Hi, I’m Tom Hopkins and I have recently started working as a Curator in a National Museum. Previously, I’ve worked in collections management and documentation roles in a number of organisations. I am from Reigate in Surrey.
I very nearly studied Biochemistry at university. Instead, I graduated with a BA in Classics from Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2009. I followed this up with an MA in Classics from the University of Birmingham in 2011, where I wrote my thesis on genre theory in Horace’s Odes.
I started volunteering in the Heritage Sector in January 2012. My first role was as a database and collections volunteer at Guildford Museum. I subsequently volunteered with the London Borough of Sutton Heritage Service, the National Army Museum and the National Maritime Museum. Alongside study and volunteering, I worked for nearly nine years with the supermarket chain Morrisons,.
I landed my first paid job in the heritage sector in July 2014, as a Curatorial Assistant at Worcester Cathedral Library and Archive (a Heritage Lottery Fund Skills for the Future Traineeship). My next job was as a part-time Project Research Assistant at Guildford Museum. On my free days during this role, I went back to volunteer with the National Maritime Museum, and took up a new voluntary role at the Horniman Museum.
After this, I worked at the University of Oxford’s History of Science Museum and Christ’s Hospital Museum in West Sussex.