I began my PhD in 2017 after working as a curator and collections manager in museums across the UK for around 8 years. My research is particularly interested the conceptual and processual barriers to collecting digital culture in museums, and whether existing professional collections management frameworks can accommodate social media and born-digital objects. Through my work I use case studies and action research methodologies to actively test and experiment with approaches to collecting social media content.
I have a BA in History from Swansea University and an MA Museum Studies from the University of Leicester. I spent the around 8 years working in the museum sector in a range of roles including the following:
- Collections Information and Systems Manager at the Victoria and Albert Museum
- Collections Curator at the Cardiff Story Museum
- Collections Manager at the Royal Mint Museum
- Documentation Officer at Blaenau Gwent County Council
I am an active member of the Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage and have been collaborating with the Collecting Social Photography project, a three year Nordic research project exploring how museums and archives should adapt their work practices around photography collections in the era of social media. I also sit on the committee of ICOM UK.
My research is focused on museum collecting, digital cultural heritage and collections management practices. I am interested in action research practices and bridging the gap between theoretical museological debates and contemporary museum practices in a broad spectrum of museum and heritage sites.
Other interests include:
- Digital collecting
- Contemporary collecting practices
- Popular culture and digital culture
- Memes and GIFs
- Cultural collections management policy and procedures
- Operational practices and organisational structures
- Ethical digital practices
- MA Museum Studies
- BA History
Research groups and institutes
- Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage