I joined Liverpool Hope in April 2016, leading the MA in Art History & Curating on a 12-month maternity cover post. I returned in September 2017 as Lecturer in Design History. With over 20 years' curatorial experience in museums and galleries, and specialist knowledge in the fields of craft, design and the histories of collecting, I teach art and design history, curating, and museum studies on the Design and Fine Art BA programmes, Art and Design History BA Major, and the MA programmes in Art History & Curating, and Museum & Heritage Studies.
My research interests are centred around the history and uses of art museum collections, domesticity and the material culture of home, and British art, craft and design of the interwar period. My PhD thesis, 'Believe me, I remain...': the Mary Greg Collection at Manchester City Galleries, traces the history of a collection of domestic objects and amateur crafts in an art gallery, from its assemblage during the first decades of the twentieth century, through its lifetime within the expanding collections of the institution. Combining approaches from museums and material culture studies, art and design history, and creative practice as research, it comprises both a history of the municipal art gallery in the twentieth century and an examination of the changing multi-sensorial, emotional and intellectual relationships between people and things over time.
My areas of specialist knowledge include British art and design of the interwar period; the studio craft movement; histories and theories of collecting and the art museum; British decorative arts of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Developing areas of interest include amateur and everyday creativity; concepts of home and belonging in art, craft and design; the possibilities of creative practice in historical investigation.
I am a Companion of the Guild of St George, founded by John Ruskin in the 1870s, and a member of the Museums and Galleries History Group, the Design History Society and the Group for Learning in Art and Design. I am also a freelance arts writer, and contribute features and exhibition reviews to a range of art and design-related publications.