Her first role was as part of the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Special Projects Team, coordinating a series of exhibitions to tour Japan, and even learning Japanese. Tamsin then joined the Metalwork Department, where she was part of the team managing the refurbishment of the Silver Galleries before in 1996, returning to Cornwall to take up the role of Curator of Art and Exhibitions at the Royal Cornwall Museum. She joined the South Western Federation of Museums and Art Galleries and was later proud to serve as their president, steering the SW Fed through a major review at a period of considerable change in the infrastructure of the museum sector. Tamsin also served on the board of MLA SW and has been the South West representative on the board of the Museums Association where she was particularly involved in the skills agenda, contributing also as a mentor for colleagues undertaking their AMAs and herself becoming a Fellow of the Museums Association.
In 2001, Tamsin took up the role of Culture Officer at Penwith District Council where she was responsible for attracting significant levels of investment in cultural projects, from workforce development to the restoration and redevelopment of the Leach Pottery in St Ives, the acquisition of Lescudjack Hillfort for the community and the redevelopment of Geevor Tin Mine. Whilst at the council, she also took up a secondment with Government Office South West as Joint Head of Culture, representing DCMS in the region, providing sector expertise at a critical time in terms of their engagement with local authorities around cultural service improvement, driving the mainstreaming of culture within local authorities.
Since the formation of Cornwall Council in 2009, Tamsin has provided a lead on cultural capital projects within the Economic Growth Service, playing a significant role in such projects as the redevelopment of Porthmeor Studios in St Ives, Tate St Ives II and Kresen Kernow, and the delivery of Cornwall Council’s White Paper for Culture.