So What Does a Natural History Curatorial Trainee Do?

Working in a Museum is about documenting, conserving and sorting, but it is also about interpreting and education, a collection without interpretation is like a closed book, you can see what it is, but the full potential is only reached once the book has been opened and the words set the concepts free into your brain.

From my volunteering at the Natural History Museum I am familiar with documenting and sorting specimens, so I have started a couple of projects one working on the Zooarchaelogical remains we have, and one recording shells from the Hanley Collection.

I am also working on some conservation projects, including a wolverine skeleton and hopefully an aardvark.

However I have relatively little experience with exhibitions, so I am hoping to create tour-trail about New Zealand Birds, to take advantage of our collection. I will also be creating an exhibition at the Bexley Wing at St James’s University Hospital.

In the summer I will be taking the museum to the children for CBBC Live at Leeds and later in the year I will be speaking at Café Scientifique and assisting with school workshops.

In between all this I shall be going on placements at other museums around the country. Firstly I’ll be at the Natural history Museum in London, but I shall also be visiting York, Liverpool, Manchester to extend my experience and learn some more specialist techniques, such as Botany and Herbarium care at Liverpool and specimen preparation at Manchester.

I shall also be going on all sorts of courses, such as Fluid Preservation, Zooarchaeology and the Biology of Animal Mummies.

To add to the experience and for some opportunistic networking I shall be attended the NatsCA/ SPNHC joint conference and the Museums Association Conference.

I’m sure more projects will turn in the mean time, but I shall be working hard on this lot for the next few months.

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