Museum professional, Steph Webb has always loved narrative and characters and believes she was always going to be a story teller in one form or another. As assistant curator at Wakefield Museums, Steph uses the eclectic objects in the collections to preserve and tell the many varied stories of the Wakefield district and its people, past and present. She loves producing engaging and accessible interpretation that brings these stories to life for museum visitors.
Steph’s Museum Studies MA (Distinction) from the University of Leicester culminated in an exploration of how museum interpreters create narrative environments in their displays. The thesis was awarded the Eilean Hooper-Greenhill prize for best dissertation. The Masters followed a BA in English and History at the University of Leeds, which included a Writing Fiction module.
Steph has contributed to exhibitions and interpretation at Bradford Industrial Museum, Leeds Museums and Galleries, National Railway Museum, the Museum of North Craven Life, and now across Wakefield Museums’ three sites. She is especially proud of the recent Playmakers exhibition at Wakefield Museum, an innovative and immersive display telling the fascinating story of how a local saddler’s apprentice established a business that became one of the world’s leading sports manufacturers, producing the footballs for the 1966 World Cup and pioneering the rackets that propelled Steffi Graf and John Macenroe to Grand Slam success.
Steph has also previously contributed articles to education charity, Brightside’s Bright Knowledge website; written match reports for Leeds United’s official magazine; and enjoyed participating in Writing Squad projects, including collaborations with East Leeds FM and West Yorkshire Playhouse.