This has been the final week of my placement and it has been a busy one! The beginning of the week was mainly focused on refining and finishing off the learning resource. This included adding an about page, external links and uploading the full oral histories.
Finally, on Wednesday, I launched the resource at a launch lunch at the Museum Studies Building. I was nervous about the launch event as I had never really spoken in that kind of setting before. But the event went really well. I gave a speech outlining the resource, what’s on it and how to use it. I also talked about how the resource could be developed and how the system of Omeka could be utilised in future teaching. I received so much lovely, positive feedback about the resource. I had compliments on how I managed my time, how much I achieved in 8 weeks and how well the resource will aid teaching. I was overwhelmed by the positive response, especially after working on something for 8 weeks that people did not really see.
If you would like to see and explore the resource here is the link: http://leicester.omeka.net/exhibits/show/thehistoryofmuseums. Please have a play and I would love to hear your thoughts about it.
The rest of the week was taken up with doing small jobs such as digitising some documents for an external enquiry and updating some metadata on the Vanished Leicester Collection. This collection is a series of photographs of streets that were being demolished in the 60s and 70s within Leicester. I was mainly updating the descriptions which had been re-written by the photographer and using Digimaps and old trade directories to find the GPS co-ordinates of the old streets. I really enjoyed doing this little mini side project.
On my last day, I got out some holds out for the open day on the Saturday and these were just amazing. They included the bible that was put on Richard III’s coffin and one of the only wicked bibles printed! These bibles negated the word ‘not’ in the ten commandment ‘thou shalt not commit adultery’. In the afternoon, I sat and looked through a 1770 cook book of Rebecca Dixon. I adored this as, as a keen baker, I was fascinated by the old recipes for cakes and how recipes were written in the 18th and early 19th century.
If you would like to see the blogpost I wrote for special collections, here is the link to it: http://staffblogs.le.ac.uk/specialcollections/2017/09/06/special-collections-ma-placement-charlotte-daynton/.
In all I had an amazing experience with special collection and learnt so much. I am so grateful to everyone there and for everyone who have trained me in an array of topics. Thank you all so much and I would love to continue at special collections again!
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