recommend to a stranger?

Post wall Berlin – it has such an interesting history.

If you could pass one new law tomorrow, what would it be and why?

Increase the funding to the arts to allow museums to continue the fantastic work they are doing around the country.

You can invite three people – living or dead, from any period – round for dinner. Who are they and why?

Margaret Thatcher, first woman PM

The Queen, she has lived so through so many momentous changes

Elton John, live entertainment and such interesting stories

If you were stuck on Death Row, what would you pick for your final meal?

Marmite on crumpets or lamb chops and Yorkshire puddings.

And if you could write your own epitaph or come up with famous last words in advance, what would you pick?

Who said Marmite three times a day was a bad thing?

If you could have any super power, what would it be and why?

To grow another inch to reach the top shelf in supermarkets.

How do you relax?

Horse riding and tap dancing.

What’s your greatest fear?

Double booking social arrangements.

What was the last little treat you bought for yourself, or someone else?

I replaced the sour fruit pastilles in my mum’s car and I am currently in the middle of buying myself a flat.

If you had to give up something tomorrow, what would you find it hardest to live without?


What’s the most important lesson that life has taught you so far?

Its not always easy to get where you want to be.

If you could leap forward to the year 2050, what would you expect, or hope, to find there?

Affordable house prices and no unemployment.

Websites you use/value the most? - new community website

What are your favourite restaurants (within 15 miles of Hemel Hempstead)?

Home and Colonial in High Street, Berkhamsted.

Have you got a favourite shop within 15 miles of Hemel Hempstead town centre?

At Home in Berkhamsted.

You’re taking friends or family out for the day, but you can’t go more than 15 miles from Hemel Hempstead. What’s your recommendation and why?

A walk around Ashridge.

What’s your best kept entertainment or social life secret, or guilty pleasure?

Drinking tea and cake with friends at weekends.

Which person in the public eye would you most like to meet and why?

The lady who sang 99 Red Balloons – I’d love to find out what happened after her success.