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In the life of a Head Curator

Head Curator, Matt Brosnan, talks the favourite parts of his job Museum collection and why he chose to work for London Transport Museum.
Head Curator, Matt Brosnan, talks the favourite parts of his job Museum collection and why he chose to work for London Transport Museum.

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Matthew Brosnan, Head Curator

Why did you choose to work for the Museum?

I started work as the Museum’s new Head Curator in January and it has been a busy and rewarding few months. I previously worked at the Imperial War Museum for twelve years.

The opportunity to come work at London Transport Museum and oversee a larger team of curators, work with a fascinating collection and contribute to a huge variety of projects, was too good to miss. The collection of nearly half a million objects is fantastically rich and diverse.

What is your favourite object in the collection?

I have done some press interviews for the Museum, which has given me the chance to learn about key objects to talk about on camera.

My current favourite is the plan chest containing letterpress blocks of the Johnston typeface, housed at our Acton Depot.

Not only is this an attractive object demonstrating the craft of printing, it also has a much wider story to tell in terms of Edward Johnston’s iconic typeface that has become such a part of London’s identity. This is true of so many other items in the collection, which makes it vital that we preserve them.

Name one thing that has surprised you the most about the Museum? The thing that has surprised me the most about the Museum is the sheer range of projects completed in relation to the Museum’s size.

It is a very ‘hands on’ museum, where staff work hard and contribute in a wide variety of ways, which makes it a hectic and very positive place to work.

Upcoming projects…

For me and the curatorial team, upcoming projects include an exhibition tying in with the successful Hidden London programme, the redevelopment of our War Gallery and overseeing the Q stock restoration project.

Alongside our continued work to develop, document, care for and interpret our collection in ways that make it accessible in programming, online and through events, it means there is never a dull moment.