Museum Director 

Christine E. Lamberton
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 910-762-0570

Originally from France, Christine Lamberton moved to the US to attend college in North Carolina. She is a UNCW alumna with a master’s degree in history with a concentration in museum education and historic houses. She has worked in various local museums, including the USS North Carolina battleship and Wrightsville Beach Museum. Today, in addition to serving as Director of the Burgwin-Wright House, she teaches part-time at UNCW in the history department.

Museum Interpreters

One of the ways the Burgwin-Wright House fulfills its educational mission is through the hiring of students in the field of history, museum studies, and education. This opportunity provides them with hands-on, real-life experiences that help build their resumes. In return, the Burgwin-Wright House is staffed with people who have a shared love of colonial history and preservation, and are always coming up with new ways to engage the public! 

Caitlin Simpson was raised in Greensboro, N.C. and has loved history since she was a young child.  She is a UNCW alumna with a master's in history with a concentration in museum education and interpretation.  She frequently uses living history as an interpretation tool, and has a weakness for 18th century fashion. Caitlin has worked, interned, and volunteered with various historic sites and been employed at the Burgwin-Wright House since February of 2014.

Rick Morrison is a retired naval officer and a recent UNCW graduate with a bachelor of history. Rick holds additional degrees in health care administration, management, and national security and strategic studies. He has a strong interest in the history of the Lower Cape Fear region of North Carolina and currently works as an interpreter at the Burgwin-Wright House and the Fort Fisher State Historic Site.

Christine Ingram, originally from Durham, completed her bachelors in history at UNCW and is currently pursuing her Masters of Library and Information Studies through UNC Greensboro. She has worked on historic research projects with Cape Fear Community College, the New Hanover County Library and Register of Deeds Office. Christine has worked at UNCW’s Randall Library Special Collections and has been employed at the Burgwin-Wright House since the summer of 2015. In June 2018, Christine became the second recipient of the Mary Bason Broadfoot Summer internship,where she secured and processed primary documents for research.

Allayna Dail’s interest in history was fostered by growing up in Oriental, N.C. near Tryon Palace. While enrolled at UNCW as a history major, Allayna completed an internship at the Burgwin-Wright House setting up the archives. After completing her internship in June 2016, she was hired as an interpreter. Upon her graduation with a bachelor’s in history in May 2017, Allayna was the first recipient of the Mary Bason Broadfoot Summer Internship at the Burgwin-Wright House, where she digitized irreplaceable primary documents.

Hannah Salemi received her B.A. in anthropology from UNCW in 2016 and will be pursuing a M.A. in museum studies at Johns Hopkins University in the summer of 2018. Hannah has worked in various museum settings, including Poplar Grove Plantation, and has been employed at the Burgwin-Wright House since the summer of 2017.

Darrien Bailey is a graduate student at UNCW in the history department focusing on public history. He has had a vested interest in history since his childhood when his mother interned at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and showed him how interesting history could be. Darrien received his bachelor’s degree in history with a minor in art from St. Andrews University and conveys his love for both at the Burgwin-Wright House since the summer of 2017. 

Corey Walker is a recent graduate from UNCW with a master's in public history and a B.A. in history from UNC Asheville.  Growing up in Tallahassee, Florida around cities like St. Augustine and Pensacola, Corey developed a keen interest in early modern America and the various ways in which natural or built environments influence human interactions.  Corey joined the Burgwin-Wright House in January 2018 to share how past eras demonstrate how we can develop better communities and treat one another with kindness and respect.

Mary Cooper, originally from Sanford, NC, received her B.A. in both history and archaeology from UNC Chapel Hill and is currently a history graduate student at UNCW. Mary has always enjoyed history, and decided to pursue what she loved as a career. She is passionate about colonial history and is working on her public history master’s thesis that focusses on the witch trials in Salem Massachusetts. She began working as an interpreter at the Burgwin-Wright House and an educator for the children’s tour in June 2018.