Dr Vivienne Pollock, our friend and colleague, died suddenly and unexpectedly just a few days after completing the Purpose and Portrayal exhibition.This beautiful display, underpinned by deep knowledge and passion, typifies her skills as a curator.
Dr Pollock was unique in many ways, not least in having worked at all of Northern Ireland’s National Museums – beginning with the Ulster American Folk Park in 1987. When she moved to the Ulster Museum 4 years later she quickly became the undisputed expert in what she jokingly called ‘flat things’. This included paper artefacts of all kinds – maps, historic documents, prints and her beloved photographs.
Dr Pollock shared her joy and skill for history through three decades of exhibitions, publications, talks, conversations and fun. She mentored a new generation of curators and many others in our museums and more widely. We miss her terribly, and wish to dedicate the Purpose and Portrayal exhibition to her memory, just one small part of a rich legacy.
The Purpose and Portrayal exhibition is on display from 19 April - 03 November 2019