Olivia Elliott Smith is an academic and museum professional currently based in Reykjavík, Iceland. She has a Masters of Museum Studies and an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Mediaeval and Celtic Studies from the University of Toronto. She is currently a graduate student in Viking and Medieval Norse Studies at the University of Iceland.
Olivia has been a curator, gallery facilitator, and exhibition interpreter for Canadian institutions such as the Royal Ontario Museum, the Museum of Inuit Art, and the Canadian Language Museum. She has experience in collections management, preventative conservation, public programs and education, and curatorial research. She has also worked as a consultant for museum education initiatives, and has supervised and developed collections management projects for museum interns.
Olivia’s academic interests are focused on the role of women during the Viking Age. Her research aims to bring together evidence from primary sources and material culture to explore the way women lived, worked, and were perceived in Viking Age society. Her goal is to use the museum context as a platform to increase public access to this area of women’s history.
Olivia is available to consult with you and your institution on exhibition interpretation, education, curation, and collections management. If you would like to get in touch with her, see the Contact page.