Museum and exhibition copywriter
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
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Cataloguing Assistant, Archaeological Section, National Monuments Record, Royal Commission on Historical Documents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
2018: Voice and Vote: Women’s place in Parliament – research, object research, outlines and part of development team at Metaphor designers for this national celebration of women’s suffrage and contributions to Parliament.
2017: Poole Museums Development – research, stakeholder and staff consultation, compilation and writing of Metaphor’s masterplanning report for Poole’s Museums.
2017: Museum and historical research for the Tunbridge Wells Cultural and Learning Hub, producing reports `Collections: An overview of objects throughout the Tunbridge Wells Hub’, and `Experiencing the Collections: the audiences, themes, collections and activities throughout the Tunbridge Wells Hub’. Working with designers Metaphor, the project has achieved HLF Stage 2 funding.
2015: Research for the Silverstone Heritage Project, producing reports on RAF Silverstone, Silverstone’s Racing Heritage, Silverstone village and people, and Luffield Priory. Working with designers Mather and Co., the BRD (British Racing Drivers) Archive and the Project Team at Silverstone. The Project achieved Stage 2 HLF funding.
2014: Copywriting and copyediting text for The Green Howards Museum Development Project in Richmond, North Yorkshire. Working with Director and designers Studio MB.
2012-2014: Features 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
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
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
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.
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.)
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