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Gabrielle’s Work Experience

Our second work experience student this year, Gabrielle Clewett, was a most enthusiastic and helpful young lady. We asked her to describe her experience at the museum:

On the week beginning 23rd May, I started my work experience and even though I was only there for a week (well unfortunately I only had 4 days because I had a GCSE exam) they gave me lots of fun and different jobs to do with different members of staff.

When I first arrived there on the Monday, I wasn’t really that nervous as I had been to meet Mr Perry in late March to talk about my work experience placement but as it was my first day working there and I still had butterflies in my stomach. When I went in, I was shown around the Museum and where all the fire exits were and then got straight into work. In the morning, I had the opportunity to condition and record bits of pottery from thousands of years ago and photograph them as well and then after I had my lunch, I got to look at the lithics which was really interesting as I didn’t really know much about them until I came here.

The rest of the week I got to do visitor survey data entries, collections data entries (this was quite challenging as it was hard to read other people’s handwriting!). Also, I got to promote talks for the museums in July via social media on a word document which was good practice for my English persuasive writing skills and in the afternoon I got to take pictures for my blog.

I also got to see what it was like to be behind the desk which was a bit nerve-wracking for me but I soon got the hang of it! Not only did I get to do that, I got to help organise all the books in the shop and use one of those price sticker label guns (I’ve always wanted to use that!). I have really enjoyed my short but productive week here at the Museum and I really recommend for anyone doing work experience that this is definitely the place to go!

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Luckily for me I don’t have to go back to school next week because it is half-term which is good!

Lewis’ Work Experience

We recently had the pleasure of a very polite and enthusiastic young man named Lewis Russell temporarily joining the team for work experience. We often find that the younger generations are more adept with technology than some of us older staff so their contribution to the workload can be genuinely helpful.

Lewis was kind enough to provide us with some reflection on his time at the museum. You can also see some of his excellent photography. Over to you, Lewis:

During the end of March 2016, I started my work experience at Buxton Museum. I was excited to go (but a bit nervous) as I have been to the museum many times before and have really enjoyed it and found it interesting. When I first arrived I was greeted and shown around the building. I was then introduced to many members of staff and got talked through all the health and safety information.

On my first day I was given a task which involved photographing various museum objects from gemstones to fossils. I really enjoyed photographing as I found it interesting and fun to do. During the afternoon I got the chance to digitally record object information. I did this with the help of a piece of software called Modes which the museum regularly uses. Since I never used this software before, I found it very exciting to do so because I am studying ICT at college and like testing different types of software.

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Throughout the week I did many other tasks including getting the chance to condition objects, helping to move a canvasses to various facilities and even using Adobe Photoshop to edit the appearance of objects ready for them to be printed off for the display. I love using Photoshop and have great skills in using it, so I was very happy I got the chance to use it for a much more professional purpose.

Overall, I really enjoyed my time at the Buxton Museum as I learnt much more about the place and its IT side, worked alongside some great and friendly people and learnt new skills for later in life.

Charlie’s Fortnight at Buxton Museum

Buxton Museum and Art Gallery offers work experience placements to students. We recently enjoyed the company of a very polite and enthusiastic young man named Charlie Hyland. After two weeks, we asked him to write about his experiences. Over to you, Charlie:

On the first day of my work experience, I was intrigued to see the museum lifestyle. It certainly isn’t what it seems from the outside. Nervous pre-work feelings didn’t help as I was stuck outside for ten minutes trying to find the doorbell!

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Straight away, I was whisked away into my ‘office’ to get on with sorting the lithics (small stone tools). This was a mammoth task. The lithics were found during a recent field walk between Hartington lower quarter running North-East to Barlow, studying over a thousand fields in the process. I was left to make a start, and as it was the first day I was totally immersed in the excitement of lithics. I hadn’t realised that it was going to be the prominent activity throughout my placement. It was very important to make a start on this project because it gives a guideline for other people to follow on from where I left off. It was also a great help as the re-packing is dramatically decreasing the surface area of the collection, allowing it to be fitted much more easily into the vast museum stores.

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On day two, I was introduced to Ben and Les who are the team who sort out the exhibitions and technical difficulties. We took down the previous exhibition by Christopher J. Beard. His artwork was replaced by the late Arto Funduklian who was Armenian and moved to Buxton for the latter of his life, building up a collection of paintings. When he passed away, his brother handed his collection over to Buxton museum and it has stayed here ever since. The collection includes Arto’s infamous turtle shell glasses.

The remainder of week one was filled with a similar range of events consisting predominantly of lithics with the occasional trip into the stores. It went quite fast so as the phrase goes, I must have been having fun.

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After a short weekend break, I returned for week two to carry on my work with lithics, but as time progressed I was given more responsibility and went on a trip to the very exotic- sounding Melandra but unfortunately it was only in nearby Glossop. I was allowed to arrange the Melandra collection case in Glossop Library.

Afterwards, we visited Melandra Castle where we met the enthusiastic archaeologist Mike Brown. It was interesting to hear the historical value of this location and how it had been used throughout the ages. On the other hand, it was demoralising to hear how the site had received so much support over time but gradually lost it until it became an overgrown out-of-the-way place few people know exists.

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Later on, after finishing the tea supply, I was finished with lithics for one day and was lucky enough to go and tidy up the mineral collection in the museum stores. This was particularly interesting to me as minerals are one of my main areas of interest and it was fascinating to see the large collection the museum held from Derbyshire.

My work experience has been fantastic because I feel that the museum team had organised it very well. I always had something to do; normally lithics sorting, but whenever someone went out to do something more interesting, I was given the opportunity to engage myself: Gallery work with Les and Ben, archaeology trips with Joe and Dave to and visiting the museum stores where mysteries and treasures can be found.

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Unfortunately, I have to return to school *yawn* and I wish I could stay as it is certainly a lot more fun. All in all, it has been a great experience for me, I hope the Collections in the landscape project goes well and is finished with ease. I look forward to seeing the newly renovated museum.

Charlie Hyland