Nicola's PhD, which she completed in 2013, was entitled 'Collecting and Producing for Empire: African textiles at the V&A 1852-2002.' It saw her researching the little known African textile collection at the V&A and was funded by an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award between the Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation (TrAIN) at the University of the Arts London, and the V&A. She went on to work at the V&A as an Assistant Curator and to receive an AHRC cultural engagement award to disseminate the results of her work. She currently works as a Research Assistant at the Open University on an ESRC project about cultural rights and the Kenyan constitution.
Nicola's London: Nicola is passionate about museum collections and how they have developed over time, and this background knowledge makes her a really interesting person to lead tours of London's museums and galleries. Nicola of course gives tours of the V&A, and she also applies her expertise to the collections of the British Museum and the National Portrait Gallery.