Farewell to our work experience sensation Isobel
Isobel spent the last two weeks helping out at the Museum. She has been a great help and we were all sorry to see her go. Read about Isobel’s experience in her own words:
“After finishing two weeks of work experience at the Museum of Witchcraft, I can surely say that I will miss helping out there. Whilst there, a I enjoyed plenty of coffee as well as learning skills such as using a till, archiving, cataloging and scanning. I was surprised at how much work was needed doing in both the museum and the library, it felt as if I had done very little work at all!
I did a range of work both in the library and the shop.
Over my first week, I spent the majority of my time in the library. The first job I had set out to do was cataloging books, labelling them with dewey codes and placing them into the right places. I had never heard of dewey numbers before, however I soon learnt that they were given to books relating to a certain topic.
I had plenty of fun in the library, there were so many books about so many interesting things, I wanted to stay there forever and read all the books. Unfortunately, I couldn’t do that and so instead moved some books around the library so that if more books were added there would be sufficient space.
On the last day of the first week I spent some time numbering documents in box files. I soon came to realise that if my thoughts wandered, I would lose count and have to double check that I was numbering them all correctly.
In the second week, I spent the first two days cataloging the box file about Joan Wytte. I had heard of Joan Wytte before but never read into it, so doing this was extremely interesting. I read through the documents in the file and learnt plenty about Joan Wytte, at the same time describing the information and publishing it onto the museum’s system.
I finished cataloging the file quicker than I had expected, afterwards I spent a day scanning documents from box files. It was a long, time consuming process, but surprisingly not boring, I read through some of the information and jammed out to my tunes as I worked. By the end of the day I had only finished one box and started on another!
The last few days of that week I spent helping out in the shop. I fiddled about at putting necklaces into packaging, stapling and labelling, rolling up posters, taking extra care that they would fit into the tubes. After this, I don’t want to look at another stapler for at least a few weeks.
During the last few days I also fulfilled one of my targets I had set in my work experience booklet which was to have more confidence in talking to people I am unfamiliar with. I learnt how to use the till then spent a little time serving customers. Being a generally socially awkward person, I was a little uneasy about doing this, but I soon came to realise that it was not as bad as I had thought it to be.
The past two weeks flew by too quickly, and I am deeply saddened over the fact that I have to go back to school next week. I would much rather stay at the museum for an extra week, even if it was scanning, it would be far better than the obligatory end of year assemblies we have to go through. The overall experience has inspired me to go down the history route for a future career, I am also much more interested in witchcraft than before.
I am definitely going to miss helping out, and I will miss all the lovely people working there! On the bright side, it has given me a reason to visit the museum much more often that I have done previously!”