National Volunteer’s Week

Despite the fact that this week is National Volunteer’s Week, I would like to think that museums (and other institutions) around the world support and appreciate their volunteers every week. I’m using this week as an opportunity to say thank you to all the wonderful supervisors I’ve had over the past six years. The opportunities and wisdom you have provided has been truly amazing.

I started volunteering in 2010 at the MacArthur World War II Museum in Brisbane. I was procrastinating from studying and thought that maybe I should start volunteering somewhere. Mum and I had visited the MacArthur Museum some years earlier and I was so excited to see that they accepted volunteers. Little did I know this would be the start of a beautiful friendship between me and volunteering.

Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology
One figurine from Teotihuacan Mexico – Abbey Museum of Art & Archaeology
Queensland Police Museum
Selfie with a Queensland Police Uniform

Since 2010 I have volunteered with a whole range of museums – from the Queensland Police Museum to the Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthetic History. During this time I have been involved in collection management, exhibition design, and almost everything in between. These opportunities have existed in some amazing networks that I’ve been able to tap into. For example, I worked very closely with the Australian Dress Register whilst volunteering at the Queensland Police Museum. Now, I am volunteering with the Register itself at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney.

Dr Mary Burnell’s graduation cap. Photograph by Rebecca Anne Lush, 25 November, 2015. .jpg
Dr Mary Burnell’s Cap at the Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthetic History

I’ve also been lucky enough to volunteer all over the east coast of Australia from Brisbane (my beautiful home) to Sydney (my new beautiful home) and Melbourne (maybe one day my home).  I have met some truly inspiring people in the field who have given me the opportunity to go above and beyond what I think I can do and learn new skills along the way. They have recognized my passion and have been nothing but supportive.

Thank you so much to the following places (in chronological order of start year):

MacArthur World War II Museum

Queensland Parliament Library

Queensland Police Museum

Abbey Museum of Art & Archaeology

Commissariat Store Museum

Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences (Visitor Services & Australian Dress Register)

Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthetic History

Rd Milns Antiquities Museum

Enjoy the rest of National Volunteer’s Week!

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