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

Michelle Lees

Michelle is Programme Manager of Gosport Heritage Action Zone. Previously she worked with collections at Cathedrals, National Museums and local history museums. She was Chair of SHCG 2013-15 and joined firstBASE team in 2020.

Catherine Newley

Catherine is the Audience Development Manager at St Albans Museums, having previously worked as the curator of the social history collections. She was Chair of SHCG 2015-2017 and joined the firstBASE team in 2011 in her previous role as SHCG Web Editor.

Verity Smith

Verity is a freelance curator, consultant and writer, having previously worked in national and local authority museums. Verity first joined the firstBASE committee in 2019 and is the current Chair of SHCG.

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 is Curator at Welwyn Hatfield Museum service. Previous roles include Head of Exhibitions at the National Army Museum and prior to that Cataloguer, Curator and then Exhibitions Officer at The Postal Museum over a 10 year period. She joined firstBASE 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.

Jill Holmen

Jill currently works in the loans team at the British Museum, and has more than 25 years’ experience with mixed collections in national and local authority museums. She joined the firstBASE team in 2002, and served as SHCG Chair from 2007-2009.

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.