In five words, describe your place in the sector.
Museum archives and records management.
What first drew you to the sector i.e. Do you have a particular memory of a moment that got you hooked?
I remember reading about the practice of ethnography in a cold flat in Dunedin, and eventually connecting with the idea that the activity of describing culture is unavoidably equivocal, but still able to be approached in a structured way. I liked the idea of building immense stores of knowledge and describing the connections between it all, even if the knowledge is partial or compromised, and telling good stories about it.
What challenges have you faced in your career so far?
Maintaining a cheerful attitude when confronted with the sheer volume of work to be done. But then I think about the answer I gave to the previous question, and realise that I wouldn’t be doing what I do if I was drawn to problems that could be easily resolved, or even resolved at all.
Has anything or anyone in particular provided you with support?
I’m very grateful indeed for the support of my colleagues, my family and friends.
What do you think people at your own level (emerging etc) bring to the sector?
New perspectives are very valuable indeed in an environment with such a deep respect for the past.
What is a positive change you would like to see in the sector?
Like most areas of endeavour, we need more people with diverse personal histories. The more kinds of experience we have, the better the stories we can tell.
What is your karaoke song?
If they’ve got Valentine’s Day by Bruce Springsteen, I’m picking that. Otherwise it’s In the Still of the Night, by Boyz II Men.