Staff Profiles

Professor Ian Carradice BA PhD, worked for 12 years as a curator at the British Museum before moving to St Andrews in 1989. At St Andrews he established and taught the Museum and Gallery Studies programme. He was also in charge of the University Museum Collections, spearheading the move to establish a University Museum.  MUSA opened in 2008.  He also served as Head of the School of Art History 2002-2006. He retired in 2012, and in retirement he owns and runs a hill farm in Cumbria.



Annette Carruthers BA FMA, worked for 14 years in local authority museums in Leicestershire and Cheltenham and from 1991 to 1994 held a Leverhulme Research Fellowship based jointly in the University of St Andrews and the National Museums of Scotland. She collaborated on publications with both NMS and Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum.  She taught Art History as well as Museum and Gallery Studies. Since retiring in 2014 she has been co-authoring a book, Ernest Gimson: Arts & Crafts Designer and Architect, which will be published by Yale University Press in October 2019.


Photograph of Ann GunnAnn Gunn, BA, AMA
, worked as Keeper of Art at Nottingham City Museums, Assistant Registrar at Princeton University Art Museum, USA, and Registrar of the University of St Andrews Art Collection before joining the Museum and Gallery Studies team in 1999.  She also ran her own gallery, the South Street Gallery, in St Andrews, which specialised in contemporary Scottish art. She is Honorary Curator of the University’s Fine Art Collection. She is also Chair of Fife Contemporary, a member of the Fife Committee of the Art Fund and a mentor for the Museums Association’s professional development programme, the AMA.


Rachel Hunter worked for several years as Exhibitions Officer at Tweeddale Museum in Peebles in the Scottish Borders before joining the Scottish Museums Council (now Museums Galleries Scotland) in 1996 in the role of Museums Development Manager. She now runs a heritage consultancy working with museums across the UK and Ireland. Rachel taught the part-time Museums Studies course, standing in for Annette Carruthers during a sabbatical year in 2005-6 and has subsequently returned from time to time as a guest lecturer.



Photograph of Alison JamesAlison James BEd MA AMA, was involved with the part-time course from 1997 until her untimely death in 2010. She was a museum  consultant who worked at Leicestershire Museums and Wigtown District Museums as an education officer before becoming freelance in 1993. She undertook projects for a wide variety of museums and related organisations specialising in interpretation, education and evaluation, throughout the UK and internationally. The Visitor Studies Group named a bursary in her honour, the Alison James Professional Development Bursary.



Dr Ulrike Weiss MA PhD, joined the Museum and Gallery Studies team in 2009. Previously, she had been assistant curator, then project curator at the Württemberg State Museum, Stuttgart, Blackwell Curator at the Lakeland Arts Trust, Windermere, and exhibitions curator at the History Museum, Hanover. From 2010-2014, she was Deputy Chair of the Academic Advisory Board for the Exhibition “The Hanoverians on Britain’s Throne, 1714-1837”, held across five museums in Hanover in 2014. In 2013, she became an elected member of the Historical Commission for Lower Saxony and Bremen.



Dr Karen Brown BA MPhil PhD, joined the Museum and Gallery Studies team in 2013 having been a postdoctoral research fellow at Trinity College, Dublin and the University of Cambridge. She had previously worked as a university Curator of Art for four years. Since 2014 she has been Director of the School of Art History Museums, Galleries and Collections Institute (MGCI) overseeing a number of research projects relating to questions of community heritage and sustainability with particular focus on Scotland and the Global South. From 2016-2020 she is coordinating an international research project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme entitled “EU-LAC-MUSEUMS: Museums and Community: Concepts, Experiences, and Sustainability in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean.”


Photograph of Nicôle MeehanNicole Meehan MA MLitt MLitt MA joined the University of St Andrews in 2016 as an Associate Lecturer in Museum and Gallery Studies.  Her research examines the role of the digital cultural object in the production of transcultural memory after the postdigital turn.  Nicôle has previously worked in diverse roles across the museum sector in the UK and US. She has been Head of Education at the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery (University of Glasgow), managed a digitisation traineeship programme for young people at the National Galleries of Scotland and was Historic Scotland’s first Online Content Officer. During 2013-14 she was the Elsevier Fulbright Scholar in Bibliometrics which allowed her to spend a year in the US studying and finally working at the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, Colorado.


Jamie Allan Brown BA MLitt joined the Museums, Galleries and Collections Institute (MGCI) in the School of Art History in 2016 as Project Youth Programme Worker and Administrator for the international research project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme entitled “EU-LAC-MUSEUMS: Museums and Community: Concepts, Experiences, and Sustainability in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean.” A graduate of the school’s MLitt Museum and Gallery Studies course, his experience includes managing, coordinating youth programmes and securing funding for diverse community volunteer projects across Scotland and internationally. His interests include community development, museums increasing participation, youth empowerment and supporting third-sector development.


Dr Agnès Bos joined the Museum and Gallery Studies team in 2017. Previously Curator in the Decorative Arts department in the Louvre museum and adjunct professor at the Ecole du Louvre in Paris, she is a specialist in Decorative Arts from the Middle Ages to the 17th-century, with a particular focus on Early Furniture, Textiles and Tapestries, she has also published on French medieval architecture and has a special interest in history of collection and collecting. She has curated several exhibitions and her Catalogue raisonné of the Medieval and Renaissance furniture of the Louvre is due out in 2019.


Staff of the Museum of the University of St Andrews
Over the years we have had support and input from many staff in the University Museum Collections Unit, including

Jessica Burdge, Cathy Cruickshank, Amy Dale, Ellen Fenton, Alison Hadfield, Rhona Hamilton, David Hopes, Mark Macleod, Annette MacTavish, Rebecca Prentice, Helen Rawson, Claire Robinson, Joanna Rodgers, Matt Sheard, Ella Voce, Emma Jane Wells,