Meet our Museum Intern:
Danielle McMahon Jones
Danielle McMahon-Jones is a Belleville native and has fond memories of visiting Glanmore as a child. She has a Honours Bachelor of Arts, in History and English, from the University of Ottawa and is currently completing her internship requirements for a post-graduate Certificate in Museum Management and Curatorship from Fleming College. If Danielle looks a little familiar it may because she worked at Glanmore as a summer student a few years ago and has volunteered with the site for the past four years.
Q: Why did you want to do your internship at Glanmore National Historic Site?
A: I’m extremely passionate about Victorian history. I love Glanmore! The staff and volunteers are amazing. Honestly I couldn’t think of a better place to go to get a well-rounded learning and work experience.
Q: What sort of work does your internship involve?
A: My internship involves 14 weeks of work experience. I am working in all aspects of the day to day operations of the museum but with a primary focus on curatorial functions. I designed and installed the recent acquisitions exhibit featuring artifacts donated to Glanmore in 2011 and 2012. I cleaned, inventoried and redesigned the homestead display and am doing a lot of work on the the museum’s artifact database. Currently I am working to display or store artifacts that have returned to Glanmore from Queen’s University where they were conserved by students in the Masters in Art Conservation program. I am also preparing a research paper.
Q: What is your research paper about?
A: I am researching how historic house museums and National Historic Sites in Ontario deal with temporary exhibits within the museum. I want to know how they balance the story of the historic house with displays about regional history or other topics and make some recommendations to help Glanmore find new ways to display regional history and broaden community engagement.
Q: Where will you go from here?
A: I will be looking for a job in the museum field. I am anxious to apply my skills. I hope to work in a place that I love as much as Glanmore!