Susan Ann Bennett, MA, Hon FRSA                                                           T: 0790 5273293  email:

clean UK driving licence

Skills, competencies and responsibilities

  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office 2007 and 2003 Word, Access,  Excel and Powerpoint
  • Able to work on own initiative and as part of a team
  • Conscientious worker with good people skills
  • Managed and developed archive and history of 18th century learned society
  • Answered enquiries received by letter, email or telephone
  • Produced finding aids and information sheets
  • Supervised visits to the archive search room.
  • Managed library by acquiring books, identifying source material, managing circulation of periodicals and running inter-library loan service
  • Managed photograph and slide collection.  Commissioned photography and dealt with sale of images
  • Managed the loan of archival material to other organisations and museums
  • Gave public talks
  • Wrote short interest pieces, produced indexes and edited an academic publication
  • Identified and organised speakers, topics for programmes of history talks and symposia
  • Developed relationships with many societies and institutions
  • Involved with successful funding bids.
  • Mentored student
  • Raised profile of organisation in media
  • Managed projects

Roles : Curator/Archivist, Librarian, Honorary Secretary, Web Cataloguer, Tour Guide, Project  Assistant, Committee Member

Employment history

2006                        Reference checking and picture research for Dr Marcia Pointon (April-October)

2005-10                Website cataloguer, BIOME, University of Nottingham – renamed INTUTE Health and Life Sciences

2005-10                Website cataloguer, ARTIFACT, University of Manchester – renamed INTUTE Arts and Humanities

2005                       Freelance research assistant to Project Researcher, Legal Department, Christie, Manson and Wood, 24th October-2nd December

2005                       Private research commissions, Ben Weaver; Jon Meacham, Managing Editor,Newsweek

2002                       Project Assistant, BIOME, The Natural History Museum, London (part time)

2003                       Private research commission, Ben Weaver, Chairman, General Assembly

2003-09                LAUF Sun Insurance Registers Project at The Guildhall – data inputting

2002                       Eight month contract – 16 April to 10 December. Collection Level Description Assistant, The Natural History Museum, London

Private research commissions – Walter Isaacson, Chairman, CNN; Ben Weaver, Chairman, General Assembly and Deborah Jaffe, author

2001                        Four month contract – Librarian, Sotheby’s Institute

2001-1999             Curator, RSA (Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce)

1999-1995             Archivist, RSA; occasional Librarian, Design Museum

1995-1992             Library Administrator, RSA

1992-1990            Acting Library Administrator, RSA

1990-1998            Assistant Librarian, RSA

1984-1973             Assistant Librarian, RSA

1973-1970             Secretary, Librarian Zoological Society

1970-1969             Secretary, Architects Department, Zoological Society


2008-                  PhD in Digital Humanities at King’s College London investigating the networks represented within the membership of the London Society of Arts 1754-1854

2002-04           Birkbeck MA History of Art based on Research awarded 2004 for ‘A thankless child’.  The artistic life of Georgiana  Jane Henderson (nee Keate) 1771-1850

1967-69      Harrow College of Further Education

Chandos Secondary Modern

Voluntary activity

Honorary Secretary, William Shipley Group for RSA History 2004-; Morning Programme Secretary, Moor Park Decorative and Fine Arts Society; Tour Guide for Moor Park Mansion; Webmaster for Rickmansworth Historical Society; co-Vice Chair RSA London Region 2011-


Reading, writing , history, crafts

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