Prior to commencing her PhD in 2010, Poppy worked in digital curatorship, collections-based cultural research and community-based arts in Canberra.
Between 2006 and 2010 she worked with archival and cultural institutions as a collections-based curator, researcher and writer: first, as Archival Curator at the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) on the Australian Screen Online (ASO) project – a curated digital resource for accessing Australia’s moving image heritage online; and subsequently as a freelance Educational Writer for The Learning Federation’s (TLF) Federation’s National Digital Learning Resources Network, producing written content about photographic, printed and moving image materials selected from several national collections., including: the Australian War Memorial, the National Archives of Australia, the National Library of Australia and the NFSA. In both her work at the NFSA and for the TLF, she provided the context, significance and educational value of the collection items she selected for online display, and their broader histories of provenance.
Her curator notes and archival selections can be seen by clicking here
Her area of expertise while at the NFSA was focused on archival and historical non-fiction works, including silent actualities, newsreels, cinema advertisements, government and sponsored documentaries, home movies and amateur films. In her curatorial choices, she passionately advocated for the educational, aesthetic and historical value of amateur and everyday forms of cultural production - most particularly home movies and amateur film - as significant contributors to the rich fabric of Australian social history.
Since then, she has applied her curatorial and archival experience by contributing to a range of academic research projects that intersect with her (philosophical and practical) interest 'the archive', and notions of digital cultural heritage and archival epistemologies, in particular in terms of non-traditional, ephemeral and cultural works.