Today is the last day of my internship at the Neville Museum in the Collections Department. I didn’t know what to expect when I first started, but I soon began to really enjoy and look forward to my Monday and Wednesdays here. Being able to be behind the scenes and work with the artifacts was a really unique experience. One of my projects was to prepare a war club, musket, and a couple of swords, dating from the period of the War of 1812, for loan to another museum. This made my boyfriend pretty jealous because he’s a big gun collector. My main task over the summer, though, was to inventory collections in dry storage and central humidified storage. Another intern and I dusted, checked and updated the inventories for the top shelves in both storage areas. We came across many old guns and swords, medicine bottles, hair wreaths, doll houses, an iron coffin and musical instruments (just to name a few). Every day I looked forward to being able to see, touch and experience objects from the past.
Working with these artifacts also really got my imagination going. Seeing an old telephone booth immediately put me in mind of Dr. Who. With the magnitude of history here, it would be the perfect setting for an episode. Seeing all the old furniture also made me think of Narnia and of course being around the collection made me think of the TV shows The Haunted Collector and Mystery at the Museum. All of these connections just made me even more curious about each artifact’s history and who had originally owned them. Interning here was a very exceptional experience; I enjoyed it immensely and know that I will think back on it often.
By Chrissy, Collections Intern