Trisha Carleton | Associate
Collections Management, Curatorial
Bachelor of Arts, Cultural Anthropology and Museum Studies, University of Calgary
Master of Arts, Interpretation, Representation and Heritage, University of Leicester, UK
Specialization Certificate in Museum Collections Management, University of Victoria
Trisha has been working and volunteering in the museum and the not-for-profit sector for over 13 years and currently works as a Senior Curatorial Assistant in Western Canadian History at the Royal Alberta Museum. In community museums, art centres, universities and provincial institutions she has been involved in all areas of museum function from visitor services to executive director. In all of Trisha’s work, a community engagement centered approach is fundamental, with the primary goal being to share the museum’s unique offerings with their communities.
Trisha possesses a wealth of experience and a diverse skill set specific to collections management, curatorship, and museum theory with local and international perspectives. For a variety of museums, she has developed policies and procedures, gained Recognized Museum status from the Alberta Museums Association, written successful grant applications to increase organizational capacity, managed collections storage re-organization and digitization projects, and curated exhibitions that broke attendance records.
Trisha is an alumni of the Open Palace Programme, which involved an in depth study tour of museums and historic sites in south west England, completing hands-on projects with conservators and minds-on problem solving with curatorial and programming staff. With museum professionals from around the world she took part in dialogue to address challenges such as decolonizing museum spaces and repatriation at some of England’s most visited sites.
Knowledgeable and passionate about all aspects of museum operations, Trisha was selected as an instructor for the Alberta Museums Association Museum Management course in 2014. Teaching is one way she stays connected in the museum community. Trisha is also committed to life-long learning so that she can offer the most relevant information possible to help museums best serve their communities and tell their stories.