Collections Assistant labelling objects

Cardiff Story Museum

firstBASE holds records, signposts, weblinks and downloads for the best resources that can help museum professionals develop the interpretation, and improve the identification, of the social history objects under their care.

firstBASE started in 2000 and has now grown to hold over 2000 records of useful books, articles, websites, significant collections, museums and organisations.

All resources listed on firstBASE have been checked, reviewed and verified by the firstBASE Editorial Committee, so you can be sure that the information held within them is of a high, accurate quality. 

The Editorial Committee continuously monitors and adds additional content to the site, and regularly checks all the weblinks held on it.

The Editorial Committee

Sarah Maultby

Sarah is Project Officer for the Woodhams Stone Collection in Malton, North Yorkshire. She has worked for the National Media Museum, Bradford and York Castle Museum. She was an SHCG Committee member from 2002-2008 and joined the firstBASE editorial team in 2014.

Victoria Rogers

Victoria is the Museum Manager of the Cardiff Story Museum, the new city history museum for Wales' capital.  She has worked for Tyne and Wear Museums and Coldharbour Mill Museum.  She joined the firstBASE editorial committee in 2009 during her time as SHCG Chair.

Steph Mastoris

Steph is the Head of Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales’  National Waterfront Museum in Swansea. Steph began the firstBASE project in 2000 and since then has acted as its General Editor.

Emma Harper

Emma has worked at the British Postal Museum and Archive for almost four years, first as a Cataloguer and now as Curator (Move Planning) preparing the collections to be moved to their new museum.  She joined the firstBASE team in 2010.

Briony Hudson

Briony is a freelance curator and pharmacy historian, having previously worked in national, local authority and independent museums.  She first joined the firstBASE committee during her time as SHCG Chair in 2005.

Ellie Swinbank

Ellie has worked at the National Mining Museum Scotland for almost three years as Assistant Curator and then Keeper.  Previously she has worked at the National Railway Museum, Tyne and Wear Museums and Archives and Lancashire County Museums.  She joined the firstBASE team in 2009.

Jill Holmen

Jill has been the Collections Manager at Epping Forest District Museum, Essex since 2005, and has over 20 years' experience in Regional and National Museums.  She joined the firstBASE editorial team in 2002.

Catherine Nisbet

Catherine is the Museum & Arts Officer for Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery.  Catherine has been involved in firstBASE since the inaugural meeting in 2000 when she was Vice Chair of SHCG.