Dr Katie Murray


Project Officer

Katie joined CRTR in May 2020 to work as a Project Officer on NPA INTERREG funded projects StoryTagging and Scitour, both of which works with a number of northern partners to extend the market reach of SMEs in remote areas.


After a couple of years working in the front line of the Scottish tourist industry, Katie completed a MLitt in Museum and Gallery Studies and then spent a season as curator of the museum on the Subantarctic island of South Georgia. This polar exposure led to a career in the expedition cruise industry, working both as an onboard history lecturer on trips to Antarctica, South Georgia, the Falkland Islands, Greenland, the Canadian Arctic, Wrangel Island and the Russian Far East, and managing projects aimed at enhancing education and science programs offered to guests on board. She also took the opportunity to return to academia to complete a PhD, with a thesis titled ‘Memorials of Endurance and Adventure: Exhibiting British polar exploration c.1819-1930.’ This examines how the polar regions were represented in exhibitions and museum displays.

Katie loves being by the sea and hopes to spend some of her leisure time gaining more RYA qualifications to add to her maritime portfolio. She is looking forward to beachcombing and walks in the hills with her border collie.


PhD in Museum and Gallery Studies, University of St Andrews

MLitt (with Distinction) in Museum and Gallery Studies, University of St Andrews

MA (Hons) in Scottish Studies, University of Aberdeen