Sarah Lurcock is SGHT’s Director on South Georgia. Sarah acts as SGHT’s senior representative on South Georgia, overseeing all staff on the island and looking after the running of South Georgia Museum and its shop. Sarah is also responsible for fundraising on visiting cruise ships and for arranging tours and events at the Museum.
Liz Adams is the buyer for the Museum gift shop and works primarily from England. Liz visits the Museum regularly to assess the gift shop and the visitors buying patterns. While Liz is on South Georgia she helps out as a Museum Assistant. Her main goal is to increase the profitability of the shop and standardize the stock control system. Liz greatly enjoys meeting the museum visitors and having the chance to live and work in such a remarkable environment.
Steve Massam is the visiting Museum Taxidermist and for 2016-17 will be the Artist in Residence. Steve is based in the Falkland Islands and comes down to South Georgia for around two months in some years to work on our taxidermy collection and create wonderful sculptures. Steve is also building a scale model of Grytviken for display in the Bonner Room. Steve is also involved in craft work at the Museum and he develops new pieces for the ‘Made in South Georgia’ collection each year that he visits.
Each year SGHT grants the David Nicholls internship bursary to a graduate of the St. Andrews University Museum and Galleries Studies course. The curatorial intern then travels to South Georgia to work at the museum that season under the guidance of SGHT’s South Georgia Director Sarah Lurcock.
You may be interested to know how some of our past Curatorial Interns are doing in their careers. Sarah has passed on this information about them, from the most recent intern (Matthew) to our first intern (Lynsey).
- Matthew Moran has just secured the post of Assistant Curator at the Scottish Maritime Museum in Irvine.
- Deirdre Mitchell is currently working at the RNLI Museum in Poole. She also fits in trips with Lindblad/National Geographic on their ships to Antarctica a couple of times at Christmas.
- Suzanne Patterson is working at the Scottish Fisheries Museum digitising their collection of negatives and using it for exhibitions, education workshops and outreach.
- Thomas Kennedy went into the Art Gallery world and is currently an Exhibition Assistant at the Barbican Centre in London.
- Katie Murray has worked as expedition staff /lecturer on One Ocean Expeditions’ cruises and is currently completing a PhD in St. Andrews.
- Lynsey Easton is the Education and Outreach Officer at The Highlanders Museum.
We think that David Nicholls would have been delighted that through his bursary and the museum, SGHT has given these young graduates such a good start to their careers. That they have all had such an excellent experience is largely due to Sarah’s hard work. She has put a lot of effort into making their time as productive and enjoyable as possible.
We are also very grateful to Elsa Davidson (now Elsa Cox) for continuing to give the interns some training prior to their time on South Georgia.