Alexander studied History at the University of Leicester and then completed his postgraduate studies at the Ironbridge Institute of Cultural Heritage. Previously, he worked at Norton Collection Museum in Worcestershire and Birmingham Museums Trust, before moving to Cheshire to work as Museum Manager at Nantwich Museum - a Civil War museum. He also loves motorbikes, electric cars, bicycles and old camper vans, and enjoys walking in the Highlands. He is currently treasurer of Tayside Museums Forum and his favourite museum in Dundee is the McManus (apart from Dundee Museum of Transport obviously!)
Irene Hallyburton is the Museum Development Officer. Previously working in malaria research at the University of Dundee, Irene has always pursued sidelines in archaeology and history; having recently completed an MLitt. in Scottish History focusing on agricultural improvement. With a long history of involvement with classic cars, motorcycles and agricultural vehicles, she is up to driving any vehicle put in front of her. Bringing experience of many of the vehicles in the collection, and an enthusiasm for our automotive past, Irene is very keen to spread the word about how wonderful DMofT is, to get others involved and help the museum reach for the stars. Rockets are transport too!
(Community Engagement Officer)
After completing a Kickstart placement as Collections and Curatorial Assistant at the museum, Beth has taken up a role as our Community Engagement Officer and is excited to be working on some new projects. She is a recent graduate from Dundee University where she studied History and Psychology. Beth was thrilled to accept the varied and exciting position which she is sure will inspire a future career working in museums. Despite having very little knowledge of transport history when she began volunteering at the museum in April 2021, she has developed a keen interest in all things transport. In her spare time, she likes to do crafts, socialise with friends and listen to podcasts.
Mattia Serrano Ferraro
Mattia studied Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh but has always had an interest in all things historical. After graduating during the Covid-19 pandemic and moving back home, Mattia was extremely keen to work with museums in all aspects of curatorial work. Thanks to the Kickstarter scheme he is now working as Assistant Curator at Dundee Museum of Transport. Although not having an in-depth knowledge of transport history, he is very enthusiastic about learning all things transport. Ready to tackle any challenge that he might face, Mattia is excited to put his creative side to good use to bring out the best of the museum. Outside of work Mattia likes to socialise with friends, go for walks/hikes, read and listen to music.
Ricky James Hopkins
Out of every one of my interests, history has always been something I loved. I pursued my love of history by studying at Dundee and Angus college and then at the University of the Highlands and Islands in Perth.
Due to the pandemic and remote learning, I wanted a change and decided to pursue some of my interests and experience a bit of life.
After searching for jobs and volunteering work I discovered Dundee Museum of Transport. This was perfect as it combined my love for history and ambition to work. Thanks to Kickstart I have been able to gain work experience and the opportunity to pursue my interests.