Alex has worked in collections management and digitisation roles for over 25 years. During that time he has worked in a variety of organisations, most recently as Documentation Manager for 14 years at the Museum of London. Prior to that he was Project Manager of lottery-funded project ‘TUC History Online’ and before that Collections Systems Manager at the RAF Museum.
At the Museum of London Alex worked on a number of strategic projects including Exploring 20th Century London (a collaborative project to aggregate data from museum collections in London), specification and implementation of the Collections Information Integration Middleware (CIIM), as well as several developments to Mimsy XG such as integration of archive cataloguing functionality. Using his knowledge of information system development, he also acted as Project Manager for the introduction of a new intranet, as well as customer relationship and resource management systems.
Starting with a grounding in Museum Studies, Alex became particularly interested in the development and evolution of information systems. This curiosity led to five years of part time study with the Open University, where he obtained a postgraduate certificate in Information Systems – covering requirements gathering, modelling and development as well as the causes of system failure.
Alex has a solid grounding in Spectrum collections management procedures, having worked on several procedural reviews at the Museum of London. He has also worked extensively with Naomi Korn on developing methodologies for analysing collections data for rights information and subsequent development of systems for recording due diligence and permitted uses.
He served on the Committee of the Museums Computer Group from 2000-2007 and was chair of the UK Mimsy user group between 2013 and 2018.