By Wednesday Batchelor, Collections Management Teaching Museum Trainee
Because my role is so very diverse, I thought that I would share with you an idea of the things that I get up to day-to-day.
For instance, Monday was spent in Great Yarmouth, performing a firearms audit in the collections at the Time and Tide museum, which included checking these beautiful WW1 mauser rifles.
On Tuesday I was based at the Norfolk Collections Centre at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, where I am working on an ongoing project to document and repackage the Great Yarmouth natural history collections. This week I dedicated to sea shell collections, which included cutting plastazote to fit each shell into and choosing appropriate storage methods to best suit the objects.
I took some time researching female collectors of botany whose finds have come into our collections, on Wednesday, then worked on cleaning a dolphin skeleton from the collections.
Thursdays I usually spend at Strangers’ Hall, where I conduct an audit in the toy stores. I have been working through boxes of Noah’s Ark toys, documenting, cleaning and packing them. This set consisted of over 200 animal figures all of which are described on the MODES record. The animals were made up of various species including numerous birds, farm animals and more exotic creatures such as camels and tigers.
Time and Tide Museum hosted their Museums at Night event on Friday, so I was more than happy to go along in full pirate queen attire and help with children’s crafts for the evening. Lots of people came and got involved which was very lovely to see!
So, there you have a brief summary of a week in my role! Next week will no doubt be completely different!