I am passionate about storytelling and creating innovative experiences for the visitor. Museums and their ability to stimulate creativity and motivate reflection fascinate me.
Having studied Anthropology and Archaeology for my undergraduate degree I developed an interest for visitor engagement and their behaviour. This fascination led me to explore how the visual and textual interpretation of an exhibition can capture, focus and engage visitors’ attention. I am therefore interested in pursuing a career in exhibition interpretation and audience engagement, developing my experience working within the museum sector.
I graduated with Distinction from Durham University studying an MA in Museum and Artefact Studies in 2018. My research paper explored the relationship between museum fatigue and visitor attention. I utilised the methodology of observation and visitor tracking around three permanent exhibitions to explore how museum design can combat museum fatigue.
Whilst studying at Durham University I volunteered as an Archive Assistant at Durham County Record Office and a Special Collections Assistant at Palace Green Library in Durham. I developed experience in handling and cataloguing museum collections as an intern within the Collections Team at Beamish Museum.
Throughout the summer of my Masters I worked as an Curatorial Intern for Sutton Heritage based at Whitehall Historic House. Having expanded my experience within museums I volunteered with Sutton Heritage as an Exhibitions and Interpretation Assistant. I co-ordinated and developed the content and storyline for an upcoming exhibition on Victorian education from the concept through to the final delivery.
For 9 months I was a Curatorial Research Assistant at the Design Museum assisting the Curatorial team with the preparation and delivery of Beazley Designs of the Year exhibition. The role involved working with the Guest Curator, Beatrice Galilee and Assistant Curator, Maria McLintock to research nominated projects and correspond with the nominators and nominees to develop exhibition content.
I was also working freelance on two projects for United Synagogue and Narrative by Design. I helped develop the content and narrative for temporary exhibitions, as well as supported the concept development of the project and guided volunteers through the research and writing phases.
I am now currently working as the Collections Assistant at Christ’s Hospital Museum in Horsham. I am supporting and developing documentation and collection care practices for CH’s historic collections, including data entry on Modes Complete ensuring SPECTRUM standards are maintained. Utilising my collection management and handling skills from previous internships and volunteering posts I am overseeing a collection audit involving object reconciliation, location, movement and identifying conservation and storage needs.
Alongside this I am now working freelance at The Hockey Museum in Woking as Project Archivist. I am carrying out conservation and preservation work on the Pat Rowley archive, which comprises of statistics, match reports, player biographies, programmes, fixture cards and press cuttings.
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