Meet our Museum Intern
Shannon Baxter is from Peterborough, Ontario. She has a Honours Bachelor of Arts in History from Trent University. Shannon is currently completing her internship requirements for a post-graduate Certificate in Museum Management and Curatorship from Fleming College. Shannon will spend fourteen weeks at Glanmore National Historic Site during the spring and summer of 2016. Here she will apply her learning and further develop skills in a professional museum environment. We asked Shannon 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 was familiar with historic houses and being able to work at a National Historic Site that is both a community museum and historic house really interested me. Once I learned more about the amazing artifact collections here, the artwork, the European decorative objects I was even more excited to come to work and learn at Glanmore.
Q: What sort of work does your internship involve?
A: The main focus of my internship is to work on the museum’s ongoing project to digitize collection records. This involves photographing artifacts in the collection and inputting accession records, research notes and condition reports for each artifact into a computer database. The database makes working with artifacts, research and exhibit development much more efficient as staff will be able to quickly retrieve photos, information storage locations about each artifact in the database. I am also helping with day to day activities in the museum such as visitor reception, and education programs.
Q: What is your research paper about?
A: I am researching how Glanmore can best make their digital collection records accessible to the general public through an online database. The museum already has some artifact records available through Artefacts Canada but they would like to expand this offering to include all or most of the artifacts on their database. I will be comparing different computer platforms to see which will be most suitable for Glanmore to use and plan to make a recommendation based on my findings.
Q: Where will you go from here?
A: I will be looking for a job in the museum field. I am willing to relocate for work and want want to keep my horizons broad. I would even consider working in a museum overseas. I guess we will see what comes my way!