Our intern from UCL, Ffion Boyd, started her placement just before the lockdown began. Despite not having access to the house and collection, she has been working hard on various projects from home. Here’s a little snippet from Ffion about what she has been up to and how she’s coping as a university student.
Like most things, my Museum Studies MA course at UCL has been interrupted by the infamous Covid-19. I’ve found that the biggest challenges have been staying motivated and not letting productivity slip. Although most of our teaching had finished, we are missing out on major opportunities, such as putting on our exhibition ‘Let’s Play: Games as Connection.’ Despite the challenges, we have been able to respond positively to this by producing a virtual exhibition! This will be completed 15 May 2020 and will be launched shortly after.
My placement at Burgh House has also been disrupted. Nevertheless, with the guidance and support of Amber (the curator), I have been able to commence work from home. This has included research for object handling guidelines for new staff and volunteers who will have access to the collections. Also, I am currently investigating artist Elizabeth Passini, whose work will be featured in a future exhibition. This is valuable experience, and I am enjoying getting to know the museum’s collections very much, albeit remotely.
Covid-19 has undoubtedly caused worry and has put invaluable opportunities for budding museum professionals on hold. However, these are unprecedented times and I am grateful for the support I have received from Amber despite her own workload increasing. I look forward to helping much more over the next few months!
Burgh House Curatorial Intern