Hello! My name is Lucy Mullins and I currently live in Kent in the South-East of England with my family. I graduated from the University of Winchester with a bachelor’s degree in History in 2020, and have recently completed my master’s degree in Curating at the University of Kent.
In my free time, I enjoy watching movies, music, and reading. My favourite genres to read are fantasy, historical fiction, graphic novels and I have started to read some classics, particularly gothic horror. I have loved reading since I was a child, with my favourite childhood books including Harry Potter, Molly Moon, the Casson Family series and anything by Jaqueline Wilson.
During my studies, whenever I had the chance to deepen my understanding of the role and experiences of girls and women throughout many different periods of history, I would take it. This led to my undergraduate dissertation investigating how the knowledge, risks and understanding of sex and how it was presented and discussed in teen magazines such as Jackie, Just Seventeen, and Mizz. Through looking at articles and the advice pages, we can see the differences in how the sexual attitudes and behaviour of teenage girls compared to the societal attitudes of Britain in the 1980s. My research highlighted the importance of the magazine articles and advice pages as they filled in many of the gaps in the girls’ knowledge, which had not been taught formally in schools. This is still an issue girls and young women are facing today, as there are still many weaknesses, gaps and flaws in female sex education around the world.
My interest in working in a museum and curating started in my final year of my undergraduate degree whilst we were studying history in the public sphere. I found curating intriguing as exhibitions are a visual way of telling a story and shining a light on important topics and experiences. There are many museums that I love, especially the British Museum, as I enjoy many of its historical displays that focus on classical civilisations, the temporary blockbuster exhibitions–and obviously, the gift shop! My dream job would be to work as a curator in a historic house or castle.
Girl Museum Inc.