I’ve been working in the Museum Sector since 2010, when I finished my BA in history at the University of Otago and began working as a Communicator at Otago Museum. I worked at the museum full-time, then part-time while I completed my Postgrad Diploma in Museum Studies via distance learning through Massey University. After five years in Dunedin I decided it was time to go, so I headed to London on a two year working holiday visa. In London I worked for Royal Museums Greenwich for a summer as a Visitor Host at their three sites: the Royal Observatory, the National Maritime Museum and the Queen’s House (used as an art gallery). I then moved on to work as a Visitor Assistant at the Victoria and Albert Museum, which I was very excited about as I felt their collection was more in line with my interests. I worked at the V&A for the rest of my time in London.

Since returning to New Zealand, I worked again at Otago Museum part-time whilst volunteering for their Collections and Research Department. The experience that this volunteer work gave me was exactly what I needed in order to gain my first collections-based position, and I began working at the Nelson Provincial Museum on their inventory project in 2015. I am still at the Nelson Provincial Museum and will shortly be taking up the position of Social History Curator.

My interests lie in the areas of social history and specifically women’s history. I love sharing stories of the past with people and getting others as excited about history as I am! I often give talks at the museum and around the community, and over summer I started ‘Hidden Histories – Nelson Walking Tours’.


Contact: jessiebraysharpin@gmail.com