Rachel Adams

raa33@le.ac.ukRachel Ann Adams


Professor Richard Sandell

Dr Janet Marstine

Research Interest/Area

My research explores the changing role of military museums, referencing internal infrastructure of military museums and their connection to issues such as Organisational Values, Work Cultures and Identity. I am completing this via Distance Learning while I continue to work as Curator of the Firing Line Museum of the Welsh Soldier at Cardiff Castle.

My research will take a case study approach using individual and contextual interviews to explore ideas about the impact of workplace values on organisational service delivery within military museums.

Academic Awards

1999-2000      MA in Museum Studies, University of Leicester
1996-1999      BA in Archaeology, Cardiff University

Career Achievements

Since 2000, I have developed a vast experience of the Heritage sector; working in a Curatorial Capacity with diverse museum collections. My career has progressed from focusing specifically on curatorial activity to combining these skills with community engagement roles. My passion lies in how museums engage with diverse audiences and the impact that museums can have on people’s lives. I am particularly driven by challenging roles that improve the accessibility of museums and their collections.

I am enthusiastic about knowledge sharing within the Heritage sector and since 2008 I have mentored people on the Museum Association’s AMA scheme. I have also been President of the Federation of Museums and Galleries of Wales since October 2014.

2009-Present     Museum Curator, Firing Line Museum.
2004-2009          Community History Officer, Northampton Museums Service.
2002-2004          Keeper of Human History, Isle of Wight Museums Service.
2001-2002          Curator, Totnes Elizabethan Museum.
2001-2002          Museums Development Officer for South Hams and Teignbridge.
2000-2001          Acting Keeper of Archaeology, Warwickshire Museum.

Exhibitions & Projects

Remembering Mametz (2016) - exhibition exploring the contributions of the Welsh Soldier during the Battle of Mametz. A Wales Remembers commemorative project.

Cardiff Remembers (HLF Funded - 2015-2016). Cardiff-wide collaborative project to commemorate the role of Cardiff during the First World War.

Waterloo Lives. The Battle for Honour - collaborative project exhibition co-curated with the National Army Museum in London (2015).

Outbreak 1914. Wales Goes to War - collaborative project exhibition co-curated with the National Army Museum in London (2014-2015).

Through 100 Eyes. A Community Covenant funded project engaging with community groups to Identify, Research and Interpret 100 artefacts (2014-2015).

Chair of First World War Centenary Collaborative Group in Cardiff, Member of Regimental Steering group and Member of Welsh Government Development Panel (2014-2019).

Remembering Korea. Travelling exhibition and Oral History project with Veterans of the Korean War (Firing Line Museum 2013).

Hands on History (Development and Production of object handling resources, education resource packs and film). A commissioned art project to design and produce innovative and unique handling resources for Community and Adult Learning Groups on Northampton (2004-2009).


Museums Association conference (November 2016). 'Call the Feds. The contribution of Federations to the Heritage Sector.

Reimagining Challenging History Conference, Cardiff University (29th-30th June 2016). Youth Commemoration of the First World War.

Federation of Museums and Galleries of Wales, Heritage and Tourism Collaboration. Conference Chair (2015)

Lessons Learned Partnership Agenda, Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay. Presenter and Facilitator, discussing the HLF Funded Cardiff Remembers Project (2015)

Association of Independent Museums workshop ‘Improving Your Resilience: Sharing Experiences. Speaking about Firing Line Museum’s mentoring partnership (2015)

Mushin Museum Conference Session: Local Perspectives of the First World War.Speaker (2014)

Hands on History Day Conference, University of Northampton. Chaired a conference on the connections that are made between community engagement and art interpretation (2008).

Black and Asian Studies Conference, University of Northampton. Co-delivered ethnographic handling session in partnership with Nikki Taylor Director of Northamptonshire Black History Association (2008).

East Midlands Rural Art Network Conference. Delivered Seminar Workshop about the Hands on History project (2008).

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