Hello! I’m Ellie Miles.
I’m working as an Interpretation Officer at the British Museum. I’ve just completed my PhD, and at the moment I’m teaching an MA course about online museums and galleries. You can use this site to read my research blog, find links to my research publications and presentations, and read about projects I’ve worked on. You’re more than welcome to leave me a comment, follow me on twitter or send me an email.
My PhD thesis is called Curating the Global City and its major case study was 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. The focus of my PhD research was the Galleries of Modern London, which opened at the Museum of London in May 2010. The galleries convey a story of London from 1666 to the present day, 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.
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 interesting job, experimenting with ways for the museum to collect digital material, including film, sound and social media. Now I’m working full time at the British Museum as an Interpretation Officer, contributing to a series of exciting gallery redevelopments including the Korea gallery, Sutton Hoo and Early Medieval Europe, Early Egypt and the Waddesdon Bequest.
Thank you for reading, drop me a line if you’d like to discuss my work. I’d love to hear from you!