Arts and Heritage team
When I was 13 every careers questionnaire I did at school suggested I become an archivist. I rebelled and studied History of Art at Cambridge and the Courtauld Institute before giving in to the inevitable and undertaking a qualification in Archives Administration at Aberystwyth University. I worked at King’s College London Archives and the London Metropolitan Archives before becoming the archivist at DMU in January 2013. My role is hugely varied: answering enquiries and assisting researchers, sorting, cataloguing, cleaning and packaging archival material, managing our environmentally controlled storage areas, giving seminars, talks and tours, researching aspects of university history, liaising with potential donors and advocating for the importance of archives within the organisation. I am one of those incredibly fortunate people who can say ‘I love my job’ and really mean it.
Art Collections Co-ordinator
Looking after De Montfort University’s art collections has made excellent use of my creative and cultural work experience. I started at DMU on an undergraduate course in Arts Management in the 1990s. After gaining valuable experience at arts organisations throughout my degree I worked for BBC Magazines and the Guardian pursuing my passion for magazines and newsprint. I returned to the arts as Marketing & Press Manager at The Women’s Library, London. Another passion interrupted as I returned to the Midlands to study Gemmology and worked at Fellows Auctioneers in Birmingham with special interest in costume jewellery. The position of Art Collections Co-ordinator makes use of all my previous experience in the cataloguing and co-ordinating of artwork on and off campus. DMU has over 500 artworks that feature in exhibition spaces, rooms, offices and corridors on campus. They range from award winning student and alumni work to a significant collection of concrete poetry and fluxus art donated by the late Nicholas Zurbrugg, together with donations from staff and honorary doctorates such as Bridget Riley and Peter Blake. It is a beautifully unique range of material and I am working hard with my colleagues to show it off as much as possible.
Heritage Centre Co-ordinator
Whilst studying Fashion Merchandising and Buying at Kent State University I took a mandatory course about the history of costume which changed my entire career path. My interest in fashion developed from modern couture to historic dress and from that point onwards I was determined to pursue a career in museums and heritage. I completed my MA in Victorian Studies at the University of Leicester where I focused on women’s costume in Victorian theatre and began volunteering with Leicestershire County Council’s historic costume collection. Volunteering led to several job opportunities within LCC, where I have worked for the last four years, including as Collections Access Assistant for the Museum Service and Project Officer for the community engagement project, A Century of Stories. I am thrilled to be the newest member of the Arts & Heritage Team here at DMU and love the diversity my role offers from day to day; from researching and creating a programme of exhibitions, giving talks and tours, liaising with staff, students and alumni to establishing a network of volunteers. I thoroughly enjoy what I do and hope to continue developing the excellent work DMU has done to spark an interest in heritage.