In five words, describe your place in the sector.
Contributing to history and society.
What first drew you to the sector?
I've always liked history storytelling. Stories are what makes us human to some extent and narratives can have a powerful impact on how people view the world, so I guess my attraction is somewhat political. Museums are a great place to directly engage with the public. I've always enjoyed Museums but I don't think there was one moment when I was hooked.
What challenges have you faced in your career so far?
Probably learning to be a bit less academic and critical about history because the purpose is different here, but still struggling a bit with that! I think that when you're engaging with the wider public it's counterproductive to be too argumentative. More about introducing ideas. Also developing some more technical skills in this digital age . . .
Has anything or anyone in particular provided you with support?
Probably my manager Victoria Passau for letting me take on projects that interest me. Previously my Masters supervisor Dr Felicity Barnes for giving me so much of her time and teaching over the years.
What do you think people at your own level (emerging etc) bring to the sector?
New ideas and strong visions of GLAM institutions fit in with and contribute to wider society.
What is a positive change you would like to see in the sector?
Institutions engaging with important, but sometimes controversial topics that are affecting New Zealand in the present such as poverty, housing, conservation, class, gender, sexuality. I think many starts have been made, but if institutions want to be relevant, they need to be more consistently engaged. Not to be too argumentative as above, but just raising these topic in a public forum. I feel bigger institutions especially have to take the lead and could do more. Of course easier said than done for a whole variety of reasons!
What is your karaoke song?
Wild World, Cat Stevens