The Pathology Museum is really more of a co-operative of people who are passionate about the space and collection. Here is an introduction to the team employed by Queen Mary University of London.
Carla Valentine is the only full-time member of staff based at the museum and her official title is Assistant Technical Curator. This means that Carla's job is to repair, conserve and catalogue all 5000 specimens and rearrange them in a way that satisfies the Human Tissue Authority as well as students and allied health professionals.
The events she organises originally came as a side project to entertain and educate as well as raise much needed funds - the team felt that once the ground floor conservation was completed it might be nice to see if people would like to attend events, despite limitations on the upper floors.
Carla is a fully qualified Anatomical Pathology Technician which means she worked in a mortuary, doing post-mortems, for eight years after studying Forensics and Microbiology at university. She also exhumed skeletons in Venice and Belgium as part of a Forensic Pathology MSc and worked on the deceased during the London Bombings 7/7.
In her spare time Carla writes for magazines and is now writing a book about the collection. You can see more information about her articles and experience on side projects such as Eat Your Heart Out on her website
Paola Domizio - Retired
Paola Domizio is Professor of Pathology Education at The Blizard Institute, Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel and she joins a distinguished list of previous Barts museum curators including William Hunter and James Paget.
Paola is also the Director of Public Engagement for the Royal College of Pathologists and as such is very keen on promoting pathology to the general public and thinking outside the box when it comes to Pathology education. Without Paola's faith and support, many of the unusual and interesting events held at Barts Pathology Museum would not be able to go ahead.
Steve Moore is the Learning Resources & Facilities Manager for the Student Office of the SMD (School of Medicine and Dentistry). He oversees the dissection rooms at Mile End as well as the Pathology collections here at Barts and at Whitechapel meaning he has a lot to do!
Without Steve's tenacity and relentless funding applications, a salary for a conservator would never have been secured and the doors to Barts Pathology Museum would still be locked to the public.