MEET THE TEAM
Jayne Pierce, Curator
Curator Jayne Pierce 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 traveling 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 traveling 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.
Sarah Lurcock, SGHT Director, South Georgia
Madison Kuras, Curatorial Assistant
Maddi Kuras is the South Georgia Heritage Trust’s Curatorial Assistant for the 2021-2022 season, whose interest in all things polar is at odds with her childhood in the deserts of Australia. After trading the blistering heat for snowy north of Maine, Maddi studied polar science and biology at Bowdoin College, where she could be found either in the marine laboratory exploring what makes sea stars “bounce” or pouring over old journals from Robert Peary’s polar expeditions.
Maddi’s love of science communication has taken her into the halls of various science museums in New York City, including the Climate Museum and American Museum of Natural History. There, she worked on programming events and exhibitions that helped to communicate climate change to different audiences, while using community engagement to find affirming solutions for global problems.
Maddi has recently completed a Master’s degree in Museum and Gallery Studies at the University of St. Andrews, where her thesis focused on decolonizing how museums depict Indigenous communities within exhibitions on climate change. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Polar Studies at the University of Cambridge.
Liz Adams, Buyer
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 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
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.
Caitlin Cunningham, Fundraising Assistant
Fundraising Assistant Caitlin Cunningham fell in love with the idea of working in Antarctica during an Antarctic Ecology and History course taken as part of her Marine Biology degree. During this, she learned about the thrilling expeditions from the heroic age, as well as the remarkable wildlife the polar region offered. Prior to coming to South Georgia, she was working on Lundy Island, predominantly supporting the photo-identification of grey seals, building upon her previous marine mammal research experience from time in both America and Germany.
With several years volunteering with an international marine organisation, she has experience in fundraising and a passion for outreach. Caitlin is very excited to develop her skills, whilst supporting the important work of SGHT.