Contemporary collecting is crucial to ensure that museum collections stay relevant for their communities, and working in collaboration with audiences and experts to conduct collecting projects can be incredibly rewarding. I have experience of developing and delivering collaborative collecting initiatives at a number of organisations. These include:
Tattoo art contemporary collecting with four tattoo studios in London for the Museum of London
Diverse contemporary collecting programme as part of London Underground's 150th anniversary commemorations
Punk collecting in collaboration with members of the public for the Museum of London
Detailed collections audit of Brian Haw protest material, featuring 790 objects, at the Museum of London
Telegram collecting project with five partner museums for the Information Age gallery at the Science Museum
Sensitive collecting of 7/7 bombing content at both London Transport Museum and Museum of London
Outcomes of these projects include both exhibition displays and additions to permanent collections. As a result, I have experience of advocating for collaborative initiatives at collection board and exhibition committee level.