My innovative work as a museum professional over several decades has encompassed science, engineering, medicine, art and design museums and has been effected in a range of creative, curatorial and strategic leadership roles. Many of my research and exhibition projects have investigated and reflected on museum practice itself, and on the history of collections. Through museums and museum practice, research activities can extend both out of and into material culture — and range across all fields of human endeavour. I have worked with museums in the UK, the USA, Denmark and Canada.

Museums

Deputy Director: V&A Research Institute

 VARI — the Victoria and Albert Museum Research Institute is a new programme of research and teaching partnerships to enhance access to the V&A’s collections and develop new approaches to research, training, display and interpretation. I have been appointed
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Collections-Based Research: University of Reading

Collections-Based Research PhD Programme, University of Reading (first cohort 2013-2014) An increasing number of researchers from the humanities and beyond understandably want to work directly with material culture: this new programme is focused on skills training to enable
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Museums as Social Learning Spaces: Denmark

‘Inclusion and Interdisciplinarity’ at Social Learning Space & Knowledge Producing Processes: the Danish Museums & Galleries User Survey (May 2013) As part of a group of four international experts, I participated in a week-long tour of Danish Museums
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Artists Work in the (Science) Museum

‘Science Lesson,’ Artists work in the museum: histories, interventions and subjectivity, Victoria and Albert Museum (October 2012) “Artists, curators, historians and museum professionals explore the history of artists as museum professionals, museum and archive as the content of
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Consultant: Reconstructing Sloane

Project Development and Resourcing, Reconstructing Sloane (2011 – present)   The vast Enlightenment-era collections amassed by Sir Hans Sloane are the foundation-stone of the British Museum, British Library and Natural History Museum. A major interdisciplinary digital humanities research
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Science Voices, Museum Lives

Co-organiser, Science Voices: Scientists Speak About Science and Themselves, Royal Society, London (May 2011)   This conference explored the creation and use of historic recordings, bringing science and scientists to skilled historians and the general public through their
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Natural History Museum: CAHR

Vice-Chancellor’s Investment Fund Secondment, Centre for Arts and Humanities Research, Natural History Museum (London):  Kingston University  (2009 to 2011)   This key two-year post was central to a small dynamic team developing an arts and humanities research hub
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Split + Splice

Split + Splice: Fragments from the Age of Biomedicine, Exhibition Creative Director, Medical Museion, University of Copenhagen (2008 to 2009)   Creation and production of this Dibner Award winning show about contemporary biomedicine; leading a team of four
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Materials Library

Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Materials Library, School of Physical Sciences and Engineering, King’s College London (2007 to 2010)   Dedicated to exploring the structure of materials and their relation to form and phenomenology, the Materials Library is a
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