Mainly Museums Team
Mainly Museums is comprised of volunteer web admin, editors, and contributors. This page will feature our a profile of each member of our team of admin and editors.
Sebastian McKerracher is a web designer and woodworker. When he isn't sitting behind a computer screen or building a cutting board he sometimes finds time to visit modern art galleries or natural history museums.
An almost retired Telecommunications type. And more importantly a life long Museum junkie. While I enjoy all museum experiences my real passions are with things maritime related. I have a special interest in naval developments made in the 20 years prior to the First World War.
Devon Rose Turner
Devon is a museum professional based in London who specialises in arts education and communications. She works as the Communications Manager for GEM (Group for Education in Museums) and as International Outreach Coordinator at The Big Draw. Before moving to London, she attained her BA in Art History at Susquehanna University and worked at several U.S. museums like Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) and the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia. In 2018, Devon was awarded an MA in Museums and Galleries in Education from UCL. SWhen not working at a museum or heritage site, Devon can be found exploring various cafes around the city writing for her own arts blog (www.devonroseturner.com) and conducting important research on who has the best Victoria sponge in London.
Rachel Winter is a Ph.D. candidate, emerging curator, and museum educator. Rachel’s specialization is contemporary artists from Southwest Asia and North Africa, or the Middle East. Her dissertation examines the relatively unknown history of curating and collecting contemporary art from the Arab world, Iran, and Turkey before 9/11 in both the US and the UK, as well as how collecting and curatorial practices were informed by earlier fairs and festivals.
Laura Davey is marketing specialist with a fascination for historical and architectural curiosities. She enjoys helping heritage, tourism and cultural organisations connect with their customers through engaging content and marketing strategy. @CurioCitiesUK | howcopy.co.uk
Samuel Aylett is a historian of museums and British colonial History and was recently awarded his PhD in Empire and Colonial History from the Open University.
Emily Friesen is an Interpretation Assistant working in Exhibition Design and writes for her own blog, Exhibits Etcetera (emilymfriesen.wordpress.com). She completed her Master’s degree in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester in 2018, and has previously worked in Visitor Services, Education, and Collections Management in Vancouver. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyMarisa__ and Instagram @EmilyMarisa__
Ashley is a copywriter and marketing strategist who loves anything related to history and art. A true digital nomad, Ashley's first stop in a any new town is the local museum. With a BBA in Marketing and an MA in Art Gallery and Museum Studies, she has previously worked in Visitor Services, Collections Management, Marketing, and Development within the museum sector. | www.ashleywinder.com
Diego Ballestero is an Argentinean Anthropologist and Doctor on Natural Sciences by the National University of La Plata (Argentina) His Ph.D. analyzed the conditions which enabled anthropological practices in Argentina towards the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. Since 2010 he lives in Berlin and research on decolonial theory, provenance research, history of Anthropology/Museums and the construction and representation of ethnic identity in museal context. Since 2017 he is lecturer and researcher at the Department Anthropology of the Americas (University of Bonn, Germany)
Natalie McGowan has an MSc in Visual, Material, and Museum Anthropology from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor's in Ancient History from the University of Birmingham. Natalie has been involved in local heritage in the West Midlands since 2013 and LGBTQ advocacy since 2015, and has a special interest in the use of museums as spaces of social healing and tolerance. They are currently working with Mainly Museums as a Contributing Editor, volunteering for the Museum of Transology as a website volunteer, and Bury St. Edmunds Guildhall as a social media volunteer.