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Denny Abbey

My week at the Farmland Museum started out with the Denny Abbey archaeological collection¬†ūüėÄ

The Education Officer, Chris, was in need of a handling collection for school groups of the archaeological material from Denny Abbey. Now there is nothing I like more than poking around in archaeological collections, so I was quite happy to do it.

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Nipper the HMV Dog

This past week I have been at the Hurdy Gurdy Museum of Vintage Radio in Howth, just outside of Dublin. It is a museum that celebrates collecting, and Pat Herbert has built an incredible collection going back to the very beginnings of radio. I will write a post soon that goes into more detail about the history of radio (I am working on an online exhibit on the subject for the museum), but today I want to talk about the story behind Nipper the HMV dog.

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First Post: The Wandering Museum Consultant

The Vindolanda Charitable Trust will be my first stop of the summer, June 2-13. Though it would not be correct to say this museum is the cause of the Wandering Museum Consultant project, it is most definitely the catalyst, which brought it to life. Friends at Vindolanda, whom I know through my position as Learning Coordinator at the Museum of Ontario Archaeology(MOA), invited me to come and spend two weeks for a professional exchange. The main reason being  the relative similarity between the two museums; both Vindolanda and MOA are archaeological sites combined with interpretive museums.

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The Wandering Museum Consultant Update

Things have been slowly coming together for the Wandering Museum Consultant project, and my departure date is fast approaching.

I will be spending most of the summer in the UK, with a two week stop in Dublin, Ireland. I will be posting quick introductions to each of the Museums I will be working with over the next month before I leave.

Schedule:

June 3 ‚Äď 13:¬†Vindolanda Charitable Trust, UK

June 16 ‚Äď 27: Dublin, Ireland (Museums: ¬†Hurdy Gurdy Radio Museum¬†and Dublin Museum Marathon, details to come)

July 7 ‚Äď 11:¬†Farmland Museum, Cambridgeshire¬†, UK

July 14 Р18: Cheshire (?, Silk Museums, Macclesfield),

July 21 Р25: Cumbria (Museums tbc) and , UK

If you are interested in hosting me at your museum, please contact me at katrina@newmuseumkat.ca

The Wandering Museum Consultant

What is the Wandering Museum Consultant?

Short Answer: A crazy idea.

Proper Answer: An experienced museum professional wandering around the world, and spending time at a variety of museums offering my services as a volunteer consultant. Throughout, I will be blogging about each museum, the region/country and the project itself.

The purpose of the Wandering Museum Consultant is two-fold:

1) The museums will benefit from:

  • Extra help¬†from an experienced museum professional
  • Exposure to non traditional markets through my blog

2) I will benefit:

  • Experience in different types of museums and in different countries
  • Develop a network (perhaps connect those I work with with each other as well)
  • Meaningful travel

I have seven years experience working in museums, primarily in Canada, but also in the UK. I have had the opportunity to work in small museums, where I have been able to develop skills in many different areas, including education programming and delivery, collections management and research, exhibition research and design, volunteer management and museum governance.¬†In October 2012 I was honoured with an Ontario Museum Association’¬†Promising Leadership Award of Excellence¬†for my body of work. Please check out my¬†C.V.¬†for more on my experience and accomplishments.

Currently, I am putting together an initial short term Wandering Museum Consultant program for this summer (a bit of a trial run). I will be spending the summer in Europe, and I am looking for 3 more 2 week placements in the UK or Europe. I am doing these placements on a volunteer basis, however, I greatly appreciate a donation of housing where I go (this does not need to be private accommodation, I am perfectly happy to be in spare rooms, etc.).

Schedule:

June 3 – 13: Vindolanda Charitable Trust, UK

June 16 Р27: Dublin, Ireland (Museums TBC)

July 7 – 18: ?

July 21 – August 1: ?

If you are interested in hosting me at your museum, please contact me at katrina@newmuseumkat.ca

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