Over the past six months I have been working alongside the Learning and Programmes team at National Museums Scotland as part of my placement. I am a third year Festival and Event Management Student at Edinburgh Napier University and as part of my course I have been helping organise the large-scale public events with Bryony Hope and Craig Fletcher.
During my time at the Museum, I have been involved with a multitude of events. In May there was the World Wars Experience, where we went back in time to life during the First and Second World Wars. There were battles, flyovers, talks, a beauty salon and blistering sunshine! The only downside of the day was I dropped my ice-cream on the floor.
At Robots Live! in June we had robot wars, a giant animatronic T.rex, galaxy-discovering robots, prosthetic limbs, retro games, face painting and Segway rides and the Concorde hangar was full to the brim with visitors – even though it was raining it was a great day!
The RBS Museum Lates were complete madness from the moment the Museum closed at 5pm as we were frantically getting everything ready for the events two hours later. I don’t think I have ever run around so much! The atmosphere was amazing and the activities were brilliant.
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I have never worked within a place where there is such a variety of things to do and odd things you need to find out – I’m now a Google search specialist! I have enjoyed working with such a creative and dynamic team, which has taught me about the practical side of organising events.
The most memorable part of my time here has to be when I got to ride on a Segway with my face painted like a robot – who can say they get to do that at work? I am proud to have worked on such different themes during my six months here – it’s an experience I will definitely never forget!