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Hello, my name is Mandeep and I’m a Renaissance Museum Trainee.  I’ve been a trainee for about four months now and mainly work on MuBu.  Even though the main project I’m helping with is Digi-Dinos, I’ve been lucky enough to have been invited to see what some of the other projects have been doing.

As part of my role I’m trying to gain as much knowledge of different museums and projects as possible.  So far it’s been really brilliant to see what some of the projects have been doing and the aims and methods of the projects vary quite a lot.  I’ve found that training workshops are valuable not only as a way of learning a formal skill, but also a great way of sharing progress and advice on project activities.

The last workshop I went to was about working with young people at the Sir John Moore Foundation, a lovely place to visit.  The trainer Madeleine Coburn helped us all to discuss various ways of engaging young and older people with heritage related projects. We were asked to put ourselves in the shoes of a person within the ages of fourteen and twenty-four.  I then had to explain that actually I didn’t need to imagine; I still fit in that category!

After an interesting day we were taken on an informal tour around the heritage centre by Linda Ruffle.  We were all so engrossed (and distracted by a little ghost) that we finished the day late but no-one seemed to mind.  On this traineeship I am learning a lot, like always write notes in a meeting and don’t forget your diary (however informal the meeting might seem).  More importantly I’ve learnt that it’s by attending things like workshops that project members can get advice and support that might be really useful.  Not to mention, a bit of giggle too!

 
 

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