Netherhall School, Cambridge
Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge
University of Bristol
University of Oxford
Secondary school: GCSEs
Sixth Form College: 3 A-Levels (History, Art, Biology) 1 AS-Level (French)
Bristol University: History of Art, Undergraduate Degree
Oxford University: History of Art and Visual Culture, Masters Degree
National Trust Partnership Lead
University of Oxford
My pronouns are:
I live in Oxford where I love running, cycling and swimming in the river (when it’s warm enough!) I’m often visiting museums with my friends and family and love to make things too, like my own clothes.
I grew up in Cambridge, went to university in Bristol then Oxford, and have lived in London and Brighton.
I work at Oxford University and run a collaboration with the National Trust which is a conservation charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
My work connects researchers in the university (like Historians) with exciting projects in the National Trust, such as a Tudor house, an ancient castle or a beautiful landscape. The researchers help the National Trust and its visitors learn more about the history of its amazing places.
I get to work with lots of people from both organisations, and particularly enjoy the projects I run with students!
My Typical Day:
My days are very varied as I work with so many different people and at lots of places!
No day is ever the same for me. Sometimes I get to go out to a beautiful place and spend time at a National Trust property. I have a map in my office where I put a sticker on each of the National Trust sites I’ve visited – it’s over 50 so far!
Other days I’ll be working in Oxford, either working with students or having meetings with researchers at the university. I can also be found in my office, catching up with emails or planning new projects.
The qualifications required for this job are:
There’s no specific qualification required, but experience in the heritage or cultural sector has been very helpful for me. I studied Art History at University, but any degree in the Humanities would be great.
How I got into this job:
I started working in museums as soon as I finished my Masters degree. I’d volunteered at different museums when I was younger which gave me a great insight into the kind of work I could do. I’ve always loved the museum and heritage sector, but wasn’t sure what job I’d like to do when I left university – there are so many types of role and organisation out there!
At first I worked in commercial roles like selling copyright for using paintings in books, then I did a Curatorial Traineeship at a tiny museum in Sussex. I then joined Oxford to work with the National Trust and the rest is history.
Why did I choose this job:
This job combined lots of my interest areas – working with museums, engaging with different types of audience, and expanding knowledge through new research. I’ve always been interested in creative strategy, collaboration and innovation within the cultural sector, so this job is perfect for me.
Experiences this job has given me that I might not have got elsewhere:
I’m very luck that I get to meet so many interesting people and visit amazing historic places through my job rather than sit in an office every day.