A temporary manager has been appointed at Keswick Museum to cover while Becks Skinner is on maternity leave.
Eilidh Young has worked in the museum sector for more than eight years in museums around the United Kingdom.
She has previously been shoe curator at Northampton Museums and Art Gallery, where she delivered the Virtually Shoes project to digitise the 20,000 plus pairs of shoes in the collection. She has also been trading and operations manager at Kilmartin Museum on the west coast of Scotland.
Eilidh completed her post-graduate MLitt. in dress and textile histories at the University of Glasgow and is a graduate of the Royal School of Needlework’s Hand Embroidery degree programme and holds a degree in decorative art history.
She is very excited to work with the Keswick School of Industrial Art collection and to be part of the team creating the upcoming James Durden exhibition.
Eilidh has previously worked in Cumbria at the Dock Museum in Barrow where she developed Sculpture in Disguise, an exhibition of Tim Stead’s wooden sculptures. She is very happy to be returning to Cumbria for this role at Keswick Museum and is looking forward to getting to know the North Lakes better.
Eilidh will be leading the museum’s recovery from the impact of COVID-19 and is confident it will be able to get through this difficult time with the team finding innovative ways to continue to deliver the attraction’s award winning service .
“It’s a tough time for all cultural and heritage organisations, but this museum has seen off Storm Desmond, foot-and-mouth, two world wars, Spanish influenza and many other challenges during its history,” said Eilidh.
“We will continue to be resilient and work together to find a way through this critical time.”
For more information about the museum, visit www.keswickmuseum.org.uk