Henrietta is a Curator of History at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, and was lead curator for ‘Birmingham – its people, its history’, a major new suite of Birmingham history galleries which brings together objects from social history, science, applied art and fine art collections. She also took part in an exciting research project on suburban Birmingham in collaboration with Birmingham University and Birmingham Archives and Heritage (see www.suburbanbirmingham.org.uk). Hen has worked at BMAG since 2000 in various capacities including Exhibitions Officer, and became a Curator of History in 2008.
Before joining the museum service, Hen worked as a Deacon in the Church of England, and spent several years running a retail shop. She graduated in history and theology, and her post-graduate studies have included history of art and museum studies. Born in London, she has lived in Birmingham since 1981 and feels that she is an honorary ‘Brummie’. Hen’s very first role at BMAG was that of tour guide, and she still loves working with the public. Developing the Birmingham history galleries has given her new opportunities to work with the community in a variety of projects including the gathering of oral histories. Hen enjoys the challenge of making complex ideas accessible to the general public, and believes passionately that history is for everyone.