Emma’s first experience working in museums was as a teenage costumed interpreter at historic houses in her home state of Massachusetts and she has never looked back. She graduated with honours from the University of Massachusetts Amherst having completed a self designed major focusing on the uses of historic materials in teaching and learning. In addition, she holds an MA in Museum Studies: Exhibit Development from George Washington University in Washington DC and an MA in Folklore from Memorial University of Newfoundland.

With more than 15 years experience in the museum field she has worked in museums as varied as the Shetland Museum and Archive, National Museum of American History, Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Los Angeles Maritime Museum (Curator), Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic (Assistant Curator and Registrar), and as a freelance exhibit developer and interpretive planner in Newfoundland and Labrador. She has done everything from collections management, exhibit and interpretive development and programming to staffing the front desk, and helping with maintenance.