Hello, Esme, Michael and Mark here!
We reach our Trainee expiry date today, having learnt and accomplished much. Highlights have included:
- receiving regular training sessions
- working as a member of Visitor Services
- delivering schools tours and being in costume!
- attending the MA Moving On Up Conference in Edinburgh
- working on an external placement at East Anglian Railway Museum
- completing an internal placement and much more…
From gathering earlier this week we all agreed that from our experiences, people really do make a museum (along with collections!), so thank you Colchester + Ipswich Museums for having us!
The last 12 months have been one of the most exciting experiences in my life. Over the year, I have managed to utilise the traineeship in a way that suits my skills and interests. One of the main things I have enjoyed is the fact of working in a museum. By actually working in the sector, it has given me a new insight that I would not have gained by just being a visitor. Another brilliant aspect of the job was being able to network with lots of interesting people and as a result, I have made great contacts. From a young boy, straight out of college starting this job, I have emerged as an individual who has a greater awareness of the working world.
Michael here one last time. I have had a wonderful year and when I think back over it, there are so many fascinating moments to remember…
- the surprise I felt at how heavy a Gainsborough painting was, as we hung the Twists and Turns exhibition
- loving the smell of Native American beaded moccasins
- the delicacy of Roman glass and pots as we measured them
- the vivid intensity of African wooden figures as we checked them for documentation labels
- the round loveliness of South American Huacos pots
- the feel of a rust-encrusted Anglo Saxon spearhead as I worked on it’s conservation
- the joy of opening boxes and boxes of exquisite drawings and watercolours on my digitisation project
Other extraordinary happenings include removing huge Tudor portraits at Christchurch Mansion using a cherry picker, throwing teddy bears in parachutes off a Tudor balcony and witnessing Mark skipping around the Great Hall dressed as the Forgetful Elf! Add in the conference trip to Edinburgh, along with engrossing study days at the British Museum and Ely, and I must conclude it has been a marvellous and rewarding year.