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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…

Inspired by collections

Hello I’m Laura, I am a student studying for a BA Honours fashion and textiles degree at Colchester School of Art.  As part of my course staff from Colchester and Ipswich Museums visited us at the university where we began to explore how to objectively...

#NAW2018

Hello. My name is Marta and I’m a Visitor Services Apprentice at Ipswich Museums, studying towards an NVQ in Customer Services. I had been teaching English as a foreign language for over 10 years, before I decided to leave both my profession and my native...

The spice of life

Hello, I’m Tom Hodgson, the Colchester Museums Manager. I lead the team in Colchester. I’ve been here for over 23 years, but not in the same job, thank goodness! I started in 1994 as the Curator of Social History, becoming Community History Manager when we...

World Explorers

Hi, my name is Will and I’m both an Assistant Collections and Learning Curator and a Museum Assistant at Colchester + Ipswich Museums. I have worked for CIMS for over five years now, during which I have enjoyed a fun and varied workload, from selling...

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...

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