Elaine gained her MA (Hons) in Economic & Social History at the University of Edinburgh and her postgraduate Museums & Galleries qualification at the University of St. Andrews. She also holds the Associateship of the Museums Association (AMA).
Her first post in museums was Exhibitions Officer at Woodhorn Colliery Museum, Northumberland. She returned to Scotland to join National Museums Scotland in 1998. Since then her curatorial roles have included working in the Scottish Life Archive and at the National Museum of Rural Life.
Her research into Scotland’s Land Girls resulted in an exhibition and book and led to her becoming a Trustee of the Land Army Memorial Scotland group, who successfully campaigned and fundraised to establish a permanent memorial to the ‘Land Girls’ which was unveiled in Oct 2012 by the Duke of Rothesay.
Edwards is a board member for the Society for Folk Life Studies and a Trustee of the Rural Museums Network. She has also served a three-year term as a committee member of the Recognised Collections of National Significance.