Background

  • 1990-current: Freelance contracts, mostly relating to the examination of world cultures collections in various parts of the British Isles. This work has included many ethnographic surveys: for example, 1998-2000, all museums with ethnographic material in the South-West of England (See World Connections, May 2000), plus individual museum surveys, including Wisbech (1990), Buckinghamshire (1990), Reading (1991), Croydon (1993), Cheltenham (2000), Horsham (2002), Truro (2002). Also co-ordinated a Subject Specialist Network development programme on behalf of the Museum Ethnographers Group (MEG).

  • 2008-2009: Saffron Walden Museum, Monument Fellow, concentrating on adding significance to the items in the world cultures collections. This project enabled a wider range of relevant uses to be developed to which the items can contribute in educational and outreach work.

  • 1996-2005: Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery (RAMM), Exeter, Curator of Ethnography and Collections & Interpretation Officer. Principal responsibility was the management of the designated collection of c11,500 objects, including material from several significant early Pacific rim voyages (Cook, Vancouver, Bligh, Peard), and other early collections from North and South America, Western, Central and Southern Africa, Australia and East Asia. Project management of new World Cultures galleries which opened in June 1999, at a total cost of £1.7m.

    • 1999-2004: Relocation and improvement of access to all stored collections, through the establishment of a purpose-built storage space, imaging of core items for inclusion on a publicly-accessible photofile database, and development of an innovative website to encourage access by a wider range of target audiences. This project received almost £600,000 grant funding from the Designation Challenge Fund.

    • 2002-2005: Collections & Interpretation Officer with responsibility for management of all collections in the Museum.

  • 1974-1996: Saffron Walden Museum, Curator of medium-sized museum service for north-west Essex. Responsibility for the care, management and development of collections of over 120,000 objects within the fields of human history and natural sciences, including an ethnographic collection of international importance, decorative arts, archaeology, and local history.

    • 1983-1996: Development of all permanent galleries, including Worlds of Man (1983) - the ethnography collections in their cultural setting, also highlighting the role of 19th-century local collectors; Town and Country (1991) - the place of Saffron Walden in the agricultural setting of north-west Essex; The Earth Beneath Your Feet (1993) - rock formations, the geology of East Anglia, the fossil record, minerals.

    • 1985-1996: Implementation of a programme of structural and display improvements entailing fund-raising exceeding £300,000.

  • 1971-1974: Ghana National Museum, Accra, Assistant Keeper. Undertook fieldwork in metalworking in northern and eastern Ghana.

  • 1966-1971: Horniman Museum, Assistant Curator. Responsible for new off-site reserve collections store for c.60,000 objects, cataloguing new acquisitions and the preparation of exhibitions, such as Crafts of Nigeria (1967), Hadza of East Africa (1968), and Masks of the World (1970).