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.
Head of Collections Projects
Paul manages a number of collections related activities, including major acquisitions and a project to increase the visibility of our collections through a programme of digitisation. He also oversees our conservation project with the Getty Conservation Institute.
Paul has managed many significant acquisitions including The Royal Photographic Society Collection in 2002 and the BBC Collection in 2012.
Paul is an external advisor to other cultural and heritage organisations. A former Chair of the Science Museum Group's Collections Group (2002 - 2012), President of the Yorkshire & Humberside Museums Federation (2009 - 2011), and founder Trustee of the Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield (2010), he is currently serving on the Boards of the Chambre-Hardman Photography Collection in Liverpool and Volunteering Bradford, and is a Director of Bradford Bulls Foundation.
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.
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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.
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Iain cares for the National Television Collection, and he is currently researching and documenting the BBC Collection we recently acquired.
Exhibits Iain has curated include: Another Dimension (2010) concerning 3-D television; Mirrors in the Sky (2009) concerning satellite TV, and Digital Switchover (2007) concerning digital TV.
Iain began his museum career in 1994 as a researcher at Canada's MZTV Museum, eventually becoming the collection curator. In this capacity he contributed to Watching TV (1995 - 1998) a popular touring exhibition which appeared at major museums across the country. He later worked as a curator at Canada's CBC Museum, and moved to Britain in 2007 to join the team here.
Iain is an avid writer, a guest-lecturer, and media spokesperson for Digital UK, TV Licensing and others. Iain is a member of the Royal Television Society Heritage and Yorkshire committees.
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Toni works across all our collections, but has a particular focus on interpreting, documenting and refining the National Cinematography Collection.
Toni has worked at the Museum since 1995 and directly with our collections since 2000. In her previous role as Collections Manager, Toni focussed on providing access to and ensuring the safety and security of our archives.
Toni has created displays about the work of Ray Harryhausen and Kinemacolor, and worked on a number of exhibitions including Live By The Lens, Die By The Lens (2008), and Doctor Who and Me: 50 Years of Doctor Who Fans (2013).
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Collections Access Manager
Brian Liddy has worked at the Museum since 1996. Initially employed to answer all Collection-related enquiries from members of the public, he then became responsible for providing public access to the Museum Collection in Insight: Collections & Research Centre.
Brian has curated several exhibitions, including A Matter of Focus: The Art of Photography 1892 to 1917 (2003), and Extra! Extra! (2007), which was drawn from the Daily Herald archive, held at the Museum.
Brian is a regular contributor to the Museum's magazine, Archive.
External publications include an essay on the development of British pictorial photography for Impressionist Camera: Pictorial Photography in Europe 1888-1918, (edited by Philip Prodger, 2006) and entries for The Encyclopaedia of Nineteenth Century Photography (edited by John Hannavy, 2007).
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Rebecca assists with collections management and facilitating access to our research centre.
She also contributes to our exhibition programme both here and at Media Space in the Science Museum, including The Lives of Great Photographers (2011), Art of Arrangement: Photography and the Still Life Tradition (2103) and Only in England: Photographs by Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr (2013).
Rebecca joined the Museum in 2009 with an interest in Social History and Art History, and was astonished by the breadth and depth of our collections which can be appreciated and interpreted in so many ways.
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