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Meet our Museum Intern

Museum Intern Amy HannahMeet our Museum Intern

Amy Hannah  is from Peterborough, Ontario. She has a Honours Bachelor of Art History from Carleton University. Amy is currently completing her internship requirements for a post-graduate Certificate in Cultural Heritage Conservation and Management from Fleming College.  Amy will spend fifteen weeks at Glanmore National Historic Site during the fall and early winter 2017.  Here she will apply her learning and further develop skills in a professional museum environment. We asked Amy a few questions about her internship and career aspirations to get to know her a little better.
Q:  Why did you want to do your internship at Glanmore National Historic Site?
A:  I wanted an internship in a smaller museum because it would allow me to sample a wider variety of jobs and give me a more varied experience. I also wanted to experience the immersive environment of working in a historic house. Glanmore came highly recommended to me!  
Q:  What sort of work does your internship involve? 
A: The main focus of my internship will be to research, catalogue, condition report and store  the museum’s Paul Lamp collection of historic lighting devices. I will also be observing how the museum runs on a typical day and also helping with day to day activities in the museum such as visitor reception, events, public programs, and education programs as needed.  I am still finalizing the topic of my research project. I may research Museum Centennial projects to see how they have fared 50 years later. This fits perfectly with my work to research and catalogue the Paul Lamp Collection since it was purchased as a Centennial project in 1967.
Q: Where will you go from here? 
A: Of course I want to work in the cultural heritage field. In the short term I will return home to Peterborough to regroup following the completion of my internship. In the long term  I think I would like to find employment in the Ottawa area. There are a lot of museums there that I find really interesting and I would enjoy having the opportunity to work at one of them!

Melissa Wakeling has a Bachelor of Arts from Trent University and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Museum Management and Curatorship from Fleming College. Melissa works as Education and Marketing Coordinator at Glanmore National Historic Site in Belleville, Ontario.