All Trainees spent the first week of the traineeship together, attending talks, shadowing tours and meeting various staff members working for Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service (CIMS). This was a fantastic experience, as I now appreciate the various duties staff members carry out in the running of the museums. Seeing the six museums I will be working in was great! It was very exciting to see the ‘behind the scenes’ of the museum service! I got to handle delicate historical objects and visit sections of the museum closed off to the public.