About me

I’m lots of things! I'm a cultural and social historian, art and architectural historian. I’m also a museum and heritage professional with experience working at Eton College, the National Trust, the National Portrait Gallery, Royal Collection Trust, Historic Royal Palaces, and Dulwich Picture Gallery.

My life as an historian and art historian began in 2000 when I studied A-level history. I made my own trips to Windsor Castle, Hampton Court Palace and the British Museum. I was (and still am!) fascinated with historic objects, and the connection they allow us as historians to make with the people and events of the past. Being able to stand before a book, a painting, a piece of clothing or jewellery, or an historic building particularly brought history to life for me, and enabled me to feel connected to the event or person I was so interested in. I also began to admire the visual arts a great deal and explore how this form of expression could reveal even more about a particular period in history, society, group or individual.

With a taste for the subject I decided to read history at Oxford University as an undergraduate where I specialised in cultural history papers and wrote my final thesis on the Pre-Raphaelites and their work in Oxford.

I decided to take this interest in cultural history further and completed an MPhil degree in the history of art and architecture at Cambridge University. This degree was an excellent chance to expand my research skills and produce studies of some fascinating objects (including medieval British alabaster sculptures, Christian imagery in art of the sixteenth century and Flemish sixteenth-century altarpieces).

Following my four years as a student I began my career as a curator at Dulwich Picture Gallery as a gallery attendant and curatorial intern in 2007. I was also fortunate to be appointed to the sixteenth-century internship at the National Portrait Gallery. It soon became clear to me that whilst I had the research and academic credentials I lacked some skills in more practical curatorial work. This was why I decided to then take an MA in curating at the Courtauld Institute. This degree offered the chance to study museum history and collections management, collections care/documentation and interpretation, it also covered best curatorial practice, contemporary museum issues, professional museum standards and museum marketing and events. The course, combined with my already strong research skills, assisted me in finding employment at the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Collection and Hampton Court Palace as an Assistant Curator.

I always wanted to continue my MPhil studies and to complete a longer research project, so I later decided to pursue my academic career earlier by studying for a doctorate. I completed my PhD in cultural history at King's College London in 2013. This was an AHRC funded Collaborative Doctoral Award. The art history and cultural history project focussed on the study of the country house and country house collections (including paintings, furniture and objets d'art). Specifically I examined the homes and collections of the Rothschild family in Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire. For more on my PhD see here.

Following the completion of my PhD I was appointed as curator with the National Trust, a dream come true to be working as a curator after so long studying. Following this position, which was a one-year placement, I became the curator at Eton College and then senior curator at the London Transport Museum, where I cared for a large art collection. For more on this see here

Most recently, and after a lot of careful thought, I have decided to pursue a career in higher education, academia, teaching and research. I have been consistently drawn back to these areas, even when working as a curator, and so I have decided to embrace my passion and make the change. To this end I am very pleased to have been appointed as Teaching Fellow in Museum Studies at the University of Reading. See more on this here.