We said farewell to our previous trainees in early July, and just a few weeks later we welcomed our new tranche of trainees. There are seven in this group, reflecting the fact that technically we are starting a new project – Growing Worcestershire’s Treasures. Our placement providers have also changed slightly, and we are pleased to welcome two new delivery partners offering placements – Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service, and the Museum and Art Gallery, Worcester.
Below are brief introductions from each of our new trainees. Longer profiles and blog posts from each trainee will appear in due course.
Rachel Murphy (Museum of Royal Worcester)
My name is Rachel and I am the trainee at the Museum of Royal Worcester. I graduated in History from the University of York last summer and I recently returned from Berlin where I interned at an art gallery as part of the European Union’s Leonardo scheme.
Etta Griffiths (George Marshall Medical Museum and The Infirmary)
Hello, I’m Etta and I will be working at the George Marshall Medical Museum and The Infirmary. The focus of my role is learning and engagement. After studying History of Medicine at the University of East Anglia I did an internship with the Anaesthesia Heritage Centre. I’ve moved from Norfolk where I was a Collections Management trainee at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse.
Tom Hopkins (Worcester Cathedral Library and Archive)
Since graduating with an MA in Classics from the University of Birmingham in 2011, I have been volunteering at my local museum in Guildford, the National Army Museum and the National Maritime Museum, and undertook an internship in art digitisation with the London Borough of Sutton.
Danielle Joyce (University of Worcester Research Collections)
I am Danielle and I am the trainee at the Research Collections at the University of Worcester. After studying History at the University of Sussex, I volunteered at the Marx Memorial Library and the Lewisham Local History and Archive Centre. I hope to learn more about the Heritage sector including how to manage research collections and how to attract new audiences.
Lily Dean (Elgar Birthplace Museum)
Whilst studying for a BA in Education Studies, I discovered a passion for museum learning. This interest encouraged me to volunteer at several museums and to pursue a career in the heritage sector. I continued my studies at a postgraduate level, completing a PGDip in Museum Studies last year.
I recently completed an M.Phil in the history of art at University of Birmingham, which I studied part-time alongside a number of jobs, including working as a NADFAS Learning and Collections intern at The Barber Institute of Fine Arts and as Junior Editor at a media arts publishing company.
Sarah Ganderton (Worcestershire Archives and Archaeology Service)
I am the new trainee based at the Worcestershire Archives and Archaeology Service, which is a new placement for Worcester based at the city’s iconic new library building. I am looking forward to working with the many skilled experts and to helping to deliver the services to the general public.
The whole group at the George Marshall Medical Museum on the last day of induction week: