Kate Diston

Kate is on maternity leave until 2020. Please contact:

For general enquiries regarding the Library and Archive Collections please email library@oum.ox.ac.uk
For enquiries regarding the Library, please contact Danielle Czerkaszyndanielle.czerkaszyn@oum.ox.ac.uk 
For enquiries regarding the Archive, please contact Emily Chen; emily.chen@oum.ox.ac.uk

Email: kathleen.diston@oum.ox.ac.uk
Phone: 01865 272 982
Twitter: @katediston

Role summary

Kate manages the museum’s Archives and Library, as well as its Digital Collections and small collection of art. In addition to promoting and widening access to these collections for all audiences, she also oversees the ambitious programme to catalogue and digitise the museum’s rich and scientifically important archival collections.


Kate has been working in libraries, archives and museums for over 15 years. She has a wide breadth of experience in the sector, including collections work in academic libraries and with literary and corporate archives in Canada and Oxford. Since 2011, Kate has been managing the Archive and Library collections at the Museum, and most recently has taken responsibility for the newly established digital collections, and art and decoration collections. 

Kate has extensive experience with digital collections and has managed several digitisation projects. She has also taken a leadership role in developing an integrated collections management system. Kate is currently Project Sponsor for the development of a new online collections platform for the museum.

Kate has a BA in Anthropology (Hons) and a Masters of Library and Information Sciences, both from the University of Western Ontario, Canada. 


Co-author, Rare and Wonderful: Treasures from Oxford University Museum of Natural History, in press.

Featured projects

Exhibition Curator, Handwritten in Stone: The life and times of William Smith. 2015–16. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Project Manager, Flying Icons: The Collection of William Jones of Chelsea (1745-1818) and the Jones’ Icones. 2013–14. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Project Manager, William Smith Online: The Father of English Geology. 2012–13. Funded by the Designation Development Fund, Arts Council England.

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