Olivia Elliott Smith

Academic and Museum Professional

About me


Olivia Elliott Smith is a museum professional and academic currently based in Toronto, Canada. She has a Masters of Museum Studies and an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Mediaeval and Celtic Studies from the University of Toronto. She takes an interdisciplinary approach to her museological practice, uniting literature, material culture, and museum theory to create dynamic visitor experiences.

Olivia has been a curator, gallery assistant, and exhibition interpreter for institutions such as the Canadian Language Museum, the Royal Ontario Museum, and the Museum of Inuit Art. 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, and has supervised and developed projects for museum interns.

Olivia’s academic interests are focused on the role of women in the North Atlantic during the Viking Age, with an emphasis on Iceland and the British Isles. She seeks to bring together evidence from primary sources and material culture to shed light on the way women lived, worked, and were perceived in Viking Age society. She aspires to use the museum context as a platform for increasing 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, please fill out the form on the Contact page.

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