Work Experience Diary: Carys
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by fayerogerson
9h ago
When considering work experience, I always knew I’d like to go to The Bowes Museum. I’ve been visiting the Museum from a very young age and have always been fascinated by the vast amount of work that goes into the Museum and, to be able to say I helped contribute to that is rather motivating. Monday commenced with coffee in the café with Jess followed swiftly by meeting the lovely team. Everyone was very welcoming which allowed the experience to be even more enjoyable. Shortly after, we started the spotlight tour led by one of the Museum’s lovely volunteers. The tour was thoroughly interesting ..read more
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Work Experience Diary: Abbie-Rebecca
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by fayerogerson
23h ago
I wanted to do my work experience at The Bowes Museum because museums, especially those with extensive art collections, greatly interest me. I aspire to pursue a career in this field, and I believed that gaining experience at The Bowes Museum would provide valuable insights into my future career. As a young volunteer at the Museum, I have already had the privilege of glimpsing the behind-the-scenes work involved in museums, but this week of work experience has provided me with an even deeper respect for it. This opportunity has allowed me to learn more about museum operations and deepen my app ..read more
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Meet Library and Archives Volunteer, Rosie Bettison
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by fayerogerson
1M ago
I volunteer for the library and archives at The Bowes Museum, this role involves entering data on to the Museum’s online database called Adlib. This system is devised for the management of collections and archives. I am currently working mainly with John Bowes’ bills and receipts from the 1870s when he was living in Paris. This can range from bills for items as mundane as heating, lighting, groceries (including lots of rosé champagne!), periodicals (lots!) and staffing expenditure; to more interesting things like importing game and wine, the cleaning or repairing of furniture and paintings, an ..read more
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Meet Volunteer Guide, Ray Morris
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by sarahwebster
1M ago
WHAT IS IT LIKE BEING A GUIDE AT THE BOWES MUSEUM? It’s fantastic, fascinating and fun! The 20+ guides come from all sorts of backgrounds. Some were teachers and were used to standing up in front of people, some had little or no such experience, some have arts backgrounds, while, for others, it was simply enjoying a nice painting! Many had never dreamt of becoming a guide until they learned a little more about it and then took the plunge! Some of the new guide recruits tell us it can feel a bit daunting at first. But no need to worry as we support new recruits through a very friendly and relax ..read more
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Meet Swan Explainer, Marilyn Elm
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by fayerogerson
1M ago
When an opportunity was offered to volunteer as a ‘Swan Explainer’ at The Bowes Museum, I welcomed the chance to be involved in a special conservation project involving the famous 18th century Silver Swan automaton. I first saw the Swan as a young girl on a school visit, when sixpence had to be paid to see the Swan ‘play’. It was positioned in the main entrance hall at that time, and was a magical experience, never to be forgotten. How wonderful, therefore, to be re-united once again, after so many years. What was particularly rewarding and fascinating, was seeing the ‘deconstructed’ automaton ..read more
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Meet Curiosity Activator, Lucy Readman
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by fayerogerson
1M ago
I started volunteering in October last year as a Swan Explainer during the conservation of the Silver Swan automaton. As a mature art student, I was interested in learning about the museum industry, conservation and art history. This initial volunteering experience certainly developed those interests. I became very knowledgeable about the unusual history of the Swan and shared this with visitors. Explaining some of the bizarre facts and stories surrounding the Swan, gaining awe-inspired reactions, and creating meaningful moments between visitors and objects is a fantastic feeling. I learnt all ..read more
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Meet Swan Explainer, Marylin Elm
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by fayerogerson
1M ago
When an opportunity was offered to volunteer as a ‘Swan Explainer’ at the Bowes Museum, I welcomed the chance to be involved in a special conservation project involving the famous 18th century Silver Swan automaton. I first saw the Swan as a young girl on a school visit, when sixpence had to be paid to see the Swan ‘play’. It was positioned in the main entrance hall at that time, and was a magical experience, never to be forgotten. How wonderful, therefore, to be re-united once again, after so many years. What was particularly rewarding and fascinating, was seeing the ‘deconstructed’ automaton ..read more
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Meet Curiosity Activator, Lucy Readman
The Bowes Museum Blog
by fayerogerson
1M ago
I started volunteering in October last year as a Swan explainer during the conservation of the Silver Swan Automata. As a mature art student, I was interested in learning about the Museum industry, conservation and art history. This initial volunteering experience certainly developed those interests. I became very knowledgeable about the unusual history of the swan and shared this with visitors. Explaining some of the bizarre facts and stories surrounding the Swan, gaining awe-inspired reactions, and creating meaningful moments between visitors and objects is a fantastic feeling. I learnt all ..read more
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Meet Library and Archives Volunteer, Rosie Bettison
The Bowes Museum Blog
by fayerogerson
1M ago
I volunteer for the Library and Archives at the Bowes Museum. I go in to the Museum and enter data on to the Museum’s online Adlib system.  This is a software system devised for the management of collections in archives. I am working mainly with John Bowes’ bills and receipts from the 1870s when he was living in Paris. This can range from bills for  items as mundane as heating, lighting, groceries (including lots of rosé champagne!), periodicals (lots!) and staffing expenditure; to more interesting things like importing game and wine, the cleaning or repairing of furniture and painti ..read more
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Meet Curiosity Activator, Alex Stoakes
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by sarahwebster
1M ago
I have been a Curiosity Activator Volunteer at the Museum since early April, when the four new gallery spaces first opened. Although only a few weeks have passed, I have found introducing visitors to obscure objects, inspiring their creativity, encouraging exploration and learning alongside my fellow volunteers to be a thrilling and rewarding experience. After completing my course in Museum Studies, I recently moved back to the North East and was keen to find new opportunities to expand my skillset. Whilst looking through the Museum’s website to see what exhibitions were currently on, I applie ..read more
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