Hello there, my name is Charlotte, and I’m a proud Egyptologist, musician and girl gamer! I currently live in the city of Liverpool in the UK, but I have rural roots from Hertfordshire, in the South East of England. Throughout my childhood, my family and I ventured across the UK to a different place each weekend. We would visit a country house, or a castle, or if I was really lucky a museum! I lived for these trips out and they are the foundation for my love of museums and history. Since then, I pursued my love of ancient history by studying an Egyptology BA and MA at the University of Liverpool. It was during my Master’s degree that I developed a passion for curatorship and exhibition design, which I am bringing to the team at the Girl Museum.
I have always been a musical person, learning to play clarinet from the age of 7. I love to play in big groups and ensembles. I have played clarinet in Concert Bands, Big Bands and a Stage and Screen Orchestra. Some of my favourite things to play have been Dancing in the Moonlight, a Disney Pixar medley and anything Christmas themed! I found my love of singing soprano at age 10, and got a distinction in my Grade 8 Classical Singing when I was 16. Musical Theatre is definitely my favourite genre to sing, and my dream role would be Christine from the Phantom of the Opera.
I strongly believe that museums can unlock lifelong enthusiasm in people. As a child entering the Egyptian Sculpture gallery of the British Museum, I was awestruck by the size and realism of the Younger Memnon (a statue of the Pharaoh Ramesses II). Ever since that moment, I have held the museum dear to my heart as an inspiration for my interest in Egyptology. This is why the British Museum remains my favourite museum to this day. My dream came true when I had the chance to see behind the scenes of this museum during my MA studies! I strive to be an ancient worlds curator one day, so I can inspire more people to delve into ancient history and discover the wonders of the ancient world.
Girls of today face many issues, but I believe the biggest is access to education. In 2013, UNESCO published a report stating that 31 million primary school aged girls were not in school. Tragically, 1 out of 4 young women in developing countries never completed primary school. This meant that ⅔ of the 774 million illiterate people in the world were female. More education for girls would reduce the number of child deaths, would reduce the number of childhood marriages and early pregnancies, and would reduce the pay gap between men and women. Access to education is a continuing problem young girls face across the world. It is crucial for us to highlight this issue on platforms such as the Girl Museum, so we can give those in need a voice.
– Charlotte Jordan
Girl Museum Inc.