Curator, consultant, writer, researcher. Sometimes even a photographer. I’ve worked within and around photography for over 17 years. Well, longer really. 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 had the privilege of working with an outstanding photographic collection, learning how to care for, interpret and provide access to such a collection for the first time. If I could go back in time, I’d revisit that collection and that all-to-briefly-held post with the experience and knowledge gained since.
And that subsequent experience and knowledge came largely from my 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, small and large. As well as create the books that accompanied a number of them. Alongside exhibitions, I developed the collection considerably over the years; be that through digitisation and cataloguing of tucked away images, or through making new acquisitions.
In 2017 the museum and I were invited by Magnum Photos to collaborate on a Live Lab project in Clerkenwell. I worked with 3 Magnum photographers and a small team over a fortnight period and curated a pop-up exhibition to conclude.
In 2018 I curated my largest exhibition to date London Nights. I was also a nominee for the Royal Photographic Society’s Hundred Heroines campaign.
I left the Museum of London in April 2019, and London in fact, to return to my hometown Birmingham with my family. A new start. A new chapter.
I’m currently working freelance, including part-time with Argentea Gallery in the glorious Jewellery Quarter. And I’m scoping out further photographic projects, large and small. For the first time in a long time I’m also undertaking a personal photographic project – exploring the vast green space that is Sutton Park.