I have a strong track record in the cultural heritage sector, with experience engaging communities, stakeholders and institutions with the practical and ethical complexities associated with museums and heritage. I am experienced in building sustainable, non-hierarchical partnerships with source and/or diaspora communities, developing ethical practice and protocols around complex histories and objects, and engaging audiences. I have a strong commitment to inclusivity and diversity. I have helped institutions and projects in building positive projects that value a collaborative approach, foster an experimental culture and strive for thought-provoking and engaged outcomes. You can find bellow examples of projects I have been involved with.
Author, Manchester University Press
My first book, Mummified, The stories behind Egyptian mummies in museums, was published by Manchester University Press in June 2022, as a key title for Spring/Summer 2022.
Disability Expert, University of Leicester
I am a consultant for the Research Centre for Museums and Galleries at the University of Leicester on the ethics of uncovering hidden histories of disabilities in heritage sites.
October 2020-December 2022
Researcher, Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford
I was a researcher for the Pitt Rivers Museum (Oxford) on the Devolving Restitution project, focusing on Egyptology collections and African human remains in UK museums. Funded by Arts Fund.
October 2020-September 2021
Inclusion Advisor, Wellcome Collection
I was an advisor for the Wellcome Collection's (London) Inclusion Advisory Group, consulting on the inclusion of individuals with invisible illnesses and disabilities in medical museums.
since June 2020
Founder, The Lyme Museum
I am the Founder of the first online museum to explore invisible illnesses and disabilities through materiality and storytelling. As featured on: ICOM, London School of Economics & Global Lyme Alliance. www.thelymemuseum.org
since June 2018
Honorary Research Fellow, University of Leicester
I bring to the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester (UK) expertise on human remains in museums, relabeling and participatory projects, and research communication.
Medicine Galleries Research Fellow, Science Museum
I joined the Science Museum London as Medicine Galleries Research Fellow (postdoc), conducting research and public engagement on human remains in museums, leading the museum's first public and academic programming on its human remains collection.
Project Curator, ArtReach, Leicester Museum & Art Gallery
I curated the first relabeling at the museum with local refugees and asylum seekers, who produced 25 new labels. The exhibition run for 7 months, was recognized with the Future Leader Award at the University of Leicester and was the foundation for the creation of a new community gallery at the museum. The museum was subsequently awarded the Museum of Sanctuary accreditation.
September 2014-August 2017
I taught communication courses for researchers, especially using Twitter for academic research and outreach. I was an Educator for the 'Socially-Engaged practice' course at the School of Museum Studies by distance learning.
July 2014-August 2014
Collections Intern, Musée du Louvre
I was the first student from the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester to intern at the Musée duLouvre, where I cataloged materials, conducted inventory assessment of the collections, participated in departmental strategy development, in particular on the relocation of the museum stored collection, and assisted the final preparations for their annual exhibition.
I graduated from University College London with a BA (Hons) in Ancient History and Egyptology, and then from University of Leicester with an MA (distinction) in Museum Studies and a PhD in Museum Studies (2018).