Rose joined PHRC in 2019 to pursue research into early women photographers building on independent studies. Trained as a photographer and Associate of the Royal Photographic Society since 1983, Rose focused on portraiture before a long break to raise a family.
In 2015 one of Rose’s portraits was accepted into the National Portrait Gallery and the following year she completed a portrait project focusing of women in a man’s world. Rose led a successful crowdfund to restore the neglected grave of Victorian photographer Robert Howlett, completed with a rededication ceremony in October 2017.
Rose’s early photographic history interests have been the subject of lectures hosted at the National Portrait Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne Literary and Philosophical Society, SS Great Britain and many other regional venues. She is a member of the Royal Photographic Society Historical Group, regularly contributing to their annual research days, the PhotoHistorian and RPS Journal. She has provided collaborative guest blogs for the Royal Society and Talbot Catalogue Raisonné and regularly shares her research with photographic collections, galleries and museums worldwide.