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Passionate about outdoor pursuits and geology and hiking and exploring the UK national parks, Jayne developed an appetite for travelling which let to hiking the Himalayas of Nepal, the Rocky Mountains of Canada, the volcanoes of New Zealand and Bolivia and is now excited to be joining the museum team for her first season in South Georgia. Passionate about outdoor pursuits and geology and hiking and exploring the UK national parks, Jayne developed an appetite for travelling which let to hiking the Himalayas of Nepal, the Rocky Mountains of Canada, the volcanoes of New Zealand and Bolivia and is now excited to be joining the museum team for her first season in South Georgia.
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[[Image:me15.jpg|130px|left|thumb|Jerome Viard, Museum Assistant]]'''Museum Assistant Jerome Viard''' grew up in France before moving to Cambridge, UK, twelve years ago. He embarked on a career as a chef, going on to become Head Pastry Chef at some of the best hotels in Cambridgeshire. In 2015 he came to South Georgia as a member of the SGHT Habitat Restoration field team, as a cook, during the eradication of the invasive rats and mice from the island. Like most visitors to South Georgia, he fell in love at first sight with the island, and was “blown away” by its wildlife, landscape, cultural heritage and the community life on base. He described his time on the island had as “the best time of my life”. When Jerome is not working in busy hot kitchens, he enjoys being outdoors, gardening, sailing and participating in conservation projects. [[Image:me15.jpg|130px|left|thumb|Jerome Viard, Museum Assistant]]'''Museum Assistant Jerome Viard''' grew up in France before moving to Cambridge, UK, twelve years ago. He embarked on a career as a chef, going on to become Head Pastry Chef at some of the best hotels in Cambridgeshire. In 2015 he came to South Georgia as a member of the SGHT Habitat Restoration field team, as a cook, during the eradication of the invasive rats and mice from the island. Like most visitors to South Georgia, he fell in love at first sight with the island, and was “blown away” by its wildlife, landscape, cultural heritage and the community life on base. He described his time on the island had as “the best time of my life”. When Jerome is not working in busy hot kitchens, he enjoys being outdoors, gardening, sailing and participating in conservation projects.
Jerome is excited to be spending a second season on South Georgia to work at the museum and support the work of SGHT. Jerome is excited to be spending a second season on South Georgia to work at the museum and support the work of SGHT.
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[[Image:Hannah sml.jpg|130px|left|thumb|Hannah Johns, Museum Assistant]] '''Museum Assistant Hannah Johns''' first graduated from Loughborough University with a degree in PE and Sports Science and began her career as a PE teacher. This later evolved to teaching English as a foreign language and a subsequent MA which has taken her around the world. During this time she had her first taste of the polar regions when teaching on board a cruise ship visiting Antarctica. With a love for beautiful nature, and particularly snow, after having lived for a number of years in Japan, she finally achieved her dream of being able to live and work in Antarctica. But not before an en route visit to South Georgia and Grytviken, which then sparked another dream job aspiration. Having worked in Antarctica for two seasons for the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust looking after the historic British research station at Port Lockroy, and counting the odd penguin or two, she was able to make that latest dream come true in working for the SGHT, and is looking forward to continuing the valuable work that the Trust carries out. [[Image:Hannah sml.jpg|130px|left|thumb|Hannah Johns, Museum Assistant]] '''Museum Assistant Hannah Johns''' first graduated from Loughborough University with a degree in PE and Sports Science and began her career as a PE teacher. This later evolved to teaching English as a foreign language and a subsequent MA which has taken her around the world. During this time she had her first taste of the polar regions when teaching on board a cruise ship visiting Antarctica. With a love for beautiful nature, and particularly snow, after having lived for a number of years in Japan, she finally achieved her dream of being able to live and work in Antarctica. But not before an en route visit to South Georgia and Grytviken, which then sparked another dream job aspiration. Having worked in Antarctica for two seasons for the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust looking after the historic British research station at Port Lockroy, and counting the odd penguin or two, she was able to make that latest dream come true in working for the SGHT, and is looking forward to continuing the valuable work that the Trust carries out.
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Current Staff


Sarah Lurcock, SGHT Director, South Georgia
Sarah Lurcock, SGHT Director, South Georgia

Sarah Lurcock is the SGHT Director, South Georgia. Sarah is responsible for overseeing all SGHT operations and staff on South Georgia including the operation, management and upkeep of the Museum. Sarah studied biology at university and has lived and worked on South Georgia, in various roles for more than 20 years. In this time she has developed an in-depth knowledge of the island's heritage and natural history and been involved in a variety of projects including the refurbishment of the whalers' cemeteries and Grytviken Church; fieldwork on plants and animals, and the translocation of reindeer to the Falkland Islands. Sarah has a particular interest in the social history of South Georgia and general history of the Antarctic region. She is employed part time and works on the island for six months of the year and in the UK the rest of the time. If you would like further information about the Museum or South Georgia in general please email the director: Sarah Lurcock





Tom & Liz Adams, Museum buyer and volunteer
Tom & Liz Adams, Museum buyer and volunteer

Liz Adams is the buyer for the Museum gift shop and works primarily from England. Her main goal is to increase the profitability of the shop, and to make it an attractive gift shop for visitors to the island. Husband Tom also volunteered at the Museum one summer.









Jayne Dunn, Curator
Jayne Dunn, Curator

Curator Jayne Dunn enjoys visiting and exploring all aspects of culture and heritage, from art galleries to museums, architecture and gardens. Appointed as the new Curator, Jayne is looking forward to visiting the South Georgia Museum for the first time at the start of the 2019-20 summer season. Jayne graduated from Leicester University with a BSc Honours degree in Geology before completing an MSc in Micropalaeontology at University College London. After a spate of travelling and exploring gold mining in Western Australia, she returned to the UK to follow a career in museums, first as Curator of the BP Collection at the Natural History Museum. Later, having secured the role of Assistant Curator of the Geology Collections with UCL Museums & Collections, Jayne progressed through a number of positions at UCL before being promoted to Head of Collections Management. Passionate about outdoor pursuits and geology and hiking and exploring the UK national parks, Jayne developed an appetite for travelling which let to hiking the Himalayas of Nepal, the Rocky Mountains of Canada, the volcanoes of New Zealand and Bolivia and is now excited to be joining the museum team for her first season in South Georgia.


Jerome Viard, Museum Assistant
Jerome Viard, Museum Assistant
Museum Assistant Jerome Viard grew up in France before moving to Cambridge, UK, twelve years ago. He embarked on a career as a chef, going on to become Head Pastry Chef at some of the best hotels in Cambridgeshire. In 2015 he came to South Georgia as a member of the SGHT Habitat Restoration field team, as a cook, during the eradication of the invasive rats and mice from the island. Like most visitors to South Georgia, he fell in love at first sight with the island, and was “blown away” by its wildlife, landscape, cultural heritage and the community life on base. He described his time on the island had as “the best time of my life”. When Jerome is not working in busy hot kitchens, he enjoys being outdoors, gardening, sailing and participating in conservation projects.

Jerome is excited to be spending a second season on South Georgia to work at the museum and support the work of SGHT.





Hannah Johns, Museum Assistant
Hannah Johns, Museum Assistant
Museum Assistant Hannah Johns first graduated from Loughborough University with a degree in PE and Sports Science and began her career as a PE teacher. This later evolved to teaching English as a foreign language and a subsequent MA which has taken her around the world. During this time she had her first taste of the polar regions when teaching on board a cruise ship visiting Antarctica. With a love for beautiful nature, and particularly snow, after having lived for a number of years in Japan, she finally achieved her dream of being able to live and work in Antarctica. But not before an en route visit to South Georgia and Grytviken, which then sparked another dream job aspiration. Having worked in Antarctica for two seasons for the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust looking after the historic British research station at Port Lockroy, and counting the odd penguin or two, she was able to make that latest dream come true in working for the SGHT, and is looking forward to continuing the valuable work that the Trust carries out.




Dani Spreitzer, Fundraising Assistant
Dani Spreitzer, Fundraising Assistant
Fundraising Assistant Dani Spreitzer first experienced and fell in love with Antarctica and South Georgia when she worked as a dive assistant on the National Geographic Explorer. Since graduating with a degree in Animal Science, she has been working as an expedition leader and divemaster on a shark research vessel in South Australia. Her experience in these regions has reinforced her passion for wildlife and conservation, and has sparked a keen interest in particular to the seabirds that call the Southern Ocean home. Dani is really looking forward to returning to South Georgia to help raise funds and awareness of the islands world leading habitat restoration project and its future cultural heritage conservation projects.





Theo Crutchley-Mack, Artist in Residence
Theo Crutchley-Mack, Artist in Residence
Artist in Residence Theo Crutchley-Mack is a full time artist based on the coast of West Wales. He Graduated from a degree in Drawing at Falmouth School of Art in 2015 and has since been exhibiting at galleries across the UK including the Isles of Scilly, London and Wales. Theo’s paintings are built in layers of heavy texture using hand made paper and acrylic paints. They often depict desolate coastal landscapes or ruined architectural structures. He joined us at the South Georgia Museum a year ago and this season we are hosting an exhibition of some of the works he produced as a result of his residency. There will also be an exhibition at the Falkland Island Museum and in several places in the UK in the months to come. His paintings portray the wild atmospheric qualities of the human heritage and landscape on South Georgia.

More of Theo’s work can be seen on his website at: www.crutchley-mack.com





Steve Massam, Museum Taxidermist
Steve Massam, Museum Taxidermist
Steve Massam is the Museum Taxidermist. Steve is based in the Falkland Islands but occasionally spends time working at the South Georgia Museum. As well as taxidermy, Steve is a talented sculptor.

He also assists with the training of the museum staff to make the Made in South Georgia craft range of goods which are made for sale in the gift shop an is developing new designs for this range.









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