I am currently a Lecturer in Museum Studies at the University of York, where I teach and do research relating to heritage interpretation and contemporary museum practice. My main current research interests relate to participatory heritage practices and practices of creative disposal in museums – where unwanted objects find unexpected new homes and uses.
I am a trained archaeologist and objects conservator and have worked on a number of research projects, including Caitlin DeSilvey’s Landscape Futures and the Challenge of Change, Sadie Watson’s Measuring, Maximising and Transforming Public Benefit from UK Government Infrastructure Investment in Archaeology and the Profusion theme of the Heritage Futures, led by Sharon Macdonald. My work for the Profusion theme involved a survey of the UK museum sector and subsequent knowledge exchange event, both on the topic of contemporary collecting and disposal.
I also co-coordinate the Early Career Researchers Network of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies.