Miss Amy Trafford

Miss Amy Trafford

Curatorial Assistant, Collections Task Force

Department: Life Sciences
Division: LS Collections

Summary

I am a Curatorial Assistant in the Life Science Department’s Task Force and have more than 8 years curatorial and conservation experience with natural history collections. I began my museum journey in 2011 as a Collections Volunteer at the Museum of Zoology in Cambridge. I then returned a few years later to assist with packing & moving all the collections into temporary storage in preparation for the Museum’s re-development. I started with the Natural History Museum in 2012 as a Curatorial Assistant Volunteer in the Fish Group. I then went onto a role in Learning, Events & Exhibitions at the Museum’s site in Tring, Hertfordshire. During that time, I also often worked on projects with the Bird, Mammal and Reptile collections. In 2015 I joined the Museum’s Conservation Centre on Project Airless, where I carried out remedial and preventive conservation on pyritic fossil specimens. This role additionally involved the use of barcodes and capturing high resolution images of specimens to contribute to the digitisation of the Museum's collections. I now work as part of the Life Sciences Task Force team, which was put together in 2017 in response to the need of backup and support for major curatorial projects across the collections. I undertake projects that focus on improving collections care, access - both physical and digital – and development of the collections, carrying out a range of curatorial activities and techniques. In addition to the planning, resourcing and delivery of projects, I also support routine and one-off activities across the departments.

Qualifications

Degrees

BSc (Hons) Zoology, Royal Holloway University of London, Egham, Egham, 2006 - 2009

Events

Conference Attendance

Oral presentation, Attendee/participant, ICOM-CC 18th Triennial Conference Copenhagen 2017, (Conference),

Oral presentation, Attendee/participant, SPNHC Conference, 31st Annual Meeting, Berlin 2016, (Conference), 2016 - 2016.

Poster presentation, NatSCA Conference & AGM 2017, (Conference), 2017 - 2017.

Workshop Attendance

Attendee/participant, Sealing in Fluid Collections workshop, Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin, (Workshop),

Publications

Allington-Jones L, Trafford A (2017) The Airless Project. Presented at NatSCA AGM.

Allington-Jones L, Trafford A (2017) Conservation in a Barcode Age: A cross-discipline re-storage project for pyritic specimens. ICOM-CC 18th Triennial Conference, 49 9 - 4 9 9Linking Past and Future

Trafford A, Allington-Jones L (2017) Construction of Anoxic Microenvironments: Project Airless

Trafford A, Allington-Jones L (2016) Combining digitisation and sustainable conservation: The Airless Project. Green Museum - How to Practice what we preach SPNHC 31st Annual Meeting, 206 6 - 20 6 6SPNHC : 185 - 187.

Public Engagement

External activities

Lyme Regis Fossil Festival, Lyme Regis, 2016 - 2016.

Blast From the Past festival, Dinosaur Isle, Isle of Wight, 2015 - 2015.

Internal activities

Nature Live show - 'Fool Proofing Fossils', Attenborough Studio, Natural History Museum, London, United Kingdom, 12/2/2016

Science Uncovered 2015, 2016, 2017, Natural History Museum, London,

Introduction

Summary

I am a Curatorial Assistant in the Life Science Department’s Task Force and have more than 8 years curatorial and conservation experience with natural history collections. I began my museum journey in 2011 as a Collections Volunteer at the Museum of Zoology in Cambridge. I then returned a few years later to assist with packing & moving all the collections into temporary storage in preparation for the Museum’s re-development. I started with the Natural History Museum in 2012 as a Curatorial Assistant Volunteer in the Fish Group. I then went onto a role in Learning, Events & Exhibitions at the Museum’s site in Tring, Hertfordshire. During that time, I also often worked on projects with the Bird, Mammal and Reptile collections. In 2015 I joined the Museum’s Conservation Centre on Project Airless, where I carried out remedial and preventive conservation on pyritic fossil specimens. This role additionally involved the use of barcodes and capturing high resolution images of specimens to contribute to the digitisation of the Museum's collections. I now work as part of the Life Sciences Task Force team, which was put together in 2017 in response to the need of backup and support for major curatorial projects across the collections. I undertake projects that focus on improving collections care, access - both physical and digital – and development of the collections, carrying out a range of curatorial activities and techniques. In addition to the planning, resourcing and delivery of projects, I also support routine and one-off activities across the departments.

Qualifications

Degrees

BSc (Hons) Zoology, Royal Holloway University of London, Egham, Egham, 2006 - 2009

Professional activities

Events

Conference Attendance

Oral presentation, Attendee/participant, ICOM-CC 18th Triennial Conference Copenhagen 2017, (Conference),

Oral presentation, Attendee/participant, SPNHC Conference, 31st Annual Meeting, Berlin 2016, (Conference), 2016 - 2016.

Poster presentation, NatSCA Conference & AGM 2017, (Conference), 2017 - 2017.

Workshop Attendance

Attendee/participant, Sealing in Fluid Collections workshop, Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin, (Workshop),

Publications

Publications

Allington-Jones L, Trafford A (2017) The Airless Project. Presented at NatSCA AGM.

Allington-Jones L, Trafford A (2017) Conservation in a Barcode Age: A cross-discipline re-storage project for pyritic specimens. ICOM-CC 18th Triennial Conference, 49 9 - 4 9 9Linking Past and Future

Trafford A, Allington-Jones L (2017) Construction of Anoxic Microenvironments: Project Airless

Trafford A, Allington-Jones L (2016) Combining digitisation and sustainable conservation: The Airless Project. Green Museum - How to Practice what we preach SPNHC 31st Annual Meeting, 206 6 - 20 6 6SPNHC : 185 - 187.

Impact and outreach

Public Engagement

External activities

Lyme Regis Fossil Festival, Lyme Regis, 2016 - 2016.

Blast From the Past festival, Dinosaur Isle, Isle of Wight, 2015 - 2015.

Internal activities

Nature Live show - 'Fool Proofing Fossils', Attenborough Studio, Natural History Museum, London, United Kingdom, 12/2/2016

Science Uncovered 2015, 2016, 2017, Natural History Museum, London,