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 am currently working at the Museum of London and Christ’s Hospital Museum, enriching collections information. I have a pivotal role in developing documentation and collection care practices within the two very different institutions. Having both the experience in engaging audiences and in collection management, I have a strong understanding of how these both can be effectively incorporated into projects of differing sizes and audiences.

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