Lauren S.

Installation Assistant
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About me

Lauren S.
Taught Postgraduate
United Kingdom

My employment

Installation Assistant
Mary Rose Trust
United Kingdom
Library, museum and information services
Small business (0-49 employees)

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A day in the life of a Installation Assistant in the United Kingdom

Heritage professional

How I looked for work

Keeping in touch with contacts in the field from previous employment, job searches online and keeping my CV up to date.

How I found out about the job

Word of mouth

The recruitment process

The job was advertised online, I rang the number of the person associated with the recruitment of this position to get any extra useful information, to really know what they were looking for for this role. I filled in the application form online, along with a CV and cover letter. I had an interview at the museum and heard back within an hour.

My career goals when I graduated

To find a job in zooarchaeology or a field related, I pursued a career in museums for the next 5 years.

My career history

Leeds Museum Discovery Centre Curatorial Intern-Natural History, then Archaeology
National Trust, Quarry Bank Mill-Collections Intern
Herbert Art Gallery and Museum-front of house an operations
Mary Rose Trust-Installation Assistant
Museum of Science and Industry-Collections Officer
Bournemouth University- PhD Researcher

What has helped my career to progress

Having the background skills and knowledge from the University experience coupled with the ability to volunteer at heritage establishments and museums has helped my career to progress. The experience and knowing people in the field really help.

Courses taken since graduation

UHI University, Orkney college Archaeology department-Landscape archaeology and geophysics CPD course. This broadened my knowledge and sparked my interest in archaeology again. Many museum contracts are short term, which although has limited job security, allowed me to intermittently be involved with archaeology fieldwork and projects to add to my experience.

Aditu fieldschool-Mortuary archaeology excavation fieldschool in Spain.

Spitzkloof excavation-South Africa

Where I hope to be in 5 years

Researcher / lecturer

My advice to students considering work

Get as much experience in the field you want to work in as possible, even if it just an hour a week volunteer work-it all helps!

My advice about working in my industry

Get experience, take the opportunity to go on excavations and network with people in the field.

Contacting me

Happy to answer any questions.

What I do

Object handling to install the artefacts from the Mary Rose into the new museum.

Skills I use and how I developed them

Correct object handling, knowledge of conservation, ethics surrounding museum collections particularly human remains.

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