Esme is a Training Museum Trainee based in Colchester.

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What were you doing before this traineeship?

Last year I graduated from studying Metalwork Conservation at West Dean College in West Sussex. After that I completed a Conservation work placement with English Heritage, working across five of their London properties. Highlights included cleaning Charles Darwin’s books and supervising a film project. I also completed a practical placement within the Scenic Metalwork department at the Royal Opera House, helping to put together some of the moving scenery for Verdi’s Il Trovatore.

I am excited to be working as a Trainee here in Colchester and look forward to posting about our progress!

Quick fire five:

1. Favourite drink?

Hot chocolate

2. What music do you listen to?

A real mix of genres, lately I have been listening to a lot of Australian guitar bands.

3. Childhood dream job?

An artist (no furniture or walls were safe from scribblings) or an archaeologist.

4. Which three people you would invite to a dinner party (dead or alive)?

Samuel Pepys, John Cooper Clarke and Aung San Suu Kyi

5. What do you do in your spare time?

Recently I passed my first stand up paddle boarding course. I also like visiting family and friends, going to gigs and exhibitions and baking cake, my new favourite to make is a stripy zebra cake.