I am passionate about storytelling and creating innovative experiences for the visitor, which led me to pursue a career in the cultural sector. Whilst studying a BA in Anthropology and Archaeology at Durham University, I developed an interest in visitor engagement and have since worked in several Front of House and volunteer management roles for the National Trust and Sutton Heritage Service. This experience has enabled me to understand visitor needs, which is vital for developing exhibition interpretation.

I then went on to graduate with Distinction from Durham University studying an MA in Museum and Artefact Studies in 2018 and subsequently built a strong portfolio in research and image research for museum exhibitions. I am confident in researching new topics and delivering high quality work within tight timeframes, having assisted with developing the exhibition content and the narrative for both small community exhibitions in the London Boroughs of Sutton and Willesden, and a large scale exhibition at the Design Museum.

I have also worked freelance on various exhibition projects involving content and interpretation. Most recently, as the Interpretative Planning Assistant for DesignPM on a project with Diriyah Gate Development Authority in Saudi Arabia, producing exhibition designs briefs for various cultural assets.

Committed to continually gathering more stories to expand and diversify museum collections, I worked at both the Museum of London and Christ’s Hospital Museum, where I had a pivotal role in enriching collections information and updating documentation. Having experience in both engaging audiences and in collection management, I have a strong understanding of how to effectively communicate stories to differing audiences.

I am currently working at the British Museum providing project support to the International Touring Exhibitions team. In particular, to support content development of the future exhibition portfolio, facilitate and coordinate the production of exhibition materials and marketing materials.  

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