Celebrating International Museum Day with
8 things I love about working at a museum
Today, 18 May, marks International Museum Day. To celebrate I thought I would share 8 of my favourite things about working in a Museum. In no particular order:
- Telling amazing stories - working in a museum means I have the best fodder for telling fascinating stories. I love sharing those stories with visitors and watching them gasp, laugh
- Making interesting discoveries - I’m always in and out of collection stores, both physical and virtual, and I have come across some very cool things over time.
- Working with interesting people – museums attract very interesting people, and working in a museum means I’ve had the opportunity to work with people across a range of areas from conservators and curators, to actors, designers and even some idols (meeting Tony Robinson was definitely an exciting day!)
- Handling history – I have been lucky enough to hold, amongst other things, Captain Cook’s waistcoat, a Medici Manuscript, William Will’s gun and Ned Kelly’s Jerilderie letter. Not to mention numerous chamber pots, butter churns, wash boards, hip baths… There is something very special about holding a real piece of history!
- Visiting other museums - working in museums has given me the opportunity to engage in the best type of professional development: visiting other museums. Whether for a meeting, collegiate learning or just a casual visit under the radar, I have loved being able to visit a wide variety of museums, historic sites and other cultural institutions. Sometimes I don’t have to pay for entry, but it’s the behind-the-scenes opportunities that I really love.
- Collegiality – the collegiality and sense of a shared purpose is very strong between museums. I love the way my colleagues at other institutions are keen to share ideas, tips and resources.
- Innovation – There are a great many museum professionals that are dedicated to innovation and drive to use new technologies to achieve greater engagement, enjoyment and learning opportunities for visitors. I am constantly inspired and encouraged by my museum colleagues.
- Fun and laughs - working with such dedicated, interesting and inspiring people across the museum sector makes from great fun, lots of laughs and a chance to spread some love. Today, with this playful spirit and in celebration of the great things about museums, @museumvictoria proposed that everyone #hugamuseum
So, in this post, I hug my museum and all those other museums I’ve had the pleasure of visiting or working with. Happy International Museum Day!