Hello, my name is Nicola and for the past 5 days I have been given the opportunity to see what really goes on in the day to day running of an office environment. The fact that the office is within the Museum has made my experience even more exciting as I have been able to learn new things about the history of the local area and get involved in the marketing of the business. I have been extremely lucky to work along side Kay Owen who is the Museums Development Administrative Officer who has kindly given up some of her time to put together some work and look after me during the week.
When I first arrived at the Kilmartin Museum I was feeling very anxious and hesitant about the week in front of me. I wanted my work experience at the office to help me discover more about the marketing side of a business. I am contemplating studying a business course at university in a couple of years and have an interest in history so I thought this might help me. It incorporated not only my passion for history but also that of working with other people whilst experiencing office life for the first time.
As soon as I entered the office building I was put at ease. Everybody I met was so lovely and made me feel at home straight away. Kay introduced me to all the different parts of the office and showed me around the grounds of the Museum (I even got a whiz tour of their exhibition which was very exciting).
When we got back I was introduced to Jane who helped me get to grips with the Museum’s Twitter, Facebook, blog and website pages. I was also given the chance to write my first post on their Facebook and Twitter page about the upcoming guided tours and walks.
I then met Dr Sharon Webb, the Museum’s Director and Curator, who showed Kay and I pieces of Mesolithic flint from Jura. The Museum had been awarded the flint through Treasure Trove and is now one of the oldest things in their collection. I even got to hold the piece of flint which was around 10,000 years old!! I learnt all about the flakes of flint and that they were used to form fishing spears, arrows and other weapons and tools.
I really enjoyed my first day at the office and loved meeting everyone.
In the morning I decided that I would write a little post about the new Mesolithic Flint that was awarded to the Museum. I researched a little bit more about the Mesolithic period and how the people would shape the flint by ‘knapping’ it to give it a sharp point and a smooth flat-face.
After lunch I was given an article and lots of photographs on the recent project by two Kintyre Primary schools about the Iron Age and Medieval Period. The pupils had learnt about the two Eras through their own interpretation and imagination and had went on to create a display about what they had learnt. From the images and information I was given I was able to write another post to put onto Facebook and twitter about what the children had achieved.
Kay and I spent the morning fighting with the Museums website whilst we tried to upload the article about the Kintyre Pupils. It was great to be involved with the technical side of editing the website. After a lot of intelligent guessing and undoing of commands, we finally managed to upload the post (without moving around too many things).
Later on in the day Kay explained to me all about the Redevelopment of the Museum and showed me a great website that gave information about the different charities that could possibly be willing to fund some of the redevelopment project. I am a person who loves to research so I enjoyed finding out about the different charities and if they would maybe help with the Redevelopment. I then made a spreadsheet which contained all of the information I had gathered.
At the end of the day I went with Kay to sit with the Café Manager and talk about entering the Café into an award. It was really interesting to be involved in the discussion and helped me to understand more about the different jobs and rewards involved in a business.
I sat in on the weekly staff meeting, learning about each person’s roles and projects that they had been working on. It was very interesting to listen too and I learnt a lot more about the Museum and organisation of the place.
I then decided to write a post about Kilmartin in the 1500BC and used a picture that I had taken in the exhibition to show what it looked like. I researched abit about the Linear Cemetery and included that in my post. I found it very interesting learning about it and couldn’t wait to share it with everyone!
For the rest of the day I designed a poster/leaflet about the guided walks and tours to put into the menus in the Café. Advertising the event was one of my favourite things that I did during the week as it involved abit of research and designing, both of which I love doing.
And now it is Friday and it’s also my last day. Writing this blog post has been a great way for me to reflect on my week and I am now able to say that I will come away from this experience a lot more confident and positive about my future and what I want to do when I leave school. I feel as though I have gained a lot from my experience here at Kilmartin Museum. I’ve learned about the different aspects of a business and have loved learning about the working life in an office.
I’d like to thank everyone at Kilmartin House Museum for having me and especially Kay Owen for spending the time to give me an insight into marketing and working in an office!