As curator of Special Collections, my role is to care for and develop the artwork, manuscripts and rare books in the Library of the Natural History Museum.
I seek to create a balance between providing scholars and researchers access to the special collections whilst maintaining these collections in the best possible conditions for future generations.
My job now involves promoting digitisation of the collections and thereby enabling greater access to them by a much broader audience. I also take responsibility for acquiring new material that will add scientific, historical and cultural value to the existing collections.
I have been a Librarian at the Museum since 1994, working primarily with the botanical and zoological collections. My interests lie in the history of the collections and in particular natural history art and illustration.
My main research has focused on the collectors and artists of the 18th and 19th centuries and has led to the following publications The Art and Science of William Bartram (2007), Art of Nature (2009) John Reeves in China (2010).
I am a member of the Society for the History of Natural History and a patron of the Florilegium Society at Sheffield Botanic Gardens.