Distinguished friends

Cathy Ross

Dr Cathy Ross is Honorary Research Fellow at the Museum of London, where she was Director of Collections and Learning until 2013. Previous to that, she worked in museums in Tyne & Wear and South Yorkshire.

Cathy’s museum career has focused on the challenges of representing the complexity of cities within a museum. She was chief curator for the Museum of London’s Galleries of Modern London, which opened in 2010, and has published widely on museums, contemporary collecting and London history. Her books include Designing Utopia: John Hargrave and the Kibbo Kift (2015), London: The Illustrated History (2008), The Romance of Bethnal Green (2007), Twenties London: a City in the Jazz Age (2003).

Cathy has been involved with several recent research networks looking at the ways migration is represented in museums.