Hello from Joe, Sammi and I and HAPPY NEW YEAR!
The first month of the traineeship in Ipswich has involved lots of shadowing, training and a general introduction to the Museum Service. We have been helping the different teams in the Museums with various tasks, learning the ropes of Visitor Services and assisting on events. In the first week, we had an induction, which involved looking at how museums work and being introduced to the various staff members. We got to attend the Colchester Castle Guide Book launch, had our first training session on Health and Safety and shadowed the Visitors Service team at Christchurch Mansion (and got to go out on to the balcony!)
The next few weeks in Ipswich allowed Joe, Sammi and I to take on a variety of tasks with the various teams in Ipswich, including object handling with both Damien (Senior Collections and Learning Curator) and Bob (Conservation Officer) – moving, measuring and handling paintings, mummified skulls, Egyptian pottery and the Roman Egyptian mummy mask of Titus Flavius Demetrius!
Over the past month we have also been involved in some very exciting events in both Ipswich and Colchester. On Wednesday 9 December, we helped out at the Christmas event at Colchester Castle. We worked with Jess (Collections and Learning Curator) to set up tables and rooms, decorate the building and prepare different stations. During the evening, our roles ranged from greeting visitors at the front gate to handing out food and refreshments, supervising the galleries to helping Santa in the grotto.
Over the 12th-13th December weekend, the Ipswich trainees also helped out at the Christmas event at Christchurch Mansion, which was really busy. Sammi and I were working as Santa’s elves in the Christmas grotto, entertaining the queue of children with Victorian dressing up.
Happy new year from all of us at The Training Museum! Roll on a fantastic 2016!