Museum copywriting and research

Caroline Ellis

Museum and exhibition copywriter

Freelance writer

Specialising in clear writing from often complex content

Extensive experience of writing for all markets and in a wide range of media

Experienced researcher from primary sources

Over thirty years experience of managing and working in museums, archives and libraries

 

Experience

Museum, Archive and Library Manager  (2012-1985)

Head of Special Collections (The Women’s Library and the TUC Library Collections), London Metropolitan University

Manager, Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery

Head of Collections (including the National Film and Television Archive), British Film Institute

Curator and Head of Museum Division, Museum of the Moving Image, British Film Institute

Curator, Cuming Museum, Southwark

Curator, Bexley Museums

Collections Officer  (1979-85)

Museum Assistant, Cataloguing, Maidstone Museums and Art Gallery

Cataloguing Assistant, Archaeological Section, National Monuments Record, Royal Commission on Historical Documents

 

Museum Copywriter and researcher

Exhibitions and Displays:  over 20 exhibitions and many more displays on local and social history, British and overseas archaeology, film and television history, decorative arts, ethnography, sport, collecting, and learning projects.

The subjects covered range from agriculture, Medieval history and the Home Front, to Japanese ceramics, cinema architecture and sewing machines.

Marketing and PR: for all print and signage, press releases and online copy

Funding applications and capital projects.

Reports for governing bodies, funders and stakeholders

2015:  Research for the Silverstone Heritage Project, producing reports on RAF Silverstone, Silverstone’s Racing Heritage and Luffield Priory.  Working with designers Mather and Co., the BRD (British Racing Drivers) Archive and the Project Team at Silverstone.

2014: Copywriting and copyediting text for The Green Howards Museum Development Project in Richmond, North Yorkshire.  Working with Director and designers Studio MB.

 

Freelance Writer

2012-2014Features published in BRITAIN magazine, Best of British, Bygone Kent and Your Cat

pre-2012:  Published in the Museums Journal, Journal of Egyptian Archaeology, London Museums Bulletin and other local and museum publications.

 

Areas of expertise

Collections

Knowledgeable in a wide range of subjects and collections, particularly archaeology and history, social history, film, television and popular culture, fine and decorative arts, the built environment and sport

Experienced researcher familiar with archival and primary sources

Background of working with curators and subject specialists

Markets

Specialises in clear and concise writing for specified markets

Proficient in writing for wide range of markets and intellectual access, and in all media

Familiar with the role and integration of copywriting in projects

Experienced in focusing on the objectives and brief of a project

Access

Advocate for and practitioner in the widening of meaning of collections and displays beyond the traditional curatorial voice

Experienced as a facilitator of community curation

Experienced practitioner in disability issues in communication, with background facilitating access groups and audits.

Qualifications

B.A. (Hons) Archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean, University of Liverpool

Associate of the Museums Association (A.M.A.)

Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (F.R.S.A.)

Memberships

Past and present member of museum and archive committees and panels, including the Museums Association Editorial Panel, Black Cultural Archives, London Museums Group, London Hub Collections, Kent Museums Group, MLA SE Archive and Museum panels and Renaissance in the Regions.

Member of the Association of Freelance Writers

 

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1 Comment

  1. Hello, I would like to invite you to tender for a copy polishing role.

    Please would you send me your contact details, if interested.

    Best wishes

    Amanda.

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