Hello! My name is Matt Johnson and I’m the Museum Outreach Officer. The great thing about my job is that it’s all about meeting and working with people! That means people of all ages and backgrounds. People are at the centre of what I do. I might create a project that brings different people together for the first time or I might use museum objects to inspire and enthuse people, to get them talking about their own history! From under 5s to 105 year olds I try to ensure that our visitors and the people we work with see the museum as an inspirational, educational and fun part of their lives.
I’m Becky Harvey and I’m Assistant Museum Officer at Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery. My job is to manage and care for the museum’s collections so that our visitors can enjoy them today and in years to come. I also work with the Museum Assistants to ensure we’re creating a fun and interesting visitor experience. My job is definitely varied – a day might include cataloguing new donations, preparing objects for display, working with volunteers on collections documentation or planning how to deter pesky pests that want to eat the collection! I love discovering the objects and stories in our collection and seeing visitors connecting with these in exhibitions is really rewarding.
Hi, I’m Lyndsey Searle and I’m the Exhibition Officer here at the museum. Being the Exhibition Officer means I plan, organise and display the temporary shows which we have. My job means I get to see and work with lots of great artwork and meet lots of interesting people. We have touring shows, group exhibitions and solo shows so there’s lots of variety to my work. You might also find me busily fixing things around the museum, working with our Graphics team or even writing press-releases. I’ll be writing about things related to our temporary exhibitions programme so keep a look out for my posts.
Former Blogger – My name is Janine Fox and I am Assistant Museum Officer at Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery. My role is to care and document the museum collection. Working within a small team means I also help install exhibitions, carry out research for enquiries and assist with larger museum projects. What inspires me? Apart from tea and chocolate, I would say travel, photography, art and anything old with a story to tell! It will come as no surprise that I love my job; I work with objects, ensuring that they are looked after, made available for the public and that their stories are recorded for perpetuity. Janine has now left the museum to study anthropology.
Maria Wilson, Administration Assistant. I’ve worked here for 8 years and seen some changes. I think we’ve come a long way over the years. A few things have stayed the same but others have changed dramatically. I have certainly met some interesting and unusual people on my daily walks around the galleries. People still think of us ‘sitting in a dark dusty room surrounded by old things’. Not so! We use modern marketing technology to keep everyone informed, up-to-date databases to record the collections, we let people look and touch things normally out of reach, we showcase the community and it’s diversity in our displays AND we have free things for families to do. To keep us going forward we need to know what you think. What would you like to see? Who would you like to meet? Don’t be shy – let’s have a chat. It is YOUR museum and we need your input to keep it safe for the next generation to learn about us.
Former Blogger – I’m Antony Lawrance, one of Nuneaton Museums Access Assistants. The best thing about my role here is the sheer variety of tasks that I’ll work on. Primarily this will be research for our monthly handling sessions. We hold these on the 3rd Saturday of every month and they are a great way for visitors to get hands-on with some of our hidden gems, share their stories and, hopefully, take away some interesting facts. I’ve also been known to interview local residents for various oral history projects; surround myself with craft materials and pencil crayons galore for our children’s activities and even affect my best teaching voice for visiting school groups. What inspires me? I’d have to say the prospect of finding something new. Be that an object I’ve never seen before, a story from a visitor or a historical fact about the local area.
Former Blogger – Hello! I’m Jen Shaw, the Exhibitions Officer. My job involves organising the temporary exhibitions programme. It’s great fun and I get to work with all sorts of artists and groups from the local area and further afield. We have a great selection of new exhibitions coming up, so keep a check on the Behind The Scenes Blog for regular update and reviews from me.