As a social historian and curator my blogs explore aspects of current projects with history and people at the heart of every story. Having recently been asked to join the committee of the Friends of the Centre of West Midlands History, I am also actively involved in projects which seek to celebrate the rich and fascinating history of this wider region.
I’ve worked across the museum sector in the West Midlands since 2005 in a variety of positions. Since completing my Masters in Museum Studies at the University of Leicester in 2008, my roles have included working as Research and Project Assistants on Heritage Lottery Funded projects at the Black Country Living Museum and Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.
For the past three years I’ve been working as both a Freelance and Project Curator for Birmingham Museums. Most recently this has involved managing the final stages of the We Made It, Nuts, Bolts, Gadgets and Gizmos gallery at Thinktank, specifically overseeing the exhibition fit-out and object installation. The role perfectly followed on from my time supporting the development of new Birmingham History Galleries, Birmingham, its People, its History at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. This included leading on gallery interpretation, community engagement, managing the photography and conservation of around 2000 objects, while overseeing the mounting and installation of objects.
I’m currently working as the Collections and Exhibitions Manager at The Coffin Works, Birmingham’s latest heritage attraction due to open on 28 October 2014.