I’m Ellie Miles.
I’ve just started working as an Interpretation Officer at the British Museum, and I’m making the final amendments to my PhD. My thesis is about museums of global cities, it’s called Curating the Global City and its major case study is the Museum of London. My university was Royal Holloway, University of London, I was part of the Geography department, and I was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. In 2011 I interrupted my research to work at the museum, as a project assistant for Collections Online, a digitisation project. I worked on several groups of printed ephemera, which I blogged about for the museum. After that I worked as Digital Curator (maternity cover) at the Museum of London. It was an exciting job, experimenting with ways for the museum to collect digital material, including film, sound and social media.
You can use this site to read my research blog, find out about projects I’ve worked on, and to follow my research publications and presentations. Whilst I was teaching I used the site to provide students with reading lists and other materials, which are still here if you would like to read them. You’re more than welcome to leave me a comment, follow me on twitter or send me an email.
The focus of my PhD research was the Galleries of Modern London, which opened at the Museum of London in May 2010. The galleries express a vision of London from 1666 to the present day city, and I studied how this representation was put together. As an embedded researcher I spent time interviewing staff, working with installation teams, attending meetings and sometimes writing captions, as well as researching the history of the museum, and reading museum studies and cultural geography literature.
Thank you for reading, drop me a line if you’d like to discuss my work.