Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery has recruited new staff to maintain and develop its work with natural collections and the environment.

Wednesday Batchelor has been recruited as a new Biodiversity Curator. She will be working with the Natural Sciences collection at the museum, as well as helping to develop the collaborative work with Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre. One central purpose will be to support the museum in its efforts to embed biodiversity narratives across collections, galleries and community engagement projects.

Wednesday said: “I’m very excited to work with such an incredible, Designated collection to promote and protect the fascinating biodiversity of Cumbria.”

Tullie House was fortunate to have received funding from Arts Council England for a geology project due to run for the next few years. This has enabled the museum to employ extra staff to help explore and develop their collections.

Neil Owen, the new Project Curator for Geology has a huge amount of experience curating geology and palaeontology collections. He most recently worked at Oxford’s Natural History Museum.

Neil said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to work with an amazing geology collection and great colleagues. I look forward to promoting all things geo and making the collection accessible to the local community.”

Olivia Adu is the Project Assistant will be working alongside Neil. She has worked with charities for nine years, and is always perusing interdisciplinary projects to get involved in. She has managed projects with St Neots Museum, Leeds University Union, The Settlement at Maryport and What Makes the Lakes podcast. She has worked for Keswick Museum for the past two years.

Olivia said: “I’m looking forward to supporting the team with my broad tech skills and using local contacts to help support Tullie House in any way I can."