MEET THE TEAM

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Jayne Pierce, Curator

Museum Curator Jayne Pierce grew up with a love of natural history and geology. She graduated from Leicester University with a degree in Geology before completing a master’s degree in Micropalaeontology at University College London. After a spate of travelling and working on a gold mine in Western Australia, she returned to the UK to follow a career in museums, first at the Natural History Museum then with UCL Museums & Collections. Jayne spends part of the year at South Georgia and the rest at home in Bath, UK.

Passionate about the great outdoors, Jayne developed an appetite for travelling which led to hiking the Himalayas of Nepal, the Rocky Mountains of Canada, the volcanoes of New Zealand and Bolivia and now working in South Georgia.

Jayne enjoys visiting and exploring all aspects of culture and heritage, from city art galleries and museums, architecture and formal gardens, to post-industrial landscapes and open wild spaces.

Deirdre Mitchell, SGHT Director, South Georgia

Deirdre Mitchell is responsible for overseeing SGHT operations on South Georgia, including the operation and management of the Museum. Deirdre studied history and museum studies at the University of St Andrews, before embarking on a curatorial career. This led to her first role at the South Georgia Museum as a Curatorial Intern in 2014-15. This experience sparked Deirdre’s fascination with all things South Georgia and Antarctica. For the next seven years she worked as a Naturalist on board expedition ships in the region and subsequently for the British Antarctic Survey at both Rothera and King Edward Point Research Stations.

As a Scot, Deirdre is particularly fascinated by the many Scottish elements of South Georgia’s whaling history, and also enjoys being surrounded by the island’s incredible wildlife and landscape.

Liz Adams, Buyer

Liz Adams is the Buyer for the museum gift shop. She is based in England and worked for 22 years as the retail manager and buyer for a major tourist attraction before joining the South Georgia Heritage Trust in 2010. Her main aim is to increase the profitability of the shop and to source unique high quality gifts for our visitors. Liz concentrates on products that are environmentally friendly and produced ethically.

Lauren Elliott, Retail Manager

Lauren Elliott grew up in the city of Portsmouth, UK, where city life is a vast contrast to the life on South Georgia. Lauren studied a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Ethics and spent the next few years in an operations team opening shop stores across the UK and Ireland before landing her dream job in Antarctica.
 
Lauren worked at Port Lockroy for the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust which sparked her love for the polar regions, from the history to the wildlife, and led on to her working in South Georgia from 2022 for SGHT. Lauren is returning to South Georgia for her second season and is excited to take the knowledge she learned from her museum family last season into this one, whether that is
navigation of the island, moving around fur seals or making the perfect mac and cheese.

Helen Balfour, Curatorial Assistant

Helen Balfour was brought up in the Shetland Islands, Scotland, so is travelling from 60° North to almost 60° South to work in South Georgia. She is following in both her grandfathers’ footsteps by making the journey to South Georgia, as they were both employed in the island’s whaling trade in the 1950s.

Helen has spent the last 5 years studying for both her honours and master’s degree in Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen. Her main interest for both dissertations was based on heritage and museum studies, with a focus on Shetland and the NE of Scotland. She has worked for Aberdeen Archives, Gallery and Museums and the Shetland Museum and Archives. She is also working with the South Georgia Heritage Trust on the current Whalers’ Memory Bank Project.

Helen enjoys making things, whether with traditional Shetland material of black oat straw or producing lino prints.

Bodil Malmose, Museum Assistant

Bodil Malmose was born and raised in Denmark where her love of exploring and the outdoors was awakened with camping, hiking, and cycling trips around Scandinavia. Bodil also lived in Iceland where her love for the outdoors led her to volunteer work with path maintenance and landscape conservation across the island. Later she moved to Glasgow where she completed an archaeology degree at the University of Glasgow in 2023.

Bodil is passionate about museums and public archaeology. She has volunteered as a guide at the Hunterian Museum in Glasgow and as a textile demonstrator at the Scottish Crannog Centre. Bodil also enjoys crafting, particularly spinning and knitting. She can often be found winding down with a crafting project after a long day. She is excited to combine her passions for heritage and the outdoors and to learn more about South Georgia during her time there.