Nicola Garside is Assistant Curator, East and Central Asia. Nicola is on leave until June 2020.

Nicola GarsideNicola graduated in 2000 with a Fine Art & History of Art degree from Aberystwyth University, and went on to attain an M.Phil in 2002 from the University of Glasgow which she studied for at Christies Education, London. 

She was employed as a contract Museums and Galleries project assistant, working on exhibitions and as front of house, before becoming the Assistant Learning and Access Officer at Tullie House Museum, Carlisle. There, Nicola was responsible for the administration of the schools programming and also contributed content and provided illustrations for ‘Dead Good Romans’, a publication for schools.

Nicola was Curator and Manager of Gairloch Heritage Museum between 2004-2008; during which time the Museum achieved full MLA Accreditation.

Originally, Nicola joined National Museums Scotland as an Assistant Curator for Middle East and South Asia, working primarily on the Royal Museum Project and the gallery ‘Inspired by Nature’; including the interactive content, labels and gallery installation.

Since 2014 Nicola has supported East and Central Asia as Assistant Curator where she works largely on the logistical aspects of this section; including collections care, storage, exhibitions installation, and courier of loans for the department.

Nicola is interested in: interpretation and access, collectors and collecting, storage and care of organic materials and weaponry. 


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