My name is Charlotte, and I am currently a student at Upper Shirley High school in Southampton. I study History, Spanish, Art and Citizenship, alongside English, triple Science and Maths. I have always had a keen interest in History, particularly Ancient History and Archaeology, which is why Salisbury Museum seemed like the perfect place to go to for a week’s work experience. Not only does Salisbury Museum have an amazing range of artefacts, it is also has a really lovely atmosphere, and beautiful surroundings, so I feel very lucky to have been able to spend a week here!
Leading up to this week of work experience, I was excited, but generally unsure what to expect, as I haven’t had much experience working behind the scenes in a museum. I think that overall, I was just hoping to try out a variety of things, and find out a bit more about the history of Salisbury and its surrounding area. In that sense, my time at the museum was perfect; I was able to experience working in a wide range of departments, and see many things that I otherwise would not have done.
We started off with a quick induction session, to give us an idea of where everything is, and of what the museum has to offer. After that, we spent some time cataloguing the Ceramics collection. During the week, we were also given the use of the Museum Library and public displays for our own research in to a chosen artefact. This was great, as an opportunity to see the amazing collections, and understand what independent research in a Museum is like.
We not only got the opportunity to catalogue some of the Ceramics collection, but also the Social History collection, Archaeological archives, Costume collection, and Rex Whistler archives. This gave us a real taste of the work that goes on behind the scenes, and some time to see and handle the amazing artefacts here at Salisbury Museum. Aside from cataloguing, we were taken on a brilliant spotlight tour of the museum, and heard some wonderful stories whilst shadowing an engagement volunteer.
I have really enjoyed my week at the museum, especially being able to see the Rex Whistler archives, and hearing some engaging stories and facts about the building and its collection. It was a good chance to learn about Salisbury’s history and how museums function behind the scenes.
I want to offer massive thanks to all of the volunteers and staff here, I really appreciate the time taken to help and talk to us, and how welcoming everybody was. It was brilliant to spend time with so many dedicated and passionate people. This is a lovely museum!
Thank you Charlotte. We are glad you enjoyed yourself and obviously gained much from your stay with us.