I am a Lecturer in History and lead the MA Programme in Public History and Heritage. I am eager to help our students understand and engage with the current issues and controversies facing the heritage sector.
My main interests are examining and exploring the current debates in museum collecting and curation, material culture studies, museum and object histories, and museum decolonization.
I lead the MA Programme in Public History and Heritage and teach courses on developing audiences, curation and conservation, heritage management funding and marketing, and supervise MA student dissertations and consultancy projects.
I am interested in developing closer links with organisations in the creative and cultural industries, such as the heritage sector in Britain and internationally. I am also excited about developing opportunities for our students to work with organisations in the heritage sector.
I received my PhD in 2017 from the University of Leicester. This work examined the changing interpretation of four sets of miniature ethnographic models purchased by Frederick Horniman in Asia in 1894 and 1895 and displayed in the Horniman Free Museum until it closed in early 1898. Utilizing theories on miniature objects, museum education, and postcolonial theories, I examined how the interpretation of these objects changed depending upon the viewer and how these models represent rich resources for examining late nineteenth-century British views of other cultures. My more recent work focuses on the history, collecting, displaying, and interpretation of objects to convey information and construct knowledge on places, cultures, and peoples in museums, museum education policies and practices in the late nineteenth century, and museum decolonization. I am interested in conducting research on museum histories, the biographies of objects, tourist art, and museum decolonization.
Membership of professional bodies
Member of ICOM - International Council of Museums
BA (Cum Laude) with a Double Major in History and English Literature - Concordia College
MA in History with an emphasis in Museum Studies, Archival Studies, Historic Preservation - Colorado State University
PhD in Museum Studies - University of Leicester
Since 2019, I delivered the following conference papers and original talks:
“’ Here he observed exquisite models of the Taj Mahal and made a selection for the Museum and for presents’: Frederick Horniman's Travels and Collecting in India” on 11 June 2019 at Bromley House Library in Nottingham, England
“The Material and the Digital: Research Beyond the Academy” on 21 June 2019 at the Nottingham Trent University College of Art, Architecture, Design and Humanities Research Conference in Nottingham, England
“’ To the Land of the Rising Sun’: Frederick Horniman’s Travels in Japan” on 27 September 2019 at the Crossroads of Doubt: Anthropology and Anglophone Travel (XIXth-XXIth Centuries) conference at Sorbonne Université in Paris, France
“What is the Meaning of This? An Overview of Material Culture Studies” on 2 December 2020 at the Kulturwissenschaftliche Institut Essen (KWI) in Essen, Germany
“'Impressive Miniature Scenes Full of Life and Humour': The Changing Interpretation of Netsuke at the Museum Folkwang 2010-2021” on 3 February 2021 at the Kulturwissenschaftliche Institut Essen (KWI) in Essen, Germany
“’ I visited the Natural History Museum, which is very good, and also the Mining Museum…’Frederick Horniman and His Reviews of Museum Practices at the end of the Nineteenth Century.” on 17 May 2021 at the IV International Meeting “Tourists, Visitors, Followers Museum Audiences between 19th and 21st Centuries: Prospects for the Future” at the Museo Cerralbo in Madrid, Spain
“’ I…secured some interesting and genuine Egyptian relics for the Museum at Forest Hill’: Frederick Horniman’s Collecting and Interpretation of Egypt in the Late Nineteenth Century” on 8 November 2021 at Pyramids and Progress: Perspectives on the Entanglement of Imperialisms and Early Egyptology (1800-1950) at the Palace of the Academies in Brussels, Belgium
"'The Corner Case Contains an Arctic Scene': The Changing Interpretations of a Polar Bear and the Arctic at the Horniman Museum in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries." on 20 October 2022 at Collecting Norden at the University of Olso in Oslo, Norway
Experience in industry
I possess over fifteen years of experience working in the heritage industry including working in museums and archives in the United States and the United Kingdom. This experience includes working in and leading museum collections and education departments, developing and running museum programming as well as planning and fabricating museum exhibitions.
I have delivered presentations to a wide array of audiences including museum professionals, and the general public as well as conferences focused on museum studies, material culture studies, Victorian Studies, and travel writing in the United States, United Kingdom, Norway, France, Spain, Belgium, and Italy. I have also delivered a guest lecture at the University of Iceland on late nineteenth-century museum history. Furthermore, between October 2020 and March 2021, I served as an International Fellow at the Kulturwissenschaftliche Institut Essen (KWI) in Essen, Germany where I researched the changing interpretations of netsuke and perceptions of Japan at the Museum Folkwang in the 21st century. While at the KWI, I gave talks on material culture studies, my research at the Museum Folkwang, and moderated a talk on museum decolonization.
Additional interests and activities
Kulturwissenschaftliche Institut Essen (KWI) International Fellowship 2020
Honorary Research Fellow University of Leicester School of Museum Studies 2017
University of Leicester Student Teaching Partnership Award 2014
Elizabeth Bishop Perkins Fellowship in Museum Practice and Research 2001
Book Chapter- “’I visited the Natural History Museum, which is very good, and also the Mining Museum…’Frederick Horniman and His Reviews of Museum Practices at the end of the Nineteenth Century” in Turistas, visitantes, seguidores. El público de los museos entre los siglos XIX y XXI: perspectivas de futuro. Actas del IV Congreso Internacional celebrado el 17 de mayo de 2021. Cecila Casas Desantes and Demian Ramos San Pedro (coords.). Madrid: Spanish Ministry of Culture and Sports and Museo Cerralbo (2022) 40-51 https://en.calameo.com/read/000075335ebcdcceb15e6