Come and meet professionals from both regional and national establishments including the V&A and Historic Royal Palaces. Hear about their work in education, curation and archiving and ask them your own questions about these fascinating careers.
Laura MacCulloch: College Curator, Royal Holloway
Dr Laura MacCulloch has spent the last ten years working in art galleries. She began her career with an internship at the Barber Institute of Fine Art, University of Birmingham, before completing a collaborative PhD in which she worked part time at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. In 2009 she became Curator of British Art at National Museums Liverpool and in 2012 she arrived at Royal Holloway to take up her post as College Curator
Simon Sladen: Senior Curator, Victoria and Albert Museums
Simon graduated with an MA in Theatre Research from Royal Holloway in 2010, having previously completed his BA in Drama and German at the University in 2009. He is currently Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Performance at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and Pantomime Editor for the British Theatre Guide. His career has seen him teach English and Drama in Germany, act as Administrator for a number of conferences and lecture at Universities including RHUL, Reading, Winchester, Fulda, Germany and Syracuse, NY. He also runs children’s theatre company Dame for a Laugh and co-ordinates National Panto Day, which this year celebrates its fifth anniversary.
Annabel Valentine: Archivist, Royal Holloway Library
Annabel Valentine has been the College Archivist at Royal Holloway for 3 and a half years and runs the Archives Service based in the Founder’s Library. Since completing her Master of Archives and Records Management course in 2008 Annabel has worked in Higher Education archives at Keele, Oxford Brookes and Cambridge universities before joining Royal Holloway.
Jenny Wedgbury: Learning and Access Officer, UCL Art Museum
Jennyis Public Programmes Officer at UCL Art Museums and is part of the wider UCL Museums and Collections team. She currently leading on public programming events for adults for the collections of the UCL Art Museum and its relationship with the Slade School of Fine Art. She is also involved in community engagement projects in Stratford and East London to tie in with the development of UCL East’s new campus on the Olympic Park. She is also working on the UCL research project ‘Museums on Prescription’ delivering object based learning sessions for elders groups and mental health service users. Her background is in Art History and heritage learning, working throughout her career with all ages from babies to 90 year olds! She has worked at the V&A as Programme Manager for Families and at Historic Royal Palaces at Kensington Palace as Education Manager and the Tower of London as Education Officer for Adult Learning as well as at Open House London as Education Officer. Jenny is currently one of the co-conveners for GEM London and has also served as ICOM CECA (Committee for Education and Cultural Action) national correspondent for the UK.