Joanna Mathers-Thomas

Personal details




University of Exeter

PhD candidate in Maritime History, ESRC funded


University of Leicester

MA Museum Studies

Dissertation: 'The David MacGregor collection: A case study on what a museum needs to consider when accepting the bequest of a personal collection and what issues may arise'


University of Exeter

MA Maritime History

Dissertation: 'Seafaring women: The opportunities for women to go to sea in the late nineteenth century'


University of Basel, Switzerland

BA(Hons) History and Social Anthropology

History dissertation on women who joined the Basel mission to work in Africa in the 19th century; Social Anthropology dissertation on the diary of Malinowski and the crisis of identity in the discipline of social anthropology


Professional/research experience

December 2012 - present:

ss Great Britain Trust, Bristol

Maritime Curator

Responsibility for collections care and management, preventive conservation, documentation and cataloguing, making collections accessible to the public, managing a team of collections volunteers, dealing with research enquiries, and carrying out research on the collections.

March 2010 - December 2012:

ss Great Britain Trust, Bristol

Trainee Curator

Training to become a fully qualified museum curator, funded by Esmee Fairbairn Foundation. I became proficient in the practical and intellectual disciplines of curating, learned to apply the highest standards of collections management and care, and was involved in research on the maritime collections.


CV: Membership of Professional Bodies/Professional Qualifications


Associateship of the Museums Association (AMA)

The Associateship of the Museums Association is a level of membership of the Museums Association and a professional development award. At the heart of the scheme is the process of Continual Professional Development (CPD) and being awarded the AMA demonstrates that a person has an understanding of and commitment to museums, their purpose and their work, and has developed effective relationships within and beyond the workplace. The AMA recognises that a person can effect positive change in their workplace and is thinking critically around issues facing the sector.


Maritime Curators Group



Maritime Curators Group



Museums Association, UK