Building Up and Tearing Down

This past week at the Phillips Collection offered me opportunities to try new projects as well as continue previous ones. While I built up my comfort level for working with the museum website, I also got to help take down an exhibition that had become rather familiar to me during my time at the Phillips. These juxtaposed projects showed me that at any given moment, a museum is changing as much as it is remaining consistent. In addition to my larger projects this week, I also got to sit in on a meeting with the museum director, modify an informational cardholder, and even take a friend on a tour of the museum. This week’s opportunities to build up, tear down, and everything in between proved that there’s never a dull day in museum work.

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A Week in the Life – Winterthur Week 5

With the end of Week 5, it’s officially the halfway point of my time with Winterthur’s curatorial department. To offer a sense of the dynamic schedule I often have, here’s a summary of the week.

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Field Work is neither all Work nor all Play

A large chunk of the work for my project in June was spent collecting data and doing field work. Often times this meant crouching in a literal field given our particular pant of study, but sometimes this involved more conventionally outdoorsy activities like crossing rivers, hiking dirt trails, and general bushwhacking. Studying and working in the disciplines of biology, environmental science, or other “macro-scale” natural sciences, you hear the term “field work” thrown around a lot… but what does this vague umbrella term actually mean? Now I’m sure this very well may vary considerably depending on what line of work you’re in and what questions you’re actually trying to answer, but I will give you my impressions from a general /plant ecology perspective.

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