University of Sydney: Greetings from Sydney!

What an exciting week it has been! I am so grateful to all the wonderful people here at Women’s College in Sydney for helping my transition from Queensland to New South Wales go smoothly.

On Monday formal classes will begin and I will officially be a postgraduate student in Museum and Heritage Studies. My blogs will now focus on what I am studying/learning here at the University of Sydney. I will try to write as often as possible! This may be difficult depending on the workload but I’m sure I’ll find some time to document my studies. Continue reading “University of Sydney: Greetings from Sydney!”

University of Sydney: Nicholson Museum

Between morning and afternoon conference sessions today I visited the Nicholson Museum in the Quadrangle of the University of Sydney. This was my second time visiting Australia’s oldest University Museum. The first was in January this year. I was very glad to see there was a special exhibition on Pompeii. It is a marvellous museum in Sydney. Its treatment and display of antiquities is astounding!

The section I really enjoyed is titled “Death Magic”. There are a few reasons why this particular exhibit impressed me the most. Firstly, its use of space is wonderful. It is in a medium-sized incredibly well lit room. In this space, the objects are really at the forefront. The use of light colours on the walls and floor are in stark contrast to the somewhat brightly-coloured ushabti and mummies in the centre of the room. I just think it was a fantastic way to really make the objects shine. Continue reading “University of Sydney: Nicholson Museum”

Museum of Brisbane: Conservation Session

This morning was an amazing opportunity. Huge thank you to Virginia Gordon at the Police Museum for allowing me to come along to this conservation workshop at the Museum of Brisbane.

The workshop was conducted by a renowned textile conservator, Tess Evans. An hour and a half completely flew by as we learnt not only some tips and tricks for conservation but also had some hands on experience.

The workshop began with a short presentation by Ms Evans who explained the main reasons behind the disintegration of material culture. There is just so much out there to be careful of when trying to maintain and conserve a textile collection. For example, light damage is accumulative. So you put something out on display, think you’ll give it a moment out of the spotlight then put it back on. The damage will continue from where it left off. I am the kind of person that finds all this incredibly interesting!

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Warrant to Search the Museum

This will be by far the cheesiest title I will ever use for a blog post. I have been volunteering at the Queensland Police Museum for a year now so I thought I’d write a bit about my time there. I should premise this by saying as a child I was practically raised on CSI and Law and Order. My father is an avid member of the British Police Memorabilia Club. It seems only logical that my fascination with the police and all things police-related led me to this wonderful museum.

I say wonderful for a few different reasons. The main being that I am constantly reminded when I go to this museum of why I want to get into this industry. Everyone who works there is not only passionate but so welcoming and devoted. I see a group of people who are in a museum for all the right reasons and this has encouraged me more than they probably realise. Continue reading “Warrant to Search the Museum”

Curating an Audio Guide

Very exciting post with regards to the audio guide for the Commissariat Museum! I have been selected to lay the foundations for an introductory audio guide tour. This is a fantastic experience to have and I am so looking forward to seeing what comes out of it. We’re using the IZI.Travel app which essentially allows for free uploading of an audio tour. I’m working on a general introduction tour so when people arrive at the museum they can take 30 minutes to get orientated and hear some of the stories in the museum. Continue reading “Curating an Audio Guide”

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! Continue reading “Easter in the Museum”

#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. Continue reading “#Unite4Heritage with UNESCO”