Si Durrant – My role as Curatorial Intern

My role at Wheal Martyn primarily involves assisting Jo (the Curator) and Nikita (Exhibition and Engagement Officer) with unlocking stories from the collections and archives held at Wheal Martyn.  As a Trainee Curator, I will also be gaining valuable on-the-job experience and attending training sessions at partner museums across Cornwall.

I have just started my seventh week and have already seen great variety in the role of a museum Curator.  This has included an introduction to museum accreditation, health and safety training, working with volunteers, IT maintenance, collections handling, collections hazards, digitising negatives and historical research.

At present, I am busy planning the museum’s onsite displays for our current showcase: “Clay Stories – Unearthing stories from our villages and towns.”  This showcase will run from November to the end of January 2019, to coincide with Wheal Martyn’s Residents Pass Offer.  We hope to engage the local community both onsite and online by sharing our stories of life in the St. Austell China Clay Area.  I am also posting 4-5 stories per month on this theme via our social media and you can get a taste of what I have been up to by watching my Vlog, “Diary of a Trainee Curator.”

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