As Head of Collections Management my role is split into two parts. I am one of a small team of collections management staff working with UCL Collections to facilitate teaching and research access to UCL Pathology Collections and UCL Historical Science Collections, including the Galton Collection. The second role is working with curatorial, conservation and collection care staff to manager and care for UCL Culture collections. I also work with departmental collections to advise and support teaching with collections and the management and care of these collections.
I graduated from Leicester University with a BSc Honours degree in Geology before completing an MSc in Microplalaeontology at UCL. After a spate of travelling, temporary jobs and exploring gold mining in Western Australia, I returned to the UK to follow a career in museums as Curator of the BP Collection at the Natural History Museum. Later, having secured the role of Assistant Curator of the Geology Collections with UCL Museums & Collections, I progressed through a number of positions at UCL before being promoted to Head of Collections Management. I have developed, designed and project-managed two large exhibitions at UCL – Violent Earth and Disposal? – in addition to leading on a major collections management project. The UCL Collections Review – a methodology to review and assess value and significance of UCL’s Museums and Collections - has now been incorporated into the UCL Museums & Collections strategic plans.