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Meet the Trainee Curators

  • Tamsin Chaffin

    Trainee Curator at The Museum of Cornish Life

    Tamsin Chaffin

    Trainee Curator at The Museum of Cornish Life

    Tamsin grew up on the Roseland Peninsula in Cornwall. She studied for a BA in English and Art History at the University of Sussex and following graduation returned to Cornwall to work for English Heritage at St Mawes Castle. Tamsin recently completed a Masters in Heritage Management with the University of Exeter at Penryn Campus. She is particularly interested in the role museums can play in enhancing wellbeing.
    While studying in Penryn, Tamsin took up playing cricket with Camborne School of Mines Cricket Club. In her free time she also enjoys running and getting creative with crochet.

  • Georgia Murphy

    Trainee Curator at the Royal Cornwall Museum

    Georgia Murphy

    Trainee Curator at the Royal Cornwall Museum

    Georgia grew up in West Cornwall and went to SOAS University, where she studied Social Anthropology. While studying she worked behind the bar in a music venue and as a Gallery Assistant at the Migration Museum, while also volunteering on several community heritage projects exploring topics such as migration, grassroots activism and LGBTQ+ identity. After graduating she completed an internship at Two Temple Place, running participatory art workshops and helping to coordinate the exhibitions education programme.
    She is passionate about sharing hidden histories and increasing access, participation and representation within museums and galleries. As a practicing artist and self-taught printmaker, Georgia also loves working on her own creative projects.

  • Isabella Hogan

    Trainee Curator at Bodmin Keep

    Isabella Hogan

    Trainee Curator at Bodmin Keep

    Isabella started out in Durham and then moved to Cambridge to complete a BA in Archaeology. Whilst studying she took part in archaeological digs in Gibraltar, working in Neanderthal-occupied caves, as well as in Belize, working on two Postclassic Maya sites. She is interested in artefact conservation and in how museums can use touch, sound, taste, and smell to explore their collections! In her spare time she volunteers for a Young Archaeologists' Club running virtual sessions on the Maya and Aztecs. She also likes playing Dungeons and Dragons and experimenting in the kitchen with some vegan baking.

  • Eve Swanson

    Trainee Curator at Falmouth Art Gallery

    Eve Swanson

    Trainee Curator at Falmouth Art Gallery

    Eve grew up in Essex with family connections to Cornwall she headed down to Falmouth to complete a BA Hons in Drawing. She continued living and working just outside of Falmouth.
    Throughout her degree she explored drawing as a research practice and anthropological tool. She is interested in how visual arts can be used to interpret knowledge to wider audiences. She is keen to increase accessibility and diversify audiences and representations within museums and galleries.
    To fuel her interest in people, arts, culture and heritage she frequently visits galleries, museums and events. Eve has co-founded a collaborative studio space in Penryn and spends her time making, recently focusing on Macrame. She is also a keen outdoor enthusiast and spends much of her free time exploring the local area bouldering and cycling.

  • Alexander Thomas

    Trainee Curator at Wheal Martyn

    Alexander Thomas

    Trainee Curator at Wheal Martyn

    Alexander spent early life just outside Manchester and moved to Swansea to study Ancient history BA. He followed this up with an MA in Ancient History and Classical Culture. During this time he volunteered at the Egypt Centre at the University Museum. After trying out teaching, Alexander decided to go for a Museum and Heritage diploma at Nottingham University and worked on a placement at Trent Bridge Cricket Ground. This led to a position as a heritage collections assistant. Alexander likes writing, reading, walking and misses live music.