Rebecca Laverty

Curator of History

  • Department: History
  • Email address: rebecca.laverty@nmni.com

Core responsibilities:

Assist with the Ulster Museum Modern History collection.

Staff background:

Whilst studying for her undergraduate History degree, Rebecca developed a keen interest in the museum sector, sparked by a student internship with The Hunterian Museum at the University of Glasgow. She subsequently began to gain experience as a volunteer in a variety of roles in the sector, including at the National Trust and HMS Caroline.

She completed an MA Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies degree at Ulster University in 2018. During her studies she also worked for Titanic Belfast and Libraries NI, whilst continuing her volunteering. In 2018 she also took part in a volunteer-led project with the Linenhall Library. This resulted in the curation of an exhibition entitled, ‘Objects History and Me,’ which explored the experiences of a group of young women living in a post-conflict society.  

She began a role with the newly opened Whitehead Railway Museum in 2018 as an Administrator, dealing with a wide variety of tasks including bookings and co-ordinating volunteers. She now works for them part time as Education and Outreach Manager, alongside her role in National Museums, which she began in August 2019.  

In her job, Rebecca loves working directly with our collections, and is passionate about finding new ways to share them with everyone.

Staff interests:

Rebecca loves to travel and can often be found dragging her friends to every historical site and museum she can find during their adventures away. She first tried bouldering a couple of years ago in an attempt to conquer a lifelong fear of heights, and is now an avid climber. When at home, she can usually be found attempting some DIY, playing her guitar (and singing badly) or crafting in front of the TV.

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Rebecca Laverty

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