Meet Elin Bark | Gallery Manager (maternity cover)11 Apr 2022
Elin started in the gallery in November 2022 as maternity cover for Lisa Muxworthy. You may occasionally see Elin on the floor but she spends most of her time in the office working behind the scenes.
Coming in as a maternity cover is daunting, you feel a lot of expectations and a pressure to learn the ropes and understand the business in a short amount of time. But everyone in the gallery has been super helpful and welcoming, and I am definitely learning something new every day.
Elin’s interest in art stems from her interest in history and many museum visits when she was younger. Her first museum job was at the Swedish Airforce Museum where she learned more about military history and the physics of aerodynamics than she had ever anticipated knowing. From 2014 Elin worked as the manager and curator at Boxholm's Bruksmuseum. This is a local town museum hosted in an old 17th century flour mill and tells the industrial history of the town.
Brought up in Sweden, Elin's interest in History eventually led to the University of Aberdeen where she studied Archaeology and History. While archaeological excavations are very interesting and lots of fun, the Scottish rain put her off pursuing a career as a field archaeologist. Instead she opted to continue her studies with a master’s degree in Museum and Artefact studies at Durham University. While at Durham she worked at both Durham Castle and Durham Cathedral. At the cathedral Elin had the opportunity to work as a runner for the filming of Avengers Endgame. Eventually Elin settled in Edinburgh. Here she worked as a warden at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, welcoming thousands of visitors each year before starting in the Scottish Gallery.
In her spare time Elin enjoys different forms of crafts including, crocheting and embroidery. Her other major hobby is baking, and while she has not followed her friend’s advice of going on the bake off yet, she does share out her bake goods to friends and family on a regular basis. Each Christmas time she also participates in a Swedish Lucia Choir that hosts a concert in St John's church to raise money for Streetworks (Simon Community Scotland) and All4Paws.