I am the Senior Provenance Research Curator (supported by the Polonsky Foundation) at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
From 2018-2022, I was the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Provenance and Spoliation Curator at the V&A. My research focused on the provenance of the Gilbert Collection, one of the world’s most important collections of works of decorative art. I co-curated ‘Concealed Histories: Uncovering the Story of Nazi Looting’, the first special provenance display of its kind by a UK museum.
I serve as a member of the National Museum Directors’ Council (NMDC) Spoliation Working Group, which co-ordinates provenance research efforts at UK museums with respect to the Nazi period.
I am also a member of the Arts Council England (ACE) restitution working group, which advises on the development on new guidance for the UK museum sector with respect to Colonial-era artefacts.
Before joining the V&A in 2018, I was a researcher at the Commission for Looted Art in Europe, a not-for-profit organisation which recovers property looted under the Nazis.
I hold a DPhil in History from the University of Oxford, where I was co-director of the War Crimes Research Network at The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH). I studied Modern History at the Humboldt University Berlin and Somerville College, Oxford.
The Provenance Detective, Virginia Quarterly Review
The Spoils of War, Museums Journal
Who owned these Jewish-owned treasures? V&A seeks clues from public, The Art Newspaper
Il Victoria & Albert Museum mette in mostra l’arte depredata, Il Sole 24 Ore
Uncovering the Stories of Nazi-Looted Art, The Epoch Times
Sleuthing Out the Secret History of Stolen Art, National Review
Interview with the V&A’s Provenance and Spoliation Curator, TheArtLawLover.com