Hello From Shine a Light

Hello we are Sophie Towne and Josh Giles the Skills for the Future Collections Management Trainees at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse.

We are working on the Shine a Light project which is focussing on behind the scenes developing our stored collections. Over the next year we will be working hard to reorganise our stores to make them more accessible to staff, researchers and the public.

So a bit more about us…

I am Josh! I studied history and have always wanted a job working with museum collections. History has always been fascinating to me.  Objects from the most mundane to the most weird and wonderful excite me. So being here in the Norfolk Collections Centre seems like the perfect job…..

Fresh out of university I volunteered at Swaffham Museum and managed to work hands on with their collections. I then went on to work as part of the Visitor Services team here at Gressenhall which was a great experience. This role as part of the Skills for the Future project is my first paid job with collections and so far it has been very enjoyable if quite challenging.

I’m Sophie! The first few weeks at Gressenhall were a flurry of introductions, inductions and computer e-learning. I’ve already learnt loads in just a short space of time, like how to manoeuvre a gigantic silk press into a freezer and the best way to photograph a guillotine.

I have some experience of working with museums, however, I have never attempted anything quite on the scale of the Norfolk Collections Centre.

Our story so far…

The first week, we were confronted with this… row upon row of racking full of objects

The first week, we were confronted with this… row upon row of racking full of objects

Some of our favourite objects that we have found:

These are seven statues of Saints from the first row of racking.

These are seven statues of Saints from the first row of racking.

We have lots of support and training from other members of staff:

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Dave Harvey from conservation teaching us about Pest Management

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Fraser driving the forklift and Dave Savage in the cage helping with heavy objects

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And we like to have a bit of fun:

Josh posing with saint statues for social media

This is Josh (above)  posing with the saints and our resident manikin for social media and Sophie having far too much fun with the strapping machine:

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Most importantly we have been making the collections more accessible.

Here is our Mammoth tusk having its new case unveiled:

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And I am sure you will be hearing more from us in the future.

Josh Giles and Sophie Towne

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