Hello! My name is Olivia, and I live in South Wales. I am originally from Devon in England, but I grew up in Wales and had the chance to experience the Welsh language and culture from an early age.
I completed an undergraduate degree in History and History of Art at the University of York. I developed an interest in social and gender history, which inspired me to write my dissertation about the work of women Pop artists in the 1960s. It was great to raise awareness of overlooked women artists and discuss how they used their artwork to tackle many issues, such as the objectification of women in the media.
I enjoy visiting museums and art galleries, so I was fortunate to live in the historic city of York with its variety of interesting sites and attractions. Ever since I was a child, I have had a strong interest in history. When I stayed with my grandma in Somerset during the summer holidays, she would take me to many of the impressive National Trust properties in the area. Some of my other hobbies include photography, exploring the countryside and enjoying walks along the Welsh coastline.
My idea of a ‘dream job’ seems to change every day. I currently work in marketing for a company that provides training courses and work placements for universities. As I love to write and research, I hope to share my passion for heritage and art by creating my own history and culture magazine.
One of my favourite museums is The Foundling Museum in London. The museum shares the history of the Foundling Hospital, a home established in London in 1739 for young children at risk of abandonment due to poverty or the social stigma of illegitimacy. The exhibits are very poignant, particularly the small tokens on display. These were everyday objects such as buttons, coins and jewellery – the only relics that linked the children to their mothers after being admitted to the Hospital. As the Foundling Hospital was also London’s first public art gallery, the museum’s Picture Gallery contains an impressive art collection, making the museum a unique visit.
The biggest issue facing girls I know are the pressures to keep up with unrealistic beauty standards to gain acceptance from others. Social media has intensified the pressure on girls to constantly seek approval, resulting in feeling like they cannot be true to themselves. I also think girls are under more pressure to prove they can excel in all areas of life, especially in academia. It is important for girls not to compare themselves to others and stop putting time limits on their achievements.
I am excited to be working with Girl Museum and looking forward to getting started!
– Olivia Richardson
Girl Museum Inc.