I spent time in different departments during my work experience at the National Museums Scotland, meeting many different people and exploring behind the scenes of the Museum.
I’m Stella; I am fifteen years old and in fourth year at high school in Edinburgh. I was given the opportunity to take part in a week’s work experience and in doing so I got a great insight into the inner workings of the museum.
A huge part of the time I spent at the Museum was spent learning how to use design programs and actually designing a window graphic to promote an upcoming exhibition in the museum. I really enjoyed designing a collection of graphics, and learned lots of new skills in the process.
I also learned about all the different jobs around the galleries in the Museum, which are done by different people in the Exhibitions and Design department. I helped finish the Museum’s Christmas tree, which was themed around Monkey Business, the biggest exhibition on over the holidays, with a jungle look.
On Tuesday I watched the installment of a case, which was redesigned by the Exhibitions and Design department with help from the curators. I got to see how each object was placed in the case and labelled. I revisited the case later in the week to see how it had turned out.
Overall, I have really enjoyed the five days I spent at the Museum, and in a short space of time have learned so much. I enjoyed seeing the behind the scenes and how everything is designed.