Currently working full time at National Trust as the National Curator of Photographs (maternity cover)
I’ve worked within and around photography for over 20 years as a curator, consultant, writer, researcher. Sometimes even a photographer. Having graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Photography from Nottingham Trent University in 2001, I pursued a career in the museum sector, beginning at the British Empire and Commonwealth Museum, Bristol. Here I was privileged to work with an outstanding photographic collection, learning how to care for, interpret and provide access to such a collection for the first time.
I subsequently built my experience and knowledge through 15 years at the Museum of London where, for most of that time, I worked as Curator of Photographs. And what a job that was. An incredible collection both historic and contemporary that consumed my mind and won my heart for so long. I was fortunate enough to work with many photographers and artists, engage with audiences from students to tourists and have the opportunity to curate several exhibitions, large and small including Soldiers and Suffragettes: The Photography of Christina Broom (2015) and London Nights (2018). Alongside exhibitions and publications I developed the photographs collection; digitising, cataloguing, making numerous new acquisitions.
I left the Museum of London in April 2019, and returned to my hometown Birmingham with my family. A new start. A new chapter.
A few years of freelancing across various aspects of the sector, from consultancy for active photographers, to assisting in the running of a gallery, to curating for Sampad Arts, has allowed me to develop an even broader perspective on photography as a whole and the many varied ways it can be engaged with. I am also Co-Director for a Community Interest Company Developed in Birmingham CIC.
For the first time in a long time, I’m undertaking a personal photographic project – exploring through my own photography and curatorial research of historic photography the vast green space that is Sutton Park, Birmingham. This is supported by Arts Council England having been awarded a Developing Your Creative Practice Grant for 2021/22.
I am now bringing this myriad of experiences to my current post at National Trust where I am hoping to continue the good work previously undertaken in developing and making more visible the extensive photographs collection.