Our team is small but mighty!

The Cole Museum is home to some dedicated live human specimens,

find out more about them here.

Curator – Professor Amanda Callaghan

“The Cole Team of staff and students are simply the best, and the collection is stunning and endlessly fascinating”.

Professor Amanda Callaghan has been the academic curator of the Cole Museum since 2005 and is leading the redesign, reinterpretation and move of the museum to the Health and Life Sciences building. She can be contacted on a.callaghan@reading.ac.uk, and on Twitter @ACallaZoo.

Project Officer (Fluid Preservation) – Claire Smith

“I specialise in the care and conservation of fluid-preserved specimens. I also help to supervise a team of students as they learn the diverse range of skills needed for working with fluid collections.”

Claire has years of experience working with the Cole Museum’s diverse and often challenging fluid collection. She brings a wealth of knowledge and love of cake to the team! Find her on Twitter @wetconservatrix.

Teaching and Research Technician – Caitlin Walton

With a background in forensic archaeology and experience as a lab technician in educational settings, Caitlin brings enthusiasm for the care of museum specimens to the Fluid Preservation team. Find her on Twitter @_Caitlin_Walton.

Collections Care Manager – Fred Van De Geer

“The move of the Cole Museum is a huge and complicated undertaking, as the collection consists of many complex and fragile objects. It is a privilege to utilise and stretch my own skills to make this into the success it deserves.”

Fred has worked as conservator for the University collections since 2006. He is responsible for some of our  largest, most complex and challenging specimens, and the museum move could not happen without his expertise!

Research Associate – Dr Tara Pirie

“Apart from assisting with the Cole Museum packing, fundraising and specimen conservation, I have been helping to redesign specimen cases and write new content to make the new Cole Museum even more inspiring and exciting for our students and visitors!”

Tara is involved in all aspects of the museum, both in its current form and the exciting new displays she is helping to create! Find her on Twitter @TaraPirie.