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Behind the scenes blog

Almost everyday is different at Colchester + Ipswich Museums.  To help showcase the variety of skills we need, our staff are revealing what they get up to…

Post-it to plinth

Hello I’m Darren and I’m the Senior Exhibitions Officer at Colchester + Ipswich Museums. I manage the Exhibitions Team and plan the programme of forthcoming and future exhibitions across the two towns. In order to do this, I work closely with the...
Elle

Owls, henna + stars

Hello, I’m Elle (the one on the left) I’m one of the Collections and Learning Curators at Ipswich Museums. I love the variety my job involves - from teaching groups of toddlers about fossils to photographing collections of 1950s toys, packing taxidermied...

#MuseumDocumentation

I’m Rory, Collections Information Officer for Colchester Museums and renowned shadow dweller. I rarely smile in pictures either. This is a rare shot! I love museums and I love the stories they are able to tell through objects - that’s why I wanted to work in them....

You Are Here!

How do you curate an exhibition when you have no specialist collections knowledge? This was the challenge I faced when I was asked to create a temporary exhibition for Ipswich Art Gallery. I’m Melanie Hollis, a Collections and Learning Curator. I’ve worked at the...

The fun in fundraising

Einstein said “Logic will take you from A to B. Imagination takes you everywhere”. Hello, I'm Rachel My job at the museum is to develop what we do through projects and fundraising. I love working with our talented team, volunteers and visitors to find inspiring new...

Colchester Collectors

Hello, my name is Emma and I am one of the Collections and Learning Curators based in Colchester. In this blog I’m going to talk about our most recent temporary exhibition at the Castle. It's called ‘Colchester Collectors’ and takes up a single case on the ground...

Supporting the Business

Hello there! It’s been a while since you heard from me, I know. Don’t worry though, I’m still knocking about. Welcome back to the world of Joe. No refunds. I come to you now no longer a Training Museum Trainee, but the Business Support Officer for Ipswich Museums. I...

Objects + tolerance

Hi, my name is Sophie and I am one of the Collections and Learning Curators based in Colchester. I am currently working on a project with a group of students from the Gilberd School to create an exhibition at Firstsite. This is part of the gallery’s ‘Britishness’...

Conserving our Collections

Hello, my name is Bob and I am the Conservation Officer for Colchester + Ipswich Museums. I look after the objects and make sure they don’t suffer from being displayed or stored in the wrong humidities, temperatures or light levels. I look out for insects that think...

A Castle Christmas

Hello there, My name's Sophie and I'm the Visitor Services Apprentice at Colchester Castle. I'm writing to let you know that the witch mark on the castle wall works! There wasn't a single sign of an evil witch on Halloween night (well, aside from the occasional cackle...

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