Museum appoints new Senior Archivist

The British Motor Museum is delighted to announce the appointment of Imogen Watts as its new Senior Archivist. Imogen will be responsible for the overall running of the Archive department, looking after the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust's nationally recognised, Designated collections of documents, film and photographs, as well as the Heritage Certificate service.

Cat-Imogen-Stephen-webFrom left to right; Cat Boxall - Curator, Imogen Watts - Senior Archivist, Stephen Laing Head of Collections. 

Originally a Drama graduate, Imogen qualified as an Archivist in 2016. She most recently worked for Gloucestershire County Council as Corporate & Digital Records Manager.

Imogen Watts, Senior Archivist said “I’m thrilled to have joined the team at the British Motor Museum. I’m looking forward to getting to know the collections and unlocking more of its hidden gems. I will be working closely with Cat Boxall, our Curator, to deliver content for exhibitions and looking at how we can develop the archive service for the future. I would like to make the Archive collections more visible to visitors to the Museum and its channels, as well as continuing to provide dedicated access for researchers.”

Imogen will be joining the 7 strong team which includes Richard, Lisa and Sharon who deliver the Heritage Certificates service, Paramjit and Cath who look after the records in the Archive, and Sarah-Jane who runs the photographic service. The Archive collections encompass a wide range of British automotive manufacturers and connected companies, and include a variety of records from factory ledgers and sales brochures to motoring journals and the personal papers of the industry greats. The Archive also holds an extensive collection of photographs and film footage, and items from the collection are regularly included in books, publications and television programmes.


From front to back. Imogen Watts, Paramjit Sehmi, Sarah-Jane Wilson, Sharon Edwards, Lisa Walton, Richard Bacchus.

Stephen Laing, Head of Collections at the British Motor Museum said “I'm delighted to welcome Imogen to the British Motor Museum. Imogen brings a fresh perspective to how we can develop our unrivalled collections and I look forward to working with her along with the rest of our talented team to make our collections even more accessible, engaging and enjoyable for all”.