beki joined Caithness Horizons before the renovations on the old Thurso town hall were complete in June 2008 and made the move from London to Thurso for this exciting career opportunity. beki previously worked at Camden Arts Centre in London and various other galleries and museums including Tate Gallery and Spike Island in Bristol. beki deals with the day to day running of our Museum and overseas all areas of the operation as well as overseeing the programme for the gallery.
Museum Curator, Joanne Howdle
Museum Curator: Joanne Howdle
Joanne, originally from Walsall in the West Midlands joined the team in January 2009. Joanne has a BA (Hons) in Classics, an MA (Dist) in Archaeology, PgDip (Dist) Museum Studies, PgCert in Arts Management and is an Associate of the Museums Association. She is currently studying for an MLitt in Viking Studies. Joanne has a specific interest in Picts, Vikings, the Icelandic sagas and dogs! Joanne is our Museum Curator which means she is responsible for managing the Museum’s artefacts. She also has a strong friendship with Peter the Penguin, Museum mascot and assists him in running the monthly Young Curators Club.
Visitor Services and Commercial Activities Co-ordinator, Joan Lawrie
Joan joined the team in November 2008 after volunteering with the Museum while it was under development. Joan has many years experience working in a range of roles at BT. She has a BA in Child and Youth Studies and is now studying towards a BSC in Sustainable development with the University of the Highlands and Islands. Joan deals with all of our commercial activities such as functions, room hires and events. She also manages the Museum gift shop.
Visitor Services Co-ordinator, Visitor Communications, Marion O'Brien
Visitor Services Co-ordinator, Visitor Communications: Marion O’Brien
Marion joined the team in November 2008 after moving home from studying Conference and Event Management at Edinburgh’s Telford College. The Museum job popped up one year after she had moved home and seemed like an ideal place to learn new skills. Marion covers the reception and handles the Museum marketing. Be sure to say hello next time you pass!
Administrator and Exhibitions Assistant
Helen joined the team in November 2008 as a visitor services assistant and has slowly moulded into the admin and exhibitions assistant role. Helen studied Fine Art at the Bradford Art College and moved to Thurso after falling in love with the area while on holiday here.
Helen works part time since adding to her family, she is usually in teh office on a Monday and a Wednesday.