Dr Katy Barrett is Deputy Curator of Art and Head of Interpretation at the Houses of Parliament. Previously she was Curator of Art Collections at the Science Museum, London (2017-21) and Curator of Art, pre-1800, at Royal Museums Greenwich (2013-17). She has held various posts at national and university museums, including the British Museum, Natural History Museum, Whipple Museum of the History of Science, and Waddesdon Manor. She has higher degrees in History of Art and History of Science and is active on social media as @SpoonsonTrays.
At the Science Museum, Katy co-authored The Sun: One Thousand Years of Scientific Imagery, 2018, co-curated The Art of Innovation: from enlightenment to dark matter, 2019-20, and led on five major commissions for Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries, 2019. At Royal Museums Greenwich, she co-curated the Pacific Encounters gallery, 2018, and was part of the team leading the full refurbishment of the Queen’s House, 2016. She has led on major acquisitions and commissions, small displays, academic partnerships and HLF-engagement projects, and authored a range of articles on art, science and museums.