Bryony Smerdon

Job summary

Job Summary


Bryony is an Assistant Curator responsible for facilitating access to the museum’s object collections and manages the department’s busy schedule of research visits. She is passionate about making material accessible both physically and digitally, and works with visiting academics, independent researchers, and community groups from around the world to share and build knowledge about the collections. Her own research interests include the histories of archaeological and ethnographic objects from the Middle East, with a particular focus on the material cultures of Egypt and Sudan.



An archaeologist by training, Bryony holds an MPhil in Archaeology from the University of Cambridge and a BA in Egyptian Archaeology from UCL. She joined the Pitt Rivers Museum as a Collections Database Assistant in June 2022. In this post she managed and enhanced access to collections information through the database, training and supporting users as well as working collaboratively with indigenous communities to improve the accuracy of object records. Prior to this Bryony worked in the Department of Antiquities at the Ashmolean Museum for three years, first as a Collections Assistant and later as a Documentation Assistant, providing curatorial support and collections care expertise across exhibitions, loans, teaching, research visits, and storage optimisation. She has also previously volunteered at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Cambridge and the Petrie Museum in London, working on a variety of cataloguing and documentation projects such as the AHRC-funded Artefacts of Excavation. Outside of the museum Bryony conducts regular archaeological fieldwork in Egypt and has been part of the New Kingdom Research Foundation since 2018.