Nerida’s passion for history was influenced by childhood holidays spent at her grandmother’s farm, happily rifling through chests brimming with family photographs, generations of clothing and things she still can’t identify. Studies in history at the University of Sydney opened her eyes to the colour and drama of Sydney’s past and in particular its darker, shadowy stories. As a curator based at the Justice & Police Museum, Nerida’s work has focused on criminality, law and order, regional police stations and bushranging. An abiding interest in female criminals led her to curate the exhibition Femme Fatale. In Nerida’s words, ‘I feel privileged to work here with the amazing collections as I find something magical about “real” objects and the history they embody'.