Holly Morgenroth, Collections Officer
My day to day work varies enormously which is part of the reason I enjoy my job so much. I spend as much time as I can working with the natural history collections (biology and geology) to learn more about them, improve access to them and ensure they are appropriately cared for.
An important part of my role involves partnership work and applying for additional funding. Both allow RAMM to produce exciting exhibitions and events, digital products and other resources for the public and researchers to enjoy.
My other jobs include replying to enquires from the public, making specimen information available online, creating exhibitions and giving talks and tours. I also managing volunteers and consultants who help me with the collections and associated archive.
Phone: 01392 265358
Address: Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3RX
My undergraduate degree is in Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology from the University of Plymouth. During this time Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery needed volunteers to help a marine biology collection donated by the Marine Biological Association. I offered to help because I am fascinated by ‘wet’ collections (preserved in jars of fluid).
My interest in museum curatorship as a career was sparked instantly and I have worked with some outstanding marine collections. I am also far happier on land than on, or in, the water so this career choice has suited me very well.
In 2009 I graduated from the University of Leicester with an MSc in Museum Studies. As part of this I undertook an 8 week placement at RAMM.
My first museum job was a 6 month contract with National Museum Wales, Cardiff. As a Curatorial Assistant I sorted, documented and conserved a collection of marine worms. After this I returned to RAMM in April 2010 as the Assistant Curator of Natural History. I helped with displays for RAMM’s redevelopment. Although this was first of all only a 5 month contract I am still here and became Curator of Natural History in December 2012 and finally Collections Officer in 2015.
Current and past projects
- Art Fund Collect 2011
- Art Fund Collect 2012
- HMS Challenger database
- Sea Life: Glimpses of the Wonderful
- Taonga: Māori treasures of the natural world
- Lectotype designation for Murex nebula Montagu 1803 (Mangeliidae) and its implications for Bela Leach in Gray 1847, D. Scarponi et al. Zootaxa, [S.l.], v. 3884, n. 1, p. 45–54, nov. 2014
- Phyllis Knight-Jones – A remarkable life (1933–2009) A. S. Y. Mackie, G. Oddy, H. Morgenroth
Italian Journal of Zoology Vol. 78, Iss. sup1, 2011
- Fly on the Wall: A New Insect Gallery for the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery Holly Morgenroth
NatSCA News, Issue 23, pages 64 – 69 http://natsca.org/article/96
As part of a multi-million pound redevelopment RAMM has a brand new gallery dedicated to its beautiful and scientifically valuable insect collections. The development of the gallery and techniques used to display these fragile creatures is described as well as some insect-related highlights from RAMM’s ethnographic and costume collections.