Get to know our collections team and find out about some of their favourite objects from our collections.
Head of Collections and Exhibitions
Michael leads the exhibition and curatorial teams who develop and deliver our exhibition and cultural programme, and care for and enable access to the world class collection. He also overseas research at the Museum and collaborations with academic partners.
Since joining the team in 2009, Michael has been involved in every exhibition, including The Lives of Great Photographers (2011), In the Blink of an Eye (2012), and Bollywood Icons (2013).
Michael has worked in a number of different roles in UK Museums and Heritage, including the National Maritime Museum, Historic Scotland, and Tyne and Wear Museums. He was formerly Chair of the Social History Curators Group, and a trustee of Artlandish Ltd. He has published articles about museums, exhibitions and collecting in a number of different journals, and is a guest lecturer for the University of Leeds MA in Art Gallery and Museum Studies.
Curator of Photography and Photographic Technology
Colin is responsible for the National Photographic Technology Collection.
As well as permanent galleries on the history of photography, Colin has curated a number of exhibitions including The Dawn of Colour: Celebrating the Centenary of the Autochrome (2007); Sunny Snaps: Beach and Street Photography in Britain (2008); Don McCullin: In England (2009); Fay Godwin: Land Revisited (2010) and In the Blink of an Eye: Media and Movement (2012).
Colin has written books and articles on the history of photography and cinematography, he is a regular broadcaster on radio and television, and he writes a monthly column for Black & White Photography magazine.
In 2004 Colin received the Royal Photographic Society's prestigious John Dudley Johnston Award for his contributions to photographic history. He is a visiting lecturer at the University of Leeds and De Montfort University, and is on the Editorial Board of Early Popular Visual Culture.
Curator of Film and Broadcast
Claire is responsible for the National Cinematography and Television Collections.
Claire has worked on a number of film and television events and exhibitions, including Here's One We Made Earlier: Blue Peter 50 (2009), Moving Stories: Children's Books from Page to Screen (2012), and Experience TV, our permanent gallery exploring the history, technology and social impact of television.
Before joining the Museum, Claire worked with Special Collections at the British Film Institute. She is a member of the Royal Television Society History and Archives Group, and regularly features on the BBC Radio Leeds mid-morning show recommending the best of the week's television.
As Associate Curator of Film, Toni is responsible for interpreting, documenting and refining the Museum’s cinematography collection. Her other duties include working with a group of volunteers helping to document the Museum’s collections.
Toni has created displays about the work of Ray Harryhausen, Kinemacolor and Charles Urban, and has curated the exhibitions Doctor Who and Me: 50 Years of Doctor Who Fans (2013) and Nature Camera Action! The Secrets of Making Incredible Wildlife Films (2014).
Vanessa is responsible for the physical care of the National Media Museum’s collection.
As Conservator, Vanessa carries out a variety of work from undertaking practical treatment of objects from the collections to object condition reports for exhibitions and loans. Vanessa also ensures the collections are maintained in a suitable environment and provides conservation expertise throughout the museum’s teams.
Lewis is responsible for access to our collections.
Lewis joined the Museum in 2015, and handles public enquiries about our collections and how to access them. He also manages our monthly research week, where we invite researchers of all kinds to come and view material kept in our archives. He is part of the team that leads public tours behind the scenes of the museum, showing some of the objects that never get displayed.
Lewis has assisted with several of our exhibitions, including Revelations (2015-16), Horrible Science (2016), and Fox Talbot: Dawn of the Photograph (2016). He has also curated a small exhibition to mark the bicentenary of Charlotte Brontë’s birth in association with the Thornton Antiquarian Society.
He can be contacted at email@example.com.
Collections and Exhibitions Assistant
As Collections and Exhibitions Assistant, Sarah is the first point of contact for exhibition proposals and object offers to the museum. She supports colleagues in the collections and exhibitions departments in various ways, including helping to condition-check objects and decant exhibitions. She co-curated The Fans Awaken, a Star Wars fan art display, and the exhibition Hola Mahalla with Bradford-based photographer Darshan Singh. She is also involved in the development of our new collections galleries.
Sarah joined the Museum after completing an MA in Museum Studies at the University of Leeds. Prior to this, she studied History in Lille, France, and obtained an MA in Medieval Studies.