Emma Bernard, Curator of Fossil Fish at the Natural History Museum in London, joined our board of trustees in October 2022. She is a dedicated museum professional with over 15 years’ experience working on natural science collections in small local authority, large regional and national museums in the UK.
Emma is passionate about engaging people about science, especially younger audiences, alongside challenging perceptions of what a palaeontologist looks like. She regularly participates and leads outreach events across the UK, such as the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival covering aspects of palaeontology, evolution and talking about sharks. As well as online events, such as the Natural History Museums’ Nature Live online.
A heroine of Emma’s is Mary Anning, and she has been fortunate enough to have been involved in various projects over the years, including a short programme on BBC Inside Out about who Mary Anning was; as a consultant of an upcoming children’s book about Mary Anning with Penguin Random House Publishers and with EVT’s school’s programme.
Emma is no stranger to the stage having spent 20 years attending various dance classes. In her late teens and early twenties, she was a ballet teacher and a professional cheerleader. She also regularly attended classes with the Scottish Youth Theatre as a teenager.