Ms Jacqueline Grainger

I joined the University of Westminster in 2020 as a Techne AHRC CDA candidate. I'm an experienced curatorial professional and have worked with nationally and internationally significant collections for twenty years. Currently, I work part-time for the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI) and have previously worked as a collections development consultant for the SOAS Library, for the University of Sydney as Manager, Special Collections and Chawton House Library as Librarian. 

My doctoral research project focuses on the history and the collections of the RUSI Museum, 1831-1962, My working title is 'The 'lost' museum: a history of empire in objects' and I will be undertaking archival research at RUSI and other archives and museums. These will include the National Archives, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Pitt Rivers Museum, and the archive of Wallis and Wallis, auctioneers of militaria. My research interests include museum history, collectors and collecting, memory, identity and the wider discourses of empire that can be explored through material culture.

In brief

Research areas

Collections & collecting, material culture, memory, identity, history of empire, women in history, women writers, women artists, networks

Skills / expertise

Research/special collections development, bibliography, book history, digital humanities, exhibition curation

Supervision interests

Collections history, long nineteenth century social & cultural history