With a love of minerals, gemstones and geology it is an honour to be working at the NHM in the role of Curator, Minerals and Gemstones. I have studied both geology and gemmology and have over thirteen years experience in both the mining sector and the private mineral collector world. My interests lie in gem and pegmatite minerals.
My role at the museum focuses on the care and management of the mineral and gem collections (approx. 185,000 specimens ) including curation, registration, documentation, rehousing, audits, and assisting with acquisitions. I facilitate collection requests including access for scientific visitors and researchers, general enquiries, scientific loans, destructive sampling, exhibition requests, and collection tours. I assist the Angela Marmot Centre with mineralogical or gemmological public ID enquiries. I regularly promote the collection through outreach at the Lyme Regis and Yorkshire Fossil Festivals, and in special exhibitions at worldwide mineral shows including in Munich, Germany and Tucson, USA.
I am involved in the upkeep of the specimens in the Mineral Gallery and Vault, Hintze Hall balcony display, Earth's Treasury, and the Earth Gallery Ground Floor atrium and have been involved in gallery enhancement projects in all four areas.
Diploma of Gemmology, Gemmological Association of Great Britain, United Kingdom, 2010 - 2011
Foundations in Gemmology, Gemmological Association of Great Britain, United Kingdom, 2009 - 2010
Honours in Geology, Curtin University of Technology, Australia, 1998 - 1998
Bachelor of Science, Multidisciplinary Science (Major: Geology, Minor: Geographic Information Systems), Curtin University of Technology, Australia, 1994 - 1997
Curator, Minerals and Gemstones, Natural History Museum, Earth Sciences, United Kingdom, 2015 - ongoing
Mineralogical Assistant, Kristalle, 2014 - 2015
Mineralogical Sales Manager, Kristalle and Crystal Classics, 2005 - 2014
Exploration Geologist, Robe River Mining Company Pty Ltd, 1999 - 2002