Over the last few months I have been working on several projects including installing ‘The Life Room and the City: John Wonnacott and John Lessore’ temporary exhibition at the Castle, designing and making a working model of the Castle Keep.
I have also created some life like reeds, a nest and bird pooh for the ‘Water Ways: Art and Nature on the Broads’ exhibition at Time and Tide Museum. The reeds were to decorate a reading area within the exhibition so needed to be robust enough to withstand being outside of a case but look natural enough to fit in with the rest of the exhibition. I used willow withies, paper pulp, wonder web and wire to make the reeds and some were used inside the case in particular one reed was used to mount an insect.
Throughout the traineeship I have also been developing plans and ideas for a re-display of the Fitch Room for which I created some mood boards which I hope to find time to evaluate with members of the public over the next few weeks.
Sadly I won’t see this project happen whilst I’m still here but feel as though I have got it to a stage where it is ready to hand over and carry forward.
From the first day of the traineeship I knew it was going to be an amazing experience and without doubt I have been proven right.
What I couldn’t have predicted though is the volume of various and varied projects I have worked on throughout the year and the level of responsibility I have been given. The range and quality of skills I have gained and developed will be invaluable for my future career and the development programme has given me a really solid grounding and understanding of wider museum practise.
As this year comes to an end I do feel sad about leaving but also excited, armed and ready to venture out into the world of museums.
I am looking forward to new challenges as I move to Nottingham and develop plans to go back towards the North West, continuing to seek out opportunities and put my creativity to good use.