Easter in the Museum

Yesterday I held objects more than 2000 years old at the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology. To date, I have been volunteering as a research assistant, specifically cataloguing the Teotihuacan, Mexican collection of pottery figurines. One of my main tasks has been to carefully measure and weigh all figurines (in total 36). I can then type each of the heads and categorise them in the existent catalogue. Before I undertook this task the figurines pretty much all had the name “clay figurine”. Using incredibly recent archaeological research I was able to differentiate all of the figurines. In the future, these figurines will be much easier to locate!Read More »

#Unite4Heritage with UNESCO

Thanks to social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter this campaign, Unite 4 Heritage, has come to my attention. It was launched this year by the Director-General for UNESCO Heritage in Baghdad. According to the official campaign website “the #Unite4Heritage campaign builds support for the protection of heritage in areas where it is threatened by extremists.” A major part of this campaign is encouraging everyone around the world to take photos of a heritage building or site. This can either be something important to an area or to an individual (obviously it can fulfil these two roles simultaneously). Basically, by raising awareness of heritage in your own area this raises awareness worldwide and may even help prevent any widespread heritage attacks from happening again.Read More »

Curating my own Adventure

Today marks the end of the first International Museum Week on twitter. Let’s just say it has motivated me to start this blog – a long time in the making.

I haven’t really blogged before (just did another little one) but I want to commit myself this time. Outside the family home and various educational institutions the vast majority of my life has been spent in museums. Probably my earliest memory is of being in the Queensland museum freaking out over a whale exhibit. Since those days I have been to museums all over the world – Europe, the Americas, Asia and, most importantly, Australia. I have never walked through the front doors of a museum without a smile on my face. They bring me joy and I hope they bring you joy as well!Read More »