Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Writing, writing, writing

This morning, we had a lecture about Josiah Wedgewood. He was a very famous potter in Staffordshire, England, in the seventeenth century. Historic Deerfield has a few of his pieces, so the curator of ceramics talked to us about him. It was interesting for what it was, but there are other things I would have preferred hearing about. But afterwards, we went to the history workshop. This is the place that is actually kid-friendly. There is a craft room and a playroom. After a brief tour of those rooms and the garden, the musuem educator gave us a lecture on museum education theory. I have to say that this sounds like a very interesting profession. I think I would really enjoy working with kids in a museum setting. I asked whether or not I needed an education degree to become a museum educator, and while she said it helps, it isn't necessary. After our talk, I was thinking about places to apply to for work after next year, and as a result of this enlightening job description, I think I'm going to apply at a children's museum as well as anything else I can find. I don't know if museum education is where I want to go, but it sounds like fun, and I think I'd be decent at it.

This afternoon I worked on my paper. I now have a rough draft, which our co-tutor is currently reading. I have a feeling I am going to need more analysis, but at least I have something to work with. We'll see what she says...I'm afraid I don't have anything else exciting going on. I'll tell you all about Plymouth after our field trip tomorrow (pictures will be included). Hopefully it doesn't rain...


  1. Sounds like a fund day. You do realize most children's museums focus more on science, and games, and crafts than history, right? Although that would also be a blast, I think what you're looking for might be more like the children's section at a regular museum. Or, if your willing to extend beyond Anglo-Saxon, perhaps a Natural History museum. All would be terrific, I think.
    Sarah works at the Chicago Children's Museum, so if you really are interested in that, you could talk to her. Take my work for it, jobs with kids are fantastic (most of the time)!
    Congrats on finishing your rough draft! Sounds like you're making good progress!

  2. And by "fund day" I meant fun day. :)