Welcome to my blog! Pop the kettle on, pull up a chair, and get ready to join me on my adventures in museums, galleries and the heritage sector.

My name is Naomi and I am a PhD researcher at the University of Sussex. I specialise in popular culture and travel in the ‘long’ nineteenth century (1789-1914). I am fascinated by the ways in which travel is represented in the popular culture of this period, and how popular culture allowed ordinary people to access travel.

I also work in the heritage sector, at Brighton Museums. I am based at the Royal Pavilion and Brighton Museum and Art Gallery. Previously I have worked for the Sussex Archaeological Society (at Lewes Castle and Anne of Cleves House), and volunteered for Photoworks (Brighton Photo Biennial) and Lewes Priory Trust, amongst others. Between 2014-2018, I helped run the Facebook page for the Department of Art History at the University of Sussex.

I have a passion for our shared national – and international – heritage. Everything, from the smallest coin or pin to castles or natural landmarks, is part of our heritage. It’s something everyone in society has some degree of interest in. I hope by sharing my experiences in the heritage sector on The Heritage Girl, some of my passion for the past comes across – and someone else may inspired to find out more about heritage objects and sites around them.

I also love anything related to travel, dream of owning vintage motorcycles, and have a soft spot for hard rock.