Museums Galleries Archives Operations Lead
Rachel Jackson, Museums Exhibitions Lead, didn’t start out working in museums but was drawn to it as a second career by a love of working with communities and aspirations of promoting heritage.
Rachel graduated with a BA hons in Business Administration and started working in customer service for a large supermarket. She then took a career break when her three boys were little and volunteered for community groups in her local town. It made her rethink work choices and realise that she wanted to work with communities and heritage projects. Rachel then started work for a community regeneration project in Perthshire which involved understanding the demographic of the town and bringing together many community groups.
After this Rachel began working part-time in her local museum, promoting local heritage and engaging with community groups. Once in the role she recognised she wanted to update her skills and in 2018 completed a Masters in Museum and Galleries at St. Andrews University, which she admits was ‘very difficult’ with trying to juggle work full time, studying part time and bringing up a family.
Rachel’s skills in business administration are now very useful in the lead role she is has the responsibility for the day-to-day operation of all ANGUSalive’s museums, galleries and archives sites.
“Although 2020 has been an extremely difficult year it has been an opportunity to learn new ways of working, build strong relationships with colleagues and think about finding new ways to tell the story of Angus through the incredible museum collections in our museums.”