Helen Record is currently Assistant Curator of Collections at the Royal Academy, where her role includes cataloguing and documentation, social media and website content, curating displays and collections care. She is also leading a review of terminology used in the Royal Academy’s collection database, focussing on decolonising cataloguing practices and ensuring our methods of documenting the collection are equitable, anti-discriminatory and sensitive. In addition, Helen is undertaking research into the colonial history of the Royal Academy, investigating the colonial associations of early Academicians and their links with enslavement. Before joining the Royal Academy, Helen worked at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts and Dulwich Picture Gallery.
As co-lead of the Landscape Research Group, Helen’s interest in landscape lies predominantly in 20th-century painting and printmaking, in particular the Great Bardfield artists and John Nash and his contemporaries. She is also fascinated by the potential of landscape art to address issues in contemporary society such as wellbeing, social cohesion and the environmental crisis.