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A Placement at the Museum

Ellen Winton is a student from the University of East Anglia, Norwich, doing a Masters degree in Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies. She has been undertaking a one day a week placement at the Museum since October to the end of May.

“I am coming to the end of my placement here at the Museum of East Anglian Life where I have been helping out the Collections team with documentation. One of the most enjoyable aspects of my placement has been the opportunity to take photos of museum objects so that the public can see what the museum has in its stores. This has given me the chance to get hands on with the objects and go behind the scenes to see all that the museum has to offer. As I have mainly been looking at objects in the area of entertainment, I have seen a huge variety of interesting objects, from hundreds of marbles to ice skates and fairground ride animals! I have also helped out with the installation of two temporary exhibitions in Abbots Hall, including Calm Before the Storm which is currently on display. It was fascinating to see how exhibitions are really put together and see the installation through from a pile of objects to a public display. My time at the museum has been both a valuable and enjoyable experience – I can’t believe it’s coming to an end in just a few weeks – I wish I didn’t have to leave!”

Collections and Interpretation Manager, Lisa Harris says “If you’re thinking of a career in museums or heritage, and working with museum objects grabs you’re attention, why not get in touch! We are looking for keen individuals with good computer skills, a passion for stories and objects, and a willingness to learn about the behind the scenes work of the Museum. If this sounds right up your street and you have time available on a weekday, please drop an email to lisa.harris@eastanglianlife.org.uk

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