I have always been fascinated by history. In my youth, I could often be found with my nose buried in a book on the Roman Empire or the Hundred Years War, and, much to my friends’ dismay, my idea of a great birthday party was to go to the Royal Armouries in Leeds. The only thing I enjoy as much as reading about history is talking about it. As such, it is with great excitement that I find myself as the new Learning and Audiences Officer at The Black Watch Castle and Museum, combining, as it does, my twin passions of history and wittering on.
I gained my BA (Hons) in Ancient and Modern History from the University of Oxford. Whilst there, I dedicated much of my free time to volunteering at the local Ashmolean and Pitt Rivers Museums. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and so, having concluded that the museum life was the one for me, I then moved up to Saint Andrews to do a MLitt in Museum and Gallery Studies. This was followed by a stint as Curatorial Trainee in Learning and Access at the Museum of the University of Saint Andrews (MUSA). During my time there I organised a wide variety of activities and workshops, from looking at the ‘science of beer’ with students to re-fighting the Battle of Marathon with 7-12 year olds. After this, I became the Learning and Access Officer at the Scottish Fisheries Museum, where I loved uncovering the story of Scotland’s fishing heritage and sampling the delights of the famous Anstruther Fish Bar. Despite this, I couldn’t resist throwing my hat into the ring when the position of Learning and Audiences Officer at The Black Watch Castle and Museum became available.
With the whirlwind excitement of my induction over, I am now eager to throw myself into the task of creating opportunities for members of the public to engage with the Museum and the fascinating stories it preserves. I hope to see you at an event or workshop in the near future!