Elena Martyn


United Kingdom

Junior Content Writer at MuseumINSIDER
I am an NCTJ-accredited journalist with extensive research and IT skills. I recently graduated from the University of Kent with a 1st class degree in BA (Hons) American Studies with a Year in Journalism. My interests include museums, travel, film, and theatre.

The moment before the dam breaks: repatriation and the British Museum

On 29 April 1770, Captain James Cook sailed into Botany Bay, Australia on his first trip aboard the HMS Endeavour. They had departed Plymouth two years prior, in pursuit of the fabled 'Great Southern Continent'. Fast forward 251 years and the Gweagal shield hangs 10,558 miles from home in the Enlightenment Gallery of the British Museum — a trophy of Britain’s past colonial endeavours.

The British Museum's heartless repatriation policy exposed

No artefacts have been returned to their country of origin in response to a repatriation request made to the British Museum since the start of the millennium. A Freedom of Information request uncovered that a total of six formal requests for the repatriation of 149 objects in the British Museum's collection were made between April 2014 and December 2020.

US national parks persevere COVID-19 pandemic as visitor figures rise

US national parks stood their ground against the first two waves of the COVID-19 pandemic, with some parks exceeding 2019 visitation figures. Government restrictions put in place to control the spread of the virus forced many parks to close between March and May last year. Following this minor setback, the National Park Service is now witnessing a surge of visitors.

Rosalie Nelson:'to the bone'

Rosalie Nelson was just 22 years old when she walked into one of the UK’s largest modelling agencies. At 55kg, a UK size 8, she was told she needed to lose weight to reach the agency’s high standards. After four grueling months of intense exercise, dieting, and calorie counting, Rosalie returned to the same agency almost a stone lighter. But they told her to lose more weight. They wanted her ‘down to the bone’.

Nottingham Extinction Rebellion Protest - LIVE from the Victoria Embankment

As I walked past the Victoria Embankment, on my way into Nottingham city centre on 26th April 2021, I noticed that an impromptu Extinction Rebellion protest was taking place outside Nottinghamshire County Hall. Armed with my mobile phone, a data connection, and the knowledge that the 2021 Nottinghamshire County Council election was less than a fortnight away, I decided to live blog the event on Twitter.

Archewell: Harry and Meghan's latest charity venture explained

On 8 March 2021, an explosive interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stunned viewers across the globe. Broadcast by CBS in the US and ITV in the UK, the interview left millions wondering what's next for the former Duke and Duchess of Sussex. One answer to that question is Archewell.

Kent Connect
Oh my Cod! It's National Fish and Chip Day: Medway's favourite chippie confirmed

You'd better believe it's National Fish and Chip Day! Launched in 2015 by the National Edible Oil Distributors' Association, this annual event celebrates a British classic sold at the heart of every community. Each year, we Britons eat some 382 million portions of fish - that's six servings for every man, woman, and child!

Nottingham Banksy mural under scrutiny

Residents of Nottingham were star-struck last week by the sudden appearance of an image gifted to the city by the world-renowned street-artist Banksy.

Residents of Grain battle to preserve their village

Plans for a five-house estate in Grain, Rochester have encountered fierce backlash from residents who foresee chaos on the roads, the destruction of wildlife, and significant harm to the village’s already overstretched infrastructure. The 0.78-acre site off Port Victoria Road offers 12 on-site car parking spaces and designated reptile habitat.