What Glanmore People Love About Glanmore

What Glanmore People Love about Glanmore

In honour of today’s #MuseumWeek topic, #PeopleMW, we are featuring the staff at Glanmore National Historic Site. Below you will find profiles on the staff at Glanmore, and you can learn a little bit about what they love about working in museums.
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Name: Rona Rustige
Title: Curator
How long have you worked at Glanmore? 26 years
Why were you drawn to work in a museum? I’m an anthropologist and so I am drawn to the study of human beings and their culture.
What is your favourite thing about working at Glanmore? The constant challenges and the restoration projects.
What is your favourite artifact or exhibit? It’s a toss-up between the Feegee mermaid and the early 19th century brain surgery kit.
Brain Surgery Kit used by Dr. Mungo Ponton (1761-1849)
Brain Surgery Kit used by Dr. Mungo Ponton (1761-1849)
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Tabby Cat painting by Horatio Couldery
Tabby Cat painting by Horatio Couldery
High-wheel-bicycle, also known as a Penny Farthing.
High-wheel bicycle, also known as a Penny Farthing.
Name: Melissa Wakeling
Title: Education and Marketing Coordinator
How long have you worked at Glanmore? 16 years
Why were you drawn to work in a museum? I was studying archaeology and history in university and there was a job opening at the Peterborough museum and I applied for it and the rest was history. I discovered museums are a great place to be.
What is your favourite thing about working at Glanmore? I like the fact that I am always learning new things, especially when we get travelling exhibits in or when I’m developing a new program.
What is your favourite artifact or exhibit? A painting of a tabby cat by Horatio Couldery. I like it because of the level of detail in the texture of the cat’s fur. And as an animal lover I can say it really captured that animal’s personality. We also have a large penny farthing bicycle that is pretty cool.
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Dutch Marquetry Secretaire, circa 1750
Dutch Marquetry Secretaire, circa 1750
Name: Danielle McMahon-Jones
Title: Administrative and Collections Assistant
How long have you worked at Glanmore? 2 years
Why were you drawn to work in a museum? I have been a lifelong history buff and I really enjoyed being able to work with the tangible history that I’d only really read about in books and seen in documentaries. I appreciate being able to manage historic artifacts and interpret them for the public.
What is your favourite thing about working at Glanmore? The Victorian period is my favourite period in history. I like that I’m able to work in a beautiful restored house. You get to step back in time every day, which is fun.
What is your favourite artifact or exhibit? The Dutch secretaire in the south drawing room because it shows a level of craftsmanship that you don’t often see in the modern day.
Dave Cox
Fee Gee Mermaid, circa 1870
Fee Gee Mermaid, circa 1870
Name:  Dave Cox
Title: Museum Technician
How long have you worked at Glanmore? 5 months
Why were you drawn to work in a museum? I’m a fan of history. I’ve done a lot of different museum things, but what I’m doing here is caring for the house and artifacts and trying to preserve them for future generations so they can learn from them.
What is your favourite thing about working at Glanmore? There are good people here. I like the uniqueness of the building and its collection. I love the fact that it has a small enough staff that I get to do something different all the time.
What is your favourite artifact or exhibit? I love the Feegee Mermaid.