Having worked with a range of public collections, including fine, decorative and European peasant art, social and military history, Jean Vacher now holds the post of Curator at the Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts, with 13 years' experience of working in the field.
Jean's expertise includes exhibition curation, research and writing (the history of modern crafts), project management and the digitisation of museum collections. In 2011-13 she was Principal Investigator for a major externally-funded grant to upgrade the conservation and care of the Crafts Study Centre's Bernard Leach archive.
Her recent research has been concerned with the history, culture and identity of the Balkan people in the early part of the 20th century, viewed through their textiles and women travellers from Western Europe. It involves cross-disciplinary and comparative research methodologies. Jean enjoys subjects that combine analytical and visual approaches.
As a museum professional Jean is dedicated to sharing her research with others in the field, and to widening student and public access to the wealth of knowledge that the Crafts Study Centre collections has to offer.
- Foreword to Head, Hand, Heart: reflections on a practice, Crafts Study Centre, ISBN 978-0-9570212-3-5
- Chapter in Fry Art Gallery, an outbreak of talent, Fry Art Gallery.
- BA (Hons) in History, Royal Holloway College, University of London, 1982
- MA in Museum Studies, Institute of Archaeology, University College, University of London, 1998
- Teaching certificate in Adult Education, Guildford Continuing Adult Education/University of Surrey, 1983.
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