My research seeks to investigate how the history and practice of collections documentation has impacted the representation of museum collections in the digital cultural record.
I was awarded a Headley Fellowship from the Art Fund to work with Powell-Cotton Museum on a project looking at how the museum records and shares the stories of people who were involved in the Powell-Cotton family’s collecting.
Ipswich Museum World Collections
Ipswich Museum is a local authority museum which first opened in 1881. In 2020 they were awarded a Development Grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund for a project focusing on ‘the museum’s outstanding Victorian heritage – the philanthropists, industrialists and scientists who started it; the collections; the fascinating cast of characters who collected them and the museum building they built to house them.’
Making African Connections
Making African Connections was an AHRC funded project led by the University of Sussex. A key strand of the project involved researching and digitizing around 600 objects from three specific Africa colonial-era collections. I worked on (re)cataloguing 19th century objects from Botswana held in Brighton Museum from the collection of Rev. Willoughby and other sources.
Fashioning Africa was a project to collect postcolonial fashion and accessories from across the African continent, responding to and complementing Brighton Museum’s designated collection of historic African textiles. The team collected over 450 items, working with a collecting panel which included expertise from lived experience and academia. I joined the project to document these new acquisitions.