Hi, I’m Tom Hopkins and I work in Collections Management at the Museum of the History of Science, University of Oxford. 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, and intensely disliked most aspects of my time there.
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.
I started work in my current role in September 2016. I am part of a small team covering all aspects of collections management. My contract was initially full-time, but reverted to part-time hours in the Summer of 2017. Since September 2017, I have also been employed as Museum Documentation Assistant at an independent boarding school in Sussex.